• 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 team of experienced therapists are all fully qualified and share a Christian belief in the need for human wholeness.

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 or group therapy may be offered 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.

Essential building works are still taking place in the Centre but we will soon have temporary premises available, so that we can again offer some initial consultations and weekly sessions in person, as well as via video conferencing.

Making Sense

'Making Sense': (formerly Meeting with Coffee) a safe place to share, explore and discuss all aspects of mental health.

The limitations imposed by our premises mean that sadly, we are unable to provide a Covid-secure environment for meetings and therefore to keep clients and facilitators safe, "Making Sense" remains suspended for the time being. We will be conducting regular risk assessments as the situation changes and further information will be provided as soon as we know we are able to resume safely.

The group is open to all and 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 will be fortnightly, led by two trained facilitators and will take place in The Undercroft, in the Crypt of St Marylebone Parish Church
from 11am-12.30pm. Refreshments are provided. There is no charge to attend, but if you wish to make a donation, that would be most welcome.

Please click below for information about other drop-in groups which you would also be most welcome to attend.

Guide to drop-in gatherings in Central London

If you need any further information, please contact the Centre.

Can you help me?

We hope so! We normally offer once-weekly psychotherapy for up to two years, but sometimes a shorter period may be recommended.

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 psychotherapy?

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 psychotherapy work?

Therapists 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 therapy 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 does the initial consultation cost?

This depends on your income - £45 if your income is up to £24,999, £60 up to £44,999, £90 up to £74,999 and £120 over £75,000. If your income is lower than £12,000 it is £30.

How much do weekly 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 or therapist 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 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 therapists 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 therapist?

No. All our therapists are fully qualified and either accredited or working towards accreditation by the BACP or are registered with the UKCP or BPC.

Do your 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 therapis, 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 therapists are fully qualified and either accredited or working towards accreditation by the BACP or registered with the UKPC or BPC. As a Centre, we have over eighteen years of experience, working with the diverse and multicultural population of Greater London and sometimes further afield.

What would happen in a session?

The therapist 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.