East London NHS Foundation Trust launches new Primary Care Psychology and Counselling service for Tower Hamlets, in partnership with Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham. (MITHN)

From 1 October 2018, local people in Tower Hamlets can refer themselves to a new psychology and counselling service.

East London NHS Foundation Trust launched new Primary Care Psychology and Counselling service for Tower Hamlets on Monday 1 October, in partnership with Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham. (MITHN)

The new service is called Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies (THTT) means that local people can refer themselves to the service or ask their GP or health professional to make a referral on their behalf.

The name was chosen by a focus group comprised of local people. The service is available to people living in the borough or who are registered with a GP in Tower Hamlets.

Support with Common Mental Health Problems

The service can help people experiencing a range of difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, phobias, extreme shyness, anger issues, relationship issues, bereavement, etc. It offers counselling, psychological interventions for long-term health conditions and specialist interventions for Eating Disorders and perinatal interventions in primary care.

Self Referral

People can refer themselves by calling: 020 8475 8080

A website has been launched which explains what the service can offer. Go to: www.towerhamletstalkingtherapies.nhs.uk

Referral can also be made by local GPs or health professionals.

 Local Psychological Services All Under One Roof

The service is a central point bringing together four services: psychological therapies, bilingual counselling, bereavement counselling and general counselling.

Following an initial assessment, the service offers a range of care pathways and therapy options to ensure that people get the appropriate specialist support they need.

Sarah Wilson, Director of Specialist Services said, “We are really pleased to have joined forces with Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham to provide Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies. The new service offers a wide range of psychological support to people in the borough. We provide similar services in Newham, Richmond and Bedfordshire so have developed extensive experience over time. We are looking forward to working with MITHN to develop a really effective service for local people.

Michelle Kabia, CEO of MITHN said, “We are delighted to join ELFT in the delivery on the new Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies service. We are committed to making a real difference for local people and ensuring that Talking Therapies are accessible to everyone.” 

East London NHS Foundation Trust: East London NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and community services in London, and Bedfordshire including Luton. The Trust is recognised as a centre of excellence for innovation and improvement. Our extensive work in research and education has led to a number of pioneering health solutions, giving us a strong academic reputation.

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham: Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham is a community mental health charity that aims to make sure anyone with a mental health or emotional issue has somewhere to turn for advice and support. The overall aim of Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham is to work in partnership with people and communities to promote and support mental health, wellbeing, resilience and recovery and to challenge stigma.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: ELFT provides Talking Therapies services in Newham, Richmond and Bedfordshire. The Newham service was one of the original pilot sites in 2008. IAPT services are now available across the whole country offering evidence-based psychological therapies.

For more information, contact:


East London NHS Foundation Trust

Tel No: 020 7655 4038              

Out of hours: 020 7540 4380


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