Low-cost counselling and psychotherapy services in London

Trees, DocklandsSeeing a therapist in private practice isn’t financially accessible to everyone.

Here’s a list of reduced-fee talking therapy services in the London area. I hope you find it useful.

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST:

 This list is not definitive or exhaustive – it is a work in progress, and I will be adding to it as time goes on. [Most recent corrections 17/11/16]

• Being listed here doesn’t necessarily mean I know the service and/or can personally endorse it. It may have been recommended to me, or I may have heard of it a number of times. I am going on what is stated on the organisations’ websites so cannot personally guarantee the content.

• There will be a number of different fee scales and a variety of numbers of sessions offered, from a few to open-ended. The trend is generally towards time-limited work of up to 12 sessions, but some places offer longer. And there will also be a variety of therapy offered. Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions.

• The counsellor you see at some of these services may be in the later stages of their training. Please don’t let this put you off. In order to practise, their trainers, if they are from a reputable college, will have spent time reflecting on whether they are ready or not. Psychotherapy students generally work very hard and have to give very detailed accounts of themselves on a regular basis.

• Some therapists in private practice do offer reduced fee places. Pink TherapyThe Counselling Directory, and the BACP’s It’s Good To Talk are all good places to start looking.

 

GENERAL

Clients accepted from all round London

Awareness Centre (Based in Clapham SW4 – takes clients from all round London)

British Psychotherapy Foundation (Scroll down for their list of reduced fee schemes. Longer-term work.)

Centre for Better Health (Based in Hackney E9 – takes clients from all round London)

Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) (Training college, based in Maida Vale W2 – takes clients from all round London. Also runs The Caravan drop-in counselling service at St James’s Church, Piccadilly W1)

Free Psychotherapy Network (Collective of therapists offering free and low-cost therapy, mostly in the London area but also elsewhere)

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) (A long list of London-wide local counselling services, many of which take self-referrals. Otherwise through your GP.)

Metanoia Institute (Training college, based in Ealing W5 – takes clients from all round London)

Minster Centre (Training college, based in Queens Park NW6 – takes clients from all round London)

Spiral (Based in Holloway N7 – clients from all round London)

WPF (Based in London Bridge SE1 – clients from all round London)

 

Borough specific

Help Counselling (Based in Kensington & Chelsea W11 – mainly for residents of K&C but not entirely)

Kentish Town Bereavement Service (Based in Kentish Town NW5 – for residents of Camden, Islington, Westminster and the City of London only)

Mind in Islington (Based in Islington at several sites – short term therapy for Islington residents only. Longer-term work also available.)

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham (Based in Tower Hamlets E3 – for residents of Tower Hamlets and Newham only)

West London Centre for Counselling (Based in Hammersmith W6 – for residents of Hammersmith and Fulham only)

Wimbledon Guild (Based in Wimbledon SW19 – for residents of Merton only)

 

BAMER/INTERCULTURAL

Nafsiyat (Based in Finsbury Park N4 – for residents of Islington, Enfield, Camden and Haringey only)

See also Metro and Terrence Higgins Trust for counselling services for African people with HIV.

Waterloo Community Counselling (Based in Waterloo SE1 – for residents of Lambeth and Southwark, and London-wide)

 

CANCER SUPPORT

Maggie’s (Based in Hammersmith W6 – clients from all round London. Also other centres UK-wide.)

Dimbleby Cancer Care (Based at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals SE1 – patients from South East London and West Kent.)

 

HIV SUPPORT

Living Well (based in North Kensington W10 – clients from all round London)

River House (based in Hammersmith W6 – clients from Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing, and Kensington & Chelsea only)

Terrence Higgins Trust (Online counselling; Also London and UK-wide in person services)

 

LGBT

ELOP (Based in Walthamstow E17 – clients from all round London)

Metro (Based in Greenwich SE10, Vauxhall SE11, Rochester Kent ME1 – clients from all round London)

London Friend (Based in Kings Cross N1 – clients from all round London)

 

OLDER PEOPLE

Age UK Camden (based in Camden WC1 – for those registered with a GP in Camden)

 

WOMEN

Women and health (Based in Camden NW1 – residents of Camden only)

 

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