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

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 or be struggling to come to terms with ageing in a country you aren't familiar with. We may be able to provide counselling in your first language, which can be a 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.

Group therapy

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 service is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, adhering to their ethical framework.
  • The service is for anyone aged 55 who is registered with a Camden GP surgery.
  • The services are free and confidential.
  • Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. Home visits can be arranged for people with serious mobility problems.
  • We accept self-referrals as well as 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.

Email: counselling@ageukcamden.org.uk

Further information