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SAIL is a registered charity, established in 1992, based in Chesterfield. We offer free, specialist counselling for adults aged 18 and over in Derbyshire who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, incest or sexual violence.

Counselling is delivered in locations across the County.

All Counsellors are qualified or on placement from Universities and Colleges and have a deep understanding of the recovery journey.  Ongoing support and supervision is provided to ensure they are working to the highest professional standards.

SAIL works to the ethical framework of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.  If you would like more information about this - please ask.

We now have a free HELPLINE.  Opening times as above and we also offer a drop-in service which is available between the same times.

We also offer ISVA support, available for emotional and practical support, including support through the Criminal Justice System.


"Counselling has allowed me to stop punishing myself

for the abuse:  I realised I am not a bad person, not a victim but a survivor"

this for me?

"SAIL is the only place where I feel totally safe.  I feel that my counsellor is the only one who really understands how hard things are for me, how tormented I feel.  My counsellor listens without telling me what to do.  She and SAIL are my lifeline"

do i start?

"I found it hard to make the first call, I broke down and said I would have to call back - you were great and said that was fine."


SAIL actively promotes equal opportunties and is committed to building a service whereby everyone is valued regardless of their background.

If you have a disability or any specific needs then please do not hesitate to contact us, or ask an advocate or someone you trust to contact us on your behalf.  We will do our best to meet your requirements and listen to any needs or concerns

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