We provide safe and confidential counselling to people who are struggling with different issues, including support for survivors of suicide and those affected by sexual abuse. Counselling provides the opportunity to speak confidentially to an independent and non-judgemental person who will listen and work with you to improve your situation.
A counsellor will not tell you what to do but will help you gain a fuller understanding of the things that are on your mind, enabling you to identify options or alternative ways of looking at these issues. Our Accessibility Statement can be downloaded here Accessibility-limitations
Sussex Community Counselling
We offer counselling in Newhaven, Lewes, Hailsham and Eastbourne to anyone aged 16 years and above. We offer an initial introductory session where you can ask questions and tell us a bit about why you want to come for counselling. A self referral form can be downloaded here Self-referral form
Sussex Community Counselling – a BACP accredited service
Our counselling service has been awarded BACP Service Accreditation. This means that what we offer has been commended by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy as a well organised and professionally run therapeutic counselling provision. We are one of only a handful of services across Sussex to have achieved this.
In their report, the assessor said, “It is clear that Sussex Community Counselling has a range of good policies and procedures in place and that an invaluable service is being provided to the local community, all of which are to be commended.”
The Haven Project – for people who have been sexually abused or raped
The funding for the Haven Project has now come to an end. This means that unfortunately we are no longer able to offer this specialist service. Survivors of sexual abuse can still be seen in the low-cost service where they will work with an experienced counsellor who has additional training in this type of work.
If you have experienced rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, unwanted sexual contact or are confused about a sexual experience it may be helpful to talk about it to someone who understands.
To access the service either complete a self-referral form Self-referral form or ring the counselling office on 01273 519108 and we will take the details over the phone. We will also arrange an appointment for an initial introductory session where you can find out more about the service and what we can offer you, and we can find out a bit more about you.
We ask for a contribution towards the cost of providing the service. This contribution will be talked about in your introductory session and will take into account your ability to pay.
Counselling Partnership – Support for Survivors of Suicide
Providing effective and timely support for anyone who is thinking about suicide or who has been bereaved by suicide. This is a free service offering one to one and group support across East Sussex. As well as face to face counselling we offer telephone support where appropriate.
Support groups for people bereaved by suicide are available:
- the 2nd Monday of the month at Community Wise, 66 Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne from 7pm to 8.30pm.
- the 4th Monday of the month at Charter Centre, London Road, Bexhill from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Please just turn up or call 01273 519108 with any questions (please note that occasionally group dates are changed when there is a bank holiday).
Are you feeling suicidal now or concerned about someone else? Please click on the following link to get help:
For information on local mental health support:
We offer placements to students who have been accepted onto the final year of a BACP or UKCP accredited course, and who have at least 30 hours client work in a supervised placement. For more information and an application form please contact the Counselling Coordinator, Sharon Blight on 01273 519108 or email Sharon@sussexcommunity.org.uk
Feedback from our clients
Making sure our counselling services work for our clients is important to us. Our latest report is available to download here Sussex-Community-Counselling-Annual-Report-2018-2019
You can find further details about Sussex Community Counselling and also details of private counsellors at https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/