Photo of Dr Hannah Levy, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych., Psychologist
Dr Hannah Levy
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
You thought that becoming a parent would be exciting, but you've also felt overwhelmed, anxious and like you’re struggling to cope. There's been an expectation that you'd be happy and even ‘glowing’ but the reality has often felt very different. It has left you wondering if you’re failing or 'not doing it right' which can make it hard to say you're not OK or ask for help. If this feels like you, please know that you are not alone and that these thoughts and feelings are very common, even if they’re not often talked about.
You thought that becoming a parent would be exciting, but you've also felt overwhelmed, anxious and like you’re struggling to cope. There's been an expectation that you'd be happy and even ‘glowing’ but the reality has often felt very different. It has left you wondering if you’re failing or 'not doing it right' which can make it hard to say you're not OK or ask for help. If this feels like you, please know that you are not alone and that these thoughts and feelings are very common, even if they’re not often talked about.
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Photo of Jonathan Eddie, MBACP, Counsellor
Jonathan Eddie
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
My name is Jonathan Eddie. I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer individual and couples counselling in central St Albans and online.
My name is Jonathan Eddie. I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer individual and couples counselling in central St Albans and online.
01727 649252 View 01727 649252
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Chelsea Denholm Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I believe strongly in the power of being seen and heard as the individuals that we are. I hold that with warmth and empathic understanding, we can face the painful reality of some of our most difficult feelings. Of course, this is not always easy, which is why our relationship will be so important. My approach is for us to work together for as long as is needed to help you to get to know and understand yourself more fully; no subject is off limits.
I believe strongly in the power of being seen and heard as the individuals that we are. I hold that with warmth and empathic understanding, we can face the painful reality of some of our most difficult feelings. Of course, this is not always easy, which is why our relationship will be so important. My approach is for us to work together for as long as is needed to help you to get to know and understand yourself more fully; no subject is off limits.
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Photo of Dr Nicola Connolly, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych., Psychologist
Dr Nicola Connolly
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Hello and a warm welcome! I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 24 years experience working both in the NHS and in private practice. I have worked with both adolescents who struggle to talk, to adults with a wide range of mental health problems, and couples with relationship difficulties. I am trained in several therapies that I will tailor to your unique needs. It can feel very daunting trying to find the right therapist for your needs and I therefore offer you a free 30 minute Zoom meeting or phonecall to meet with me to put you at ease and to see if I am the right person who can help.
Hello and a warm welcome! I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 24 years experience working both in the NHS and in private practice. I have worked with both adolescents who struggle to talk, to adults with a wide range of mental health problems, and couples with relationship difficulties. I am trained in several therapies that I will tailor to your unique needs. It can feel very daunting trying to find the right therapist for your needs and I therefore offer you a free 30 minute Zoom meeting or phonecall to meet with me to put you at ease and to see if I am the right person who can help.
01494 509324 View 01494 509324
Photo of Dr Aroshini Wijetunge, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych., Psychologist
Dr Aroshini Wijetunge
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
I work with people experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties. I have 20yrs+ clinical experience in the NHS & private settings. I work part-time providing Expert opinion in family and criminal proceedings. My training is in evidence-based psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. I am able to integrate these models to embody a compassionate approach that is tailored to the individual. My specialist interest is in Schema Therapy, which is an integrative therapy that aims to treat personality & mental health concerns that do not always respond to other treatments.
I work with people experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties. I have 20yrs+ clinical experience in the NHS & private settings. I work part-time providing Expert opinion in family and criminal proceedings. My training is in evidence-based psychological therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. I am able to integrate these models to embody a compassionate approach that is tailored to the individual. My specialist interest is in Schema Therapy, which is an integrative therapy that aims to treat personality & mental health concerns that do not always respond to other treatments.
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Photo of Effie Molyva, MSc, MBABCP, Psychotherapist
Effie Molyva
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St Albans AL1  (Online Only)
