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Free and Low Cost Counselling in Brighton & Hove

There are a number of free/lost cost talking therapies available in Brighton & Hove outside of the NHS. Please click here for a longer list of local low cost counselling services or alternatively email us for a copy.

  • RISE

    Rise offers advice, advocacy,  support and crisis accommodation for anyone (of any gender) affected by domestic abuse, including low cost one-to-one and group counselling.

    They run specialist Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex People. experiencing domestic violence.

    They run specialist training courses on domestic abuse awareness for professionals and preventative education in schools.

    Drop-In Surgery Day: Wednesdays 9am-12 noon. Location: Hove Town Hall. For anyone worried about a partner, former partner, friend or family member.

    Counselling costs:
    Free for 13-16 year olds. Parents of 5-12 year olds asked to pay a nominal fee. Fees for adults operate on a sliding scale, and if you can’t afford to pay anything you may still be able to access therapy.

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  • Supporting Safer Therapy

    This is a website dedicated to improving the experience of therapy for people in the UK.   It contains information and practical tools to help you have a safe and effective experience of therapy. The site is for clients (patients) and for therapists (counsellors). It is not restricted to any particular kind of therapy. The site was produced by a group of therapists, clients and researchers at the University of Sheffield Centre for Psychological Services Research.

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  • Survivors’ Network

    Survivors’ Network supports people who have experienced sexual violence. They are the designated Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex, and describe themselves as a feminist and trans-inclusive organisation.

    Their services include:

    • A confidential helpline
    • Drop-ins and counselling for self-identified women
    • An ‘ISVA’ service – this service supports people of any gender who have experienced sexual violence and have contacted/want to contact the police.
    • Workshops and group sessions for survivors, partners and the wider community
    • Specialist services for under-18s of any gender, including counselling, advocacy and group work.
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  • Sussex Counselling

    Sussex Counselling is a professional group of independent counsellors offering their services to the public. This site will enable you to find out about counselling, the kinds of therapy available and to locate a therapist in your area.

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  • Terrence Higgins Trust – Counselling

    Terrence Higgins Trust offers a free counselling service for anyone over 18 who is affected or infected by HIV and living in Brighton or Hove. This service is open to people who are not HIV + but have concerns about sexuality or HIV, and there is a service particularly for gay men with concerns around HIV, whether HIV + or not. Treatment may be offered to individuals, couples and families.

    Their website states all counsellors are qualified and accredited, or working towards accreditation, with BACP, UKCP, BPS or IAPT, and that appointments are offered within four weeks of the date of referral to the service. If English is not your first language they may still be able to offer support via an interpretation service.

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  • University of Brighton Counselling

    The University of Brighton provides a face to face counselling service for all Brighton University students, and an e-counselling service to School of Education students. These services are free.

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  • University of Sussex – Counselling

    The University of Sussex has a team of eight permanent therapists, two administrative staff and an additional 25 post-qualified and trainee counsellors, and sees over 1200 students for counselling, either individually, in therapy groups, or in workshops offering strategies for managing mood. This service is free and confidential. Drop-in appointments are available as well as short courses of counselling.

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