Lifecentre is passionate about supporting all survivors of rape and sexual abuse across West Sussex to speak about their experiences and begin the healing process towards a brighter future!
To do this, we provide professional, face-to-face counselling and play therapy (for those aged 10 and under) in Chichester, Worthing and Crawley. However, limited space and high demand means that our waiting lists are constantly increasing, causing survivors to have to wait even longer before they are able to begin their journey. This year, we are so excited to be moving to a new space in Chichester which will give us our much needed extra rooms and better facilities for both survivors and our staff!
We are so excited about our new space, but to make sure these rooms are warm, welcoming and safe, we need to fill them with comfy sofas, storage and play therapy resources such as art supplies, toys and sand trays!
Counselling & Play Therapy
Play therapy is a powerful tool that allows children to use story-telling, creativity and play to express and process the emotions that they may not be able to put into words. Both counselling and play therapy at Lifecentre have had a big impact upon the clients we've met, helping them to overcome effects of their abuse such as depression, eating disorders, anxiety and substance addictions. It also helps survivors to feel safer, gain self-confidence and find effective coping mechanisms.
A quote from a 17 year old client who recently completed counselling said:
"Thank you for supporting me through a low period of my life. Your endless kindness really comes through for me. When I first came to Lifecentre I felt depressed and stuck in the past, stuck in the mind of a 14 year old. Now as I am a week away from 18, I feel like I am finally able to realise that while I was 14 year old me, I no longer am her, and I no longer wear her like a second, flinching skin. Talking through it and spinning it into poetry has made it easier to cope with and when I go to sleep I no longer wake up in confusion of where I am. Thank you for helping me to begin working through my anger."
Thank you so much for your support and we cannot wait for these wonderful rooms to help change lives!