Our programme

Below is a brief outline of Room to Heal’s holistic programme for members. Please get in touch to find out more.

Our assessment process is an opportunity for a prospective member to talk about their mental health and asylum-related issues with a therapist. It is a chance for us to look at a person’s psychological and material needs and determine both how they are best addressed and whether Room to Heal is the right place to address them.

We offer short-term individual therapy, aimed at preparing new members to join the Room to Heal community and, where appropriate address enduring post-traumatic symptoms.

We recognise that it is futile to offer counselling to a person who has no food, no money, and no place to sleep at night. Our small casework team works closely with a range of partners to help members resolve practical issues they face, for example helping them to access suitable legal representation, housing, and medical care. The casework team also supports members to develop their potential and prepare for employment, education and training.

Our weekly therapeutic support groups are the cornerstone of our therapeutic programme. We run two concurrent mixed-gender groups on Tuesday 11:00am – 1pm, both of which are open to new and longer-term members of our community. These groups are followed by a social home-cooked lunch and therapeutic gardening, or other activities and workshops.

Our weekly garden therapy group, run by a psychotherapist and a gardener is central to our work. Being in nature is in itself a healing activity; and working together to develop the community garden provides members with a sense of purpose, ownership and achievement – while also providing a harvest we can all share.

Members also attend our therapeutic gardening and social group, which runs weekly on Fridays at Culpeper Community Garden in Angel between 2-6pm.

We run 2-3 intensive therapeutic retreats in the countryside per year. They are a chance to deepen the therapeutic process and people’s experience of community, away from the stresses of everyday life in London.

We offer a range of creative activities and physical therapies  ranging from story-telling, music, yoga, print-making, embroidery and therapeutic massage.

All these aspects of our work nourish and occur in the context of our therapeutic community, the cultivation of which is at the heart of our therapeutic approach .


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Your money could fund a therapist to help members recover from severe trauma, help to pay for healing programmes such as the storytelling project, or cover travel expenses for members to get to a retreat. We also need general funds for staff wages and running costs such as office rental and telephone. Donations through JustGiving […]