Counselling (talking therapies)
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
Basildon and Brentwood Essex
Barking and Dagenham Essex
Camden and Islington London
Chorley and South Ribble Lancashire
Fylde and Wyre Lancashire
Guildford and Waverley CCG Surrey
Greater Preston Lancashire
Hammersmith & Fulham London
Harrogate and Rural District Yorkshire
Leicester City Leicestershire
Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire
Morecambe Bay Lancashire
Newcastle Tyne & Wear
Nottingham City Nottinghamshire
Redditch and Bromsgrove Worcestershire
Scarborough and Ryedale Yorkshire
St Helens Merseyside
Telford and Wreakin Shropshire
Vale of York Yorkshire
Waltham Forest London
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.