Counselling involves discussing personal experiences and issues with a person who is trained to listen in a safe and confidential place.
Many people find it helps to talk about themselves and their concerns in a way that you often can’t do with family and friends.
Free NHS services
If you think talking therapy might be right for you, you can refer yourself to Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS). This local NHS service offers guided self-help and referrals for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and counselling for depression.
Learn more about talking therapies and counselling on the NHS website.
Learn more about CBT, including what to expect, the pros and cons of CBT and how to find a CBT therapist.
Find an NHS talking therapies service,
Leeds Mind offers low-cost self-referral counselling and psychotherapy to anyone who lives in the Leeds area.
Northpoint Wellbeing offers a range of services including therapy and counselling in the Leeds area.
Phoenix Health and Wellbeing offer a subsidised service with limited sessions for people who have chronic mental, physical and emotional health issues and low income. You will need to be referred by your GP, a medical professional, healthcare practitioner or support worker.
The Marketplace provides a range of free and confidential drop-in, telephone and counselling services to young people aged 11-25 years old.
Private (paid for) services
Look for a counsellor who is a member of a national body such as the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) or the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Looking for a private counsellor? Go to the It’s Good to Talk website or visit the Counselling Directory and search by location or by what’s worrying you. You can find out more about finding a qualified therapist or counsellor on the NHS website.