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Professional free counselling

For young adults aged between 14-39

Scroll down to ‘Your Journey as a client’ to see what will happen once your referral has been received

Free Counselling Nationwide & Surrey

Here at The Lucy Rayner Foundation, we understand there can be many barriers to accessing support for mental health difficulties. There is no doubt that young people especially are facing difficulties sourcing counselling services due to wait times and costs.

We aim to change that by offering 14-39-year-olds across the UK a minimum of six counselling sessions completely free of charge. Our team will help arrange sessions as quickly as possible so you can all the sooner benefit from the insight of a licensed health professional.

Free Talking Therapy to Help with Mental Health Conditions

There are many reasons why counselling is considered one of the most effective ways to deal with mental health problems. Our counsellors can help identify and challenge negative thought patterns, allowing you to express yourself and improve communication skills and self-esteem.

There is also much to be said about the power of being proactive in seeking out treatment, which will all lead to feelings of control and optimism about your future.

Common Mental Health Issues

The Lucy Rayner Foundation is proud to provide support for young people throughout the UK and Surrey. Our free counselling services are designed to help tackle a wide range of mental health issues you may be experiencing, including:

Free Counselling for depression
Free Counselling for Self Harm
Free Counselling for anxiety
Free Counselling for eating disorders
Free Counselling for bereavement
Free Counselling for low self-esteem

We also support people experiencing a deterioration of their mental health during periods of acute stress, such as following a bereavement or relationship breakdown.  We understand that mental health can be complex and that different issues can easily overlap. That is why we tailor our services around the individual so that you get the unique care and understanding you need to help you on the road to recovery.

Your journey as a client

Apply for Free Counselling Online

Getting referred for our free counselling sessions couldn’t be easier. You can complete a referral form online on our website. You only need to answer a few simple questions and let us know when you are available to get started. We understand you may have other commitments during the week but will do our very best to accommodate your needs.

If you don't qualify for our FREE Counselling Service

If you are seeking counselling and you do not fit within our free counselling criteria we are more than happy to point you in the direction of other avenues for support. We know that it is not accessible to everyone, but we do have a number of counsellors who we can recommend for private counselling and other organisations/resources that may be able to help. For more information, please contact us on

Our Message to You

Watch the below video for an important message to young people struggling with their mental health.

Counselling through The Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service

If you have contacted the Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service and have been signposted to the Free LRF Counselling service, please visit our separate ‘Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service’ tab under the support services tab on our menu to access the referral form

Frequently Asked Questions

Even though you may not fit within the age criteria for our counselling service, we would still encourage you to contact us! We are committed to helping as many people as we can and can signpost you to other organisations and services that we work closely with.

Yes, the Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service offers free counselling for any individual who has lost someone to suicide, no matter their age. Please contact SSBS directly my emailing or calling us on 01737 886551.

We operate without a waiting list. A member of the team will be in contact within 48 hours of your referral being sent to arrange an initial assessment.

You are more than welcome to submit a referral for someone else, as long as they are aware you are doing so. Once the referral has been made all contact will go directly through the client.

Yes, as long as you are aged between 14-39. Anyone within England can use our services.

The Lucy Rayner Foundation understands the implications that comes with poor mental health, and we know that sometimes the effort it takes to attend an appointment might be overwhelming but please do remember that last minute ‘no shows’ do result in money lost from the charity.. If you are unable to attend your session, please let us know with as much notice as possible. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.

Get in Touch

Would you like to learn more about our counselling support services? Our friendly team is here to talk to you. Call us on 01737 910 907 to book an appointment. Alternatively, you can email us at and a member of our team will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

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Due to a sudden influx of counselling referrals in the last couple of weeks, we regret to inform you that we are currently experiencing a minor wait for initial assessments. The wait is currently around 1-2 weeks. We are doing our best to resolve this issue and appreciate your understanding on the matter. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you need urgent help, or if you feel as though you are at risk of harming yourself, please visit your local Accident and Emergency Department or call 999 for immediate support.