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NHS Counselling

NHS Counselling provided by The Awareness Centre

The Awareness Centre is contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and NHS England to provide counselling to patients registered at GP surgeries in Lambeth, and to inmates at HMP Brixton.

Counselling at GP surgeries in Lambeth

To be referred to see an NHS counsellor, please make an appointment to see your GP or call Lambeth Talking Therapies on 0203 228 6747. There is no fee for this service, and you will be offered between six and 12 sessions. We provide weekly 50-minute confidential counselling sessions during GP opening hours Monday to Friday. Some Saturday and Sunday morning appointments are also available. For further details please view the self referral brochure.

When referring yourself for NHS counselling, you will initially be assessed on the phone by Lambeth Talking Therapies before being allocated to a counsellor. The team will also gain your consent to contact your GP, who will receive some statistical information regarding the outcome of your counselling. In accordance with BACP ethical guidelines, confidentiality will be broken if there is risk of harm to yourself of others.

Our clinical practitioners can offer support for a wide range of issues, and use a number of approaches to therapy.

`When I started the sessions I was in a very bad place. Having the opportunity to talk through issues and concerns, without being judged, has been liberating. Thank you.`

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Our NHS counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists are registered with one or more of the following professional bodies:

NHS Clinical Team

NHS Counsellors

Confidentiality and ethics

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, religious beliefs and spirituality.

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What people say

[My therapist’s] calming presence really helped me to be frank and honest. Having someone listen so intently and make poignant observations is a rare thing. She uses this to great effect – guiding you back to issues which need addressing
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