I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist with extensive experience supporting clients with anxiety and depression both in the NHS as well as privately. In my practice I work together with clients to offer support for a range of anxiety disorders including social anxiety, health anxiety, treatment of phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic attacks, OCD and Generalised anxiety as well as difficulties with low mood. An area of particular interest for me is offering support to women and men who may struggle during the perinatal period. Having a baby is an exciting
I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist with extensive experience supporting clients with anxiety and depression both in the NHS as well as privately. In my practice I work together with clients to offer support for a range of anxiety disorders including social anxiety, health anxiety, treatment of phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic attacks, OCD and Generalised anxiety as well as difficulties with low mood. An area of particular interest for me is offering support to women and men who may struggle during the perinatal period. Having a baby is an exciting
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Photo of Carole Salter, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
Carole Salter
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Why counselling? Sometimes life throws some pretty awful things at us and we should not have to cope on our own. Thankfully these days we don’t have to. This is where counselling comes in. It is a safe place which is yours to talk in confidence about what ever you want. Sometimes all we need is to be heard and to have someone who is non-judgemental, who listens, is empathetic and kind.
Why counselling? Sometimes life throws some pretty awful things at us and we should not have to cope on our own. Thankfully these days we don’t have to. This is where counselling comes in. It is a safe place which is yours to talk in confidence about what ever you want. Sometimes all we need is to be heard and to have someone who is non-judgemental, who listens, is empathetic and kind.
01727 648580 View 01727 648580
Photo of Zoe Spear, MBACP, Counsellor
Zoe Spear
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
In life we will be faced with difficulties, loss and pain. You may be feeling unable to cope with these things alone. Something has made you search for help and that is a big step. I offer therapy as a safe and holding space for you to offload or explore without being judged or criticised. I am trained as an integrative therapist and draw from a range of different therapeutic theories, from attachment theory to trauma work and the effects trauma can have on the body. I’m aware that, sometimes, we can’t find the words to explain or express our feelings and so, if this happens, I will also offer you the option to work creatively.
In life we will be faced with difficulties, loss and pain. You may be feeling unable to cope with these things alone. Something has made you search for help and that is a big step. I offer therapy as a safe and holding space for you to offload or explore without being judged or criticised. I am trained as an integrative therapist and draw from a range of different therapeutic theories, from attachment theory to trauma work and the effects trauma can have on the body. I’m aware that, sometimes, we can’t find the words to explain or express our feelings and so, if this happens, I will also offer you the option to work creatively.
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Photo of Marian Lupascu, DCounsPsych, Counsellor
Marian Lupascu
Counsellor, DCounsPsych
Verified Verified
Do you feel drained by the heavy pressures of day-to-day life? Do you have deep-seated emotional issues that you are constantly struggling with? Are there past traumas that you still feel are holding you back? I can help you take your career to new heights, achieve a better work-life balance, or finally get over those emotional issues that have held you back for too long. My extensive experience in the field enables me to help my clients in clarifying their goals and taking the steps necessary to achieve them. My services are highly customised, so I tailor all of our sessions to your individual needs, mood and learning style.
Do you feel drained by the heavy pressures of day-to-day life? Do you have deep-seated emotional issues that you are constantly struggling with? Are there past traumas that you still feel are holding you back? I can help you take your career to new heights, achieve a better work-life balance, or finally get over those emotional issues that have held you back for too long. My extensive experience in the field enables me to help my clients in clarifying their goals and taking the steps necessary to achieve them. My services are highly customised, so I tailor all of our sessions to your individual needs, mood and learning style.
01727 222326 View 01727 222326
Photo of Dr Paul Workman, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych., Psychologist
Dr Paul Workman
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
I am a Clinical Psychologist, EMDR (Adult, Adolescent & Child) Therapist and Chartered Member & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) with experience working within Adult & Child and Adolescent Mental Health settings. I aim to offer a compassionate and person-centred approach to support people to understand how their problems have come to be and work together to resolve the issues that bring them to therapy.
I am a Clinical Psychologist, EMDR (Adult, Adolescent & Child) Therapist and Chartered Member & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) with experience working within Adult & Child and Adolescent Mental Health settings. I aim to offer a compassionate and person-centred approach to support people to understand how their problems have come to be and work together to resolve the issues that bring them to therapy.
01727 738506 View 01727 738506
Photo of Nicki Raffo, MBACP, Counsellor
Nicki Raffo
