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Empowering and nurturing the community through accessible wellbeing support for young adults, children and families.

Supporting Southwark's mental wellbeing

Your mental well-being matters to us. Whether you’re a young person, a parent/carer, or an organisation/professional seeking support, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take this journey together.

From 1:1 therapy sessions to workshops in schools, we deliver various services. 

Informative Group Sessions

Art & Music Therapy

Whole Family Support

School Workshops

1:1 Therapy Sessions

Parenting Support

How do you really feel?

Your mental wellbeing matters to us. Whether you’re a young person, a parent/carer, or an organisation/professional seeking support, we’ve got you covered. Click on the one that best represents you and start your journey.

Visit our wellbeing hub in Peckham

This is our cosy and friendly wellbeing hub in Peckham, Southwark. If you want to talk, or just want to feel the cosiness, pop into our hub. Swipe to see our lovely space.

Explore the positive impact we're making on our community

Young Person, Age 17

“I managed to talk about things I’d never spoken to anyone about before and I’ve grown so much. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my therapist.”

Young Person, Age 21

“I achieved being able to talk openly during my sessions and get suggestions from my therapist rather than being told what to do.”

Young Person, Age 14

“I was able to express my emotions well. We used cards to and did activities like the Tree of Life which was particularly helpful to my growth.”

Frequently asked questions

How The Nest can help me?

At The Nest, our aim is to provide a service to young people at the point of need, without the need for a professional referral. We offer early intervention and prevention for emotional issues and low-level mental health such as worries, anxieties and stress.

The Nest provides young people and families with the opportunities, experiences, and tools to enable them to develop their physical, emotional and social capabilities. Our non-clinical intervention offers youth work, person-centred counselling, psychological well-being practices and traditional talking therapies via 1:1 sessions, group work, virtual resources and peer mentoring.

What do therapy sessions look like?

Therapy sessions offer a supportive and inclusive environment in which both young people and adults can explore their emotions and personal growth over 6 to 12 weekly sessions. Here’s what you can expect:

Engaging Modalities: We have various therapeutic approaches like art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, person-centred counselling and psychodynamic counselling. These methods provide creative and interactive ways to express feelings and thoughts.

Safe and Welcoming Space: Sessions are held warm and non-judgmental, ensuring everyone feels comfortable sharing their experiences.

Skilled Therapists: Our therapists are trained professionals with expertise in working with diverse backgrounds. They offer empathy, guidance, and age-appropriate strategies.

Personalised Journey: Whether you’re a young person or an adult, therapy is tailored to your unique needs and preferences.

Confidentiality: Your privacy is paramount, and what you discuss in therapy remains confidential, fostering trust and openness. The only time confidentiality may need to be broken is if we feel you or someone else is at harm.

Effective Communication: Therapists encourage open dialogue, actively listening to your concerns and feedback, ensuring you have a voice in your therapeutic journey.

How do I know if I have a 'mental health problem'?

It’s great that you’re taking an interest in your mental health and it can be very difficult to know if there is a ‘problem’. If you think you’ve noticed a change in your mental health, some signs might be; consistently experiencing intense emotions, behaviour changes, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, or negative self-talk that disrupts your daily life. Physical symptoms, social isolation, and substance use may also signal an issue. It’s crucial to remember that experiencing some of these signs is common during life’s ups and downs. However, if these symptoms persist, worsen, or significantly impact your well-being, seeking support from a trusted adult, counsellor, or mental health professional is wise. They can help you understand your feelings and provide guidance on how to manage them effectively.

What happens when I make a referral/self referral?

Once we receive your referral, they are then reviewed at our weekly referral meetings on Thursday.

Once the referral has been reviewed, a member of the team will be in touch with you via email or telephone call to inform you of the outcome of your referral.

Get in touch

Got a question? Contact us directly! We have a friendly and professional team who will be happy to answer your questions.