Free Counselling

Free Counselling Consultation

You may be considering counselling and wondering how it might help you, and perhaps you’re not quite sure what’s involved or where to start. It can be difficult to choose a therapist from a list on the internet, without understanding the process of counselling or having the space to ask questions first, and before committing to paying fees for your sessions.

That’s why we offer a free counselling consultation at The Awareness Centre to help you discover what counselling is all about and whether it’s what you need right now. We believe it’s important to support the south London community in helping find the right therapist for you.


Are you struggling with the dark cloud of depression?

During the free counselling session you’ll have the space to discuss what you want from therapy, and to find out how counselling works, how long it lasts, and what you can expect to gain from it. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the different types of therapy we offer, to help you gain a sense of whether counselling feels right for you.

We can offer you a one-off, 30-minute free counselling session if you’re a new client looking to explore and discuss your counselling options at The Awareness Centre. We have more than 150 therapists working with us who offer various approaches to therapy and work with many presenting issues, and we can help identify the therapist who best matches your needs, your availability and your budget.


Five good reasons to try free counselling at The Awareness Centre

Book your free counselling session

You can book a free counselling session by calling the reception team on 020 8673 4545, or by emailing We are open seven days a week.

Your appointment will be face-to-face with one of our senior therapists.  They will be able to recommend which of our services is most appropriate for you.

`I started the counselling in distress and turmoil. After a few sessions, I am now calm, in peace with myself, and clearer regarding who I am and where I am.`


We offer the following therapy services:

  • NHS Counselling: If you are registered with a GP surgery in Lambeth, you can access short-term counselling for free. You can go through your GP or refer yourself directly to Lambeth Talking Therapies (LTT) by calling 0203 228 6747. The Awareness Centre is partnered with LTT to provide counselling services across Lambeth.
  • Low Cost Counselling Service (LCCS): This could be an option for you if you’re receiving benefits – including working tax credit – as well as for people who are registered disabled, pensioners and students. The fee per 50-minute counselling session through LCCS is £15.  If you’re not on benefits but currently have a low income, we can offer low-cost weekly counselling sessions at £30 per session.

The Awareness Centre is a private healthcare provider so you may be able to use your medical insurance. The medical insurance companies we work with are; Allianz, Aviva, AXA PPP, BUPA, BUPA International, Cigna, Pru-Health, Simply Health and WPA.

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What people say

Just over 2 years ago, I had an inkling that I was struggling emotionally when my GP referred me (and my actively comforting death-wish) to TAC []. I’ve been working with [my therapist] once a week ever since and, put in very simple terms, she’s given me the secure space to try out being my emotional self (initially, having come to realise that I had one at all) and, ultimately, the beginnings of a deep bedrock of understanding from which to let my whole self fly. No quick fixes here, no mer…
Anon. (female), 45 years

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