Welcome to The Awareness Centre in South London, a counselling centre offering mental health services and talking therapies tailored just for you.

If you’re taking the step to reach out for support, The Awareness Centre (TAC) can help you find the therapist that’s right for you. TAC has a team of over 300 therapists offering counsellingpsychotherapy and psychology, in more than 25 languages, on a short-term and open-ended basis to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of individuals, couples and families.

All TAC’s counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists work from The Awareness Centre in Clapham and in Tooting, and some therapists work from other consulting rooms in South London, including Balham, Battersea, Borough, London Bridge, Pimlico, Mitcham, Streatham, Southfields, West Norwood and Wimbledon.

Got a busy schedule?

The Awareness Centre is open seven days a week, with early appointments from 7am and latest sessions at 9pm.

On a tight budget?

TAC also offers affordable ways of accessing counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology through our low cost service, if you are on benefits or a low income.

Not sure which therapy’s right for you?

Just call 020 8673 4545 and our friendly reception team will help find you the right match. You don’t need a GP referral if you’re looking for a private therapist. The Awareness Centre is also a private healthcare provider.

Our specialist counselling services include addictionanger managementbereavementchildren and adolescentscouples, eating disordersLGBT and sex & relationships. We also offer personal development workshops.

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

Take a positive step today. Contact our reception team

Call us on 020 8673 4545 or book an appointment online

Our Therapy Services

What our clients say

Read more about our clients' experiences at The Awareness Centre


  • I think I need counselling. Where do I start?

    The first step is to find a therapist you can work with. If you’d like to make a start, check out our team of therapists to see which one appeals to you, and has the experience and expertise for the issues you’re bringing to therapy.

    If you’d like more guidance, please call our reception team on 020 8673 4545 and they will point you in the right direction.

  • Do I need a GP referral to make an appointment with a counsellor?

    If you are seeking private therapy then no, you won’t need to speak to your GP first. If you’re coming to counselling through private healthcare then yes, you will need a GP referral first.

  • What happens during a counselling session?

    In your first session your therapist will take you through an initial assessment, which will be a series of questions to get to know you and the issues you’re bringing to therapy. Your counsellor will also want to find out about your current health and wellbeing, as well as issues and patterns from your past that you may want to work through. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about how therapy will work.

    Counselling is a talking therapy, so you do the talking and your therapist does the listening, questioning and reflecting. Therapy offers a safe, confidential space each week for you to feel heard and understood, to gain new perspective on difficulties in your life, and build a stronger sense of self.

  • How much do sessions cost?

    Within our low-cost counselling service, sessions start at £20 per 50-minute session if you’re on benefits, or £35 if you’re on a low income. Fees for our private therapists range from £50 to £130.

Our Directors

Michaela McCarthyMichaela 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 GarrettKelly 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.


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