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Online counselling

If you have requested individual counselling support, or we think it might be more appropriate, your details will be confidentially passed on to an online counsellor. They will email you details to arrange your assessment.

What will happen at my online assessment?

This will last for one hour and will go into greater detail than your application form. It will help the counsellor decide how best to support you. In preparation for the assessment, you might want to think about being somewhere private where you can’t be disturbed.

During the assessment, the counsellor will be taking some more details down about you and the substance use issues you’ve come to address. In the assessment, you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the service.

At the end of the assessment, if you agree to continue and the counsellor thinks the service is right for you, you will be offered a time slot for face-to-face online sessions. The counsellor will do their best to accommodate your availability.

How many sessions will I be offered?

You will be offered four face-to-face online support sessions. They will take place at the same time, and on the same day, each week over a month. Each session will last for one hour.

What will happen in the sessions?

The content of sessions depends on your own individual needs and what kind of support the counsellor thinks will help you the most. Perhaps you would like to make changes around your relationship with sex, drugs and alcohol, but don’t know how. You might want to talk this through with the counsellor and, together, set yourself some achievable goals.

Maybe you’re at the point where you are ready to make those changes, but need the support of a counsellor to help you along the way. Or it could be that you’ve already made changes, and now need the support of a counsellor to keep you going forward and make changes in other areas of your life.

Or maybe you just want someone to talk to about how you feel. Whatever your needs, our counsellor is there to support you through your decisions, completely without judgement.

Who will my counsellor be?

Your qualified counsellor will be a gay man who works in LGBT drug and alcohol support services and in mental and sexual health. He is employed by Antidote, the drug and alcohol support service at London Friend.

How much does it cost?

The service is free and offered in a joint initiative by Antidote at London Friend and Terrence Higgins Trust.

What will happen after my sessions have ended?

This will be entirely up to you. You might decide that you don’t need any further support at the end of the four weeks. Or perhaps you’ll want to find out more about other drug and alcohol support services that might be available in or around your area. You may even wish to consider seeing a more long-term counsellor, therapist or adviser in person. Whatever you decide, you’ll be able to discuss your options with the counsellor before the end of your final session.

To sign up, please complete this registration form.