Help to Heal – Emotional Support

Everybody needs emotional support at some point in their lives, for all kinds of reasons. If you’ve found this website, you may feel ready to talk to someone about an issue you may have.

Congratulations! You’ve just taken the first step.

There are plenty of resources out there for people struggling with a problem. However, finding the right kind of help can sometimes be tricky. After all, not everybody’s built the same; so what may be ideal for one person might be totally unsuitable for another.

Our mission here at Help to Heal then, is to signpost the most appropriate support resources for those of you looking for help.

To this end, we provide detailed information about counselling, charities, specialist organisations and helplines. All are dedicated to providing guidance, advice and support to people enduring all manner of problems and issues. Here’s a run-down of the services we cover.

Counselling Services

‘Do I need Counselling?’ This is a question many people ask themselves when considering professional help. For some, being able to talk in a non-judgmental, supportive environment can be extremely beneficial.

But for others, counselling just isn’t the right fit – talking to someone about personal, often painful feelings can be very challenging, especially when its a stranger.

To help you decide if counselling is the best option, we offer detailed information about the main methods practiced by counsellors and psychologists.

We also provide insights into the origins and practice of each counselling method as well as some of the main issues that counselling can help with.

Our counselling and psychology section is arranged as follows:

Cognitive Therapies
Adventure, Cognitive Behavioural, Dialectical, Interpersonal,

Expressive Therapies
Art, Creative, Dance, Drama, Expressive, Music, Play

Humanistic Therapies
Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Person-Centred, Reality

Integrative Therapies
Feminist, Integrative, Schema

Psychoanalytical Therapies
DreamGroup, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Rational Emotive

Other Therapies
Equine, Family Systems, Narrative, Primal, Provocative, Solution Focused

Charities and Organisations

There are numerous charities that can offer valuable advice and professional support for all kinds of problems.

You can find more information about these on our Help and Support pages. For quick reference, some of the most well-known charities and organisations are included below.

Alcoholics Anonymous UK
Alcoholics Anonymous is an internationally recognised organisation whose mission is to help alcohol abusers overcome their addiction and achieve consistent sobriety. Among other things, they arrange and run group meetings which enable alcoholics to interact with fellow sufferers.

Anxiety UK
Established in 1970, Anxiety UK is a registered charity aimed at people who live with anxiety and anxiety-based depression. Many of their employees have suffered from anxiety which allows individuals to speak with like-minded people.

Macmillan is a major charity created to help people come to terms with a cancer diagnosis. Their site has a vast amount of information and advice about how to manage the illness, with advice and support also provided to relatives of cancer sufferers.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children aims to raise awareness of child cruelty and prevent it from happening. The site features a wealth of information about protecting the welfare of children – they also provide counselling services and helplines.

SANE is a registered charity dedicated to improving awareness about depression. Their work is especially important considering how taboo depression remains for so many people. In addition to the extensive research they carry out, SANE also offer help and advice to sufferers of the illness.


Helplines can be extremely useful for people seeking more immediate support. They’re also good at signposting treatments for those unsure of how to go about getting the right kind of help.

Some are dedicated helplines, while others are operated as extensions of existing charities and organisations.

All provide confidential support and advice from trained volunteers and professionals. Below, we’ve included a list of helplines for the most common issues facing people. Visit our dedicated helplines page for more options.

Family Lives
The Family Lives helpline provides information and advice about all aspects of family life, including bullying. Lines are open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday. 0808 800 2222

Child Line
Free helpline intended for children experiencing problems including abuse, bullying and family issues. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week and there are 11 centres in the UK. During busy hours, calls are diverted to the nearest centre. 0800 1111

Refuge provides safe houses for women and children escaping domestic violence. They also provide a 24-hour helpline which is manned by trained operators who can help callers find the nearest local refuge. 0808 200 0247

This famous charity runs confidential telephone support for people suffering from emotional distress of any kind. Their lines are open 24-hours a day and they can also be contacted by email, letter and mini-com. 08457 90 90 90

Macmillan Cancer Relief Cancer Line
Another renowned charity, intended for cancer sufferers and their families. They also provide a free telephone advice which offers advice and support. Lines are open 9am to 10pm, Monday to Friday. 0808 808 2020