Talk Enables Change
Counselling is a space to talk and think about your problems with someone skilled and interested in listening. It is a place to explore thoughts and feelings about yourself and your relationships with others. Counselling can help you understand yourself better and allow you to see what may have been stopping you from fulfilling your potential in life. We aim to be sensitive to women from every ethnic background, social class and sexual orientation. If English is not your first language, please let us know your mother tongue, as we are able to offer counselling in several languages, which include: Arabic, Polish, Rest of List goes here. All our counsellors are women.
To access our counselling you must be:
- over 18 years old;
- on benefit level income – in receipt of any form of means-tested state benefit (This does not include child benefit);
- living or working in, or having a significant local connection with, the London Borough of Islington.
We also have some spaces for women living in the other North London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Camden, Enfield and Barnet.
We have had an unprecedented increase in the number of referrals for one to one counselling. In order to ensure that we are not creating an unacceptable waiting time for this service, we are not able to accept new referrals until further notice. We will re-open our referrals once we have reduced the number of women on our waiting list.
Currently we can only take referrals for our pilot live video 1 to 1 counselling service. If your circumstances stop you from accessing counselling due to mental or physical health issues, this could be the service for you.
What happens after the referral
When you contact us we’ll take some information to make sure you meet the criteria. Following this we need to find out whether our counselling is right for you. We will invite you along for up to three assessments. Following the assessments we’ll send you a letter to let you know if we’re able to offer you counselling. Providing our service is appropriate for your circumstances the letter will also detail you start dates.
Video Referral form
Return the referral form by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post to: The Maya Centre, Unit 8, 9-15 Elthorne Road, London N19 4AJ
Our referral line is 0207 272 0995 but we would encourage you to complete the form in the first instance where possible.