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Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’; a chance to talk and think about your difficulties with a trained professional. Counsellors have experience in helping you think about how to make better sense of your life, relationships and experiences. Counselling can help you with experiences such as bereavement, relationship problems, abuse as a child or adult, depression or low mood, or changes in life such as divorce, getting older or retirement.

These sessions tend to be 50 minutes with one of our counsellors or psychotherapists.

Who do we see?

We’re here to help if you’re aged 18 and over and are experiencing difficulties with anxiety or with depression. You also need to be registered with a GP in the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea or Borough of Westminster wards of Queens Park or Paddington.

How can we help?

We have a range of talking therapies and support ready to help you if you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or worried.

What are the sessions like?

Counselling in Take Time to Talk is a short-term therapy. In the first appointment, you and the counsellor will work on getting a clear picture of your current difficulties and how they might have developed. Together you will identify concerns that are important to you and on which the counselling will focus. The sessions are booked at agreed times and the counsellor will help you to explore your difficulties in a safe and confidential setting.

Can it help me?

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommends that counselling be offered to people with depression and low moods. Research indicates that it is as effective as medication for a broad range of problems.

Who provides Counselling?

Counselling is delivered by Counsellors who are specially trained to deliver a range of counselling interventions. All of our Counsellors are graduates from a range of backgrounds and have completed further postgraduate study. They are accredited with professional bodies such as the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy or the British Psychological Society.