Counselling in Bacup

Photo of Neil Hepworth Counselling & Chaplaincy Services, Counsellor in Bacup, England
Neil Hepworth Counselling & Chaplaincy Services
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bacup OL13
Feeling life should be more than this? Struggling with a sense of feeling stuck or lost? Do you want help to realise your potential, discover more meaning and become the best version of yourself? Are you struggling to feel loved and valued? Is life throwing up challanges that seem too much to manage on your own and you want a wise, empathic, authentic counsellor to enable you to change, enahance your resilience and encourage personal growth? Why not give me a call and see if I can help you become who you aspire to be, and discover more meaning and satisfaction in life.
Feeling life should be more than this? Struggling with a sense of feeling stuck or lost? Do you want help to realise your potential, discover more meaning and become the best version of yourself? Are you struggling to feel loved and valued? Is life throwing up challanges that seem too much to manage on your own and you want a wise, empathic, authentic counsellor to enable you to change, enahance your resilience and encourage personal growth? Why not give me a call and see if I can help you become who you aspire to be, and discover more meaning and satisfaction in life.
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J Hellings
Psychotherapist, MSc, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bacup OL13
What would it be like to talk to someone who listened with gentle curiosity, who respected your boundaries, who helped you to find your own wisdom? Would you talk about the painful and joyful parts of your experience, the things you want to keep, the things you want to change? I'm J, and I’d like to work with you to grow your awareness of how you live, what you experience, and how those might change. You might find wisdom in your breath, posture, movement, sensations, as well as your thoughts, emotions and words. We can work with whichever parts of your experience feel safe and appropriate to you.
What would it be like to talk to someone who listened with gentle curiosity, who respected your boundaries, who helped you to find your own wisdom? Would you talk about the painful and joyful parts of your experience, the things you want to keep, the things you want to change? I'm J, and I’d like to work with you to grow your awareness of how you live, what you experience, and how those might change. You might find wisdom in your breath, posture, movement, sensations, as well as your thoughts, emotions and words. We can work with whichever parts of your experience feel safe and appropriate to you.
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Zoe Purse
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bacup OL13
Welcome. I'm Zoe Purse. I provide counselling to individuals and young people in the lovely Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. I work from home in a purpose built log cabin in rural surroundings yet right in the heart of town. There is easy access to local transport and motorway links. I have also supported people with life limiting illness or with bereavement and loss counselling at a hospice in Manchester. I am passionate about helping people who are going through difficult, emotional turmoil and understand that everyone is unique. I offer support with understanding and empathy along side being non-judgmental, caring and genuine.
Welcome. I'm Zoe Purse. I provide counselling to individuals and young people in the lovely Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. I work from home in a purpose built log cabin in rural surroundings yet right in the heart of town. There is easy access to local transport and motorway links. I have also supported people with life limiting illness or with bereavement and loss counselling at a hospice in Manchester. I am passionate about helping people who are going through difficult, emotional turmoil and understand that everyone is unique. I offer support with understanding and empathy along side being non-judgmental, caring and genuine.
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Tony Hall
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bacup OL13
I work with problems including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem and have a special interest in Autism and Aspergers, particularly in supporting adults who find they are struggling to come to terms with what it means to be autistic. I work in private practice and as a counsellor at Understanding Autism North West.
I work with problems including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem and have a special interest in Autism and Aspergers, particularly in supporting adults who find they are struggling to come to terms with what it means to be autistic. I work in private practice and as a counsellor at Understanding Autism North West.
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kbg counselling services
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Burnley BB11
Are you a member of the LGBTQ community looking for therapy? I have worked at both the LGBT Foundation and also in private practice, some issues clients have come to me with include self-identity, I understand the different pronouns, terminology and subsections that people associate with. Worries and fears of coming out to family and friends, social stigma and also negotiating diverse relationships. Working together I can support you to build your self-worth, confidence and to become your true self. I also support straight couples with communication, conflict and worries about relationship breakdown.
Are you a member of the LGBTQ community looking for therapy? I have worked at both the LGBT Foundation and also in private practice, some issues clients have come to me with include self-identity, I understand the different pronouns, terminology and subsections that people associate with. Worries and fears of coming out to family and friends, social stigma and also negotiating diverse relationships. Working together I can support you to build your self-worth, confidence and to become your true self. I also support straight couples with communication, conflict and worries about relationship breakdown.
01282 526840 View 01282 526840
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Kaye Barney
