Resources: Counselling & Therapy

Affordable Talk

Offers short and long-term low cost counselling, CBT and psychotherapy to individuals and couples, with options for qualified or trainee counsellors. Affordable Talk are based in South Wales, but are offering online and telephone sessions during COVID-19.

Ara Gambling Service

Ara Gambling Service provides 1:1 counselling for people experiencing problems with their own gambling or that of a family member. This service is available for people aged 18+ living in Bristol, Wales and South West England.

Bath Mind

Bath Mind offer a range of services and support to people living in Bath and North East Somerset, including befriending, counselling, community groups, a crisis helpline, and practical support. Please note that these services are only available in Bath and… Read more

Bluebell Care

Bluebell provides services for all parents, partners and their infants affected by mild to moderate anxiety, depression and other perinatal mental health difficulties, during pregnancy and up to 2 years after birth in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath & NE Somerset and South Devon. Dedicated support is available for mums and for dads, as well as one-to-one and small group support.

Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter provide free, immediate, one-to-one support to children and young people who have been bereaved. Support is also available for parents or carers when a child in the family is being supported.

Hawkspring

Hawkspring works to support people who have been negatively affected by drug and/or alcohol abuse. Their holistic approach works to support recovery, and carers, family, and children affected by someone else’s drug/alcohol use.

Help Counselling (9-25yrs)

Help Counselling offers help to distressed young people in a confidential setting. With services available from as little as £10, Help Counselling work with both parents and children to support young people in all aspects of their life.

Kinergy

Meeting Minds

Meeting Minds is Bristol Mind’s low-cost counselling service, offering up to 16 weeks of affordable counselling to individuals with mild to moderate mental health struggles.

Mothers for Mothers

Mothers for Mothers offer a range of perinatal mental health support services. Most of their services, including helplines, one-to-one sessions, and counselling, are directed at mothers, but monthly support sessions are also available for fathers.

Network Counselling

Network Counselling offers affordable counselling in a welcoming, safe and confidential space where people can be listened to, accepted and understood. The service is for adults aged 18+.

Nilaari

Nilaari are a BAME-led charity offering culturally appropriate and sensitive support, including talking therapies, direct support, and support groups. Specific projects target women generally, BAME migrant women specifically, and men with complex needs, including those with a history of offending.

Pink Therapy

Pink Therapy is an online directory of LGBTQ+ affirmative therapists. Search “Avon” to see therapists in the local area. Please note that this is a directory of private therapists and Bristol Mind does not endorse any individual private therapist.

Relate

Relate are the UK’s largest provider of relationship support, providing online support services and counselling.

Safeline

Safeline provide support to survivors of sexual assault and rape. Online counselling is available, and there is a dedicated helpline for male survivors.

SurvivorsUK

SurvivorsUK provide a national online helpline, individual and group counselling for boys, men, and non-binary people aged 13+ who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. They also offer emotional support to men going through the justice system in relation to experiencing sexual violence.

SWEDA

SWEDA offer a range of services for people with eating disorders across Somerset and the surrounding areas, including counselling and support groups.

The Green House

The Green House provides free counselling for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives.

The Harbour

The Harbour provide free access to individual, couples, and group counselling for adults affected by life-threatening illness, including friends and family and those who have been bereaved.

The Mix

The Mix is a free, confidential support service for young people under 25, dealing with a range of issues from mental health to money, drugs to homelessness. Services available include a helpline, webchat, crisis text messenger, and short term counselling.

VitaMinds – NHS

The NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provider for Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. VitaMinds offer a range of courses and support for anyone registered with a GP in these areas who is experiencing common mental health difficulties such as Depression and Anxiety problems.

Support offered includes psycho-educational group courses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT), among others.

The service is primarily accessed by self-referral (either online or by phone), although GP referrals are possible in some cases. Services provided by VitaMinds are free of charge.

Wellspring Counselling

Wellspring offers confidential help and support to residents of North Somerset who are experiencing loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, stress and anxiety, depression or emotional abuse. Services are available for children and young people (aged 11 – 18) and adults (18+).

Womankind

Womankind supports women in the Bristol area with professional counselling, group psychotherapy, befriending and a helpline service.