Project information

Therapy for adult survivors of childhood abuse

The therapy services at Aurora aims to help survivors recover from the consequences of their childhood abuse. Services include talking therapies (i.e. counselling and support groups) and complementary therapies (i.e. massage, reflexology, healing etc).


Charity information

Aurora Health Foundation

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  • Need


    The effects of childhood sexual abuse can be devastating and can affect every area of a survivor's life. Many survivors struggle to cope with close intimate relationships and many experience psychological, emotional and social difficulties that impinge on their capacity to lead a fulfilling life.

    Many people who experience childhood sexual abuse see themselves as "victims" of that abuse, and the challenge is for us to help "victims" become "survivors" and to recover from their experiences.


    Aurora uses its own unique and specialised approach - the Aurora Approach – for delivering its services. We provide a therapeutic community style of caring that we feel helps healing for survivors of abuse. The type and range of therapies available, the staff, the environment and the way services are delivered are all seen as essential for helping clients on their individual healing journey.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help survivors of childhood abuse recover from their trauma(s)


    » Counselling service
    » Complementary Therapies
    » Support Groups

    Success will be measured using the CORE system and by our own evaluation questionnnaires

  • Impact


    The service will bring about long term recovery for survivors which will be measured by follow-up contact with clients.


    The main risk is a lack of funding to keep the overall organisation going and we are trying to deal with this by continually making applications to funding bodies.


    By making regular evaluation reports available on our website

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £90,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Salaries Salaries for core staff
      £30,000 Overheads Rent and utilties
  • Background


    We are based in South West London


    Adult survivors from across the UK

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We intend to establish other premises in various parts of the country but until then our base in South West London is the only one. Our complementary therapies and support groups are only available face-to-face, but our counselling service is also available via telephone and/or Skype to anyone who lives too far away to visit us.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Susannah Faithfull

    Chief Executive Officer. Founder, campaigner and lead counsellor at Aurora

    Nick Gauntlett

    Business Development Manager. Fundraising, administration, website management