The Awareness Centre (TAC) was founded in 2005 by Michaela McCarthy and has developed into one of the leading providers of Counselling and Psychotherapy in London. Kelly Garrett joined TAC as the Clinical Director in 2012 and works with Michaela and their team to continue to develop the Centre.

The Awareness Centre has over 150 practitioners offering different approaches of talking therapies to support our ever growing clientele. Some of our counsellors also work with clients via Skype and telephone sessions.

We work with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents and groups and all of our experienced counsellors and psychotherapists are fully qualified, registered and insured. Our therapists work within our NHSLow Cost or Private Counselling Services and we are a registered healthcare provider. We also provide a Multilingual, LGBTChildren and Adolescent, Anger Management, Addiction and Bereavement counselling service to support the London community.

We accept self-referrals and referrals from community learning difficulties teams for both children and adults, mental health teams, probation service teams, substance misuse teams, GP’s, Nurses, Psychiatrists, and other professionals.

The Awareness Centre is a limited company and works with other commercial and charity organisations. We are contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) providing a counselling service within GP’s surgeries in Lambeth and work in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). We are also contracted by NHS England to provide the counselling service in HMP Brixton, which is a category C prison for men.

We provide a range of personal development workshops for clients and clinical courses for counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists looking to develop their learning and skills as a practitioner. Our facilitators come with a wealth of experience.

The Awareness Centre provides the largest voluntary Counselling Placement for therapists, offering both short and long term therapy to clients in London. We recruit therapists from the most established clinical training institutes in London.

Although Michaela and Kelly lead The Awareness Centre, and work in private practice as psychotherapists, both come from a business background and believe in providing an integrative approach to clinical therapy. During Michaela’s clinical training she had a vision to share her own personal and professional development with others and decided to embark on a journey to establish The Awareness Centre.

Our philosophy at The Awareness Centre is to offer a relaxing environment so that clients and practitioners can co-create a therapeutic relationship. This space will enable clients to explore issues, thoughts, meaning and develop their self-awareness at their own pace. We also believe that ‘one approach to therapy does not treat or teach all’, so it is worth looking at our website, or speaking to a member of our team, to find the right path for you.

We are open seven days a week, between 7.00am-10.00pm on Monday to Friday, 9.00am-6.00pm on Saturday and 10am-4.00pm on Sundays. We are closed on Bank Holidays. Should you need to contact us during out of hours, our emergency number for urgent calls only is 07850 282 495. Our Centre also provides disabled access.

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