Counselling Service

What is counselling?

Counselling provides a time and space to talk about any concerns you may be going through. We offer a range of talking therapies delivered to you by trained counsellors and psychotherapists who will help you to explore what is troubling you and help you deal with difficult thoughts and feelings.

Talking Therapy is as effective as antidepressants

A recent study by researchers from the University of North Carolina and other institutions has found that “patients with severe depression benefit as much from psychological therapy as they do from pills” (Mail on Line), Dec 2015. The study compared commonly used modern antidepressants (paroxetine, citalopram and fluoxetine) with cognitive behaviour therapy, a type of talking therapy aimed at helping people change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving. The study did not say if the talking therapy or antidepressants were effective at preventing depression from returning at some point in the future. Nor did the study say who responds best to which to which type of treatment.

Why do people come for counselling?

Many people experience all sorts of difficulties in their lives. These might include personal relationships, situations at work or problems at home. It may be helpful to work with a counsellor to find ways of understanding what you are experiencing. The counselling service offers psychological support for a variety of problems including depression, anxiety, traumatic life experiences, relationship difficulties, bereavement, a concern with sexuality and identity, emotional concerns with disability or living with a long term medical condition, mental health issues, career and life changes a well as life events past and present. 

You may be struggling with a specific problem or you may not have any idea what the problem is but just have a sense that you are not feeling right. Whatever your situation coming to counselling may help you to gain greater awareness and insight into your current thoughts and feelings.

How can counselling help?

Your counsellor will listen very carefully to what you are saying and share what might occur to them in their listening. The relationship with your counsellor might help you to explore further your experience which may lead into a deepening insight into patterns of behaviour, past and present relating and emotional difficulties. 

Thank you, the counselling helped me so much. I feel I am back in the world and doing life once more and enjoying it!

Counselling client

Your counsellor will try and understand your issues and see them in the same way you see them and will help you to explore possible options and ways forward. They will not usually give advice. Your counsellor will help you with decisions you want to make and ensure your rights and responsibilities to make your own choices are respected.

We suggest you commit to an initial six sessions, as a realistic start, and find out if counselling is helpful, after which, you can decide whether you want to continue and complete the 16 sessions we offer. Counselling is an agreement that both you and your counsellor enter into. Regular commitment is required to make the counselling helpful.

How we work.

To make an appointment

Self Referral.
To request an appointment  you can contact the counselling service by phone 0208 887 1495 or by email You will be registered with the service in a phone call and will be offered an assessment within the month. In busy periods the waiting times can be longer. You can contact us for current information on waiting times. Alternatively you can complete the th referral form by clicking the Counselling Referral Form link below or to the right.


Other Referrals.
When we receive your referral we will call to arrange a time to register you into the service and offer you an assessment within the month.


The counselling process begins with an assessment during which your assessor can gain a clearer understanding of your problem and think together with you about how you might move forward. Following the assessment, if we are the service that can help you, you will be placed on the waiting list for counselling. If the assessor thinks another service would be more suitable we will help with a referral , if you decide that you want to proceed with an on ward referral at that point.

Our Counsellors and Psychotherapist.

We have both male and female counsellors and therapists from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our staff are professionally trained at various institutes with a range of theoretical backgrounds including humanistic, psychodynamic, integrative and psychology. All our counsellors are able to help people from many different back grounds and cultures and with a wide range of issues. 


Mind in Enfield is an accredited service by BACP

We work in line with the Ethical Framework for Good Practice produced by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy( BACP).

Mind in Enfield provides a confidential service. The identity of our clients is protected. Our clients can speak freely knowing that everything they say during counselling sessions stays within the counselling service.

We will consult with our clients before involving anyone else in their care. Disclosure may be authorised by client consent or the law. Where we are legally required to disclose information, we will discuss this in detail with the client at the assessment stage of the counselling process.

Exceptional circumstances may prevent the counsellor from seeking client consent to a breach of confidence due to the urgency and seriousness of the situation, for example, preventing the client causing serious harm to self or others. In such circumstances the counsellor has an ethical responsibility to act in ways which balance the client’s right to confidentiality against the need to communicate with others.

Accessibility Limitations.

Accessibility is one of the values of Mind in Enfield, which aims to ensure that all services (e.g.Counselling) it delivers are accessible to all sections of the community. However, we are aware that some of our services, particularly our counselling service, is not accessed by all those who need it. This may be for a number of reasons including unawareness of the existence of the services, inability to speak English, as in the Turkish population of Enfield, unaware of the value of counselling and how this can help individuals and families with a wide range of mental health problems, counselling sessions are not delivered in locations close to where clients live. We need to improve these areas of limitation.

Mind in Enfield has a plan to improve accessibility for all:

  • Education of local communities about the value of counselling for a variety of mental health problems: e.g. anxiety and depression.
  • Continue to recruit counsellors and psychotherapists who offer talking therapies in other languages than English.
  • Counselling sessions to be delivered at locations close to where clients live.

Volunteer Trainee Application Pack

Trainee Placement Application

Trainee List of Requirements 

Monitoring Form

All completed applications to be sent to Maria.Emmanuel@Mind-In-Enfield.Org.Uk.


For further enquiries you can email:

Or call us on: 0208 887 1495.

Contact Us

Mind in Enfield 
275 Fore Street
London N9 0PD

020 8887 1480

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