Getting Help

Reaching out for help is never easy for anyone who has experienced trauma. If you are visiting this page for the first time – well done! You have already taken a huge step on your journey of recovery and healing.
Below are some of the things we can offer to help survivors and those supporting them.

Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy is one of the most powerful tools for trauma recovery, they help survivors journey together, support one another, and learn from each other’s approaches to situations. 
Breakthrough run multiple weekly psychotherapy groups for those experiencing long-term emotional and social difficulties arising from childhood trauma. These could include:

depression – anxiety – lack of self-esteem – the effects of trauma and abuse – substance misuse – eating disorders – self-harming and other compulsive behaviours – PTSD etc.

It’s hard to describe exactly what happens in group therapy as each session is individual, unique, and is based off what participants feel they need to bring that day, which is then  explored using various creative and expressive methods.
Drama, art, movement and talking all allow people to explore and process difficult things in their past together as a group and find adaptive ways forward, learning from each other’s experiences and facilitated by the lead therapist.
Some of the most beneficial principles of group therapy are based on the concept of the shared journey, and the hope and accountability which is held between group members. Breakthrough groups are long-term, with the same people attending for weekly sessions, allowing for a community to build and to facilitate a safe and supported atmosphere for everyone. 

Each group is facilitated by an experienced therapist and a trainee or placement student. 

For further information, or to make a referral please contact us using the enquiry form.

Individual Psychotherapy

Breakthrough offers specialist individual psychotherapy, to help survivors of trauma to deal with some of the long-term effects arising from their experiences. 

All of our therapists are trained, experienced and accredited by nationally recognised bodies such as the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Please use the enquiry form for further information or to make a referral.

Art Psychotherapy

We know that no two people process things in the same way – and neither should they!
We run weekly and monthly specialist art therapy groups.

Each group will be run by an art therapist and support worker or trainee and offer attendees the opportunity to share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment in a creative way that will feel safe for them, and where they can receive support.
These groups also offer a space where adult survivors of childhood abuse can create, play, make mistakes, make mess, and find their true character – opportunities for which were often taken from them as children, which is why expressive therapy spaces are vital for trauma work.

Support and Befriending

Sometimes what survivors most need are the simple things.
Someone that understands, people who have had similar experiences and come through, a friendly face or a safe place to relax and ‘be’ away from the pressures and uncertainty.
So we also offer:

  • Peer support groups – a safe space to share life’s challenges and triumphs with other survivors.

  • A drop-in – somewhere to go where you can relax, get a hot drink and find someone to talk with.

  • Befriending and mentoring for those in therapy at Breakthrough to offer support between sessions

To find out more about our support and befriending services please be in touch using the enquiry form.


Facebook Support Group

We know that Breakthrough has a following of survivors from all around the world who unfortunately aren’t local to our support bases. Therefore we have a trauma survivors Facebook group as a place where people can find encouragement, connection and support, wherever they are in the world. To keep the group a safe place, it is set as a private group. If you’d like to join it, please visit to request entry.