- Be Mindful – Free on-line course for Londoners
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – Self funders
- British Association of Art Therapists – Self-funders
- British Psychotherapy Foundation – Self-funders
- Book Break – Literature lovers
- Community Living Well Psychological Therapies – Primary level care
- Cruse Bereavement Care– Bereaved
- Everyman Project – Men with anger issues and their partners
- Help Counselling Centre – Anyone (not too complex or risky)
- Hestia – K&C residents diagnosed with mental illness
- Living Well – HIV+ve self-funders
- London Friend – LGBT+
- Marriage Care – Marital preparation and relationship issues
- Relate – Relationship issues
- River House Resource Centre – People living with HIV
- School of Meditation – Anyone
- SupportLine – Anyone
- Survivors UK – Male victims of sexual violence
- Terence Higgins Trust – People living with HIV
- The British Association of Anger Management – Own or another’s anger issues
- The Listening Place – Suicidal
- Therapaws – Dog lovers
- Victim Support – Victims of crime
- West London Action For Children – Families on a low income
- Women’s Consortium – Farsi and Arabic women
Free Online Mindfulness Course for Londoners
Learn how to practise mindfulness in daily life and enjoy reduced levels of stress, depression and anxiety.
Access the free course via this page:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Information about different types of therapy available, who they are recommended for and where they might be available (e.g. through NHS, employers or voluntary sectors).
Also has a directory of local accredited counsellors and psychotherapists should patients wish to pay privately.
T: 01455 883300
British Association of Art Therapists
Information about art therapy, as well as an online directory of local practitioners should patients wish to access this privately.
British Psychotherapy Foundation
Information about types of psychotherapy and who they might be suitable for. Helps people find local therapists should they want private sessions. They can offer low fee sessions with experienced trainees.
T: 020 8452 9823
Book Break (therapy through reading groups)
Service supporting social inclusion by promoting mental and physical well-being, improving self-esteem and confidence and promoting the development of interpersonal skills. Literature is read aloud by a facilitator, with regular pauses to discuss. Tea and biscuits provided. Sessions occur on most days of the week, in several public venues across K&C.
They also maintain a collection of wellbeing books on mental health and self-help, available through any library in the borough.
Further information regarding sessions: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/libraries/your-library/getting-more-your-library/health-wellbeing/bibliotherapy/book-break
Community Living Well Psychological Therapies
Primary care level mental health support which carers can also access. Services include talking therapies – including guided self help, CBT, counselling (including mother tongue), brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, systemic/ family therapy.
Self and professional referrals accepted. Application form on website – or call number below.
T: 020 3317 4200
Cruse Bereavement Care
Offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. Freephone national helpline and local services. Online publications available, as well as other reading recommendations.
T: 0808 808 1677
A: 7 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL, United Kingdom
T: 020 8964 3455
Aims to help men to change their angry, violent or abusive behaviour. It runs 30 week counselling programmes, and produces information on self help strategies. It also provides support for partners at risk, including advice and counselling.
Counselling sessions are available at a fee (£10 – 50) depending on wage.
T: 0207 263 8884
Help Counselling Centre
Provides counselling for people who need support in negotiating a crisis or some difficult aspect of living.
Sliding scale fees. Minimum fee of £10 per session.
A: 57 Portobello Road, W11 3DB
T: 020 7221 9974
Offers free counselling sessions to K&C residents who have been diagnosed with severe mental illness. Provided in partnership with accredited London training schools.
Also offers a range of other therapeutic activities, such as drama therapy, meditation and mindfulness at two community bases in W10 (The Oremi Centre and The Grove Resource Centre).
Referral is required from the mental health lead professional e.g. GP, psychiatrist or care co-ordinator.
T: 0203 879 3605
Offers a wide range of health related services aimed at providing people with HIV with the skills they need to get the most out of life. Services include: counselling, wellbeing groups, peer support, art/hypno/yoga therapy, a self-management programme and support for the recently diagnosed. Free for residents of Brent, Ealing, Camden and Islington. Low-cost charges for those living in other areas.