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Burnley BB10  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you're going round and round with a problem - maybe with a relationship or how you see yourself? Maybe you don't know how you want things to be, or you know what you want but can't work out how to do it, or don't have the courage to follow through? Are you constantly thinking about a particular person and wishing the situation, or one of you, could be different? Are you worried friends/family are tired of hearing about your problems? Are you feeling anxious, angry, rejected, or unimportant? Whatever your issues, I can help you talk about and process them, find solutions, and feel more at ease with yourself.
Do you feel like you're going round and round with a problem - maybe with a relationship or how you see yourself? Maybe you don't know how you want things to be, or you know what you want but can't work out how to do it, or don't have the courage to follow through? Are you constantly thinking about a particular person and wishing the situation, or one of you, could be different? Are you worried friends/family are tired of hearing about your problems? Are you feeling anxious, angry, rejected, or unimportant? Whatever your issues, I can help you talk about and process them, find solutions, and feel more at ease with yourself.
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Thomas Moffett
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Nelson BB9
Every person is unique and deserves a unique service, life maybe difficult at the present moment but that does not have to define who you are. Daily struggles can overwhelm us and the pressures can become unbearable, the important thing is you don't have to deal with this alone. As your therapist I am here to listen and assist you in finding the answers deep within, allowing you to access the body's own amazing resources that can help change your current situation. I can call upon a range of different therapies in order for you to achieve this including brainspotting to work with trauma, in a safe non judgmental environment.
Every person is unique and deserves a unique service, life maybe difficult at the present moment but that does not have to define who you are. Daily struggles can overwhelm us and the pressures can become unbearable, the important thing is you don't have to deal with this alone. As your therapist I am here to listen and assist you in finding the answers deep within, allowing you to access the body's own amazing resources that can help change your current situation. I can call upon a range of different therapies in order for you to achieve this including brainspotting to work with trauma, in a safe non judgmental environment.
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Photo of Thriving Young Minds, Counsellor in Bacup, England
Thriving Young Minds
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bury BL0
I'm Adele and I'm the founder of Thriving Young Minds in Ramsbottom, Bury. We are a team of therapists offering Counselling and Play Therapy for children, teenagers and young adults aged 4-25 years. This means that we can provide the most appropriate support for your needs. If you are impacted by autism, anxiety, panic, low mood, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, school issues, trauma and abuse, and if you're unsure of how to move forward, we can work with you to achieve your goals in a strengths-focused way, to help you develop the confidence to thrive rather than just survive.
I'm Adele and I'm the founder of Thriving Young Minds in Ramsbottom, Bury. We are a team of therapists offering Counselling and Play Therapy for children, teenagers and young adults aged 4-25 years. This means that we can provide the most appropriate support for your needs. If you are impacted by autism, anxiety, panic, low mood, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, school issues, trauma and abuse, and if you're unsure of how to move forward, we can work with you to achieve your goals in a strengths-focused way, to help you develop the confidence to thrive rather than just survive.
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Debbie Challinor Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Rossendale BB4
I'm a counsellor with lived neurodivergent experience, passionate about working with adults in the neurodivergent community. I understand that seeking counselling can be a vulnerable and courageous step. Whether facing trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking a better understanding of yourself and your experiences, I am here to help. Working together, we can create a safe space where you, as the expert in your own experiences, are free to be who you are unapologetically. I will support you as you tell your story, helping you to make sense of it and leaving you with a clearer view of your next chapter.
I'm a counsellor with lived neurodivergent experience, passionate about working with adults in the neurodivergent community. I understand that seeking counselling can be a vulnerable and courageous step. Whether facing trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking a better understanding of yourself and your experiences, I am here to help. Working together, we can create a safe space where you, as the expert in your own experiences, are free to be who you are unapologetically. I will support you as you tell your story, helping you to make sense of it and leaving you with a clearer view of your next chapter.
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Photo of Melanie Elliott, Psychotherapist in Bacup, England
Melanie Elliott
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hebden Bridge HX7  (Online Only)
We all experience times when life can feel overwhelming or too difficult to navigate alone. Many of us are looking for ways to manage stress and anxiety, build resilience and live more authentic, connected and meaningful lives. Therapy can provide support, insight and guidance through challenging times, and can help us to make lasting changes to our selves and our lives. By exploring thoughts and feelings in a confidential and supportive space, I can help you acknowledge your emotions, gain clarity and uncover resources to improve your wellbeing.
We all experience times when life can feel overwhelming or too difficult to navigate alone. Many of us are looking for ways to manage stress and anxiety, build resilience and live more authentic, connected and meaningful lives. Therapy can provide support, insight and guidance through challenging times, and can help us to make lasting changes to our selves and our lives. By exploring thoughts and feelings in a confidential and supportive space, I can help you acknowledge your emotions, gain clarity and uncover resources to improve your wellbeing.
01535 286797 View 01535 286797
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Unwind Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Heywood OL10
