We all feel stressed, worried or down from time to time. But if it goes on too long, or you feel like you can’t cope, we can help. and a range of evidence based talking therapies.

Bikur Cholim’s expert Emotional Health Service offers confidential and sensitive advice and support. We can help you find ways to manage your thoughts and feelings and make changes, so you can live life to the full. Our service combines the professional expertise of qualified therapists with warmth, sensitivity and support. Our team of male and female Heimishe therapists adhere strictly to Halacha and are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Our Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response Service is staffed by volunteers who provide immediate practical and emotional support in response to traumatic incidents. These interventions seek to support individuals, families, schools and communities in the aftermath of trauma by providing psycho-educational advice and information, giving people affected by trauma the supportive tools necessary to focus on their own inner strengths and resources in order to cope. These interventions are usually provided intensely for short periods of weeks or months reducing the longer term impact of trauma.

To access this service, please call 020 8800 7878

This service is available 24/7

We work with adults, carers and families experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties. Even though many of these problems are very common, they can become overwhelming, distressing and make day-to-day life difficult. For example:

Low mood – including low self-esteem, depression, feeling down after a stressful life event such as bereavement or because of worries about relationships or work.

Anxiety – including feeling hopeless about the future, unable to cope, anxiety about social situations, feelings of panic or OCD.

We offer a wide range of tried and tested ‘talking therapies. These involve talking with a trained professional to help you work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes. We have high rates of recovery that are well above the national average.

After an initial assessment, we’ll be able to suggest the support that’s right for you, based on your individual needs and the changes you want to make.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on what is troubling you and to explore your present circumstances in a personal and meaningful way. We will help you to learn new ways of coping, to alleviate stress and promote your inner strengths.

Our team of therapists see people for regular one-to-one appointments. The number and frequency of sessions will depend on your individual circumstances and personal progress.

If you need to cancel an appointment, we will require 24 hours’ notice.

Our trained advisers can help with any questions or concerns about your own or someone else’s mental health. We can also provide guidance on other help and support available, both from Bikur Cholim and elsewhere. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you don’t need to give us your contact details.

020 8809 8400

I had an excellent experience with my therapist. The goals we made were very clear and the techniques used were tailor-made for me.

This is the first time I have felt success in therapy. I think that’s because Bikur Cholim is an organisation that understands the life of the community.

My therapist has helped me tremendously with such care. She has restored my trust in therapy.

When I started, I was overwhelmed by my worries, but I have been taught helpful techniques of how to deal with them. I am much calmer now and don’t feel so stuck when I don’t feel good. Thank you very much. I really appreciate all you have done for me.

It was an amazing service. I felt cared for, understood and treated with extreme devotion. I am happy to have experienced it, Thank you.

Five small changes can make a big difference. These simple things have been shown to improve mental health and wellbeing.

1 Connect – With people at home, at work, school or in your local community. Building connections with others can ease our troubles and help us see things in a different way.

2 Be active – Walking, cycling, gardening – find an activity that suits you. Exercise can improve sleep, relieve tension, improve energy levels and help you think clearly.

3 Keep learning – Try new things, like a cooking course or learning an instrument. Developing new skills keeps your mind active, is fun and can increase confidence.

4 Give – Volunteer, join a community group. We all have something to offer. Giving your time can be very rewarding, boosting mood and connecting with new people.

5 Take notice – Be curious. Savour the moment. Take time to remember the little things that make you happy.

To find out more or to arrange an appointment with the Emotional Health Service, please call: 020 8800 7575

You can also arrange an appointment by emailing: EHReferrals@bikurcholim.co.uk

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