A: St Charles Centre for Health, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ
T: 020 3137 3373
Free and low cost counselling for issues affecting the LGBT+ community, such as:
- Destructive behaviours
- Relationship difficulties
- Family issues
- Sexuality and identity
- Domestic abuse
- Sexual health
T: 020 7833 1674
Service offering support for marriage preparation, relationship issues, as well as relationship education.
Nearest centre is 46 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HZ. Sliding scale payment.
T: 0800 389 3801
Offers a range of counselling services for every type of relationship, including:
- Relationship counselling
- Sex therapy
- Family counselling and mediation
- Young people’s counselling
Can deliver the service by telephone, webcam, live chat, online messaging or face to face at local centres. Sliding scale cost. Free for some.
A: (Chelsea Branch) 416A, Kings Road, London SW10 0LJR
T: 0300 003 0396
River House Resource Centre
A community centre based in Hammersmith, open to anyone living with HIV and living in London. Proof of diagnosis and address will be required (see website for details).
They provide a large and diverse range of services aimed at supporting people in all aspects of their physical, medical and emotional well being. These include services such as nursing advice, counselling, benefits and legal advice, complementary therapies and educational courses, plus a delicious meal each week day. They also offer befriending and advocacy services.
A: River House, Furnival Gardens, off Rutland Grove, London W6 9DJ
T: 020 8753 5190 or 07763 768 345/6
School of Meditation
A non-profit charity with the aim of helping people to learn, enjoy and share the benefits of meditation. Offers a number of different groups and courses, many of which are low cost. Also runs drop-in Open Door sessions three times a week, which can be attended for free/ a small donation.
A: 158 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UH
T: 020 7603 6116
Emotional support to children and adults by telephone, email and post. It works to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self esteem.
SupportLine is particularly aimed at those who are isolated, at risk, vulnerable and victims of any form of abuse.
T: 01708 765 200
Offers individual and group therapy to adult men who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. Also offers individual counselling to partners (male and female).
Web-chat and instant messaging services accessible via the website. London based. Sliding scale charges.
T: 020 3598 3898
Terence Higgins Trust
Online advice about sexual health and living with HIV. Online tools to help manage medications and track blood results. Information about how to stay healthy, as well as support with social issues.
Free online counselling and community forums.
T: 0808 802 1221
The British Association of Anger Management
Offers support for anyone dealing with their own or another’s anger. Information available via the website, including programmes available.
T: 0345 1300 286
The Listening Place
Free, regular, face to face listening support for people who feel suicidal. Provided by trained volunteers, supervised by mental health professionals. Sessions are 50 minutes long, once a fortnight. Cases are reviewed every three months. Appointment only (Mon-Sun, 9am – 9pm). Self referrals, as well as referrals from others welcome.
A: 3 Meade Mews, London SW1P 4EG
T: 020 3906 7676
Therapy via contact with friendly dogs is a service offered to those living in West London. May also be able to help temporarily care for animals when their owners are admitted to hospital.
Request form available on the website:
Victim Support, K&C
Helps people affected by crime. Provide free and confidential support to help people deal with their experiences, even if the crime has not been reported to the police. Informal counselling offered.
Accept referrals from the police and other organisations, and self-referrals by individuals. Individuals are allocated a worker who will offer support either on the phone or face to face. Advocacy and home visits offered also. Other services include the Witness Service and the Victim Supportline.
National Victim Supportline: 08 08 16 89 111 (24/7)
To get help from a local team call the West London Victim Assessment and Referral Service on freephone 0808 168 9291.
West London Action for Children
Work with families, teenagers and children facing many different challenges e.g. domestic violence, bereavement, divorce and separation, school exclusions, bullying and truancy, mental health concerns, parenting difficulties, resettlement trauma, substance misuse, experiences of abuse and racism among others.
They offer therapy to children, parents and families aon a low income, and they also run parenting groups.
A: 15 Gertrude Street, London SW10 0JN
T: 020 7352 1155
Offer a low cost counselling and therapy service personalised to suit the linguistic and cultural needs of Farsi and Arabic women. Can also offer mediation.
A: Al Manaar, 244 Acklam Road, London W10 5YG
T: 0843 88 66 771