Providing specialist counselling to survivors of childhood abuse, especially those who have developed a dissociative disorder.


Who are we?

START Counselling is run by START (Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust), a charity working to enable people to recover from childhood abuse and to lead healthy lives, both physically and mentally.


Where are we?

We are based at 3 Archers Court, Huntingdon, PE29 6XG – just a 5-minute walk from Huntingdon town centre.


Who for?

Our counselling service is suitable for people who have suffered trauma and/or abuse. Our specialist focus is on people who have suffered sexual abuse in childhood and people who have developed a dissociative disorder.


What kind of counselling do we offer?

Our ‘theoretical approach’ is integrative and is informed by a psychodynamic bearing. This means that we take seriously the effect of our early life experiences on the way that we think about and live in the here-and-now world. We have a particular interest in attachment as well as the effects on the brain and body of trauma.

We provide an empathic environment to help you explore your feelings. We aim to help you discover what is causing your present difficulties and to find your own ways of overcoming them. You can expect to be heard respectfully and non-judgmentally in a safe and confidential setting.

Counselling can be short term – for example around 6 sessions – or it can take place over a much longer period of time.  We aim where possible to provide counselling for as long as it is needed, and so how long it lasts for will be decided between the counsellor and client on a case-by-case basis.


How much does it cost?

Our normal charges are £40.00 per session, but we can flexible depending on people’s individual circumstances.  We don’t want to exclude anyone who cannot afford to pay very much, and we try to balance that with the need to secure sufficient funding to allow our service to help as many people as possible.


How do I access your service?

People who would like to have counselling with us can contact us directly. Alternatively professionals can contact us on behalf of their client.

The first step is to phone 01480 878409 and ask to speak to Elisabeth Allen, Client Services Manager, or email



What do people say?

“My life has changed completely since I started counselling. I was depressed and suicidal and thought I had no future. START Counselling has helped me reclaim my future by dealing with my past.” – Counselling Client.