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If you’re over 55 and registered with a Camden GP, you can use our free and confidential counselling service.

Counselling can provide valuable support, by helping you to explore any  difficult feelings or concerns you may have. Talking to an independent, trained therapist can help you to feel less isolated, enrich existing relationships, clarify your thoughts and feelings and help you adjust to the changes that life brings. 

How can counselling help?

Many experiences in life produce difficult, painful or confusing thoughts or emotions. We can help you with these, including:
  • tensions in relationships
  • the illness or death of someone close to you
  • your own illness or disability
  • coping with the differences retirement may bring
  • isolation and loneliness
  • the challenge of moving into residential care
  • memory issues or a diagnosis of dementia
  • struggling with thoughts and feelings about the past or fears about the future.

How to access the service

The services are free and open to people aged 55 and over who are registered with a Camden GP.   We accept self referrals as well as referrals from GPs or other relevant professionals.

We welcome people from all ethnic and cultural groups, and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Home visits can be arranged for people with serious mobility problems and we can also help people living with early stage dementia or memory loss.

Contact us

If you'd like to discuss how we can help please call us on 020 7239 0400 or email counselling@ageukcamden.org.uk

Counselling for people from black and minority ethnic communities

Whether you have grown up in the UK, or moved here at some later stage in life, there may be difficulties to face as you get older. You may have experienced painful or traumatic losses, and may be struggling to come to terms with ageing in a country not your own. We may be able to provide counselling in your first language, which can be 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 or carers.

Individual Counselling

Individual counselling sessions are weekly and each lasts 50 minutes. Your counsellor will not give you advice or tell you what to do. They will work with you to make those changes that are possible and help you to develop a greater understanding of yourself and your life

Group therapy

Group therapy can be helpful for anyone, including those who find difficulty in speaking in front of others, have problems in relationships or feel isolated. Meeting with others on a regular basis, sharing and exploring your personal concerns, conflicts and problems with others in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality can bring about deep and lasting change.

A group has up to eight people plus a group conductor. Group sessions are weekly and each lasts 80 minutes

Information about the services for professionals

  • This service is a member of the NHS’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Camden Psychological Services Partnership
  • This service is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, adhering to their ethical framework. Camden Psychological Services Partnership.

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