Welcome to CPU
CPU offers free and low fee psychoanalytic psychotherapy. We have been in existence since 1969, providing short and long term psychotherapy to people facing emotional distress and personal difficulties. We provide treatment to over a hundred people annually. Those who come to us may be suffering from relationship problems, depression, anxiety, social isolation, eating disorders, trauma, abuse and other issues.
Our service is available to people across London from all backgrounds and we welcome enquiries from anyone who seeks help, from those who want to find out what kind of services will be best for them as well as from those who seek psychotherapy. People may refer themselves directly to CPU. Referrals may also be made by GPs, social workers, local hospitals, PPNs, and voluntary organisations.
We offer free therapy to those unable to pay. For those who are able to pay we charge fees on a sliding scale.
Our charity needs your support
From 1969 until 2010, CPU was fully funded by the NHS. In December 2010, our entire NHS funding was withdrawn. Since then, we have managed to remain open through vigorous fundraising.
Our continued work depends on ongoing fundraising efforts and the continued backing of our friends and supporters.
The importance and effectiveness of CPU has been acknowledged by Big Lottery Fund, which awarded a grant of £39,000 each year until 2018. However, that funding has now come to an end and we need a minimum of £140,000 a year to keep operating.
Please donate now to allow this vital service to continue helping people in mental distress.
“It is possible to foresee that at some time or other the conscience of society will awake and remind it that the poor man should have just as much right to assistance for his mind as he now has to the life-saving help offered by surgery... When this happens, institutions or out-patient clinics will be started, to which analytically-trained physicians will be appointed, so that men who would otherwise give way to drink, women who have nearly succumbed under their burden of privations, children for whom there is no choice but between running wild or neurosis, may be made capable, by analysis, of resistance and of efficient work. Such treatments will be free. It may be a long time before the State comes to see these duties as urgent. Present conditions may delay its arrival even longer. Probably these institutions will first be started by private charity. Some time or other, however, it must come to this.”
Sigmund Freud, 1918
"Organisations like the Camden Psychotherapy Unit are part of what make this city great. For over 40 years it has been quietly going about its work of helping Londoners access free and low cost psychotherapy. As a result, it has enabled countless people on lower incomes to get the help they need to recover from mental and emotional difficulties. The service it provides is invaluable."
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, 2018