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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

Creative Therapies Groups for the

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

The Creative Therapy Group has been incredibly healing in that it is an opportunity to meet with people who really understand and empathise with what you've been through. Through creative activities you find healthy, positive ways to express and release your feelings.”

We are in the process of enrolling our new creative therapies programme, Your Creative Heart, and are taking applications to join this group of up to 10 women. For more information please click here.

As a result of the overwhelming success of our pilot scheme, DAA is excited to announce the intention to run additional Creative Therapies Groups for female survivors of child abuse. Please contact the office if you are interested in creative therapy opportunities and we would be glad to inform you of the next scheduled course and to organise an assessment with you.

DAA’s first Creative Therapy Group for female survivors of child abuse began in January with seven women, Dr Zoë Pool was the lead therapist, assisted by volunteer Charlotte Hayhurst, a DAA counsellor. The sixteen week programme offered participants the opportunity to relax and focus as they explore, develop and practise their creativity in a variety of enjoyable ways. Through multimedia therapeutic arts, participants discovered creative ways of managing difficulties and expressing themselves creatively within a therapeutic group setting.

‘The DAA creative group has given me further sense of belonging and nurturing plus the opportunity to voice and release some of those feelings that have been stowed away for too long. It has provided a life line to me at a time when I’ve felt at my most lost and vulnerable. Knowing that I had on-going support and providing me the space and time to acknowledge my feelings.’

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