Counselling in Bedfordshire

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Photo of Dr Meera Shah, Psychologist in Bedfordshire, England
Dr Meera Shah
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bedford MK40
Life can throw us challenges at times where perhaps an outside perspective can help. I'm an experienced Clinical Psychologist and CAT therapist working with adults. I also work in the NHS. I specialise in physical health conditions (e.g. oncology, palliative care, pain, digestive diseases), alongside issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship/interpersonal difficulties, loss, adjustment, trauma, life crisis, body image and identity. I'm also interested in issues of diversity and cultural conflict. I work in a collaborative and integrative way to help understand your difficulties and to move towards the change you seek.
Life can throw us challenges at times where perhaps an outside perspective can help. I'm an experienced Clinical Psychologist and CAT therapist working with adults. I also work in the NHS. I specialise in physical health conditions (e.g. oncology, palliative care, pain, digestive diseases), alongside issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship/interpersonal difficulties, loss, adjustment, trauma, life crisis, body image and identity. I'm also interested in issues of diversity and cultural conflict. I work in a collaborative and integrative way to help understand your difficulties and to move towards the change you seek.
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Photo of Tracy Harvey, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Tracy Harvey
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
As a therapist, I work with clients to help them deal with issues such as depression, anxiety and invasive thoughts. I believe that society is quick to label people and say “whats wrong with you?” whereas, I believe we should be asking “What happened to you?” My clients have included survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, sexual assault and those recovering from traumatic-based experiences that have affected their current quality of life. I offer bereavement counselling to help people navigate their pain and find their own way to make sense of their loss. I recognise that, as each person is unique, so is their grieving process.
As a therapist, I work with clients to help them deal with issues such as depression, anxiety and invasive thoughts. I believe that society is quick to label people and say “whats wrong with you?” whereas, I believe we should be asking “What happened to you?” My clients have included survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, sexual assault and those recovering from traumatic-based experiences that have affected their current quality of life. I offer bereavement counselling to help people navigate their pain and find their own way to make sense of their loss. I recognise that, as each person is unique, so is their grieving process.
01296 929266 View 01296 929266
Photo of Sara Louise Fowler, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Sara Louise Fowler
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Do your anxieties keep you awake at night? Are you overwhelmed or exhausted from thinking about every eventuality? Do you want to feel more positive, more in control? If this sounds like you then I am here to offer you that safe space to reflect, discuss and explore those feelings.
Do your anxieties keep you awake at night? Are you overwhelmed or exhausted from thinking about every eventuality? Do you want to feel more positive, more in control? If this sounds like you then I am here to offer you that safe space to reflect, discuss and explore those feelings.
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Photo of Heather McKenna, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Heather McKenna
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you feel overwhelmed by your feelings? Do they impact on your confidence and day-to-day life? Or perhaps you have experienced painful losses, abuse or traumatic events that are affecting you? Do you have patterns of behaviour that no longer feel beneficial to you? Sometimes we think and act in certain ways that function to protect and preserve us. These have felt necessary in the past, but are no longer useful and can instead impact negatively on our life.
Do you feel overwhelmed by your feelings? Do they impact on your confidence and day-to-day life? Or perhaps you have experienced painful losses, abuse or traumatic events that are affecting you? Do you have patterns of behaviour that no longer feel beneficial to you? Sometimes we think and act in certain ways that function to protect and preserve us. These have felt necessary in the past, but are no longer useful and can instead impact negatively on our life.
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Photo of Marion Major, Psychotherapist in Bedfordshire, England
Marion Major
Psychotherapist, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Bedford MK42
Everyday life throws up challenges which can effect our emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual state. Therapy provides a safe environment to talk about anything you want to. Exploring issues such as relationship difficulties, physical and mental health concerns, loss, self-confidence and self-esteem can make a real difference. When words are not enough... the creative arts are used alongside talking therapy to give a different perspective and help make sense of your experience. Focusing on understanding your feelings, supporting a healthier, stronger self, and helping to gain a sense of meaning in your life.
Everyday life throws up challenges which can effect our emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual state. Therapy provides a safe environment to talk about anything you want to. Exploring issues such as relationship difficulties, physical and mental health concerns, loss, self-confidence and self-esteem can make a real difference. When words are not enough... the creative arts are used alongside talking therapy to give a different perspective and help make sense of your experience. Focusing on understanding your feelings, supporting a healthier, stronger self, and helping to gain a sense of meaning in your life.
