dorset action on abuse
01202 732424


DAA are one of the recipients of the prestigious Queen's Award 2012.

This award recognises volunteer led organisations providing services that meet the needs of people living in the community.

This is a fantastic achievement for us all and DAA would like to thank our volunteers for their wonderful efforts.


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Evening counselling appointments are now available.

We also offer Skype/telephone counselling for clients unable to come to DAA.
Please call the office for information.


Creative Therapies Group

10 weeks beginning Monday 16 October 2017,

Branksome 2 - 4.30pm

Contact 01202 732424

for more information

DAA Counselling for the

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

“The help I am receiving from DAA is not only helping me, but my family as well. It has probably saved my life, my marriage and ultimately stopped a cycle of hurt and grief for my children, I am truly grateful.”

DAA provides a thriving therapeutic counselling service for adult survivors of all forms of child abuse. Beginning with an introductory period of up to six weeks that helps clients to settle, we provide our clients with weekly counselling sessions for a year, or more.

Our volunteer counsellors are trained, and understand the symptoms & difficulties experienced by abuse survivors. Clients are invited to talk confidentially about their experiences of being abused as a child, how they coped at the time and the long term impact the abuse has had in their lives. We help our beneficiaries to overcome despair and to recover from destructive, self-harming and addictive behaviours that chronically diminish hope, relationships and employment prospects.

We also provide weekly, Skype or telephone counselling for clients who are unable to access DAA in person for any reason, including mobility, financial or distance difficulties. Dorset is a large sprawling county with challenging transport links. Provision of weekly telephone/Skype counselling provides a lifeline for clients who might otherwise be discriminated against.

DAA is a charity and does not have a set fee, as we want our services to be available to everyone who needs our help. It costs DAA £65 per session to keep our services running and we ask clients to pay this fee if they can. Of course we know that this amount is not affordable to everyone. However, our funders expect us to ask all our clients to pay something towards the counselling and therapy they receive from DAA, according to what they can genuinely afford to pay. At their initial assessment, we ask our clients about their current finances and household income. A weekly payment for every session will then be agreed based on a person’s current means and genuine ability to pay. This can be reviewed at any time during counselling. These payments help clients to value the commitment they are making to themselves and their recovery and helps DAA to keep the service going.

As of February 2016, we have over 20 volunteer counsellors working on a voluntary basis, with a total of sixty counselling places. We plan to expand this number to thirty volunteer counsellors in the next three years. All are trained, and members of professional counselling or psychotherapy organisations and either BACP accredited or equivalent, or working towards accreditation.

We have a number of referral routes including GP counsellors, freelance counsellors and psychotherapists, local Social Services, adult services and the police, and charitable organisations such as Relate, Family Matters and Victim Support. Many other agencies now know of DAA and are very supportive of our work. DAA also accepts self-referrals from individuals.

Therapeutic counselling gives survivors the opportunity to safely explore their experiences and emotions. Survivors need to build trust in the setting of a confidential therapeutic relationship and often only then can they begin to deal with the impact of the abuse on their selves and their world. For some, it is the very first time they have felt able to disclose their past abuse and their feelings about it. They are finally able to address the root causes of childhood abuse or neglect that have contributed to their emotional and social difficulties. Counselling can improve survivors’ personal, family, social and work relationships, their ability to interact within their community and their enjoyment of daily life. Improved confidence and self-esteem can help reduce the likelihood of entering and/or staying in abusive relationships. As symptoms reduce and the impact of painful past experiences lessens, survivors become more able to experience their future as hopeful.

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