• A counselling room
  • A therapist
  • A stained glass window
  • St Marylebone Parish Church

The Centre

The Centre is open to all, those of Faith and those of none. Our counsellors and psychotherapists share a Christian belief in the need for human wholeness based on authenticity and relatedness.

Counselling and Psychotherapy can help us come to terms with the past; understand our feelings and reactions better; overcome relationship problems; find our own way into the future.

We normally offer one session each week of psychodynamic psychotherapy lasting up to two years, but sometimes other approaches or shorter periods of therapy are recommended when appropriate.

Way In

Come and have an initial consultation with one of the members of our team. This will be with an experienced psychotherapist, who will look forward to getting to know you, and to learning about the difficulties for which you are seeking help. Following this meeting, we will either offer you counselling here, as far as possible at a time convenient to you, or advise where appropriate help can be found.

In order to arrange a consultation, please complete the Application Form. The consultation, which is a “one-off” meeting, takes place during the day. We will offer you a date upon receipt of your completed application form.

Meeting with Coffee

This group, led by two trained facilitators, provides a friendly and safe setting in which those who are living with mental health issues can meet and share their experiences. It offers friendship, understanding, a chance to help each other and the opportunity to talk about things that matter, including the spiritual and issues of faith.

Meetings take place on the first and third Friday of the month from 11am-12.30pm in The Undercroft in the crypt of St Marylebone Parish Church. Refreshments are provided. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to attend.

Can you help me?

We hope so! We offer once weekly counselling or psychotherapy for up to two years.

People come to us with all the sorts of problems that many of us encounter from time to time in life; for example, depression and anxiety, difficulties with relationships, problems at work, bereavements.

It is quite normal to have a rough patch in life when you feel you cannot cope and it is healthy to ask for help. A problem shared really can be a problem halved.

What is counselling?

Counselling and psychotherapy can help us come to terms with the past, understand our feelings and reactions better, overcome relationship problems, find our own way into the future.

How does counselling work?

Counsellors and psychotherapists don't do anything to anybody. We are trained to listen carefully while you talk through your problems. We are there to support and help you to find your own resources to approach life in a new way.

What sort of counselling do you offer?

Our approach is that current problems are often rooted in earlier difficulties which need to be understood before we can grow beyond them. At the same time we may need to find more creative ways of managing our thoughts and feelings and of relating to other people.

How do I make an appointment?

Complete the application form and return it to us with the appropriate fee. We will contact you to offer an initial consultation with an experienced member of our team.

How much do weekly counselling sessions cost?

Our scale of fees begins at £25 and what you pay will depend on your income. This will be negotiated with your counsellor at the first session. We hope that no one is prevented from attending counselling through lack of money. Some assistance may be available from our bursary fund.

How often do the counselling sessions take place?

Sessions are weekly. After the initial consultation you will be allocated to one of our therapists. You would then see the same person at the same time each week so that you are able to build up a relationship with them.

Are you connected with the church?

Yes, we are. We are based in the crypt of St Marylebone Parish Church. All our counsellors and psychotherapists are Christians. This does not mean that you need to be - we welcome people from all faiths or none. We believe in the promotion of wholeness and healing for each individual, incorporating physical, psychological and spiritual aspects.

Would I see a trainee counsellor?

No. All our counsellors and psychotherapists are fully qualified and either accredited by the BACP or registered with the UKPC or BPC.

Do your counselling sessions have a spiritual bias?

No, unless the particular issue you wish to discuss is of a spiritual nature. Religion would never be introduced into sessions by a counsellor, but any religious issues you might wish to discuss would be treated with sympathy and understanding.

How is your Centre qualified to help me?

All our counsellors and psychotherapists are fully qualified and either accredited by the BACP or registered with the UKPC or BPC. As a Centre, we have over fifteen years of experience, working with the diverse and multicultural population of Greater London and sometimes further afield.

What would happen in a counselling session?

The counsellor will attend to whatever you bring. They will seek to understand your feelings and make sense of things which may be upsetting, problematic or confusing. They will not offer advice.

Is there a difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

At St Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre, our counsellors and psychotherapists have a similar approach. We see all our clients once weekly and use a "conversational" model, our aim being to be actively involved in a creative process with our clients.