Counselling and psychotherapy in Hove and central London

In Crisis?

If you need immediate help or are feeling suicidal then there are people who can support you straight away.  Please consider the following options:

  • Samaritans
    For anyone in crisis the Samaritans offer confidential emotional support.
    Telephone: 01273 772277 (Brighton branch) or 08457 90 90 90 (UK wide) – 24 hour helpline
  • or go to, or call, your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling.
  • Contact NHS by calling 111
  • Make an urgent appointment to see your GP
  • Grassroots Suicide Prevention
    A Brighton-based charity that supports people who are at risk of suicide.  You can download a helpful app via the website called ‘Stay Alive’.  More resources are also available on the website.
  • Staying Safe
    This site provides Information about how to make a Safety Plan for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts or supporting someone else. It’s designed to offer hope, compassion and practical ideas on how to find your own way forward.
  • Shout
    This is a 24/7 text crisis service.  Text Shout to 85258.  Sometimes it feels too hard to talk.
  • Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) (formerly BURS)
    Available for people needing support in a crisis when other services are closed. MHRRS is available to assess your needs urgently out of hours: contact MHRRS, if you can, before considering attending A&E for mental health needs in the Brighton area.                     Opening hours: after 5 pm every week day, and anytime at weekends                       Telephone number: 0300 3040078

Low Cost Therapy in Brighton and London

The Rock Clinic in Brighton has two locations and offers low cost short and longer term counselling with trainee counsellors.  An assessment costs £15 and ongoing fees are £15 per session.  Telephone: 01273 621841 (270 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5TA) or 01273 326826 (8 Western Street, Brighton BN1 2PG)

The Minster Centre in Queens Park, North London offers low cost long-term counselling and psychotherapy with senior trainee therapists.  An assessment costs £15 and ongoing fees are on a sliding scale of £45 – £10 depending on circumstances.  Telephone: 020 7644 6242

Other Useful Organisations

Alcoholics Anonymous
A national 24 hr helpline for anyone with a drinking problem.
Telephone: 0845 769 7555
Email: help(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably)
A small but innovative charity that campaigns to reduce suicide among men and raise their awareness of mental health issues.  It was set up in response to the fact that suicide remains the single biggest killer of young men in the UK.

A free 24 hr information telephone line which supports children and young people.
Telephone: 0800 11 11

Domestic Violence Helpline
A 24 hr helpline for anyone experiencing domestic violence, or a family member or friend.
Telephone: 0808 2000 247

For anyone concerned about their own drinking or a family member or friend.
Telephone: 0300 123 1110

A friendly, confidential 24 hr drugs advice helpline.
Telephone: 0300 123 6600

Let’s Talk About Loss
A new charity set up by a young person for young people aged 18-35 who have experienced the loss of someone close to them at any stage of their lives. Peer-led meet up groups exist around the country, including Brighton, and more are being created.

A service specifically for men suffering domestic abuse or violence.
Telephone: 01823 334244

A mental health service run by lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans and queer people.  The service is based in Brighton but provides support nationwide.  It offers advice and information, advocacy, a peer support group programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring service, an out of hours online chat service, and a food and allotment project.
Telephone: 01273 234839
Email: info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Narcotics Anonymous
A 24 hr service offering support for anyone with a drug problem
Telephone: 0300 999 1212

A global online support network for those wanting to stop smoking.

A national award winning charity based in Brighton and offering support and sanctuary from domestic abuse and violence.

Call RISE on 0300 323 9985

National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

Call 999 if you or someone you know is in danger

Helpline offering emotional support for anyone effected by mental illness
Telephone: 08457 678 000

Stand Alone
A charity that offers support for adults who are estranged from their families or their children. As well as one-to-one support, the charity runs meet-up groups and workshops and also has a selection of helpful guides on its website.
Email: contact(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Stop Hate Crime
24 hr support for people who have been affected by hate crime.  Victims and witnesses can make contact to report hate crimes, access support and get information.
Telephone: 0800 138 1625
Email: talk(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)     Text: 07717 989 025

Survivors Network
A service providing support for women who have experienced rape or sexual assault.
Telephone: 01273 720110

Sussex Police
In a non-emergency call 101 (Calls cost a flat rate of 15p per call)
If you are hearing or speech impaired call 18000

Sussex Mental Healthline
The healthline is accessible for people who are hearing or speech impaired via Text Relay with trained operators who are experienced in taking these calls. To start a call, dial 18002 then the full phone number of the helpline: 0300 5000 101.

The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals.  You do not need an appointment. The service is available to anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend.  It provides immediate support for people experiencing distress.

For callers whose first language is not English, a telephone interpreter can be arranged for other community languages.  Just telephone the helpline and let them know the language needed and they will make the necessary arrangements.

Telephone: 0300 5000 101.  Available Monday to Friday 5pm to 9am, and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays.

Together for Mental Wellbeing
A charity that provides help to anyone experiencing mental health problems.  With 56 centres around the country, Together offers a wide range of services such as drop-ins, peer support, counselling, social networking, criminal justice support, and advocacy.
Telephone: 020 7780 7300

Victim Support
A free and confidential service which helps victims of crime, witnesses, their families and friends.
Telephone: 0845 30 30 900

Counselling and Psychotherapy Accrediting Bodies

BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) – one of the UK’s largest accrediting bodies for counselling and psychotherapy, where you can also search for members

UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) – another key accrediting body weighted towards psychotherapists rather than counsellors, and where you can also search for members