About The Awareness Centre (TAC)

The Awareness Centre was founded in 2005 and has since developed into one of London’s leading providers of safe, confidential counselling and psychotherapy services for a range of mental health issues. Our main centres are based in Clapham (2005) offering both private and low cost therapy, and Tooting (2019) offering private therapy only. Michaela McCarthy, our Managing Director, also runs her private practice offering counselling, psychotherapy and psychosexual & relationship therapy in Wimpole Street.

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TAC: Offering Tailored Support From Leading Specialists

The Awareness Centre boasts a team of over 300 therapists offering confidential counselling, psychotherapy and psychology services from our centres in London. If you’re taking the step to reach out for support, TAC can help you find the therapist that’s right for you.

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Our private counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists are all either members or accredited with one or more of the following professional bodies:

The Awareness Centre is a limited company and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

About Therapy Services

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TAC is a registered healthcare provider boasting over 300 practitioners. Our specialists strive to meet the diverse mental health and wellbeing needs of our clients through face-to-face talking therapies and online sessions. We offer  low cost, NHS and private therapy services.

Our experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists working in private practice are fully qualified, registered and insured. They offer multi-theoretical approaches and are able to work with a range of presenting issues. We have the capacity for various specialisms and currently offer counselling in more than 30 languages. Some of our counsellors also offer online and telephone sessions.

About Our Training School

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

Most of our low-cost therapy sessions are delivered by counsellors, psychotherapists and in-training counselling psychologists. All of our placement therapists are members of one or more of the recognised professional accreditation bodies.

Find out more about the TAC Training School

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Open 7 days a week

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2 London centres

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Disabled access

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Low-cost therapy available

Private Psychologist Appointment Times At Our London Centres

Monday – Thursday

7.00am – 10.00pm


7.00am – 9.00pm


9.00am – 5.30pm


10.00am – 2.00pm

Front of House Team

Monday – Thursday

9.00am – 6.30pm


9.00am – 9.00pm


9.00am – 2.00pm


9.00am – 2.00pm

Discover NHS, Private & Low-Cost Counselling

  • Our NHS clients are individuals aged 18+ registered with GP surgeries in the boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth and Sutton.
  • Our low-cost counselling service is for people aged 18+, and we work with individuals or couples.
  • Our private clients include individuals, couples and families, children aged from three years, young people from 13-17 years, and people aged 18+.
Low Cost Counselling at The Awareness Centre

TAC accepts self-referrals and referrals from community learning difficulties teams for both children and adults, mental health teams, probation service teams, substance misuse teams, GPs, nurses, psychiatrists, and other professionals to our NHS and private therapy services. TAC accepts self-referrals only for our low-cost counselling services.

Our Philosophy, Mission, Values, and Vision

Our philosophy at The Awareness Centre is that no single approach to mental health is right for everyone and, as such, we ensure that we work with therapists who have a range of experience, backgrounds, and specialist knowledge. We welcome and encourage diversity and unity in our therapists, clients, trainees, and tutors to facilitate an environment in which mental health services are accessible and beneficial for all. 

The Awareness Centre’s mission is to be a positive force in the counselling and psychotherapy community by offering high-quality mental health services and training to all. The Awareness Centre endeavours to enhance our clients’ mental well-being and develop our trainee therapists to do the same, by providing outstanding training to the next generation of mental health practitioners.

The Awareness Centre values respect, compassion, and empathy for everyone, as well as integrity and transparency about our services and offerings. We are dedicated to the well-being of our clients, staff and students, and are passionate about education and increasing awareness of mental health issues. Our vision is to continually improve and enhance the mental health industry by committing to the training and development of our students and consistently providing exceptional mental health services to all.

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The Awareness Centre works with a range of other commercial and charity organisations. It is contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) to work in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) to deliver six or 12 free counselling sessions within GP surgeries in Lambeth, Wandsworth and Sutton.

Our Blog

Take a look at some of our recent blog posts, covering topics from post-lockdown anxiety to our therapy training services.

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Are you a therapist keen to grow your private practice and receive more referrals? Hire a therapy room at The Awareness Centre (TAC) and we’ll refer clients into your current practice.

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The Awareness Centre (TAC) Training School offers a centre of excellence for counselling training and continuing professional development (CPD) for therapists, based at The Awareness Centre in Clapham SW4.

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Are you looking for a voluntary therapist role in a counselling placement that challenges you as much as it supports you? The Awareness Centre runs one of the biggest voluntary counselling placements in London.