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The Counselling and Health Advice Service aims to offer support to students who need help. Sometimes this means helping students to access services outside of UAL that can offer longer term or specialist support.

We do not endorse any of these organisations, but have compiled a list of organisations that you may find helpful.


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Local counselling services in London

Self Help

  • Abuse

    The Havens

    The Havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

    Phone: 020 3299 6900

    London Trauma Specialists

    Private service offering trauma focused psychological therapy.

    Phone: 0208 1917250



    Supporting recovery from Child Abuse. NAPAC offers phone and email support to survivors of sexual abuse during childhood. They also run support groups in London.

    Phone: 0808 801 0331

    NHS – Help after Rape or Sexual Assault

    NHS advice after sexual assault

    Phone: 111 or 999 in an emergency


    Providing services for women, children and young people who have experienced male violence

    One in Four

    Supporting people who have experienced child sexual abuse and trauma

    Revenge Porn Helpline

    This site provides Online Welfare Advice Packs for University Students

    These advice packs cover a range of topics and aim to promote online welfare, encourage students to create a positive online presence and find support if things go wrong.

    Helpline: 03456 000 459 (10am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.)


    Respond works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy,campaigning and other support.

  • Addiction

    AA – Alcoholics Anonymous

    AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics

    Helpline: 0800 9177 650



    Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire is there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking.

    Helpline: 0800 0086 811

    ASCA – Addiction Support and Care Agency

    Counselling and group services for alcohol and drug misusers in Richmond and Kingston boroughs.

    Club Drug Clinic

    The CNWL Club Drug Clinic is a free service dedicated to club drug users living in the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Offers drop in service, no appointment necessary.

    EACH Counselling

    Counselling service in Ealing, West London that includes support with addictions.


    Friendly, confidential drugs advice with drugs A – Z and online chat daily 2 to 6pm.

    NA – Narcotics Anonymous

    NA run groups to support abstinence from use of all drugs.

    Helpline: 0300 999 1212

    Phoenix Futures

    Phoenix Futures are a charity and housing association which helps people overcome drug and alcohol problems.

    Royal College of Psychiatrists

    Information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the connection between alcohol and depression.

  • Anxiety

    Anxiety UK

    Anxiety UK work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression.

    Centre for Clinical Interventions

    The Centre for Clinical Interventions has various self help resources for addressing anxiety.

    NHS – Generalised anxiety disorder in adults

    NHS information on anxiety

    No Panic

    No Panic is a registered charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillizers.

    Royal College of Psychiatrists – Anxiety, Panic and Phobias

    Information on anxiety, panic and phobias

  • Bereavement

    Bereavement Advice Centre

    Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and web-based information service. They give practical information and advice and signposting on the many issues and procedures that face us after the death of someone close.

    Helpline: 0800 634 9494 - Mon to Fri, 9am - 5pm


    Bereavement counselling service for Camden, City, Islington and Westminster residents.

    Cruse Bereavement Care

    Cruse offer support, advice and information when someone dies. Includes information on bereavement counselling services.

    The Good Grief Trust

    Information and support for the bereaved.

    Hope Again

    Bereavement support and information for young people, provided by Cruse.

    The Loss Foundation

    The Loss Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer.

    Royal College of Psychiatrists - Bereavement

    Information on bereavement.

    SAMM (Support after Murder and Manslaughter)

    SAMM is a national UK Charity supporting families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter.

    Helpline: 0845 872 3440

    Southwark Carers Bereavement Counselling Service

    Confidential bereavement counselling service for people living in Southwark.

    Suicide Bereaved Network

    Provides peer support to anyone who has experienced suicide loss.

    Support After Suicide Partnership

    This is a network of organisations that support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide

    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS)

    SoBS exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.

    National Helpline: 0300 111 5065 - 9am-9pm Monday to Friday

  • Carers

    Carers Trust

    Carers Trust provides a directory of organisations that support carers.

    Carers UK

    Carers UK provides advice, information and support to carers.

    Southwark Carers

    Counselling service for carers in Southwark.

    UAL - Student Carers

    Information from UAL about student carers.

  • Couples and Family Therapy

    Institute of Family Therapy

    The Institute of Family Therapy (IFT) offer help to couples, families and other relationship groups who are finding relationships problematic and would like the opportunity to explore and think about those issues.


    Relate are the UK's largest provider of relationship support.

    Tavistock Relationships

    Tavistock Relationships supports couples through therapy and psychoeducation.

  • Domestic Violence


    LGBT+ anti violence charity supports those who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

    Respect UK

    Respect is the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and young people’s violence in close relationships.

    Solace Women’s Aid

    Free and confidential advice and support for women in London affected by abuse.

    Women and Girls Network

    Women and Girls Network (WGN) is a free, women-only service that supports women in London who have experienced violence, or are at risk of violence.

    Woman’s Trust

    Woman’s Trust is a charity that provides free counselling and therapy for female survivors of domestic violence, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and other forms of domestic abuse.

  • Eating Disorders


    Support for people with eating disorders.

  • Ethnicity

    The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network

    BAATN is the home of the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK.

    Black Minds Matter UK

    Black Minds Matter is providing black people in the UK with FREE therapy with professional black therapists.

    You can select a therapist from their website based on your needs, arrange a session and they will cover the cost.

    Chinese International Students Wellbeing Support Centre

    CISC are committed to providing a full spectrum of support to Chinese international students who are living in the UK and to provide them with emotional wellbeing support that will help the Chinese international students community in the cultural adaptation process and achieve their academic goals and personal aims.

