You can source help and support from a wide range of external counselling providers locally and nationally. NHS Services may be accessed via referral from your GP. Talking Therapies may be accessed directly, they work as part of the NHS providing wellbeing, telephone support, computerised CBT, CBT therapy and counselling, workshops and informational support. As long as you are registered with a local GP, students can self-refer to Talking Therapies.Know what you're looking for? Skip to:
Number 5 Young Peoples Advice and Information Service
Trained volunteers staff this organisation so its services are free. You may phone in for an appointment or drop in. The target age group is 14 – 25 but they do see older clients as well.
Address: 2-4 Sackville Street, Reading
Telephone: 01189 015668
Text: 07984 357551
A service for adults aged 17+. You can self-refer to talking therapies or be referred by your GP or health professional. If you’re not sure if this is the right service for you, you can complete their on-line self-assessment form. Talking Therapies offer a range of on-line support, workshops, telephone support, and face-to-face therapy and counselling support.
Telephone: 0300 365 2000
Free and confidential youth counselling
Telephone: 0118 977 6710
This organisation specialises in problems in relationships, past or present, and will see individuals as well as couples. They offer counselling for any couple experiencing difficulty in their relationship. There is a waiting list and a sliding scale of fees is charged. Services offered: relationship counselling, sex therapy, children and young people’s counselling, telephone counselling.
Address: 281 Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0JA
Telephone: 0118 987 6161
Cruse (Bereavement Care) Reading Branch
This organisation provides support for the bereaved through counselling, social activities, and practical advice. They also run specialist support groups.
Address: English Martyrs Community Centre Liebenrood Road, Reading
Telephone: 0118 958 8133
Neutral Zone - Drug Services
Offers information, advice, support, and counselling on all aspects of drug misuse. They also run a needle exchange and provide access to treatment programmes.
Address: 159 Oxford Road, Reading, RG1 7PJ
Telephone: 0118 939 1452
West Berks Community Alcohol Team
A free service (run by the NHS) which offers detoxification where appropriate, individual counselling sessions and a variety of groups to help overcome alcohol dependence.
Address: 342 Oxford Road, Reading, RG3 1AP
Telephone: 0118 958 9557
There are several Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy organisations based in London who offer an assessment and referral to a therapist.
Some of these have qualified psychotherapists working in the Reading area.
These organisations are listed in the BCP Register of Psychotherapists and the National Register of Psychotherapists of the UKCP (see the section on Professional Registers at the end of this page).
The University Counselling service may know of vacancies locally with a psychotherapist in training who can see patients at a reduced fee.
The Tavistock Centre for couple relationships
The Tavistock Centre offers consultation and psychotherapy for couples. Any couple can apply. Fees are charged. Some individual Counsellors and Psychotherapists also work with couples.
Address: Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA
Telephone: 020 435 7111
Counselling and therapy for familiesWest Berks Adolescent and Family Unit - this is an NHS unit in Wokingham. Referral is via your GP.
Professional groups all have their own criteria for accredited membership and their published Registers give details of the ethical standards to which their members are committed to work. The University Counselling service usually has copies of Registers and Directories and they can often be consulted in public libraries.
The British Psychological Society
Address: St Andrews House, 48 Princes Road East, Leicester LE17DR
Telephone: 0116 254 9568
The Register of Chartered Psychologists
Chartered Psychologists are qualified to specific standards defined by the BPS. Of particular interest to those looking for a psychotherapist or a counsellor are those who are either clinical psychologists or counselling psychologists. The register only exists on the web and searches for a particular type of psychologist in a particular geographical area can be made online.
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
The National Register of Psychotherapists gives details of psychotherapists who have achieved a certain level of qualification. The register is organised in different sections for different types of psychotherapy e.g. psychoanalytic, cognitive etc.
Address: 167-169 Great Portland Street London W1W 5PF
Telephone: 0207 436 3002
The British Confederation of Psychotherapists (BCP)
The BCP is an association of psychoanalysts, analytical psychologists, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and child psychotherapists who have trained with organisations which meet specific standards. The BCP Register gives a list of psychotherapists in geographical areas.
Address: West Hill House, Swains Lane London N6 6QS
Telephone: 0208 7267 3626
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
The BACP publishes a Counselling and Psychotherapy Resources Directory. This is a useful list of organisations and individuals practising as counsellors in different geographical areas.
Whilst qualifications are listed there is no specific level of qualification necessary for inclusion in the directory.
Address: 1 Regent Place Rugby Warwickshire CV21 2PJ
Telephone: 0178 857 8328
British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists
This association publishes a list of accredited practitioners in the Directory of Accredited Behavioural/Cognitive & REBT Psychotherapists. This can also be searched on the web.
Address: Globe Centre, PO Box 9, Accrington BB5 2GD
Telephone: 01254 875 277