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Talking Therapies

Free, NHS and Low Cost
Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Private Therapy

Counselling, Psychotherapy,
Psychology & Psychiatry. We are
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Workshops and Courses

Workshops and courses for therapists
and self-development courses for clients

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Welcome to The Awareness Centre. We provide a range of talking therapies from our counselling centre in Clapham, South London – offering you comfort, convenience and confidentiality.

We have more than 100 qualified, accredited therapists working with us, offering counselling, psychotherapy and psychology on a short-term and open-ended basis. If you’re looking for support, we can help you find the right therapist to suit your availability and your budget. You just need to call 020 8673 4545 and our friendly reception team will find you the right match. You don’t need a GP referral if you’re looking for a private therapist.

We aim to support the diverse community of London, helping to make therapy widely available. That’s why we also offer counselling at low cost if you’re on benefits or a modest income. We are also a private healthcare provider. Ask our reception team for more details when you call to book.

Our specialist services include addiction, anger management, bereavement, children and adolescents, couples, LGBT, multilingual and sex & relationships. We also provide coaching, psychiatry, speech & language clinics, and personal development workshops.

Appointments available seven days a week – helping you fit therapy into your life.


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Our Services

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Forthcoming Courses and Workshops

The Awareness Centre runs a varied programme of part time self-development and training workshops and courses for both clients and therapists, offering the opportunity for personal growth and discovery and the opportunity to develop expertise and extend training.


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Our Directors

  • Michaela McCarthy

    Michaela McCarthy is the Managing Director of TAC. She is a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist, Addictions Specialist, Trainer and Clinical Supervisor.

  • Kelly Garrett

    Kelly Garrett is the Clinical Director of The Awareness Centre. She is a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Relationship Therapist and Clinical Supervisor and a certified Coach.

News from The Awareness Centre

  • The Awareness Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary

    The Awareness Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary

    The Awareness Centre in Clapham SW4 opened its doors to clients 10 years ago in March 2005. We asked Managing Director Michaela McCarthy to look back on her highlights of the last decade and how she combined her business and therapy skills to build a thriving centre. How did you start The Awareness Centre? WithRead more →

  • Two exciting part-time posts available at The Awareness Centre

    Two exciting part-time posts available at The Awareness Centre

    Would you like to work at The Awareness Centre? We currently have two exciting part-time posts available at our busy practice in Clapham, SW4. Practice Manager: We are seeking a professional, well organised and dynamic, UKCP, BACP or BPS accredited clinical Practice Manager. Do you have excellent interpersonal skills and a solid understanding of counselling and psychotherapy? DoRead more →

Talking Therapy Blog

  • How my counselling placement at The Awareness Centre prepared me for private practice

    How my counselling placement at The Awareness Centre prepared me for private practice

    I am a UKCP-registered psychotherapist with a busy private practice in Clapham and Purley. I’m also an NHS clinical team leader. Looking back, I doubt I would have hit the ground running so quickly in my first year in private practice had it not been for my counselling placement at The Awareness Centre. If you’re aRead more →

  • Ten years of therapy in SW4

    Ten years of therapy in SW4

    Michaela McCarthy reflects on a decade of running The Awareness Centre in Clapham. It’s been ten years since I set up The Awareness Centre in Clapham SW4. What started out as a vision and a gut feeling has evolved into a thriving therapy centre helping hundreds of people feel better about themselves every week. That’s whatRead more →

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