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Photo of Anna Hall Counselling & Psychotherapy, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Anna Hall Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
I believe that as we are all unique the counselling we receive should be tailored to meet your individual needs which is why I work as an integrative humanistic therapist. This allows me to get to know you and understand your perspective on your issues to enable you to make the changes in your life you would like to make by offering you a warm, friendly and confidential space for you to explore what ever is worrying you. I work with clients to build a trusting and safe relationship which will allow you to feel you can explore your feelings freely and without judgement enabling a greater sense of empowerment for your life ahead.
I believe that as we are all unique the counselling we receive should be tailored to meet your individual needs which is why I work as an integrative humanistic therapist. This allows me to get to know you and understand your perspective on your issues to enable you to make the changes in your life you would like to make by offering you a warm, friendly and confidential space for you to explore what ever is worrying you. I work with clients to build a trusting and safe relationship which will allow you to feel you can explore your feelings freely and without judgement enabling a greater sense of empowerment for your life ahead.
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Photo of Sarah Jane Hopkins, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Sarah Jane Hopkins
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed coping with the challenges of life? I can offer a safe and confidential space to explore your life and the challenges you are facing. Perhaps you are experiencing negative thoughts or a low mood and are finding it difficult to find any joy in life or are having difficulties connecting with others? Are you feeling underconfident in your abilities to deal with life's challenges. Perhaps the patterns of thinking or behaviour that previously helped you cope with life are no longer helping you?
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed coping with the challenges of life? I can offer a safe and confidential space to explore your life and the challenges you are facing. Perhaps you are experiencing negative thoughts or a low mood and are finding it difficult to find any joy in life or are having difficulties connecting with others? Are you feeling underconfident in your abilities to deal with life's challenges. Perhaps the patterns of thinking or behaviour that previously helped you cope with life are no longer helping you?
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Photo of Lucy Anne McGroarty, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Lucy Anne McGroarty
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Perhaps you feel stuck, unable to focus or are struggling to overcome a challenge in your life. Perhaps goals feel easy to decide on but hard to stick to. Perhaps the same old thoughts keep running through your mind and you feel the cycle of negativity is ever lasting. Counselling can be the first step to overcome difficulties and address barriers getting in the way of moving forwards. Counselling can offer the space needed to reflect on what’s preventing positive change in your life. Counselling can help you find the tools you always possessed but needed some help finding to help you live a more fulfilling life.
Perhaps you feel stuck, unable to focus or are struggling to overcome a challenge in your life. Perhaps goals feel easy to decide on but hard to stick to. Perhaps the same old thoughts keep running through your mind and you feel the cycle of negativity is ever lasting. Counselling can be the first step to overcome difficulties and address barriers getting in the way of moving forwards. Counselling can offer the space needed to reflect on what’s preventing positive change in your life. Counselling can help you find the tools you always possessed but needed some help finding to help you live a more fulfilling life.
01525 659531 View 01525 659531
Photo of Petra Waker, Psychotherapist in Bedfordshire, England
Petra Waker
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, life has been trying for most of us in the last few years and we can find ourselves facing situations, that in the past we dealt with reasonable ease but now can seem difficult to resolve. Are you struggling with bereavement, loss, relationship issues, worries, repetitive thoughts? Or do you just need a safe place to be and reflect; being able to talk things through with someone impartial and non judgemental, to listen to you, to find a solution to the issue you want to resolve.
Hi, life has been trying for most of us in the last few years and we can find ourselves facing situations, that in the past we dealt with reasonable ease but now can seem difficult to resolve. Are you struggling with bereavement, loss, relationship issues, worries, repetitive thoughts? Or do you just need a safe place to be and reflect; being able to talk things through with someone impartial and non judgemental, to listen to you, to find a solution to the issue you want to resolve.
01767 660764 View 01767 660764
Photo of Self - Person Centred Counselling , Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Self - Person Centred Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Whether you're and adult or young person experiencing a difficult time in your life. Struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem. Coping with difficult emotions through self-harming. A couple or a family experiencing relational difficulties and estrangement. Transitioning through peri-menopause and menopause and feel out of control or invisible? Suffering Trauma from previous or recent sexual assault. Suffered a bereavement or complex grief and struggling to grieve and want to be able to manage that loss. Are you neurodivergent and want to be able to thrive in your relationship and understand your pre/post/self diagnosis.
Whether you're and adult or young person experiencing a difficult time in your life. Struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem. Coping with difficult emotions through self-harming. A couple or a family experiencing relational difficulties and estrangement. Transitioning through peri-menopause and menopause and feel out of control or invisible? Suffering Trauma from previous or recent sexual assault. Suffered a bereavement or complex grief and struggling to grieve and want to be able to manage that loss. Are you neurodivergent and want to be able to thrive in your relationship and understand your pre/post/self diagnosis.
