Choices offer a confidential counselling service in Cambridge (UK) and surrounding areas for women and men whose lives are affected by childhood sexual abuse.
Choices was formed in 1986. It was originally part of a network of organisations including Woman’s Aid, Rape Crisis and the Women’s Resource Centre that had evolved from the Woman’s Movement of the sixties and seventies. These organisations brought issues such as domestic violence, rape and child sexual abuse to the forefront of public awareness.
Initially, Choices ran a hostel for young women escaping from abusive situations. The counselling, helpline, support and information services grew alongside the hostel and continued to expand after the hostel’s closure in the early 1990’s.
In 1997 funding was obtained to start a service for men who have suffered sexual abuse and eventually by 2005 Choices for Men was also established. Today the counselling service for women and men has been amalgamated and Choices consists of a team of volunteer counsellors who have completed in-house specialist training and work with both women and men.
Funding remains a constant challenge and Choices is currently funded through a joint contract with Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Clients are asked to make a donation for counselling but no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.
We have outreach counselling sessions available in Huntingdon, Peterborough, Wisbech, March Ely, Newmarket and Warboys.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Organisational Member
All our counsellors are fully qualified and have undertaken the CHOICES six-day training course in Understanding the effects of childhood sexual abuse.
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Clients are asked to make a donation towards the cost of their counselling. No-one is turned away owing to an inability to pay.