CPU was originally set up in 1969 with the co-operation of Voluntary Action Camden (VAC), Camden Council for Voluntary Service and the London Borough of Camden.

It soon became established as a specialist service in the provision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.CPU has been an independent charity since November 2005.

For 42 years we were able to offer free psychotherapy to all due to financial support from local government and the NHS. This funding was recently withdrawn in December 2011 and as a result CPU has been forced to reconsider it's funding base. In addition to the free service to those who can't afford to pay, CPU has introduced a fee charging service based on people's ability to pay, dependent on their income.

Since our inception in 1969, our aim has always been to offer psychotherapy to all those who need help. We continue to strive to make psychotherapy accessible to everybody who needs it.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy aims to help people to better manage difficult feelings and relationships. It offers an opportunity to explore and reflect on such difficulties with a therapist either individually or in a group.

How do I make an appointment?

Phone or write to the CPU administrator () who will tell you how to make a self-referral. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire which will help us to get an idea of your difficulties before arranging for you to be seen for a consultation.

How long will I have to wait for therapy?

We aim to keep our waiting lists as short as possible. The waiting time for an initial consultation is usually 2 to 3 months. A recommendation is then made for one of the following:

  • Brief therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Group therapy

Alternatively we may recommend that you are referred to another agency more suitable to your needs.

Can you help me if I am not sure what is best for me?

Yes. The initial consultation and the brief therapy aim at exploring with you in depth the nature of your difficulties and trying to formulate together a recommendation for what is best. This could include any other type of therapy or psychological and social support.

How can you help me to find other types of psychological help?

Before finalizing the consultation process, we always try to find the best place for you. This may involve making enquiries and recommendations to other agencies or individuals with whom we have professional links. We do this so that the process of finding a therapist for you is as appropriate and straightforward as possible.

Who is CPU responsible to?

CPU is an independent charity and is managed by a management committee. CPU is a registered charity with the Charity Commission and abides by its rules.

Can I complain?

CPU has a formal complains procedure policy. Please contact us if you want more information.

Equal opportunities

CPU welcomes referrals from all residents over 18 in the borough of Camden regardless of race, sexuality, ethnic origin or disability.


All contact with CPU is confidential. We will ask for your GP details, however, we will not contact them without your permission. We will discuss any difficulties you may have about giving us your GP details.
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