About us

Release Counselling and Therapy for Women is a community counselling project, set up in January 2013, to provide affordable counselling for women in Brighton & Hove, experiencing any mental health distress. We are a Registered Charity No. 1192772.

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

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

We have a limited amount of individual counselling available, subject to funding. These are some of the common problems we work with:
-relationship difficulties- with partners, children, parents, family, friends
-low self-esteem
-loss or bereavement
-spirituality or faith issues

Release Therapeutic Groups:

1. Mummyshock (a postnatal group for new mums)

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.

2. Hold me Tight- Relationship Course

This 7- 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.

3. Into the Light- sexual abuse support group

This 10-week course focuses on different aspects of the impact of sexual abuse on adult life. 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.

This group is run in partnership with Into the Light. 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.

Session details

Our groups take place in a variety of locations within Brighton & Hove. The groups last between 7 - 10 weeks, and run weekly, at the same time each week.

Our individual counselling currently takes place on Zoom. We offer weekly sessions lasting 50 minutes, which will continue for an agreed period of time. We offer a maximum of 18 sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

We have a small counselling team at Release, and all of our counsellors are qualified, fully insured, supervised and work within the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Ethical Framework. As a team we have additional specialism in the areas of trauma, couples therapy, faith & spirituality, addictions and bereavement & loss.


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.

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 trauma.

Specialist training in maternal mental health.

Specialist training in alcohol addiction.

Specialist training in couples counselling.

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Additional information

How much will it cost?

Group sessions- £10 per session

Individual counselling- £20-£40 per session


Daytime sessions available on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.

Group sessions scheduled according to funding.

East Sussex

Type of session

In person

Types of client


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.


Release Counselling & Therapy for Women

Release Counselling & Therapy for Women