The Awareness Centre

The Awareness Centre (TAC) was founded in 2005 by Michaela McCarthy and has developed into one of the leading providers of Counselling and Psychotherapy in London. Kelly Garrett joined TAC as the Clinical Director in 2012 and works with Michaela and the team to continue to develop the Centre and its mental health services.

At The Awareness Centre we have more than 150 practitioners offering different talking therapies approaches to support our ever-growing clientele. Some of our counsellors also work with clients via Skype, and some offer telephone sessions.

We work with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing. All of our experienced counsellors and psychotherapists are fully qualified, registered and insured. Our therapists work within our NHSLow Cost or Private Counselling Services and we are a registered healthcare provider. We also provide Multilingual, LGBTChildren and Adolescent, Anger Management, AddictionBereavement, Eating Disorders, Couples and Sex and Relationship counselling and mental health services to support the London community.

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.

The Awareness Centre is a limited company and works with other commercial and charity organisations. It is contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) and South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) to work in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) to deliver counselling within GP surgeries in Lambeth and Wandsworth. It is also contracted by Care UK to deliver the counselling service in HMP Brixton, which is a category C prison for men.

TAC provides personal development workshops for clients. All of our facilitators come with a wealth of experience.

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

Our philosophy at The Awareness Centre is to offer a relaxing environment where clients and practitioners can co-create a therapeutic relationship. This space enables clients to explore issues, thoughts and meaning, to support their mental health and develop self-awareness at their own pace. We also believe that ‘one approach to therapy does not treat or teach all’, so it is worth looking at our website, or speaking to a member of our team, to find the right path for you.

We are open seven days a week, between 7.00am-10.00pm on Monday to Friday, 9.00am-6.00pm on Saturday and 10am-2.00pm on Sundays. We are closed on Bank Holidays. Should you need to contact TAC during out of hours, our emergency number for urgent calls only is 07850 282 495. The Centre also provides disabled access.



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