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Welcome to Sexual Trauma and Recovery (STAR) Counselling

What is STAR Counselling

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 sexual trauma. Whether this is recent or non-recent rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence/crime.

STAR Counselling leaflet

Referral form

Children & young people referral form

Men’s group leaflet

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 sexual trauma and the wide range of impacts it can have.

STAR offers one-to-one counselling for adults, young people and children at our dedicated counselling centres in Portsmouth, Newport (Isle of Wight) and Fareham. These can be face-to-face, remote-virtual counselling or via phone. We can even 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, along with monthly day retreats. We also run a group for people who identify as LGBTQ+, including people who identify as non-binary or gender fluid, 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

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Open 08:30-17:00 Monday to Friday

Outside of office hours we offer individual sessions, recovery groups and retreats. Please contact us to learn more.

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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"

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