Seeing 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 changes 17/12/17]
• 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 Therapy, The 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 (Clapham SW4)
The Blues Project at the Bowlby Centre (Highbury N5 – waiting list currently closed at 11/17, but they say they may have spaces again in 2018 – also worth contacting the main therapy team as there may be some therapists there offering lower cost)
British Psychotherapy Foundation (Scroll down for their list of reduced fee schemes. Longer-term work.)
Centre for Better Health (Hackney E9)
Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) (Training organisation in Maida Vale W2. Also runs The Caravan drop-in counselling service at St James’s Church, Piccadilly W1)
Community Counselling (East Ham E6)
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 organisation in Ealing W5)
Mind in Camden – Phoenix Wellbeing Service (Mental health charity in Camden Nw1)
Mind in Haringey (Mental health charity in Haringey N4)
Minster Centre (Training organisation in Queens Park NW6)
Psychosynthesis Trust (Training organisation near London Bridge SE)
Spiral (Holloway N7)
WPF (London Bridge SE1)(Fees not really low, but they have a range of types of therapy.)
Help Counselling (Kensington & Chelsea W11 – mainly for residents of K&C but not entirely)
Kentish Town Bereavement Service (Kentish Town NW5 – for residents of Camden, Islington, Westminster and the City of London only)
Mind in Islington (Several sites – short term therapy for Islington residents only. Longer-term work also available.)
Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham (Tower Hamlets E3 – for residents of Tower Hamlets and Newham only)
Time to Talk (Hammersmith & Fulham; part of Mind – likely for Hammersmith & Fulham residents only)
West London Centre for Counselling (Hammersmith W6 – for residents of Hammersmith and Fulham only)
Wimbledon Guild (Wimbledon SW19 – for residents of Merton only)
BAATN (Black, African and Asian Therapy Network) (Extensive list of free counselling services for BME clients – UK-wide with a good number in London)
Nafsiyat (Finsbury Park N4 – for residents of Islington, Enfield, Camden and Haringey only)
Waterloo Community Counselling (Waterloo SE1 – for residents of Lambeth and Southwark, and London-wide)
Maggie’s (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.)
Living Well (North Kensington W10 – clients from all round London)
River House (Hammersmith W6 – clients from Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing, and Kensington & Chelsea only)
Terrence Higgins Trust (Online counselling; Also London and UK-wide in person services)
Metro (HIV prevention and support services in English, Spanish, Romanian, Polish and Portuguese – centres in Greenwich, Vauxhall, Gillingham and Essex)
Spectrum Trans Counselling Service (Ladbroke Grove W10 – free service for people who identify as trans, non-binary or are questioning their gender identity)
ELOP (Walthamstow E17 – clients from all round London)
Metro (Greenwich SE10, Vauxhall SE11, Rochester Kent ME1 – clients from all round London)
London Friend (Kings Cross N1 – clients from all round London)
Albany Trust (Balham SW17 – LGBT+ and anyone with sexual issues/difficulties)
Age UK Camden (Camden WC1 – for those registered with a GP in Camden)
Women and health (Camden NW1 – residents of Camden only)
DRUGS & ALCOHOL
REST at Mind in Camden (Camden NW1 – support for people experiencing difficulties due to benzodiazepine dependency)