People often get in touch with us asking if we have any support groups for survivors of sexual abuse and/or dissociative survivors. At PODS we currently aren't in a position to run any support groups but we are aware of other organisations who do offer such services.
There are also organisations who offer group therapy/counselling sessions. These groups tend to be facilitated by a trained counsellor/psychotherapist and follow more of a structure than support groups.
We will add to this list as we become aware of other groups.
FPP (First Person Plural)
FPP is trying to establish complex dissociation specific regional peer support groups, with one of our first pilots in Norwich already a success. They are run by the members and are a meeting place for sharing the ordinary aspects of present day living and how these are affected by having DID with others who really know what this is like. Participants will usually be in therapy and/or have other support where they are able to take any deeper issues that arise for them during group meetings. The groups are for people who have some idea how their internal system works allowing the parts who manage the outside world to attend and stay stable within the meeting. Members may bring a support person with them to meetings if they wish.
|Where||Norwich, Norfolk and Chester, Cheshire|
|Who for||People with complex dissociation/DID|
NAPAC support groups give survivors the opportunity to meet others who have experienced abuse in childhood and share their experiences and feelings. The groups use innovative and proven approaches to trauma recovery based on the latest research and on NAPAC’s many years of working with survivors. Support groups consist of a structured sequence of two and a half hour sessions, run once a week for 12 weeks. Each group is led by two experienced facilitators who are trained in NAPAC’s model. Progression is monitored closely and each group is fully evaluated.
|Where||Currently operating a waiting list for support groups in London, Cardiff and Bradford|
|Who for||Adult survivors of child abuse|
|Phone||0207 614 1801 (office) 0808 8010331 (support)|
Daughter Arise is a Christian based organisation. The group provides a space for female survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence to come together and find support and encouragement among people who have had similar experiences. We will be doing a mixture of things each session; activities, light discussion or have speakers in to share information on relevant topics. We will have a creche facility for those who might find it difficult to come otherwise and of course refreshments.
|Where||St Pauls Community Centre, Brixton, London|
|When||2nd Wednesday of every month|
|Who for||Female survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence|
HOPE provides self help and support groups and many other activities including counselling.
|Where||Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale and Leeds|
|Who for||Adults survivors of childhood and/or adult sexual abuse|
|firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com|
Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre
We run a Support Group service to provide a safe and inclusive space where women survivors of sexual abuse and rape can work towards recovery, drawing on strength and support from other survivors coming to terms with similar issues. The groups are run in blocks of 12 weekly sessions. The groups have a mixture of discussion around certain themes which are in part led by the group itself and are facilitated by a qualified counsellor and an OSARCC volunteer. The group aims to provide a safe space to look at some of the common issues that survivors can carry and the feelings around them, for example relationships, self esteem, guilt and blame.
|Where||A confidential location in east Oxford. Group members will be made aware of the location prior to first group session.|
|When||Thursday evenings at 630pm (but this may change in the next few months)|
|Who for||Female survivors of sexual abuse and/or rape|
SURVIVORS NETWORK DROP-IN
The Drop-in is a safe, welcoming, informal space where female survivors of sexual abuse or rape can draw on strength and support from other survivors coming to terms with similar issues. You can meet others who have experienced sexual violence and/or abuse, share coping strategies and form friendships that can support you. You can also learn about other services that may be useful to you, borrow books from our specialist library, use art materials and access the support of specially trained female volunteers who facilitate the group. You can ask for a private 20 minute one to one session with one of the volunteers. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided.
|Where||6a Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE|
|When||Monday to Thursday 7pm-9pm|
|Who for||Survivors of sexual abuse or rape. Any self-identifying woman aged 16+ is welcome|
People who have come to our groups say that it can be life-changing to hear the stories of others and share similar thoughts and feelings. Groups are a good way to help you share the way you feel with others who have experienced similar issues. Groups help you relate to others, can provide mutual encouragement and reduce the feelings of isolation often experience by survivors. The groups run in blocks of twelve sessions usually with a break for main holiday periods. Each group is run by two experienced facilicators. You can talk to the facilitators before the group begins and they will explain what goes on and answer any of your questions or concerns. On the first session, you will be invited as a member of the group to agree boundaries to ensure the smooth running of the group and to keep yourself and others safe. In the following weeks you will cover topics such as how to create your own support system, developing coping strategies, how to respond to crisis and how to ask for help.
|Who for||Survivors of sexual abuse. Groups are available for women, men, young people, partners and carers|
|firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com|
|Phone||01926 402 498/0808 8005008|
SASA (Sexual Assault/Abuse Survivors Anonymous)
This group is a 12 step anonymous meeting following the format of Alcoholics Anonymous...one survivor helping another.
|Where||St Michaels Church Hall, Newhaven, East Sussex|
|Who for||Survivors of sexual abuse or assault|
|Phone||If you require a phone number please contact PODS to request it|
Khiron House Trauma Centre
Our mission is to help people who go round and round in treatment to find their path towards health and recovery. Khiron House aims to be that change through providing effective residential and out-patient therapies for underlying psychological trauma. We run evening out-patient groups which incorporate Mindfulness, Boundary work and Somatic Experiencing, and emotional and physical boundary work via communication skill building, and internal “felt-sense” distinction. Clients learn and explore trauma reduction techniques in this group setting and experience the beneficial effect of group dynamics, talking and listening boundaries, and relational intimacy in a safe environment. Groups are an effective way to supplement individual work in personal recovery but clients can also choose to attend them without participating in one-to-one therapy.
|Where||Harley Street, London|
|When||Weekly Mon, Tue or Wed 6.00pm-7.30pm|
|Who for||Survivors of trauma|
|Phone||020 3733 7510|
Into the Light
Into The Light has its roots in Christianity but exists for everyone regardless of faith, sexuality, class, nationality and culture. We offer a ten week counselling and educational course which is topic based and information giving but with plenty of time for sharing experiences and feelings. During the course we focus on different aspects of the impact of sexual abuse on us as adults. We look at how it affects our self image, our relationships, ways out of negative cycles of behaviour and ideas for moving forward to gain better relationships and new hope for the future. The course is facilitated by a Professional Counsellor and is underpinned with a therapeutic approach. All BACP Ethics would apply. Group sessions are held weekly for one and a half hours. Each group has 6-8 members.
|Where||West London, Brighton|
|Who for||Female survivors of sexual abuse|
Lifecentre also host Into the Light groups. We are offering a ten week psycho-educational course which is topic based and information giving but with plenty of time for sharing experiences and feelings. During the group sessions we focus on different aspects of the impact of sexual abuse on us. We look at how it affects our self image, our relationships, ways out of negative cycles of behaviour and ideas for moving forward to gain better relationships and new hope for the future. The course is facilitated by fully qualified Lifecentre Counsellors and is underpinned with a therapeutic approach, adhering to BACP ethics. Group sessions are held weekly for 1½ hours.
|Who for||Female survivors of sexual abuse|
Dorset Action on Abuse Psychotherapy Group
DAA Psychotherapy Group is for female survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Up to 10 participants, weekly session of 2 hours. The course is run through 4 blocks of 10 weeks (you can choose whether to attend all of the 4 blocks or whether you would prefer participating with individual blocks) There is a cost of £5 per week for each participant.
|Who for||Female survivors of childhood abuse|