Talking therapies

One in four people will experience anxiety or feel low at some point their life. If you're feeling low, stressed, anxious or depressed, support is available to you in Harrow.

'Reach out' is a free, confidential NHS service which provides talking therapies to adults (over 18) who are registered with a GP in Harrow.

It could change your life. Read Claire's story to find out more.

What talking therapies are available?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT is a way of talking about how you think about yourself, the world and other people and can help you to change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour).

This therapy focusses on the here and now to help you change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviours that are causing or maintaining your current problems. It involves doing practical exercises with your therapist or as homework. 

Counselling
Counselling is a talking therapy that provides a safe and confidential space to think about and explore any problems with a professional counsellor. Sessions can be carried out one to one or as a couple with a trained counsellor and some providers may offer telephone counselling.

Other forms of therapy include:

  • Computer-based cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Mindfulness courses
  • Stress management courses
  • Postnatal groups

How do I know which therapy is right for me?

When you access the service, a qualified healthcare professional will talk to you about the problems you are experiencing and will advise you on the best therapy for your needs or alternative services.

How can I access talking therapies in Harrow?

Talking therapies are delivered at a number of locations across Harrow and provided at different times of the day, so there should be a service that you can access at a day, time and location that is convenient to you. 

Please speak to your GP or a healthcare professional about being referred to one of the talking therapy services. 

Alternatively, you can refer yourself directly by calling: 020 8515 5015 / 5016. 

Or you can download this referral form here and email it to: harrow.iapt@nhs.net

In an emergency, if your GP surgery is closed, please visit one of the following: 

Alexandra Clinic for Health and Social Care
275 Alexandra Avenue 
Harrow
Middlesex
HA2 9DX
Opening times: 8am-8pm, seven days a week 
Telephone: 020 8966 6300

The Pinn Medical Centre
37 Love Lane
Pinner
HA5 3EE
Opening times: 8am-8pm, seven days a week 
Telephone: 020 8866 5766

Northwick Park Hospital 
Watford Road
Harrow
HA1 3UJ
Opening times: 24 hours a day, seven days a week 
Tel: 020 8864 3232

For more information about mental health services in Harrow click here.

Visit the CNWL website for further information about Harrow Talking Therapies.  

Access talking therapies

Talking about how you are feeling when you are stressed or anxious can help you to feel better. 

If you would like to reach out and talk to someone call 020 8515 5015 / 5016.

This is a free, confidential NHS service that offers talking therapies to adults in Harrow. 

Additional support

If you're feeling low or stressed, you can get support from the comfort of your own home via Big White Wall. 

This is an anonymous, online community that is free to access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To access the service, log on to www.bigwhitewall.com