    Chinese Welfare Trust

    Free counselling sessions are available to Chinese, East and Southeast Asian victims of covid related hate. This service is free of charge and provided by bilingual qualified counsellors.


    Nafsiyat offers free short-term intercultural therapy to people from diverse backgrounds who live in Islington, Enfield, Camden and Haringey. They also have a paying service for residents of other boroughs.

    Shades of Noir

    Shades of Noir are a global community of academics and creative practitioners who champion social-justice pedagogy and develop practices which centre the voices of the marginalised in the arts, culture and Higher Education for equality, cultural capital and the acknowledgement of those who came before. They can support people of colour through a variety of activities including safe crits.

  • LGBT+

    Albany Trust

    Albany Trust Charity is one of the few specialist counselling and psychotherapy services based within South London, that provides high quality professional support around gender, sexuality and relationship issues.

    Beaumont Society

    The Beaumont society offers help and support for the transgender community.


    Holistic wellbeing, counselling and sexual health services for trans people, their partners and friends.


    An LGBT+ anti-violence charity supporting those who have experienced hate crimes, domestic abuse or sexual violence.

    Gendered Intelligence

    A charity specialising in raising awareness of gender diversity.


    GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.


    GMFA is the UK's leading charity dedicated to gay men's health.

    London Friend

    London Friend support the health and mental well-being of the LGB&T community in and around London.


    Mermaids campaigns on trans issues and offers support to young people and their families.


    Equality and diversity charity providing health, community and youth services in London and the South East.


    Sexual health service also offering counselling and support groups for trans people. Support offered across London and specifically in Merton and Wandsworth.

    Switchboard – LGBT Helpline

    Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most.

    Helpline: 0300 330 0630 (10am - 10pm daily)

  • Mental Health

    Bipolar UK

    Bipolar UK provide support and information about bipolar disorder.

    Centre for Clinical Interventions

    The Centre for Clinical Interventions is an Australian website providing a variety of online information sheets and workbooks on mental health. Issues covered include anxiety, depression, perfectionism and social anxiety along with many others.

    Every Mind Matters

    This is an NHS led initiative to support good mental health. It includes a quiz to help you develop a personalised plan to support good mental health.

    Good Thinking

    Good Thinking can help you access over 120 online resources for supporting good mental health. Available to London residents.

    Mentally Chill

    UAL’s Students’ Union runs Mentally Chill, a society for those with mental health illness. The society’s aim is to reach out and help others in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

    Mind A-Z Mental Health

    Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Their website includes a guide to different mental health issues. Some local branches of Mind also provide low cost counselling.


    MindSET offer free peer-led creative, interactive and practical support for your mental health.

    NHS Mental Health Apps Library

    A directory of apps recommended by the NHS for mental health concerns such as self-harming, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention.

    NHS Moodzone

    NHS information on how to manage stress, anxiety and depression.


    Rethink provides information on services and local support groups. They also have fact sheets on medication and mental health conditions and symptoms.

    Royal College of Psychiatrists

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional medical body representing psychiatrists. Their website contains a useful directory of problems and disorders including symptoms and treatment information.

  • Personality Disorders

    Body and Soul

    Body and Soul is a free service based in Islington that offers a range of support including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

    Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder: Finding a Way Forward

    Online video by The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust explaining more about Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.

    Mind Reframed - DBT Programme

    Mind Reframed offer private Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for individual's diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Please note this is a private service and charges fees

    Rethink – Personality Disorder

    Rethink are a charity providing information and advice about mental health. Here they provide information on personality disorders.

    Royal College of Psychiatrists – Personality Disorder

    Information on symptoms and treatment for personality disorders.

  • Sexual Health

    56 Dean St

    Dean St is an NHS HIV and STI clinic in Soho


    British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is the UK's leading abortion care service.


    Brook provides free advice on sexual health and wellbeing.

    Marie Stopes

    Marie Stopes is the leading independent provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the UK.


    National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service (NUPAS) has been commissioned by the NHS to provide FREE pregnancy advice, counselling and abortion termination treatment clinics including pregnancy testing and STI screening.

    Terrence Higgins Trust

    THT provides HIV testing, STI testing, sexual health information and therapy services for people living with HIV.

  • Stress

    Mind information on Stress

    Mind has information on stress and how to manage it.

    NHS – how to deal with Stress

    NHS information on how to deal with stress.

  • Suicide Prevention

    Body and Soul

    Body and Soul offers the 'You are not alone' 20 week DBT programme for people aged 16 to 30 who have attempted suicide.


    The Campaign Against Living Miserably works to prevent male suicide.

    Helpline: 0808 802 58 58

    The Listening Place

    The Listening Place offers face to face support for those who feel that life is no longer worth living.


    Maytree offers a sanctuary for the suicidal. Maytree aims to alleviate suffering and help people in suicidal crisis to re-engage with life and to restore hope.


    PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They run a helpline for young people under 35 who are having suicidal thoughts or feelings.

    Helpline: 0800 068 4141


  • Wellbeing

    The Free Mindfulness Project

    The Free Mindfulness Project hosts a growing collection of free-to-download mindfulness meditation exercises.


    Headspace is a meditation app with free and paid services.

    Mindfulness for Students

    A site with mindfulness information at exercises, directed at students.


    Moodgym is an interactive online self-help resource to assist with anxiety and depression.

    The Wellbeing Thesis

    An online resource for postgraduate research students to support your wellbeing, learning and research.