How can talking therapies help?

Talking therapies provides professional psychological support for adults across Merton who are experiencing difficulties.

Due to high demand we are unable to take on any new referrals for individual counselling until October at the earliest. 
If you are interested in having counselling with us in the mean time please do enquiry about group therapy and group support where we still have spaces available.

Who are we?

We are a low-cost counselling service supporting clients through a range of mental health difficulties.


Who are our clients?

Our clients are over the age of 18 and live, work or study in the London Borough of Merton.


What do we do?

Our approach is to work psychodynamically, which means that we’re interested in helping you think about the difficulties you’re facing now, as well as thinking together about your past experiences. 

We offer relatively long-term individual counselling/psychotherapy we also see clients at times for shorter periods of time too, you do not have to commit to long-term counselling/psychotherapy.

We also offer Group Psychotherapy which is a regular, weekly group facilitated by a group analyst.  Please find more information here.


How to book?

We take self-referrals for assessments by phone on:

  • Mondays 9.30am - 12pm
  • Tuesdays 9.30am – 12pm
  • Thursday 9.30am - 12pm and 2-4pm

We get new monthly assessment appointments on the last Thursday of every month.


Counselling appointments occur throughout the day and evening on:


  • Monday - Thursday 9am - 10pm
  • Friday 9am - 8pm
  • Saturday 9am - 2pm


How to contact us

Tel: 020 8296 0030



Due to the ongoing pandemic we are providing counselling via telephone and online.

We ask that clients do not come to Guild House as we are not offering face to face sessions, following government guidance.


How much?

Our fees range from £10 to £80 and are based on your annual income.


For how long?

We offer weekly individual long-term, low cost counselling/psychotherapy for up to 60 sessions. Each session is 50 minutes.

We offer weekly Group Psychotherapy which requires a minimum commitment of 1 year, although clients may attend for up to 3 years.  Group sessions are offered weekly for 90 minutes.  Fees for group psychotherapy are offered on a sliding scale related to income.


How to book for counselling?

To book an assessment please give us a call on 020 8296 0030 for a 20minute triage. During the telephone triage we will book you in for an in-depth 90-minute conversation with an assessor that will take place via telephone or online. We will also add you onto our database and ask you a few questions to get an overview on why you’d like to start therapy; these notes will be passed onto the assessor. Once you’ve had your assessment, it will be decided if we are the right service for you, and which part of our service will suit you.  You will be added onto the waiting list and it could take up to 12 weeks to allocate you to a therapist.  If you are assessed for group therapy, the wait may be shorter.

Please note all assessments are offered on a first come first serve basis. If you are unable to book an assessment, we will ask you to call back on another date.


We need your help...

Every year, we provide financial and emotional support to over 2,000 people in our local community. Since Covid-19 that number has increased, and as well as helping our existing clients, we’re now also providing urgent support to hundreds more local people whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic.