About NHS Talking Therapies – Counselling

Hertfordshire Mind Network is one of the approved providers of NHS Talking Therapies Counselling for Depression, for people aged 16 and over registered with a GP in Hertfordshire.

This free service offers 8 sessions of one-to-one counselling providing a safe, confidential, consistent space to reflect and explore your feelings with a trained counsellor.  The sessions are for 50 minutes and you will need to be able to commit to the same day and time every week. 

‘Counselling aims to help people get in touch with the feelings underlining their depression, to express these, make sense of them and develop new ways of looking at ourselves and the world around us. This is achieved by a counsellor focusing on how you feel and understanding your situation from your point of view. The counsellor is not there to tell you what to do but to help you to explore with you what to talk about in a thoughtful and understanding manner’ Talking therapies | HPFT IAPT Services (hpft-iapt.nhs.uk)

Our experienced team of NHS Talking Therapies Counsellors are all qualified and independently registered with the BACP.  We offer a range of appointments either face to face in one of our 7 Wellbeing Centres, or remotely via video platform, or telephone.

The Service is not suitable for people in need of urgent support or in crisis.

If you, or someone else, needs urgent support and live in Hertfordshire you can call Single Point of Access (SPA) freephone number: 0800 6444 101 which is open 24/7.

You can also ring 111 and chose Option 2 for Mental Health – hold to be put through to the NHS Mental Health Crisis Team.

If you are distressed and need emotional support you can also contact our Nightlight Crisis Services Team.

If someone’s life is at risk or they cannot be kept safe, call 999 or go to A&E.

Accessing the Service:

In order to access the service you will need to be referred by your GP or the NHS Wellbeing Team. 

You can ask your GP to refer you, or you can self-refer to NHS Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0800 6444 101.