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I offer therapy to adults, young people, and couples. Counselling can help when we feel stuck, lost and overwhelmed and can’t find a way to make sense of those difficult feelings on our own. Speaking to someone who isn’t a friend or family member can help you to see a problem from a different perspective, without judgement or bias. You may be struggling with feelings of sadness, anxiety, stress, anger or loss. Perhaps you'd like to find the mental tools to help give you greater resilience and confidence. Or you could be looking for ways to manage conflict and improve communication within your personal relationships.
I offer therapy to adults, young people, and couples. Counselling can help when we feel stuck, lost and overwhelmed and can’t find a way to make sense of those difficult feelings on our own. Speaking to someone who isn’t a friend or family member can help you to see a problem from a different perspective, without judgement or bias. You may be struggling with feelings of sadness, anxiety, stress, anger or loss. Perhaps you'd like to find the mental tools to help give you greater resilience and confidence. Or you could be looking for ways to manage conflict and improve communication within your personal relationships.
01727 223772 View 01727 223772
Photo of Nicky Kantura, MBACP, Counsellor
Nicky Kantura
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
St Albans AL1  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem? Have you experienced a loss or maybe feel that life is too much? I am a fully qualified and BACP registered counsellor who specialises in supporting mums. I'm here to help you on your journey to work on areas of your life you are finding challenging. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, providing you with empathy and respect.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem? Have you experienced a loss or maybe feel that life is too much? I am a fully qualified and BACP registered counsellor who specialises in supporting mums. I'm here to help you on your journey to work on areas of your life you are finding challenging. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, providing you with empathy and respect.
01727 634414 View 01727 634414
Photo of Anna Manajeva, MBABCP, Psychotherapist
Anna Manajeva
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
St Albans AL1  (Online Only)
Anna is a highly experienced, BABCP accredited Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), specialist in PTSD and Complex PTSD and multilingual therapy (English, Spanish, Russian & Italian). Anna specialises in working with adult clients who have problems with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD (childhood trauma, accidents, assaults, issues of military combat). Her approach is personalised and creative, focused on growth and resilience and informed by her extensive training and experience in CBT and complemented by ideas & techniques from Compassion Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology.
Anna is a highly experienced, BABCP accredited Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), specialist in PTSD and Complex PTSD and multilingual therapy (English, Spanish, Russian & Italian). Anna specialises in working with adult clients who have problems with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD (childhood trauma, accidents, assaults, issues of military combat). Her approach is personalised and creative, focused on growth and resilience and informed by her extensive training and experience in CBT and complemented by ideas & techniques from Compassion Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology.
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Photo of Samantha Amanda Miller, MBACP, Counsellor
Samantha Amanda Miller
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
A warm welcome to you. As a humanistic counsellor, my focus is to support you in re-discovering your innate sense of goodness and wholeness. Whether your troubles are underpinned by trauma or depression, our work together can build an understanding of who you are and what you need in order to find the best direction for yourself. I am also a trainee Gestalt Psychotherapist and my focus is embedded in here and now experiences. The Gestalt (roughly translated into 'Whole') approach is often helpful in grounding ourselves in 'what is' and provides a slowing down that offers space to move beyond a fixed way of being.
A warm welcome to you. As a humanistic counsellor, my focus is to support you in re-discovering your innate sense of goodness and wholeness. Whether your troubles are underpinned by trauma or depression, our work together can build an understanding of who you are and what you need in order to find the best direction for yourself. I am also a trainee Gestalt Psychotherapist and my focus is embedded in here and now experiences. The Gestalt (roughly translated into 'Whole') approach is often helpful in grounding ourselves in 'what is' and provides a slowing down that offers space to move beyond a fixed way of being.
01727 649241 View 01727 649241
Photo of Harrie Wilson, MBACP, Counsellor
Harrie Wilson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Therapy is one time when it is all about you. Your experiences, your feelings. When things feel difficult – whether or not you know the reasons why, therapy can really help. How? At the heart of therapy is your relationship with your therapist. When your therapist offers you space to think and to feel, uninterrupted and without judgement, you can start to make more sense of things, together. So it’s important to find a good connection. There are many types of therapist – it’s not necessarily sensible shoes and long silences.
Therapy is one time when it is all about you. Your experiences, your feelings. When things feel difficult – whether or not you know the reasons why, therapy can really help. How? At the heart of therapy is your relationship with your therapist. When your therapist offers you space to think and to feel, uninterrupted and without judgement, you can start to make more sense of things, together. So it’s important to find a good connection. There are many types of therapist – it’s not necessarily sensible shoes and long silences.
