Counselling can anyone Advice for free one-to-one counselling for stroke Survivors please

Hi, as far as I’m aware there is no free counselling available to stroke survivors. I was advised to find a Neuro Psychologist when I was discharged from hospital. I saw a brilliant Neuro Psychologist whilst I was an in patient but unfortunately this treatment not available free of charge once you are back home.

I eventually contacted MIND and was given 7 weeks counselling which was great but she was not trained to help stroke survivors. It was great to open up to someone you weren’t close to.

I am interested to see if anyone on this forum knows of any other specialist treatment.

Good luck with your search.
Regards Sue

Try calling the Stroke Association help line. They should be able to advise.

0303 3033 100 I think is there number.

Alternatively try your GP.

I was referred to a neuro psychologist by the hospital but there is a very long wait. I’ve been on list 10 months & still heard nothing.

Good luck x

Hi, I contacted the Stroke Association in my search for counselling and unfortunately they were unable to help. I was also referred by my Gp but the only counselling available was too far away for me to get to.

Unfortunately as many Stroke survivors found found, the after care once you have been discharged from hospital is basically non existent. We have had to pay for private neuro physiotherapy and have bought numerous items of equipment to help with my recovery.

Good luck with your search. I’m keen to see if there is anything out there

Regards Sue


Hi @HarDKnocK19 whilst it may not be specific for stroke survivors, your GP should be able to refer you for Talking Therapy you might even be able to refer yourself.

Check out NHS mental health services online which should point you in the right direction.

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@Susan_Jane i 100 percent agree the help I’ve had been given is zero I think I just want someone to vent my spleen to Monday is the second time I’ve seen my gp after my stroke which is a year ago living in Croydon doesn’t help as you get no help

Thank you I will ask them today


I asked to be referred to my Community Based Neuro Rehab Team. After a long wait I did come to the top of the list and have up to eight weeks with them. They visit the home and have had visits from the Psychologist, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapy. Talking to the Psychologist has been very helpful and the Occupational Therapist talked about ways to manage the dreaded Fatigue. Sadly the Physio couldn’t give me any exercises to do because of the type of Stroke I had (a Lacunar Infarct which causes nerve tingling, coldness and pain in the hand). Perhaps your area might have a Community Neuro Rehab Team. Would be worth asking.


i feel low today as on own hubby in bed no family here need someone to talk to

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Really sorry to hear you are feeling so low. If you need someone to talk to please try the people in the message below. Could you get your son to talk to your husband to try & sort things out or perhaps someone from your husbands family? Also @SimonInEdinburgh is opening his zoom cafe later I believe perhaps you are able to join that? Try this link Thursday and Christmas zooms

My Stroke Guide

Hello everyone! :wave:t4:

Our Helpline’s opening hours will be adjusted for the holiday period. Please see the updated hours below.

:star2: Helpline opening hours during the holidays :star2:

  • Friday 22 December 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 23 December 10am – 1pm
  • Monday 25 December Closed
  • Tuesday 26 December Closed
  • Wednesday 27 December 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday 28 December 9am – 5pm
  • Friday 29 December 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday 30 December 10am – 1pm
  • Monday 2 January Closed

We’ll be open as usual on Tuesday 3 January from 9am – 5pm

We’re here to listen, offer support, and provide guidance. Contact us at 0303 3033 100 or email

If you need assistance outside these hours, don’t worry, there are 24-hour services available.

:ribbon: Out of hours contact :ribbon:

  • Samaritans provide confidential, emotional support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Talk to them any time you like, in your own way and off the record, about whatever’s getting to you. Call the Samaritans on 116 123, or email
  • For anyone in Northern Ireland who is experiencing any kind of distress of despair, the Lifeline helpline service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 0808 808 8000.
  • Find other helplines through the Helplines Partnership online directory

Please do try one of the above. Take good care of yourself xx

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@tricia3 @Mrs5K

Yes we’ll be opening the cafe later. Got to feed the kids cats they are away I’m various other things.

The aim is to open from about 11 with a focus at 4:00

As far as the rest of this thread from deep history!
The stroke association runs a here for you service which is 8 half hour sessions with another strokes of over or carer depending on your situation. Not trained psychologists but listeners.


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when is the half hour sessions isit private

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You contact Emma and Lisa who run the Here For You service via the website

They allocate a Here For You volunteer and schedule the first call.

There are about 300 volunteers and they match as best they can to the needs of the beneficiary - the person wanting support.

Volunteers such as Lea and I are given some training and are all subject to safeguarding vetting which varies between England, Wales and Scotland but basically means a search for a criminal recording

Here for you volunteers are not psychologists but we are people with lived experience either as a carer or as a survivor


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i feel so depressed and lonely as we are not getting on,he has gone to bed

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i coudnt do it asd its complicted

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