01462 419195 View 01462 419195
Photo of Lyn O'Callaghan, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Lyn O'Callaghan
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Luton LU3
I know choosing an anonymous counsellor just from a few words and a photo on a screen can be unnerving and it may be difficult to feel like you are making an informed decision, so I want our initial consultation to be an opportunity for you to make sure I am the right person for you to work with and for me to make sure I have to experience and expertise to work with you. After this consultation, there is no requirement or expectation for you to book another session and I will always be guided by you, what you want and what you need.
I know choosing an anonymous counsellor just from a few words and a photo on a screen can be unnerving and it may be difficult to feel like you are making an informed decision, so I want our initial consultation to be an opportunity for you to make sure I am the right person for you to work with and for me to make sure I have to experience and expertise to work with you. After this consultation, there is no requirement or expectation for you to book another session and I will always be guided by you, what you want and what you need.
01582 297259 View 01582 297259
Photo of Taylah Garner, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Taylah Garner
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Neots PE19  (Online Only)
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, but it can be easier to prioritise looking after ourselves when a physical problem arises. It can be challenging to recognise when we may need an extra hand tackling what we're experiencing, and it can be all too easy to hold it within ourselves. Expressing what is happening inside of our heads out loud can be the first step to processing what may be going on and making the necessary changes to help you feel yourself again.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, but it can be easier to prioritise looking after ourselves when a physical problem arises. It can be challenging to recognise when we may need an extra hand tackling what we're experiencing, and it can be all too easy to hold it within ourselves. Expressing what is happening inside of our heads out loud can be the first step to processing what may be going on and making the necessary changes to help you feel yourself again.
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Photo of Dr Susan Jacques, Psychologist in Bedfordshire, England
Dr Susan Jacques
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, CPsychol
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bedford MK41
We all confront struggles at some stage in our lives, and overcoming these can feel like a challenge. There may be challenges with our internal world, in our relationships, or we may experience a significant life event that means we start to feel ‘stuck’. This can lead to feeling a lack of self-confidence and to feelings of self-doubt. I understand that taking that first step to talk to someone can be difficult, and thus I create a safe space that encourages you to feel supported and heard. I believe in the importance of working alongside you as part of a journey to increased self-development and overall improved well-being.
We all confront struggles at some stage in our lives, and overcoming these can feel like a challenge. There may be challenges with our internal world, in our relationships, or we may experience a significant life event that means we start to feel ‘stuck’. This can lead to feeling a lack of self-confidence and to feelings of self-doubt. I understand that taking that first step to talk to someone can be difficult, and thus I create a safe space that encourages you to feel supported and heard. I believe in the importance of working alongside you as part of a journey to increased self-development and overall improved well-being.
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Photo of Dr Margaret Jordan, Psychologist in Bedfordshire, England
Dr Margaret Jordan
Psychologist, AFBPSsS
Verified Verified
Luton LU2
I work with most presenting issues in children & adults. I specialise in brain-based therapies that I integrate with talking therapies. My specialist area is psychological trauma and emotional regulation found in most issues. I have 38 years experience in the NHS, Private & Voluntary sectors with children, couples & adults.
I work with most presenting issues in children & adults. I specialise in brain-based therapies that I integrate with talking therapies. My specialist area is psychological trauma and emotional regulation found in most issues. I have 38 years experience in the NHS, Private & Voluntary sectors with children, couples & adults.
020 4538 5340 View 020 4538 5340
Photo of Lydia Jones, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Lydia Jones
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
I'm a certified member of the BACP (MBACP) and absolutely love what I do! I have many years of experience working with both younger and older people from all walks of life. This is in both a short and long term basis, depending on your needs. I specialise working with females particularly those who are neurodivergent.
I'm a certified member of the BACP (MBACP) and absolutely love what I do! I have many years of experience working with both younger and older people from all walks of life. This is in both a short and long term basis, depending on your needs. I specialise working with females particularly those who are neurodivergent.
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Photo of Yvonne Bullen, Psychotherapist in Bedfordshire, England
Yvonne Bullen
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
As an experienced Psychotherapist & Supervisor, I work with warmth, sensitivity and compassion, fully accepting and being present to your unique situation. I realise beginning therapy can feel daunting, but finding someone you feel able to talk to and share your thoughts and feelings with, can bring immense relief; offering you a pathway towards being able to cope better and lead a more contented life. Perhaps you're struggling with depression or anxiety related disorders, experiencing relationship difficulties or have memories of past trauma or a difficult childhood which are impacting on your ability to cope with day to day life?