Does it feel like life is getting on top of you? Can things sometimes feel overwhelming? Perhaps you can’t actually name what you’re feeling, but just feel low without really understanding why. I am here to help you process these thoughts and feelings to enable you to work towards a better understanding of yourself. This increased self- awareness will help you on the road to managing your life more effectively. I work with adults (any age, gender or sexual orientation) experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief or bereavement, addiction issues or relationship problems.
Does it feel like life is getting on top of you? Can things sometimes feel overwhelming? Perhaps you can’t actually name what you’re feeling, but just feel low without really understanding why. I am here to help you process these thoughts and feelings to enable you to work towards a better understanding of yourself. This increased self- awareness will help you on the road to managing your life more effectively. I work with adults (any age, gender or sexual orientation) experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief or bereavement, addiction issues or relationship problems.
01282 953319 View 01282 953319
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Andrea Birkins
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Rossendale BB4  (Online Only)
Are you struggling alone to navigate life's challenges? Do you feel lost and want to make changes in your life but aren't sure how to start? Maybe you just need someone to listen without judgement and provide a safe environment where you can explore what a happier future looks like for you. I would like to work with you to achieve your goals within a warm and empathic relationship based on Person Centred theory. I work in a creative way and tailor sessions to meet your individual needs and preferences.
Are you struggling alone to navigate life's challenges? Do you feel lost and want to make changes in your life but aren't sure how to start? Maybe you just need someone to listen without judgement and provide a safe environment where you can explore what a happier future looks like for you. I would like to work with you to achieve your goals within a warm and empathic relationship based on Person Centred theory. I work in a creative way and tailor sessions to meet your individual needs and preferences.
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Photo of Helené Duerden, Counsellor in Bacup, England
Helené Duerden
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Accrington BB5
Are you wondering how to help your family thrive? Is your child displaying behaviour you do not understand? Does your child have a diagnosis and you are confused as what to do next. In this modern world raising children is hard and I welcome families and children into my specially designed play room to help rebuild these connections and understandings of each other. During this pandemic children are struggling and I want to help them and you work through understanding of the world around them and help with anxiety that have arisen from the current situation.
Are you wondering how to help your family thrive? Is your child displaying behaviour you do not understand? Does your child have a diagnosis and you are confused as what to do next. In this modern world raising children is hard and I welcome families and children into my specially designed play room to help rebuild these connections and understandings of each other. During this pandemic children are struggling and I want to help them and you work through understanding of the world around them and help with anxiety that have arisen from the current situation.
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Photo of Burnley Counselling Services, Psychotherapist in Bacup, England
Burnley Counselling Services
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Burnley BB11
There is so much focus these days on "What's wrong with you" using terms such as 'depression', 'anxiety', 'disorder', rather than talking about "What happened to you?" Your mental health is much more than just a label or a diagnosis and therapy offers so much more than just talking. It can give you new understanding, new insights, a different perspective, clarity about a problem and the way forward. It can teach you skills to live your life better, teach you more healthy coping strategies or simply give you the space and time for self reflection and a place to find peace of mind.
There is so much focus these days on "What's wrong with you" using terms such as 'depression', 'anxiety', 'disorder', rather than talking about "What happened to you?" Your mental health is much more than just a label or a diagnosis and therapy offers so much more than just talking. It can give you new understanding, new insights, a different perspective, clarity about a problem and the way forward. It can teach you skills to live your life better, teach you more healthy coping strategies or simply give you the space and time for self reflection and a place to find peace of mind.
01282 526845 View 01282 526845
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Sam Morris
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Burnley BB12
Hello! My name is Sam. I am a Counsellor delivering one to one and couples counselling sessions from rooms in Burnley and Blackburn. I am able to offer you choice and flexibility when choosing counselling sessions. By reading my profile you have taken the first step in focusing on what you need. The next step is finding a safe confidential space to talk and share, I offer this opportunity where you can bring your worries, experiences and challenges and be heard. What is going on for you? what would you like to achieve? I will be with you when you are finding your goals and when you take the step in identifying how to reach them.
Hello! My name is Sam. I am a Counsellor delivering one to one and couples counselling sessions from rooms in Burnley and Blackburn. I am able to offer you choice and flexibility when choosing counselling sessions. By reading my profile you have taken the first step in focusing on what you need. The next step is finding a safe confidential space to talk and share, I offer this opportunity where you can bring your worries, experiences and challenges and be heard. What is going on for you? what would you like to achieve? I will be with you when you are finding your goals and when you take the step in identifying how to reach them.
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Photo of Linsey Bailey-Rowles, Counsellor in Bacup, England
Linsey Bailey-Rowles
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Burnley BB11  (Online Only)
