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History of Help Counselling Centre

Help Counselling Centre plaque on the wallFounded in 1968 by Richard Branson, Help started out as a student helpline. In the 1970s, Help evolved into a drop-in centre based in Notting Hill. In the 1980s, Help began to offer counselling to the local community from 57 Portobello Road.

Help Counselling Centre became a registered charity (no. 1140721) and gained independence from the original founder in June 2011.

Over time, Help has become the largest charitable provider of affordable counselling and psychotherapy in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Almost 70% of our clients live in the Tri-borough area – Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster.

For over 30 years, Help has brought positive change to the lives of thousands of individuals and, in turn, to the community. Our aim continues to be the active promotion of mental health and wellbeing in the west London community.