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.31a downstairs counselling room

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 Statement

Sussex Community Counselling

We offer counselling for 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 2015

Sussex Community Counselling – a BACP accredited service

Our counselling service has just 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.”

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The Haven Project – for people who have been sexually abused or raped

Counselling for people who have been sexually abused or raped. As with Sussex Community Counselling we offer an initial introductory session, followed by sessions with a counsellor who is experienced in working with people who have been sexually abused or raped. A self referral form can be downloaded here Self-referral form 2015

Any donations are gratefully received and will help us to continue to offer services to the most vulnerable in our communities.  There are a number of ways to do this:

By post – send a cheque to 31a High Street, Newhaven, BN9 9PD.

Online – donate to our local giving page via Please write ‘Haven Project’ in the message box.

Please make all cheques payable to SCDA and write ‘Haven Project’ on the back.  You can be sure that any money you donate goes 100% into supporting our community counselling services and will not be used for any other part of the charity’s work.


Counselling Partnership – Support for Survivors of Suicide

Providing effective and timely support for anyone who is thinking about suicide or who is affected by suicide or attempted suicide (families and carers, friends and colleagues). 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 group for people bereaved by suicide is available on the 2nd Monday of the month at Matthew 25 Mission, Seaside, Eastbourne from 7pm to 8.30pm. Please just turn up or call 01273 519108 with any questions.

Are you feeling suicidal now or concerned about someone else? Please click on the following link to get help:

Student placements

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, Sue Starnes on 01273 519108 or email

Feedback from our clients

Making sure our counselling services work for our clients is important to us. Our report for 2016-17 is available to download here Sussex Community Counselling Annual Report 2016-2017