Ascent Counselling

The Solace Counselling team offers one to one counselling sessions to women, creating a safe space for them to explore the impact of violence on their lives. Experienced counsellors work with women to help them recover from the long term impact of emotional and physical abuse. Our counselling services are delivered as part of the Ascent Advice and Counselling partnership.

1:1 Counselling

We offer one-to-one counselling to victims/survivors of domestic abuse and all forms of VAWG. The service covers 1 assessment and up to 20 counselling sessions. We also offer pre-trial therapy. Solace Women’s Aid offers this service in 21 London Boroughs, please see the updated waiting list. 

o    Barking & Dagenham: Closed
o    Barnet: Closed
o    Bexley: Closed
o    Bromley: Closed
o    Camden: Closed
o    Croydon: Closed
o    Enfield: Closed
o    Greenwich: Closed
o    Hackney : Closed
o    Haringey: Closed
o    Havering: Closed
o    Islington: Closed
o    Kensington & Chelsea: Closed
o    Newham: Closed
o    Lambeth: Closed
o    Lewisham: Closed
o    Redbridge: Closed
o    Tower Hamlets: Closed
o    Southwark: Closed
o    Waltham Forest: Closed 
o    Westminster: Closed


Solace Women’s Aid Counselling Service is a specialist emotional support service for women and girls aged 16 and over who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We work with women who

  • Have given their explicit consent to be referred to the service
  • Have a connection with the following boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Barnet,  Bexley,  Bromley, Camden, Croydon,  Enfield,  Greenwich, Hackney,  Haringey,  Havering,  Islington,  Kensington & Chelsea,  Newham,  Lambeth,  Lewisham,  Redbridge,  Tower Hamlets,  Southwark,  Waltham Forest, and  Westminster  (i.e. living, working, education or children’s nursery/school)
  • Have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse either recently, currently or in the past. This can mean physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial including coercive control and other harmful practices
  • Want and can commit to regular counselling or psychoeducational group sessions on a weekly basis, are able to manage their time in order to attend and make appropriate childcare arrangements
  • Are not high risk victims of domestic abuse
  • Are emotionally robust enough to manage their own safety in terms of coping with possible anxiety or emotional pain that might come up without this posing a risk to their well-being
  • Want to make changes happen for themselves and are willing to consider personal possibilities
  • Are psychologically well enough to maintain contact for the duration of the time agreed
  • Are not currently receiving counselling with another service or about to start soon (not applicable if attending ‘Moving Forward’ psycho-educational group)
  • The counselling service is unable to provide crisis intervention or give emergency appointments if a woman is in immediate psychological crisis and potentially at risk. If this is the case, please refer to her GP or to the appropriate Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
  • Are able to attend counselling sessions/assessments in their suitable borough within the counsellors availability (stated below)

If a client is required to attend as a witness in criminal court proceedings for domestic and/or sexual violence; we may be able to provide  pre-trial support sessions (it is not recommended for clients to attend counselling or groups due to CPS guidelines).




Service email
Service telephone

Opening hours

Service opening hours

Monday to Friday 10 am to 2 pm

Additional information

Service audience
Young women
Services provided
Emotional support
Service available in these London boroughs
Barking and Dagenham
City of Westminster
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest