A new well-being centre in the heart of the City will be officially opened on Wednesday, 7 October 2020 at 11am by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell.
The new site, backed by £451,000 from the City of London Corporation, offers counselling and psychotherapy for workers and residents in the Square Mile and neighbouring boroughs (Tower Hamlets, Camden, Islington, Southwark, Hackney, Westminster, and Lambeth).
The centre, located on Middlesex Street in the east of the City, has been offering virtual services during the pandemic and will now open within government COVID-19 guidelines.
Sessions will be provided by staff from Tavistock Relationships, which has over 70 years of experience in working with people with mental health concerns and relationship difficulties.
As a non-profit organisation, Tavistock Relationships makes its services accessible to everyone by providing therapy on the basis of what they can afford. It will offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups who are experiencing any range of emotional and psychological difficulties.
Randall Anderson, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, said: ‘Supporting good mental health among our residents and workers is a key priority for the City Corporation.
‘We know that the coronavirus pandemic has hugely impacted on people’s mental, physical, social, and financial health. We are delighted to open this new service with its new, quick, safe, and effective access to professional advice and treatment.’
Marianne Fredericks, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: ‘Good health and well-being comes from a combination of physical, mental, and social activity.
‘We are delighted to be working with Tavistock Relationships on this programme. The City Wellbeing Centre is an extremely positive addition to the City and will serve Londoners from a range of boroughs.’
Andrew Balfour, CEO of Tavistock Relationships, says: ‘In establishing the City Wellbeing Centre, the City of London Corporation has shown great vision: working with Tavistock Relationships, a leading mental health provider, to establish a model of partnership for our times; offering access to high-quality psychological therapies for workers and residents of the City and neighbouring boroughs, at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on mental health and on family relationships.
‘The need for easy-to-access, evidence-based help has never been greater and Tavistock Relationships’ community of therapists will offer counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples who are experiencing a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, bereavement, struggles with work or family life, sexual problems, or self-esteem issues and life transitions, such as moving towards retirement.
‘A unique feature of the services offered by the City Wellbeing Centre is that the therapy is accessible to all, charged on the basis of what individuals and couples can afford. Although these services are currently being offered online, it is hoped that in time there will be a return to face-to-face work as well as online therapy.’
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