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
– Gain new hope for the future

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 eight 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.

This seven-week group is written by Dr Sue Johnson, the pioneer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), for couples who want to take time out to strengthen their relationship and gain insight and help in strengthening their communication, intimacy and connection.

The weekly group uses a mixture of information & presentations, video clips of how this approach works and exercises that are designed for you to work through in your couples. Trained Couples Therapists are available for support and conversation during the sessions, if requested.

The course is suitable for any couple that has been married, in a Civil Partnership, or in a committed relationship for over two years.

Course guide:
  • Week 1 - looks at how love actually works; how we are made for connection and what happens if we feel disconnected from those we love
  • Week 2 - explores common communication patterns we can fall into with our partners
  • Week 3 - identifies what ‘lessons in love’ we have picked up from family and previous relationships and how we make sense of them
  • Week 4- explores the ‘rocky moments’ we’ve had as a couple and help us understand what was going on and how we can strengthen our relationships
  • Week 5- covers the ‘hold me tight’ conversation. It helps us ask for what we really need from each other
  • Week 6 - explores at how we can understand past hurts and forgive one another
  • Week 7 – looks at sexual intimacy and putting things in place that help our love stay strong
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 eight women and their babies in each group, and there is always tea and biscuits!

Mummyshock first launched in Brighton in 2015.

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

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Postcode Society Trust