A list of counselling services available in Merton is available here:

These organisations can also help you to find a counsellor:

 

What is counselling?

Counselling can be helpful for a wide range of difficulties such as:

  • depression
  • relationship problems
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • low self-esteem
  • eating problems
  • sexual problems
  • bereavement and loss
  • trauma resulting from accident, assault or abuse

 

Advice for choosing a counsellor

Under current regulations anyone can set themselves up as a psychotherapist or counsellor and charge patients for consultations. This leads to a wide variation in the level of competence and expertise available.

When employing counsellors you should ensure that their recruitment arrangements are stringent and that therapists meet the training and supervision standards identified by the relevant professional organisations. You should also should be aware of what to expect from a counsellor and should work with counsellors who subscribe to professional bodies recognised codes of ethics and practice.