We support adult victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and other forms of emotional trauma through person-centred counselling and trauma focussed therapy and group activity. 

We are currently accepting self-referrals only into our Adult Service. This means that we are unable to take referrals from third parties such as GPs and community groups. If you wish to refer yourself or a family member you can find out how to make a referral here.

We have over 30 years’ experience of supporting adult survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Our counsellors provide support through person-centred therapy in places where people feel safe and comfortable. This may be in a private facility in the community or at our centre in Truro. Our service is proven to help, with 92% of adults who use our services reporting an increase in emotional health and wellbeing.

The demand for our services continually outstrips the funding we have available to deliver. This means that there will usually be a wait for you to have your assessment and for counselling to begin. Once your referral has been accepted, we will contact you to let you know the current wait time and offer some options for support while waiting. This might be:

  • Signposting to other services
  • Provision of resources and information to support emotional wellbeing
  • Regular check-in calls from a member of the CLEAR team
  • The opportunity to join one of our projects such as Inside Out or Beginning Together (NB these have specific entry criteria)

Following any waiting period, when we have a space available, you will be booked for a telephone assessment with a qualified counsellor. This is to ensure we fully understand each situation and match it to the service that best meets your need. This could be:

  • Counselling support: up to 20 weeks with a best match counsellor according to geography, age, gender and circumstance. Counselling takes place in a safe venue, most convenient for you.
  • Trauma focussed therapy such as trauma-focussed CBT or EMDR. EMDR is an interactive psychotherapy, proven to be highly effective in treating trauma and post-traumatic stress and an effective alternative for people not able to engage readily with talking therapies. Please note that there is usually a longer waiting list for EMDR therapy.
  • Psychoeducation for the you and/or your support network – this is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention to help you better understand your situation and improve your mental health/emotional resilience
  • Group/peer support work: where people have already accessed counselling or therapy and need some additional support and connection
    Signposting and referrals to other appropriate services


Our current funding from the Ministry of Justice supports people who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse at any point in their lifetime. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner provide funding for victims of traumatic crime. Cornwall Council provide funding for people who are considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We may also be able to fund support for people who are not working who sign up to the Who Dares Works, Positive People or Inside Out projects (see below).

Individuals can self-fund their support at a cost of £60 per session. Please note that this does not reduce waiting times.

We currently provide a trauma focused service in West Cornwall for adults who are out of work through Who Dares Works, a Building Better Opportunities project led by Active Plus and funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery Community Fund. And we also provide similar support for adults on the complementary Positive People projects in Coast to Coast and South East areas of Cornwall which are led by Pluss. These services help people to process and understand past trauma and to manage it in a way that helps them to move forward in their lives. Referrals in these circumstances are through the individual projects. 


Download the  pdf CLEAR for Adults (894 KB)  leaflet here


Beginning Together

Fully funded by the Tampon Tax Community Fund, through the Cornwall Community Foundation - this project provides support for women between 18 and 28 weeks pregnant at the start of the project and who have experienced an abusive relationship in the past. The support is focused both on mothers to be, and subsequently on mother and child together. More information is available here pdf CLEAR Beginning Together (1.62 MB)

March 2021 Update: Because of the restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic the start of this project was delayed until early 2021 but is now recruiting. Please find the document referral form here. (47 KB)

October 2021 Update: Beginning Together is now offering support for any pregnant woman or new mum who experienced an abusive relationship in the past. Support can be offered on a 1-2-1 basis.



We highly value your feedback on our service. It helps us understand what we do well, where we can make changes to improve what we do and where we can grow in terms of developing our services. You can provide us with feedback here

What people have told us about CLEAR:

   "Extremely helpful and a positive experience, I can't praise enough how much it has helped."

   "The therapy has helped me process the past and give me useful tools to help in the future."

   "It worked really well for the trauma I have faced recently and in the past."


We are building a bank of useful resources and links to other organisations and services that provide wider support for people and families.

CLEAR is one of 17 Cornwall based social enterprises delivering Who Dares Works in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, part of the National Lottery Community Fund ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programme in England.

Everyone who comes into our Adult Service needs to complete a referral form.

Inside Out is a partnership between CLEAR and like minded organisations that use the natural environment, creative activities and trauma-informed approaches to promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.      Our current projects -  Inside Out West Cornwall and Inside Out Coast to Coast are funded by the European Social Fund.

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