Welcome to talkplace, where you can find out a bit about talking therapy (and book an introductory session if you want to), and where you can also browse our short articles on various mental health topics - the talkplace toolkit. Right now we offer online counselling and telephone sessions only: therapy room and outdoor options will return after the lockdown.
talkplace is a group of therapists offering counselling and therapy to help deal with the tough stuff that life throws at you. We work on it with you, so you don't have to grapple with it alone.
We are creating a growing resource of short articles discussing some of the most common issues in mental health, at work, at home, and at various stages through our lives.
Talkplace counsellors work with you to help you find ways to cope better with what life throws at you. People often come to therapy seeking ways to feel better about themselves and more in control of their lives. Working together, that is what we want the counselling to achieve.
Counsellors don't provide advice, but nor will they leave you to figure it all out on your own. It’s a process of working together. We aim to build trust, and allow you to find words to express things that may have gone unspoken for some time during your lifetime.
Locations for therapy room sessions will depend on where your therapist is based, and are mostly within London. Whether working by phone, online therapy, or in-person, sessions are always on the same day and time each week.
Talkplace therapists offer competitive rates, which will vary depending on the location and the type of services offered: city centre locations will typically cost the most, while phone and online counselling services will cost less than face-to-face sessions. Payment is arranged with the individual counsellor.
This is agreed between you and your counsellor. Typical packages are for eight, sixteen or twenty-four sessions, with the option of continuing for longer. For some people, even just one single session can be of benefit.
All our therapists are professionally qualified to a post-graduate level from fully accredited courses, and are registered to practice with at least one of the following UK professional bodies: the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy; the British Psychoanalytic Council; the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
Flexible options, from intensive single session therapy through to brief (12-week) and long term
West End, City and South London
Offering time-limited and open-ended therapy for adults and young people.
Croydon and Purley
Specialising in depression, anxiety, separation, LGBT+ issues, and trauma.
Fulham and Putney
talkplace is a group of independent psychotherapists working in private practice in London, who also have clients worldwide through our online counselling (Skype and Zoom) and phone links. It was set up by Paul Carslake in 2019.
talkplace therapists offer both short term and longer term counselling and therapy, with the option of phone or online counselling sessions as well as face-to-face meetiings. Our 'brand' of therapy includes psychodynamic and integrative techniques, and looks at repeated patterns of thought and behaviour from the past, as well as making use of the interactions between therapist and patient as a means of learning more about our ways of being and relating.
A very wide range, relating to all aspects of work or home life. The most common ones (across online therapy an in-person therapy) are depression-based conditions and anxiety, as well as bereavement and work stress.
This will depend on you. You can have anything from Single Session Therapy (SST), or a set of pre-booked sessions which you can arrange with your therapist. All of these can be renewed at your request with the same therapist.
You will need to pay for any missed sessions.
You can arrange payment directly with your therapist. Some will accept card payments, and some will offer discounts when you pay for all the sessions in advance.
The best way to find out is to book a single ‘taster’ session, or else a short block of sessions - say for six weeks.
Once you have completed your block of sessions, you can of course choose not to renew, or to start with another therapist from talkplace or elsewhere. However, initially disliking a therapist can often lead to very productive work, as it will reveal aspects of how you relate to people outside of therapy too, and give you the opportunity to talk frankly and safely about something that appears hard to tolerate.
During the call, you will be able to ask anything you like about the talkplace service, and perhaps discuss in broad terms what is drawing you to a talking therapy.
Your therapist will leave you a contact number or email address, in case you need to cancel a session. For all our clients (including those signed up for telephone or online counselling) your therapist is only available during your appointed counselling session.
There are discounts available for blocks of counselling sessions booked in advance. Ask your therapist for details.
Online counselling (and phone counselling) will work best if you try to create a sense of the 'therapeutic space' that you would enjoy during a meeting in person. The day and time will be fixed and regular, and you should try to reserve the same place for the session each week: a place where you will not be disturbed or overheard, and with messaging notifications turned off. Your counsellor will do the same. It can be useful to take just a few moments before the counselling starts – just to quiet your mind. Imagine you are waiting for a few minutes outside a therapy room, creating a little mental distance between the counselling session and what you were doing immediately before.