As an experienced Psychotherapist & Supervisor, I work with warmth, sensitivity and compassion, fully accepting and being present to your unique situation. I realise beginning therapy can feel daunting, but finding someone you feel able to talk to and share your thoughts and feelings with, can bring immense relief; offering you a pathway towards being able to cope better and lead a more contented life. Perhaps you're struggling with depression or anxiety related disorders, experiencing relationship difficulties or have memories of past trauma or a difficult childhood which are impacting on your ability to cope with day to day life?
01923 961507 View 01923 961507
Photo of Dawn Woosley, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Dawn Woosley
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hi, Over the past 14 years,i and my practice has helped  individuals and couples with issues including: trauma, bereavement, generalized anxiety, depression, low self esteem, OCD, problem drinking and drug use, personality disorder, anger management, work-related stress, as well as many couples seeking help with relationship breakdowns, difficulties and changes. We can help you through difficult experiences you are having; develop skills and self confidence; adjust to changed circumstances; think through tough decisions; understand yourself better; deal with problem thoughts, behavior or relationships; face past painful issues
Hi, Over the past 14 years,i and my practice has helped  individuals and couples with issues including: trauma, bereavement, generalized anxiety, depression, low self esteem, OCD, problem drinking and drug use, personality disorder, anger management, work-related stress, as well as many couples seeking help with relationship breakdowns, difficulties and changes. We can help you through difficult experiences you are having; develop skills and self confidence; adjust to changed circumstances; think through tough decisions; understand yourself better; deal with problem thoughts, behavior or relationships; face past painful issues
01525 309853 View 01525 309853
Photo of Dr Mohammadrasool Yadegarfard, Psychologist in Bedfordshire, England
Dr Mohammadrasool Yadegarfard
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Luton LU1  (Online Only)
I am qualified to work with people with anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression; identity confusion and change; coming out; self-esteem and shame, trauma and post-traumatic stress and also survivors of sexual abuse. I work with both individuals and couples. I am experienced in working with young people and adults and with people in a range of relationship styles including monogamous, polyamorous and open relationships. I work with all members of LGBT+ and those who do not identify as such but are questioning or exploring this aspect of their sexuality, regardless of their sexual orientation.
I am qualified to work with people with anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression; identity confusion and change; coming out; self-esteem and shame, trauma and post-traumatic stress and also survivors of sexual abuse. I work with both individuals and couples. I am experienced in working with young people and adults and with people in a range of relationship styles including monogamous, polyamorous and open relationships. I work with all members of LGBT+ and those who do not identify as such but are questioning or exploring this aspect of their sexuality, regardless of their sexual orientation.
01582 349465 View 01582 349465
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Bedfordshire Counselling Services
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Having experienced therapy myself I am aware of the importance of having a therapist that can work alongside you to support you while you work towards your recovery in your journey of therapy. I provide a safe non judgemental, warm atmosphere to explore what maybe holding you back. I have experience with working with the homeless, I have also worked with other counselling organisations and have worked with a variety of clients helping them live a more full-filling life. It's never to late to take the first step and focus on you.
Having experienced therapy myself I am aware of the importance of having a therapist that can work alongside you to support you while you work towards your recovery in your journey of therapy. I provide a safe non judgemental, warm atmosphere to explore what maybe holding you back. I have experience with working with the homeless, I have also worked with other counselling organisations and have worked with a variety of clients helping them live a more full-filling life. It's never to late to take the first step and focus on you.
07446 320509 View 07446 320509
Photo of Paulette Adams, Counsellor in Bedfordshire, England
Paulette Adams
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Luton LU3
There are times in our lives when our ability to cope alone is significantly diminished. You may be there right now. Perhaps negative experiences from the past, or significant life changing experiences have altered the way you think, feel, or behave. You want to move forward, but just can't seem to break the cycle of shame, guilt and fear? You may be unsure who you can trust? My personal experience and faith in God's transforming power fuels my passion to come alongside the hurting, wounded, confused, lonely and voiceless as I witness broken lives being restored.
There are times in our lives when our ability to cope alone is significantly diminished. You may be there right now. Perhaps negative experiences from the past, or significant life changing experiences have altered the way you think, feel, or behave. You want to move forward, but just can't seem to break the cycle of shame, guilt and fear? You may be unsure who you can trust? My personal experience and faith in God's transforming power fuels my passion to come alongside the hurting, wounded, confused, lonely and voiceless as I witness broken lives being restored.
01582 310669 View 01582 310669

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Bedfordshire

300+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Bedfordshire who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
88% Depression
85% Self Esteem
80% Stress
78% Relationship Issues
67% Bereavement
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

68% Aviva
57% AXA PPP
55% Bupa

How Counsellors in Bedfordshire see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bedfordshire?

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.