Refer Yourself for NHS Talking Therapy Counselling

Authored by , Reviewed by Dr Colin Tidy | Last edited | Certified by The Information Standard

Talking therapies can be very helpful if you are experiencing stress, low mood, depression or anxiety. Around one in five people suffer from anxiety or depression every year, and talking therapies provide people with support and treatment to overcome these difficulties.

Depending on your problem and where you live in the UK, you may be able to access:

  • Consultation and advice.
  • Courses, workshops and groups.
  • Guided self-help.
  • Individual counselling and psychological therapy.

What to expect

You can find out all about what to expect from talking therapy, how it works and how it might help you, from our leaflet called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

If you refer yourself for counselling, the next step will depend on where you live. You will often have an assessment with a counsellor first. This may be in person or over the phone. The counsellor will find out more about you and can advise you on which form of help would suit you best.

If you think you are depressed, it would be very helpful if you filled in a questionnaire before you speak to the counsellor. This questionnaire, called the PHQ9, will give your therapist a better idea of what your problems are and what help you need. We suggest you complete the questionnaire which you can find here and keep a copy for your appointment.

Find out more

You can find lots of information about depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health disorders from our leaflets. You can also find advice on some ways of managing stress, loneliness and low mood, such as mindfulness.

The self-referral services on this page are not crisis services. If you need urgent help, you should contact your GP, go to your local A&E department or contact the Emergency Services by dialling 999.

If you are having thoughts of self-harm, you can find out more about help which is available and how you can help deal with these thoughts from our information leaflet called Suicidal Thoughts.

How do I refer myself?

You can refer yourself to your local talking therapy service using the links below if you know which city or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) your GP is in.

If you are not sure which CCG you live in, you can find out by entering your postcode in this tool.

Please be aware that self-referral is not available in every part of the UK. Please search the NHS website or contact your GP if you cannot find your area below, or if any of the links are not working.

Local talking therapy services

Ashford Kent

Basildon and Brentwood Essex

Barking and Dagenham Essex

Barnet London

Barnsley Yorkshire

Bath Avon

Bedfordshire

Berkshire

Bexley London

Birmingham

Blackburn with Darwen

Brent London

Bristol Avon

Bromley London

Buckinghamshire

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Camden and Islington London

Central London (Westminster)

Chorley and South Ribble Lancashire

Croydon Surrey/London

Derbyshire

Dorset

Ealing London

East Lancashire

East Surrey or details of all local counselling service providers

Enfield London

Fylde and Wyre Lancashire

Guildford and Waverley CCG Surrey

Gloucestershire

Greater Preston Lancashire

Greenwich London

Hackney London

Hammersmith & Fulham London

Haringey London

Harrogate and Rural District Yorkshire

Harrow London

Havering London

Herefordshire

Hillingdon London

Hounslow London

Kingston London

Kirklees Yorkshire

Lambeth London

Leeds Yorkshire

Leicester City Leicestershire

Leicestershire and Rutland

Lewisham London

London

Lincolnshire

Liverpool Merseyside

Manchester

Medway Kent

Merton London

Mid Essex

Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire

Morecambe Bay Lancashire

Newham London

Newcastle Tyne & Wear

Nottingham City Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire

Norfolk and Waveney

North East Essex

North East Hants and Farnham or details of all local counselling service providers

North East Somerset

North Staffordshire

North Yorkshire

North West Surrey CCGs or details of all local counselling service providers

Oxfordshire

Redbridge London

Redditch and Bromsgrove Worcestershire

Richmond Surrey

Richmondshire Yorkshire

Scarborough and Ryedale Yorkshire

Sheffield Yorkshire

Shropshire

South Essex

Southampton Hampshire

Southwark London

South Worcestershire

St Helens Merseyside

Suffolk

Sunderland

Surrey Downs or details of all local counselling service providers

Surrey Heath or details of all local counselling service providers

Sutton Surrey

Swale Kent

Telford and Wreakin Shropshire

Thurrock Essex

Vale of York Yorkshire

Waltham Forest London

Wandsworth London

West Essex

West Lancashire

Westminster London

Wirral Merseyside

Wolverhampton West Midlands

Wyre Forest Worcestershire

While every effort is made to keep these details up to date, the company cannot be held responsible for links to NHS services. If you have any queries, please contact your GP.

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