Professional Bodies and Counsellor Registers

All the links below are to external websites and the content of their sites is solely their responsibility. A charity available 24 hours a day offering a confidential listening service to anyone in distress. 08457 90 90 90* (UK) and 1850 60 90 90* (ROI)CAMHS means Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. When you visit CAMHS for the first time you will talk with an Assessor to find out about the things that are worrying you and how CAMHS can help you. After the assessment, we may arrange for you to see someone who can help you. The BACP is the leading accrediting body for UK counsellors and psychotherapists. The BACP sets ethic practice guidelines which have the best interest of clients at their heart whilst providing help and protection for counsellors and psychotherapists
The BABCP is a multi-disciplinary collective for those involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy.
An organisation that continues to develop the counselling path set by Sigmund Freud. The BPC is an association of institutions, made up of psychoanalysts, analytical psychologists, psychoanalytic psychotherapists and child psychotherapists.
The BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. This Society covers specialities such as Sports Psychology and Exercise Psychology as well as Counselling Psychology and more technical specialism such a neuropsychology COSCA is Scotland's professional body for counselling and psychotherapy.
Previously known as the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy, this is the national specialist charity for sexual and relationship therapy with over thirty years’ experience. Whether you are an individual needing help or a professional looking for more information this website will help you find what you are looking for. Pamela Stephenson-Connolly is a patron.

Recovery Village.
Information on the LGBTQ+ community and substance abuse,
The FDAP is the professional body for practitioners in the substance use field.
The HCPC are responsible for the statutory regulation of 15 different health professions.
An association responsible for developing and maintaining professional standards of counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland.
A not for profit organisation with a primary aim of promoting counselling and protecting the best interests of the client.

The NHS will offer counselling. Using Outcome based practice and CBT. It is usually accessed through your GP. Waiting times can be an issue. Usually six sessions are provided.

 Other Therapies, Agencies and Helplines

Occupational Therapy (OT):

Live -Loveit works with children. Following your child’s assessment, a bespoke therapeutic support package will be developed. This package will be based on best practice evidence and the individual needs of your family. We invite parents and caregivers of the child to openly discuss the feasibility of our recommendations.

The package may include:

1. One to one Occupational Therapy sessions

  • Sensory Integration
  • Sensory Attachment Intervention

2. Programmes

  • Sensory Diet Programmes
  • Occupational Therapy Programmes
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3. School and Home visits with recommendations

4. Additional Interventions

  • Therapeutic Listening Programme
  • Quickshifts Therapeutic Listening
  • Handwriting Programmes
  • Assistive Equipment Provision / Recommendation
  • Forward and Backward chaining methods for skill acquisition

As with the assessment, a child’s therapeutic package will address environmental and occupation concerns at the same time as supporting the child to develop new skills and enhance existing skills



Abuse Survivors

 A volunteer group that provides information, advice and support to those affected by abuse.


Formed in 1967. Working in the challenging arena of drug and alcohol addiction. Addaction counsellors receive specialist training to help understand the underlying social and biological issues as well as bringing to bear their vast experience in helping with mental health consideration

Offer information and support groups for relatives of someone with alcohol addiction. 

Helpline: 020 7403 0888.

Alcoholics Anonymous
An organisation aiming to help those with an alcohol addiction through support and meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Helpline: 0845 769 7555.


    A resource for people with problems relating to the reproductive system.


Works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including one to one therapy services. Tel: 08444 775 774.

Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
A professional and user-friendly association of psychological therapists who work online.

Association for Post-Natal Illness

Offers 1-to-1 advice, information and support for mothers who have or think they may have PND. Tel: 020 7386 0868.

Offers low-cost counselling and group work for people living in Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing. Tel: 07952 754 859 or 07507 706 478.

The leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. beat provides helplines for adults and young people, online support and a UK-wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorder.

provides free specialist counselling for anyone affected by problem gambling. Tel: 01273 833 722.

is a free and confidential phone line service for anyone who is experiencing low mood or depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to. Telephone 0800 83 85 87.

provides useful information to children, parents, teachers, adults and youth organisations about bullying both at school and the workplace.

  • Childline
    A free helpline for children and young people in the UK, call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.
  • Cruse

promotes the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Services include information, a helpline and contact details for local friendship and counselling services. Helpline: 0844 477 9400. Mid-Sussex branch: 01293 531 191.

DA helps people affected by depression. DA works to relieve and to prevent this treatable condition by providing information and support services to those who are affected by it via publications, supporter services and a network of self-help groups.

