What are Talking Therapies?

People who are unhappy or in distress often feel a need to talk.

Talking Therapies represent a range of psychological interventions which provide an opportunity to share your problems in privacy and confidence with a person who is trained and skilled in the art of listening and who is not personally involved in your situation. Talking Therapies are often referred to as counselling.

Counselling is more than just talking. Counselling is also about change and can help you build on your strengths, while you discover new ways of managing the more problematic aspects of your life. This process can lead you to a deeper understanding of yourself and of the factors which have given rise to your problems in the first place.

How We Did In 2016-17

In the last year we:

~ Delivered 3745 hours of counselling

~ Treated 416 people

~ 66% were treated for anxiety and depression

~ 33% for severe depression, bereavement, identity and anger management issues

~ 50% reported reduction in their levels of anxiety and depression as a result of using the service

" I felt supported and listened to. I was very critical of myself but now I see that these voices are not my voices and my therapist helped me to see it. I love Mind's Talking Therapy"

" I am glad that I was able to get counselling because it offered me support and introduced a new way of thinking. It helped to diffuse a lot of the pain and anger that I had been carrying"

~ Our Mother Tongue Service was awarded Westminster Neighbourhood Project of the Year for the work they have done in bringing Talking Therapies and mental health support to Arabic and Farsi speaking communities in North Westminster and Kensington

If you want to find out more about our Talking Therapies and counselling you can download our leaflet by clicking on the Communities of Recovery image below. If you want to aply or make a referral you can do so by clicking on the Referral Form icon below.


Please note that you must be a resident in, or registered with a GP in, Westminster in order to access 1:2:1 counselling.

What are the different approaches in counselling?

Just as there are different ways of using counselling, there are a variety of approaches used by counsellors. We offer integrative, psycho-dynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and existential approaches. However, clients often report that it is the quality of the relationship with the counsellor that matters rather than the details of the particular approach.

How will I know if counselling is helping me?  

For some people, counselling can bring about an immediate improvement. Whilst for others, change happens more gradually. Your counsellor can help you to monitor your progress. 

Cultural and Gender Sensitive Counselling 

For some people, it is important to be counselled by someone who comes from a similar or a completely different background. Our counsellors come from a range of different cultures and some can offer counselling in languages other than English. If you have any culture, gender or language preferences, please let us know. 

Mother Tongue Counselling 

Mother Tongue Counselling Service is committed to provide one-to-one talking therapy sessions personalised to suit the linguistic and cultural needs.

For more details click here.

London South Bank University Services

Counselling and Mental Health Support Services for students at London South Bank University (LSBU) commence in September 2017. To find out more about the service and how to access it contact us on:

020 7259 8134 

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Honorary Counselling Placements

To find out more about how to apply to become an honorary counsellor, click here

Contact Us

Wandsworth & Westminster Mind
Hopkinson House
6 Osbert Street
London SW1P 2QU

020 7259 8100

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