Release Counselling and Therapy For Women. Individuals, Couples & Groups

Release Counselling and Therapy For Women. Individuals, Couples & Groups

Community Base
113 Queen's Road

07954 216995

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Community Base
113 Queen's Road

07954 216995

About us

Release offers affordable one-to-one counselling and a range of groups to women in Brighton and the surrounding areas, providing opportunity to change how they feel and to live better.

First meetings are free, to establish whether Release is able to help you.

1-2-1 Counselling
Counselling offers you a safe, supportive, confidential space to talk through whatever difficulties you are facing, and to explore difficult thoughts and feelings. Through listening non-judgmentally to you, the counsellor's role is to enable you to better understand your feelings, and to support you to find a way to move forwards.

People seek counselling for many reasons including:

  • anxiety
  • relationship issues
  • abuse
  • stress
  • low self-esteem
  • depression
  • loss or bereavement
  • anger management

Release offers weekly sessions lasting 50 minutes, which will continue for an agreed period of time, either short-term, or an open-ended basis. Sessions are run in counselling venues in central Brighton.

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

1. Into the Light Group for Survivors.
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:

  • the 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.

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

2. Boost Your Confidence and Improve Your Self-Esteem.
Are you lacking in confidence in everyday life or the workplace? Want to try something new? Not sure how to make changes in your life?

This 10-week group will give women an opportunity to look at issues of self -confidence in-depth through exercises, activities and discussion.

Topics covered include:

  • communication
  • positive thinking patterns
  • confidence building
  • handling anger
  • and assertiveness techniques.

3. MummyShock! A Group for New Mums.

This 10-week group is for new mums and their pre-crawling infants. The group is topic based and information giving, but with plenty of time for sharing experiences.

The aims of the group are to Increase self-confidence, reduce stress, strengthen emotional connection to your baby and partner, provide a supportive environment in the early transition to motherhood.

Each of the groups run for 10 weeks, on a weekly- basis. Each of the sessions last for 1 ½ hours and there are spaces for up to 8 women in each group. Sessions are held in a safe, supportive and confidential environment, in a venue in Brighton.

Training, qualifications & experience

Release's counsellor is Ellen Baldwin. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (No.609738), and abides by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Ellen has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling, University of Greenwich, London. This means that she works from a ‘toolkit’ of counselling theories and perspectives, including Psychodynamic, Humanistic and CBT approaches. She also has additional specialist training in counselling adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape, and alcohol training.

Ellen has worked in a range of counselling services, including a specialist service for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape, a service for women involved in the sex industry, and an alcohol counselling service. In addition to counselling, she has ten years experience of working in the charity sector in women’s organisations, which provide holistic services for women in the street sex industry.


Member organisations *

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

Specialist training in sexual abuse and rape.

Specialist training in alcohol addiction.

Specialist training in couples counselling.


Release aims to provide counselling that is low-cost and easily accessible for all women, regardless of their circumstances.

Fees for one-to-one counselling are charged on a sliding scale. This ranges from £20-£40 per hour for one-to-one counselling.

Fees will be discussed and agreed at your Initial Assessment.

Further information

Release is open to all women regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, faith, sexual orientation or disability.

All counselling is covered by full Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Release Counselling and Therapy for Women is a Registered Community Interest Company (Company No. 8344605).

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN1 3XG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Daytime and evening sessions available.

Types of client