A free web resource that provides information about addiction, eating disorders, and mental health issues.

Provides up-to-date information about the side effects of prescription medications.

  • Do You Panic
    This site is dedicated to helping people who suffer at the hands of repetitive panic or anxiety.
  • Drugsline
    An independent drugs crisis, information and support charity that provides free and confidential information and support.

The UK's anti-drug campaign aimed principally at teenagers. FRANK provides services for people who seek information and/or advice about drugs including a confidential 24-hour helpline, email and a confidential automated chatterbox for Live Messenger, the Talk to Frank bot, and a service to locate counselling and treatment. Helpline: 0800 77 66 00.

  • Healing Well
    This website contains information and resources on a number of diseases, disorders and chronic illnesses. Browse their online bookstore or speak to others in their forums and chat rooms.
  • Heads Together

Offers counselling for young people aged between 14 and 24. It's free for up to one year. Tel: 01737 378 481.

A national organisation that offers volunteer help for parents that are struggling to cope for many reasons including post-natal illness, disability, bereavement, the illness of a parent or child, or social isolation. Helpline: 0800 68 63 68. Local office: Crawley and Horsham 01293 416 327.

  • Male Health
    Fast, free independent health information on all subjects for men of all ages from the Men's Health Forum.
  • Medical News Today
    Medical News Today gathers all the latest articles related to health news and medical news and present them to an international audience of health professionals.
  • The Mankind Initiative

Delivers specialist support services to men (18+) who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or adult sexual assault at any time in their lives. Helpline: 01823 334 244.

Offers support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy. Helpline: 01924 200 799.

Works to provide all of the resources it can to empower survivors to take control of their healing. Helpline: 0800 085 3330.

Addresses the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. Helpline: 0800 358 3456.

Provides support for sufferers of panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, general anxiety disorder and tranquiliser withdrawal. Tel: 0808 808 0545.

One in Four has offices both in Ireland and in the UK and work with women and men who have experienced sexual violence either as an adult or as a child.
The biggest organisation specialising in relationship counselling and support in the UK.
works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. Rethink's aim is to make a practical and positive difference by providing hope and empowerment through effective services, information and support to all those who need support. Tel: 020 7840 3188.
A charity available 24 hours a day offering a confidential listening service to anyone in distress. 08457 90 90 90* (UK) and 1850 60 90 90* (ROI)
  • Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)
    Sands is an organisation supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies lives.
  • Stop it Now!
    A free confidential helpline for adults concerned about child sexual abuse, including those worried about the behaviour of someone they know and those concerned about their own thoughts and behaviour towards children.
  • Straight Partners Anonymous
    Straight Partners Anonymous (SPA) is a support group for straight people whose partners are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
  • The Compassionate Friends (TCF)

is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. TCF also offers support, advice and information to other relatives and friends. Helpline: 0845 123 2304.

  • Time To Change
    Time to Change is a website attempting to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems.
  • Together UK
    A leading UK Mental Health Charity working alongside each person with mental health issues on their journey towards greater wellbeing.
  • UK Narcotics Anonymous

provides information and support for those suffering a drug addiction and want help to get clean. Helpline: 0300 999 1212.

  • WAY Foundation (Widowed And Young)
    WAY offers support and friendship to young bereaved people, whatever their circumstances, however long ago their partner died.
  • Women's Aid
    Women's Aid is the key national charity in England for women and children experiencing physical, sexual or emotional abuse in their homes.
  • Youth Information
    The National Youth Agency's information toolkit for young people and all those working with them.

DLH Counselling is not responsible for the content of external websites

 Useful contacts

Anxiety UK (formerly the National Phobics Society)
tel. 08444 775 774
Information and support for those suffering from anxiety disorders.

BBC Health Website

Be Mindful
Website that explains the principles behind mindfulness, and gives details of local courses and therapists.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
tel. 0161 705 4304
Can provide details of accredited therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
tel. 01455 883 316
For details of local practitioners.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
tel: 020 3178 2199
Maintains a register of complementary healthcare practitioners.

Depression Alliance
tel: 0845 123 23 20
Self-help groups, publications, supporter-services for people affected by depression.

NHS Choices

Information on assertiveness, wellbeing, exercise, sleep and more. Site gives details of local support as well as online tips and tools.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Publishes guidelines for good practice in health care based on published evidence, expert opinion and real life experience.

The Keep Fit Association
tel: 01403 266000
Website provides details of local exercise classes.

Occupational Therapy