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Clinical Services

STARTTS’ Clinical work lies at the heart of our approach to treating torture and trauma at the most basic levels – the individual and the family. STARTTS counsellors work face-to-face with clients who have survived horrific experiences, using a client-centred approach and a wide range of interventions and therapies.

We call this ‘informed eclecticism’, meaning that clients are assisted to manage and overcome their trauma in a variety of ways, with a view to finding what approach works best for each individual client and their cultural background.

Client Services


Individual psychotherapy and counselling has always been a cornerstone of STARTTS’ work. Our expert counsellors help people to understand their feelings, and assist them to manage their reactions to extreme trauma, and ultimately help them regain control of their lives.


STARTTS also works with groups, which for many clients can be more culturally appropriate and effective than individual counselling. Group work aims to increase self esteem and motivation and can help across all age groups, from early childhood to the elderly.

Other approaches

Alongside effective traditional approaches, STARTTS also uses a range of innovative approaches to treating trauma. For example, the Neurofeedback program combines psychology and brain science with advanced technology in an effort to teach clients how to modify their own physiological reactions.