Damian McCann

By Damian McCann, Tavistock Relationships’ Head of Learning & Development and Director of City Wellbeing Centre,

Damian talks about the support available at The City of London Corporation’s new City Wellbeing Centre.

Mental health matters. What we feel inside can often have a great effect on our general health and wellbeing. The coronavirus pandemic has brought many challenges to people’s lives, and we are all trying to adjust to a new way of living. The number of people suffering from depression during the pandemic has doubled according to recent figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The new City Wellbeing Centre (57-77 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA) aims to provide greater access to therapeutic mental health support for people who live or work in and around the City. It is also available to people living in the surrounding London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Westminter, Southwark and Lambeth.

The services are being delivered by staff from Tavistock Relationships, an internationally renowned organisation with over 70 years experience of supporting individuals and couples with mental health concerns and relationship problems. Ongoing evaluation of its services consistently confirms the effectiveness of its work.

Counselling and psychotherapy is currently available through the centre to individuals, couples and groups who are experiencing a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. 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

The Centre aims to provide greater access to therapeutic mental health treatments not easily available through the NHS, including:

  • individual counselling and psychotherapy
  • couple psychotherapy
  • group therapy, psychosexual therapy
  • mentalization based therapy for couples in conflict 
  • help for separated couples
  • parenting interventions
  • support for couples living with dementia
  • 50+ support for retiring couples,

In addiiton there are short-term intervention for individuals and couples affected by lockdown.

Whether you live locally or work in a large corporation, an office, in a store or in the community, the service is open to you. .

A unique feature of the services offered by the City Wellbeing Centre is that the therapy is accessible to all. As a non-profit making organisation, Tavistock Relationships provides its therapeutic services on the basis of what individuals and couples can afford. Using a sliding scale, individuals and couples will be helped to agree a fee for sessions that is affordable. Those in a position to pay more will enable the provision of therapy for those on lower incomes. This approach helps to ensure Tavistock Relationships’ financial sustainability, whilst safeguarding its continued commitment to offering therapy to all, irrespective of income.

The City Corporation has backed the project with funding for the building and has commissioned Tavistock Relationships to deliver the service on its behalf.

To access the service, city workers and residents can visit www.citywellbeingcentre.org to book an appointment online or call 020 7380 1960.