Apathy, depression and anxiety – useful organisations

Find out more about organisations that can help you support a person with dementia who has apathy, depression or anxiety.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Telephone
0330 320 0851

Email
[email protected]

Website
www.babcp.com

The BABCP can help people find an accredited CBT therapist. It can give them a list of CBT therapists in their local area.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Telephone
01455 883300 (10am–4pm Monday–Friday)

Email
[email protected]

Website
www.bacp.co.uk

The BACP represents counsellors and psychotherapists. It can give people information about counselling and psychotherapy services, including a list of counsellors and psychotherapists in their local area. It can also advise people about what to look for in a therapist. 

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Telephone
0116 254 9568

Email
[email protected]

Website
www.bps.org.uk

The BPS has a list of clinical and counselling psychologists who offer private therapy services.

Counselling Directory

Telephone
0333 325 2500 (10am–4pm Monday–Friday)

Website
www.counselling-directory.org.uk

The Counselling Directory website includes a searchable database of counsellors and psychotherapists who are members of a recognised professional organisation. It also has information about how talking therapies may help.

Dementia UK

Telephone
0800 888 6678 (9am–9pm Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm Saturday–Sunday)

Email
[email protected]

Website
www.dementiauk.org

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through its Admiral Nurse service.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Website
www.hcpc-uk.org/check-the-register
www.hcpc-uk.org

The HCPC keeps a register of health and care professionals who meet certain standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. You can search the register to check whether a named psychologist is included, as well as make complaints about registered professionals. 

Mental Health Foundation

Telephone
020 7803 1100

Website
www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation is a charity that promotes good mental health. It has information on a range of different areas and support. 

Mind

Telephone
0300 123 3393 (infoline, 9am–6pm Monday–Friday)

Email
[email protected]

Website
www.mind.org.uk

Mind is a charity that offers information and advice on all aspects of mental health. It provides a range of support services through local Mind associations. 

NHS Talking Therapies

Website
https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/adults/ nhs-talking-therapies/

NHS Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression (formerly known as Improving Access to Psychological therapies) is an NHS programme of services for therapies that are approved for depression and anxiety by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It is only available in England. You can search for services in your area at https://www.nhs.uk/servicesearch/mental-health/find-an-nhs-talking-therapies-service

Relate

Website
www.relate.org.uk

Relate offers relationship counselling for individuals, couples and families in England and Wales. It provides advice and support by phone, face-to-face and through its website. For Relate in Northern Ireland see www.relateni.org or call 028 9032 3454.

Samaritans

Telephone
116 123

Website
www.samaritans.org/

Email
[email protected]

If you need someone to talk to, Samaritans will listen. They won’t judge or tell you what to do. Call any time, day or night, or write in by email or letter. Samaritans also provide free phone support in Welsh on 0808 164 0123, as well as a letter writing service in Welsh.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Telephone
020 7014 9955 (9am–5pm Monday–Friday)

​​​​​​​Website
www.psychotherapy.org.uk

The UK Council for Psychotherapy is a UK professional body for psychotherapists and counsellors. The website includes a searchable register of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.

Review details

Last reviewed: October 2023

Next review due: October 2026

Our information is based on evidence and need, and is regularly updated using quality-controlled processes. It is reviewed by experts in health and social care and people affected by dementia.

Reviewed by: Dr Anna Crabtree, Clinical Psychologist, Principal Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London and Dr Clare Burgon, Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

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