Release offers a range of therapeutic groups for women, which are topic based and underpinned with a therapeutic approach.

The benefits of joining a group are that they provide opportunity to:
– Break isolation
– Share experiences and feelings
– Gain information to help overcome difficulties
– Offer mutual support

Each of the groups run for between 8-10 weeks, on a weekly basis. Each of the sessions last for 90 minutes and there are spaces for up to 10 women in each group.

Sessions are held in a safe, supportive and confidential environment, in a venue in Brighton & Hove.


This 10-week course focuses on different aspects of the impact of sexual abuse on us as adults.

The group is topic based and information giving, but with plenty of time for sharing experiences.

Topics covered include:

– Impacts on self image and relationships

– Ways out of negative cycles of behaviour

– Ideas for moving forward to gain better relationships
and new hope for the future.

There is space for up to eight women in each group.

Feedback from some previous group members:

“Along my 20 year journey of dealing with childhood sexual abuse, this has undoubtedly been the most valuable experience. Nothing else has come close.”

“The course has been brilliant and really helped me to face my issues. It has been lovely to have the support of a group and the facilitators were great.”

“It was good to have a safe space to talk about these issues and hear from other survivors. Both facilitators did an excellent job.”

“Thank you so much. I benefited and learnt so much from the course and have taken away a lot of tools.”

"I certainly never thought I would be able to manage being in a group environment talking about such sensitive issues, but the group was so well facilitated and bought together a wonderful group of strong women who were supportive and encouraging of each other and most importantly allowed each other a voice.

I’d like to hope other women get to benefit from such a wonderfully supportive group. Women were at very different stages in their journeys of healing and had both shared and very different experiences too; but the collective support and encouragement found in this group cannot be underestimated.

For me the group made me somehow feel less alone with the things that I struggle with in my head from the past.  I will hold the group experience in my heart and I hope that all will find some strength from the experience at difficult times in the future."

"I am so grateful to be put in contact with so many lovely people!"

This group is run in partnership with Into the Light, and I am one of their group facilitators.

Into the Light is a London based not-for-profit project founded in 1993 for people who have experienced sexual abuse and those that support them.

Mummyshock is a 10-week therapeutic group for new mums and their babies. It provides a supportive space to talk, as women begin their journeys as new mums.

Becoming a mum for the first time brings big changes to life and has lots of challenges! That is why Mummyshock aims to provide a supportive space for women to talk, as they begin their journey as new mums, in a secure and friendly environment. Our goal is to support new Mums to grow in confidence, as they care for their baby- helping everyone to get the best start.

The ten week group has been written by qualified counsellors, who have been there, and understand. The course explores how the challenges and changes new mums are facing can feel huge, but are normal.

Each week we talk a different topic, and people can share as much or as little as they want to. We talk about birth stories, changes in identity, relationships, expectations, support networks and more- helping new mums feel they are not alone.

There is space for up to ten women and their babies in each group.

Mummyshock first launched in Brighton in 2015.

To find out more go to

Mummyshock is a partnership project between Release Counselling and Therapy for Women and Take Action Counselling.

Circle of Security Parenting Groups are designed to give parents ‘a map’ for understanding and responding to their children’s emotional needs. Research shows that parents who are able do this in a loving and consistent way give their children an amazing start in life.

What should I expect on the 8 week course?

All parents wonder if they are getting it right. You’re not alone. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what your child needs, what their behaviours mean and if you’re doing right by them. Imagine what it might feel like if you could make sense of what your child is really asking from you.

Circle of Security Parenting Groups give parents a map to understand their babies and children’s (aged 0-5) emotional needs and a space to reflect on their own strengths and struggles as parents. Used worldwide, the Circle of Security Parenting approach is simple and easy to understand, very respectful and non-judgmental. It is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Circle of Security Parenting Group is an opportunity to join other parents just like you, for an 8-week course where you’ll learn to: 
• Strengthen your relationship with your child
• Be present with your child during the best and toughest of times
• Recognise your child’s needs and make sense of his or her behaviour 

“It's really given me a solid foundation to feel confident and open when my child has big feelings. I feel prepared to handle his needs and know that I need to work on looking for cues from him. At the start of the course I was terrified of his tantrums and would completely withdraw, now my arms are open and I know its OK for me to time out so I can be ready to help him.”  Group participant

“The content really helped me to be a more informed parent and the supportive space that the facilitators provided was very beneficial to my wellbeing.”  Group participant

The group is run by Ellen Baldwin, CEO of Release Counselling and Therapy for Women who is a trained facilitator of Circle of Security Parenting Groups.

To find out more or to register your interest in attending a future circle of security group, email [email protected]

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