If you’re over 55 and registered with a Camden GP, you can use our counselling service to talk through any emotional issues or concerns in a confidential and non judgemental way.
Counselling can provide valuable support, where you can explore any difficult, emotional feelings or concerns you may. Talking to an independent, trained counsellor can help you to feel less isolated, can enrich existing relationships, help you adjust to issues such as the loss of others, your own illness or disability, or help you to cope with other changes in your life.
Watch our short film* to find out more about the benefits of talking therapies.
What to expect
Your counsellor will not give you advice or tell you what to do, but will work with you to make those changes that are possible, and develop a greater understanding of yourself and your life.
“What felt particularly helpful was the opportunity to talk very openly to someone who listened very carefully. It helped me to focus my thoughts. It taught me not to sweep things under the carpet.”
Counselling for people from black and minority ethnic communities
We have a designated service for older people from black and minority ethnic communities, including refugees, and may be able to provide counselling in your first language. Whether you have grown up in the UK, or moved here at some later stage in life, the opportunity to explore your feelings safely, and to receive support in your first language, can be an extremely valuable experience.
Counselling for people with dementia
Our counselling service also provides emotional support for older people with early stage dementia or Alzheimer's disease, or those who are struggling with memory loss, and their families.
We can also provide counselling for people who are concerned about memory loss, whether or not dementia has been formally diagnosed, and who may be struggling with the impact of cognitive changes and losses, or the fear of such losses.
Equally, if you are the carer, partner or close family member of someone with dementia, counselling may be a valuable source of help and support.
We have a group therapy service, which provides another kind of therapeutic support. Sharing with other people on weekly basis can be very powerful - personal concerns, conflicts and problems can be explored in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality.
A group has up to eight people plus a group conductor.
About the service
The Age UK Camden counsellors are members of recognised counselling and psychotherapy regulatory bodies and abide by their individual Ethical Frameworks for Good Practice.
The service is open to men and women aged 55 and over living in the London Borough of Camden, of all ethnic and cultural groups, and those who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.
The service is free, and all information is confidential to the counselling service. Home visits can be arranged if you have serious mobility problems.
People can refer themselves, and we also take referrals from GPs or other relevant professionals.
*The film has been produced in partnership with the IAPT Older Adults Advisory Group, Age UK Camden and Age UK, funded by NHS England. The film was produced by Progress Films.