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Emotional support service for Europeans


The current climate of uncertainty and insecurity that is experienced by 3.6million EU citizens resident in the UK, whose fundamental rights of residence have been thrown into doubt for the past year, has raised serious concerns about their mental health and well being. The resulting distress is regularly evident, for example, on online advocacy forums such as those run by the New Europeans. While striving to offer as much information and support as possible, these agencies are not equipped, resourced or qualified to provide the much-needed professional emotional support to these people.

To address this urgent need, The Existential Academy in collaboration with the New Europeans Association Limited, are launching a new emotional support service for EU citizens resident in the UK and whose mental health has been adversely impacted by the uncertainty and emotional upheaval caused. This service will be provided by accredited psychotherapists and counselling psychologists who are affiliates of the Existential Academy.


Service description

This is a short-term support service offering prospective clients up to ten sessions with a qualified therapist who is volunteering to provide this emotional support service.   Our goal is to help concerned EU citizens to explore and better understand their emotional responses to this period of great upheaval and uncertainty, so allowing them to gain greater clarity and make informed decisions on how to cope and protect their well being. 

The ESSE platform will be staffed by volunteer registered psychotherapists and counselling psychologists, and will be made available at the earliest opportunity – we anticipate end of June, 2017. 

It is of course important and right that this service is provided by highly qualified practitioners who are trained and experienced in working with distressed individuals. As such graduates of the Existential Academy’s partner company, the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and who are either United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy or Health and Care Professions Council registered counselling psychology practitioners, have been invited to volunteer their services for a minimum of 2 hours per week and for a minimum commitment period of six months.  These therapists will, in turn, be supervised by a group of highly training psychotherapy supervisors. 

How do you get support?

The first step is to contact us at by emailing the contact form, which you will find to the right of this text.  Our administration will find a volunteer therapist for you who is available at the time you request.

The therapist will then contact you and invite you to a session on our bespoke communication app., that you can access via a smartphone, tablet, or computer.  There is no connection charge, and you can use it for video chat, audio chat, just like a phone, or text chat.  It is similar to Skype, but with better security.  


Article in the Independent (June 2017)

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or call Ali on 0203 7403292