I have a special interest in working with those who have a late diagnosis of Autism &/or ADHD. I offer a trauma informed exploratory & non judgemental approach which supports the development of emotional regulation, wellbeing, self compassion & self worth. I offer a compassionate therapeutic space that provides you with the opportunity to explore your identity, personal difficulties, build self awareness, or begin the healing journey from trauma. I am passionate about supporting those within the LGBTQIA+ & disabled community.
I have a special interest in working with those who have a late diagnosis of Autism &/or ADHD. I offer a trauma informed exploratory & non judgemental approach which supports the development of emotional regulation, wellbeing, self compassion & self worth. I offer a compassionate therapeutic space that provides you with the opportunity to explore your identity, personal difficulties, build self awareness, or begin the healing journey from trauma. I am passionate about supporting those within the LGBTQIA+ & disabled community.
01474 551146 View 01474 551146
Photo of Patrick Doyle, Psychotherapist in Bacup, England
Patrick Doyle
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Accrington BB5
I am a highly qualified and experienced consultant psychotherapist and supervisor with 20 years experience and recognised clinical expertise in the treatment and assessment of a wide range of mental health problems (including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders and psychosis), problematic behaviours and addictions. My guiding aim is to help each client to the point where they no longer require therapy or medication, and can cope skilfully and independently with life’s challenges, and understand how the past can impede our ability to cope with the present.
I am a highly qualified and experienced consultant psychotherapist and supervisor with 20 years experience and recognised clinical expertise in the treatment and assessment of a wide range of mental health problems (including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders and psychosis), problematic behaviours and addictions. My guiding aim is to help each client to the point where they no longer require therapy or medication, and can cope skilfully and independently with life’s challenges, and understand how the past can impede our ability to cope with the present.
01282 526728 View 01282 526728
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The Counselling Co-Op
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Burnley BB12
The top 10 reasons clients seek therapy with me are relational & family issues, anger management & lack of emotional control, confidence & work/life balance, depression, stress, anxiety & shame, emotional numbness, sex, sexuality & masculinity issues, lack of confidence & self-esteem, addiction & substance abuse, trauma, abuse & loss and body image.
The top 10 reasons clients seek therapy with me are relational & family issues, anger management & lack of emotional control, confidence & work/life balance, depression, stress, anxiety & shame, emotional numbness, sex, sexuality & masculinity issues, lack of confidence & self-esteem, addiction & substance abuse, trauma, abuse & loss and body image.
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Photo of Rizwan Rehman, Psychotherapist in Bacup, England
Rizwan Rehman
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Burnley BB12
Welcome,     I'm Rizwan. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist here to help you.   I believe the path to positive change is easier when you have the right support in place. That’s why I take a person-centred approach to therapy, where your voice and concerns are the focus of the therapy. This may seem obvious at first look, but it means that the support you receive will be tailored for your needs. It also means is that your life will be at the forefront of all our conversations, because when you have someone working with you, making sure your voice is heard and your needs are met, life is much is easier to live.
Welcome,     I'm Rizwan. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist here to help you.   I believe the path to positive change is easier when you have the right support in place. That’s why I take a person-centred approach to therapy, where your voice and concerns are the focus of the therapy. This may seem obvious at first look, but it means that the support you receive will be tailored for your needs. It also means is that your life will be at the forefront of all our conversations, because when you have someone working with you, making sure your voice is heard and your needs are met, life is much is easier to live.
01282 953056 View 01282 953056
Photo of Dr Kimberley Keegan, Psychologist in Bacup, England
Dr Kimberley Keegan
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Burnley BB12
Life, and our lived experience of it, is complex. Often times we choose not to look into this complexity for fear of being overwhelmed by unwanted truths and emotions. This approach may work for some of us for a while, however for most - life will confront us with pain that is difficult to ignore. The avoidance of this pain or reality is what leads to mental health symptoms and prolonged distress. However, life does not need to be so difficult. If you would like to make sense of your life and unique lived experienced in order to lead a more fulfilled existence, please get in touch.
Life, and our lived experience of it, is complex. Often times we choose not to look into this complexity for fear of being overwhelmed by unwanted truths and emotions. This approach may work for some of us for a while, however for most - life will confront us with pain that is difficult to ignore. The avoidance of this pain or reality is what leads to mental health symptoms and prolonged distress. However, life does not need to be so difficult. If you would like to make sense of your life and unique lived experienced in order to lead a more fulfilled existence, please get in touch.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Bacup

< 10

Counsellors in Bacup who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
75% Depression
75% Bereavement
75% Stress
75% Chronic Illness

Average years in practice

3 Years

Gender breakdown

50% Male
25% Female
25% Non-Binary

How Counsellors in Bacup see their clients

100% In Person and Online

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bacup?

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.

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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.