01727 638227 View 01727 638227
Photo of Dawn McLaughlin, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
Dawn McLaughlin
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I am an integrative counsellor, who aims to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming space for my clients. My approach is attachment-based and trauma-informed, and I am interested especially in how our mental health can affect our physical well-being.
I am an integrative counsellor, who aims to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming space for my clients. My approach is attachment-based and trauma-informed, and I am interested especially in how our mental health can affect our physical well-being.
01727 221807 View 01727 221807
Photo of Lizzie Mitchell, MBACP Accred, Psychotherapist
Lizzie Mitchell
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
I am a psychotherapist that specialises in working with children and adolescents. Is your child struggling with anxiety, low mood, managing their emotions or attending school? I also specialise in offering mental health support to children and adolescents with an ASD or ADHD diagnosis. My goal is to provide timely and individualised private therapy, helping your child navigate these complexities, by fostering resilience and empowering both you and your child.
I am a psychotherapist that specialises in working with children and adolescents. Is your child struggling with anxiety, low mood, managing their emotions or attending school? I also specialise in offering mental health support to children and adolescents with an ASD or ADHD diagnosis. My goal is to provide timely and individualised private therapy, helping your child navigate these complexities, by fostering resilience and empowering both you and your child.
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Photo of Leanne Hooper, MBACP Accred, Counsellor
Leanne Hooper
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
My name is Leanne and I work as an integrative counsellor, which means that I am trained in different counselling models. Every person is unique, so it is important that I can establish a way of working that is suitable for each individual. Our first session together is an assessment, in order for you and I to ensure we feel comfortable together and to determine what your needs are and what type of support you require.
My name is Leanne and I work as an integrative counsellor, which means that I am trained in different counselling models. Every person is unique, so it is important that I can establish a way of working that is suitable for each individual. Our first session together is an assessment, in order for you and I to ensure we feel comfortable together and to determine what your needs are and what type of support you require.
01727 649264 View 01727 649264
Photo of Henna Khan, MSc, MBACP, Counsellor
Henna Khan
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
People need therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. As a holistic and integrative counsellor, I want to support you in getting to know, understand and guide the various parts of your personality that make you the unique person that you are. I can support you if you: • If you find it hard to cope • Feel anxious or depressed • Having feelings of low-self • Relationship troubles • Feel stuck, lonely or disconnected • Want to work through past trauma • Feel lost and unsure of
People need therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. As a holistic and integrative counsellor, I want to support you in getting to know, understand and guide the various parts of your personality that make you the unique person that you are. I can support you if you: • If you find it hard to cope • Feel anxious or depressed • Having feelings of low-self • Relationship troubles • Feel stuck, lonely or disconnected • Want to work through past trauma • Feel lost and unsure of
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Photo of Dr Lorna Shelfer, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych., Psychologist
Dr Lorna Shelfer
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
I am an experienced senior psychologist, with a warm, welcoming and compassionate style. If you are an adult struggling with your emotional wellbeing I can give you the safe and supportive space that you need to work through trauma, life transitions, low mood, anxiety and much more. I am a parent of a neurodiverse child who can support you to navigate the emotional rollercoaster that an unexpected life can be. Psychological therapy with me can help you make sense of the experiences you are having, and come to an understanding about how to move forwards towards a way of being that is meaningful and of value to you.
I am an experienced senior psychologist, with a warm, welcoming and compassionate style. If you are an adult struggling with your emotional wellbeing I can give you the safe and supportive space that you need to work through trauma, life transitions, low mood, anxiety and much more. I am a parent of a neurodiverse child who can support you to navigate the emotional rollercoaster that an unexpected life can be. Psychological therapy with me can help you make sense of the experiences you are having, and come to an understanding about how to move forwards towards a way of being that is meaningful and of value to you.
01548 802279 View 01548 802279

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in AL1

100+

Average cost per session

£70

Counsellors in AL1 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
91% Depression
86% Self Esteem
77% Stress
71% Relationship Issues
65% Trauma and PTSD
61% Bereavement

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aviva
66% Vitality
61% AXA PPP

How Counsellors in AL1 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in AL1?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the BACP, the UKCP, or BPS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.