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About us

Our mission statement
Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS) aims to promote healthy relationships and alleviate the physical, emotional and psychological distress associated with interpersonal trauma including rape and sexual abuse/exploitation.

Our aims
To relieve the suffering, illness and distress of survivors whenever occurring
To promote the education and research into the effect on survivors and significant others

What we offer

  • Specialist counselling and psychotherapy for survivors of sexual and/or domestic abuse
  • Counselling for parents, carers and family members
  • Helplines
  • Emotional Telephone Support
  • Specialist support groups
  • Training, consultation and clinical supervision
  • Awareness and prevention services
  • Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy for children and young people
  • Services to support young people who display harmful sexual behaviour

Who we work with
We work with all genders aged 5 and above..

Where we work
We provide services across Portsmouth and South-East Hampshire.

Training, qualifications & experience

Parcs counsellors are vastly experienced in working relationally with sexualised trauma, rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.

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


Additional information

As a charity all our services are free of charge and/ or donations.

131 Goldsmith Avenue

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Portsmouth Abuse And Rape Counselling Service

Portsmouth Abuse And Rape Counselling Service