Based in Clapham, The Awareness Centre provides short term NHS counselling to clients/patients who are registered with a GP surgery in Lambeth or an inmate at HMP Brixton. We are contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (Slam) and NHS England. All NHS counselling is provided at your GP surgery. To be referred to see an NHS counsellor please make an appointment to see your GP or call Lambeth Psychological Therapies on 020 3228 6747. There is no fee for this service and you can have between 6 – 12 sessions. For further details please view the Self referral brochure. To be referred to see a counsellor within HMP Brixton please speak to a member of the healthcare team within the prison.

We will offer you weekly 50 minute counselling sessions. Appointments are available during the GP opening hours or on Tuesdays and Wednesdays within HMP Brixton Prison. Your counselling sessions are confidential, free of charge and run for 6 sessions. Although your GP will be given some statistical information regarding the outcome of your counselling, the content of the sessions will not be disclosed to your GP without your written consent.

All our counsellors abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and The Awareness Centre has BACP Organisational Membership. Our Counsellors appreciate and respect difference and diversity in culture, age, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, physical ability and spirituality. Our clinical practitioners can offer support for a wide range of issues and use a number of approaches to therapy.

The Awareness Centre also provides a Multilingual Counselling ServiceLGBT Counselling Service and Child & Adolescent Counselling Service within the NHS, Low Cost and Private Counselling Services.

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What people say

I have suffered from depression and anxiety attacks for many years. I began seeing Pinar about 18 months ago and talking therapy has been extremely helpful. I have found her practice to be caring and very professional. For me the process has been sometimes subtle and sometimes hard but I have definitely experienced progress and improvement, interspersed with moments of joyful breakthroughs. I feel much better equipped to deal with my condition and have a better feeling of awareness as a result…
Peter Zek

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