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We have dedicated psychotherapy team who provide the following services for Mental Health Carers

  • One to one Counselling
  • Crisis Counselling
  • Psychotherapy groups
  • On-going support through The Poetry Workshop, Self-help book Book-club, Forest therapy and psych-education workshops.

One to one Counselling

Supportive counselling for Carers to help you manage your own mental health and wellbeing; these sessions can be delivered by telephone, on Zoom, or face-to-face.

Crisis Counselling

An easy access, short course, of one-to-one counselling sessions with the aim of supporting carers to manage the impact on them of caring for someone in a mental health crisis or significant change in the health of the person they are caring for. These sessions can be delivered by telephone, on Zoom, or face-to-face.

Psychotherapy groups 

A small group of carers who meet with a psychotherapist for 1½ hour weekly sessions over a period of 12 weeks.  This form of therapy offers a support network and sounding board, allowing members to share and support each other to improve their own emotional wellbeing, reflect on their caring roles and tackle some broader life challenges. 

Poetry Workshops

A meet up for those who use or would like to use poetry to support their sense of wellbeing. Open to those who read or write poetry – or who are just curious to know how poetry could improve their lives.

Self Help Book Club

Members are invited to share books (fact or fiction) that have made a difference to their lives – a great opportunity to broaden your own reading experience and benefit from reading therapy

Forest Therapy

Forest therapy sessions are open to all Carers (not exclusive to Mental Health Carers). The practices of Forest Therapy (known as Shinrin-Yoku in Japan) and Forest Bathing are ways of immersing our senses in the atmosphere of the forest for relaxation and positive health and wellness benefits. 

How do I access the service?

Please complete the self-referral form below.

What happens when I refer online?

The self-referral form has been designed to be easy to understand and gather all the information we need to arrange your first appointment.

Once complete, your referral will be live on our client record system and means we’ll be able to provide you with a response and the help you need sooner.

Once you have completed the referral, a member of the Hillingdon Mind team will contact you.

Please note we are not a priority service and may take up to 7 working days to get in touch. If you need urgent support please use the Need Help Now tab at the bottom of this page.

What happens to my information?

What is an Assessment?

An Assessment is a one to one session with a member of the Carers Psychotherapeutic team who will listen to your needs and explore whether Counselling or another service is suitable for your needs. The Assessment takes place online or over the phone and can last up to one hour.

On completion of your Assessment you will be allocated a counsellor who will work with you for up to 12 weeks.