Talking Therapies / Counselling
What is SilverCloud
SilverCloud offers secure, immediate access to online supported CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) programmes, tailored to your specific needs.
These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression, anxiety and stress.
It’s flexible – access it anywhere, on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.
How it works
The programmes consist of six to eight modules – complete these at your own pace.
Work independently, a supporter will provide online feedback and guidance at regular intervals.
Easy to use – interactive tools and activities make your experience interesting and motivational.Find out more »
Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. Al-Anon hold regular meetings where members share their own experience of living with alcoholism.
Al-Anon does not offer advice or counselling, and has no religious or other affiliations. There are meetings on most days in Brighton and Hove at varying times of the day and evening; see website or call for details.Find out more »
There are a number of resources to find qualified counsellors and therapists privately. These therapists will charge for their sessions, however, and it may cost substantially more than counselling and therapy provided by charities.
BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and UKCP – UK Council for Psychotherapy are organizations whose members have to meet certain professional standards. Their websites can be used to find qualified therapists in your area.
Sussex Counselling is a directory of counsellors in Sussex. You can search for therapists who are accredited with particular bodies (like BACP or UKCP) or who provide particular kinds of therapy, or are in a particular area.
Counselling Directory is a directory of counsellors in Sussex. You can search for therapists in your area who provide particular kinds of therapy and/or are a member of a professional body. Every therapist listed must send them copies of their qualifications and insurance cover or be registered with a recognised professional body.Find out more »
Age UK Brighton & Hove offer a wide range of services for older people that cover the area of Brighton and Hove. These may include information and advice, a crisis service, Horizons (providing practical support to older people following discharge from hospital, or to prevent admission to hospital), nail cutting, advocacy, help at home, counselling, computer drop-in, and various group activities.
Age UK requests donations in the region of £10-£25 for counselling sessions, but if you can’t afford that then you can discuss this with the service and arrange to pay what you can afford.Find out more »
A registered charity, As You Are provides low-cost one-to-one and couples counselling to people living in Brighton and Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing.
The initial assessment is free, after which sessions are charged on a sliding scale of £8-£35 for individual counselling, or £16-£40 for duo/couples counselling, depending on income. Clients are usually offered up to 24 weekly 50 minute sessions. Prices and details can change, so it may be worthwhile to check before booking.Find out more »
BHT’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Service aims to assist people to improve and maintain their mental health and wellbeing. Their services include one to one sessions and wellbeing groups with trained counsellors, peer support groups, life-skills workshops, one to one casework and a drop in. Women only sessions are also provided by Threshold Counselling on Mondays and Tuesdays. BHT services are free of charge. Clients are usually offered up to 8 counselling sessions.Find out more »
Threshold Service Leaflet
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy BPAS may be able to offer counselling to talk things through and discuss the options available to you. Their website states that they can help you explore all of your options and are not limited to just providing abortion counselling, or termination of pregnancy counselling. BPAS also offer counselling to people who feel they would benefit from talking to a counsellor at any time after an abortion. These services are free to BPAS clients. BPAS may also be able to perform an abortion if you choose this option and it is appropriate to you. You can find out more about their services here.Find out more »
Breakeven provide free specialist counselling to anyone affected by problem gambling, whether they gamble themselves or are affected by the gambling of a family member or friend. They can provide male or female counsellors, are completely confidential, and abide by the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice.Find out more »
Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service can provide access to talking therapies, a guided self-help service, and a community support service, which can offer talking therapies and courses to promote wellbeing. This is an NHS service, and is free of charge.
Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service also offers SilverCloud – free online supported CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), tailored to your specific needs. These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression, anxiety and stress.Find out more »
Part of the Student Support Service the free Counselling Service is open to all full and part-time students at the City College of Brighton and Hove (and wider Brighton Metropolitan College). Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to explore personal and emotional issues about any aspect of your life. These issues do not have to be related to college. The service describes itself as being staffed by professionally qualified and accredited counsellors who work to the BACP Code of Practice.
Following assessment you are likely to be offered between 6 and 12 counselling sessions which would usually take place once a week. Longer term counselling may be available in some cases.Find out more »