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Welcome to STAR Counselling

What is STAR

STAR counselling is our Sexual Trauma and Recovery Counselling team working across the South of Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. We work with people who have experienced Sexualised Trauma, whether this be recent or non-recent rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence/crime.

We are an experienced and inclusive team of Counselling Practitioners trained to specialise in Trauma Informed Recovery. We understand that anyone can be affected by sexualised trauma and the wide range of impacts it can have.

We offer one-to-one counselling for Adults, Young people and Children at our dedicated counselling centres in Portsmouth and Fareham. These can be face-to-face, remote virtual counselling or via phone. We can also travel to you and meet in your community at a safe and confidential space.

STAR Counselling run specifically designed groups for mixed genders, single sex; women and men’s groups. We also run a group for people who identify as LGBTQ+. and children and young people’s groups too.

This is free to access counselling, we accept self-referrals and referrals from professionals.

We are members of the Male Survivors Partnership.

STAR Counselling adheres to the bacp ethical framework

What people say

"I didn’t realise I still had so many addictive behaviours."

"Group therapy is such a powerful thing. I have learnt so much about myself by attending groups that I sometimes think I would never be able to learn so much from my individual sessions."

"Our session on anger was useful as it allowed me to be more reflective"

"I recognised unhealthy coping strategies and have been able to be more aware of the seeds I water"

"What you bury will grow up again, What you dig up is gone"

"I believe in myself – I am being myself"

"I am growing into my own skin; I belong to myself- I've never felt that before, becoming me"

What is different now ? …. I have changed"

"A brilliant Service, I had to wait no time at all to see a counsellor and feel so much better for it"

The STAR Blog

Breaking the pattern

Breaking the pattern

Breaking the pattern abuse can be difficult, even scary. But it is possible. Freya tells us about her story, and how she wants to help others.

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The Gaslighting Phenomenon

The Gaslighting Phenomenon

You may have heard of the expression ‘gaslighting’, but what does it mean? We look at this phenomenon and what it means for us.

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