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. Some organisations may charge for counselling 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).

You can find a private counsellor through the It’s Good to Talk website.

Find support (free or low cost services)

Barca Reclaim – offers one to one counselling for people local to the Armley and Bramley areas of West Leeds.

Northpoint Wellbeing offers a range of services including weekly group therapy sessions, Early Start Counselling for parents or carers of children under five years old, Thursdays@Northpoint – a free emotional wellbeing service for men over 18 who have been sexually abused in childhood, and Mondays@Northpoint – a free emotional wellbeing service for women who have been sexually abused in childhood.

Leeds Mind offers low cost counselling for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service offers free or low cost counselling for Leeds women on low incomes. General waiting lists are now closed.

Leeds Bereavement Forum is a small charity which works to develop and improve bereavement services in the city. If you have lost someone and need to find the right support Leeds Bereavement Forum offers information about bereavement and grief, and can signpost you to the most appropriate local bereavement services. Leeds Bereavement Forum also runs a range of events about bereavement including death cafés where people can share experiences. You can find a full directory of bereavement local services on the Forum website. Call 0113 225 3975

Leeds Cruse provides support for bereaved people aged over 18 to help them understand their grief and cope with their loss. Call 0113 2344150.

Phoenix Health and Wellbeing is a social enterprise based in Leeds City Centre. They offer counselling and a range complementary therapies to promote wellbeing and good mental health. Costs for counselling are reduced for people who are referred by a healthcare professional such as a GP. They also offer a Workplace Wellbeing service which includes stress management workshops, employee counselling and workplace massage.

St Vincent’s offers up to 20 sessions of free counselling to individuals. Your GP can refer you to this service or you can refer yourself. There is a high demand for this service, so there might be a waiting list or the list might be closed sometimes. Contact Jacquie, the Counselling Coordinator, on 0113 248 4126 for details or referrals.

Relate offers help whether you’re married, in a relationship, or single, or whether you need a hand with your family or parents. Relate office in Leeds has closed. Relate can offer relationship counselling via telephone, webcam or email. Face to face counselling can be accessed at a centre such as Bradford, Keighley, Huddersfield or Hull.

Yorkshire MESMAC is a sexual and mental health organisation supporting LGBT+ communities in Yorkshire – book an appointment for counselling (one-to-one support) on the MESMAC website.

Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service offers individual support, peer group support, drop-ins and counselling.

Support after Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) offers a free, confidential counselling service which provides women (aged 18 years and over) who have experienced rape and/or sexual violence with an opportunity to express their feelings to trained counsellors in safe and appropriate ways. Many women find that talking things over with a trained listener helps them gain a clearer understanding of themselves, their experiences and their situation and helps them to make their own choices and decide their own way forward. Contact the counselling service, which is available every day of the week, by calling 0113 200 2936 or email

The Market Place Leeds – offers free and confidential drop-in services and counselling to young people aged 11 to 25 for mental health and sexual needs.

Kooth online counselling is a free, safe and anonymous service for 11 to 18 year olds, where young people can chat one-to-one with counsellors, access self-help articles 24/7 and connect with peers through live moderated forums.

Black Health Initiative (BHI) offers free and confidential counselling service to African, African Caribbean, Dual Heritage and other minority ethnic adults and young people aged 13 and over.

Solace offers therapy to asylum seekers and refugees in Leeds.

University of Leeds Student Counselling and Wellbeing service offers counselling services for students at the University of Leeds.

Leeds Beckett University Student Wellbeing Service offers free and confidential service to provide information, practical and therapeutic support for students at Leeds Beckett University.

Leeds Trinity University offers a counselling service to support their students through challenging times.

You can find more information about support for pregnant women and new parents in this MindWell section.

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