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VanEssence Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
Birmingham B9  (Online Only)
Stress, anxiety, depression is no longer such a taboo subject, yet we often tell ourselves, I can cope with this myself or maybe nobody will want to listen because nobody has time, or how about I’m too ashamed and I blame myself so I will cope with this by myself...... Well I am here to offer you the space to speak the unspoken and explore worrying thoughts together. The problem might be a recent incident that has left you feeling unsettled or a long standing concern deep rooted in unresolved trauma that has affected you e.g. sleepless nights, social anxiety, fear, relationship issue, performance at work, mood, self worth.
Stress, anxiety, depression is no longer such a taboo subject, yet we often tell ourselves, I can cope with this myself or maybe nobody will want to listen because nobody has time, or how about I’m too ashamed and I blame myself so I will cope with this by myself...... Well I am here to offer you the space to speak the unspoken and explore worrying thoughts together. The problem might be a recent incident that has left you feeling unsettled or a long standing concern deep rooted in unresolved trauma that has affected you e.g. sleepless nights, social anxiety, fear, relationship issue, performance at work, mood, self worth.
0121 752 2680 View 0121 752 2680
Photo of Sheila Ridgley, Psychotherapist in Birmingham, England
Sheila Ridgley
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
Birmingham B17
Are you struggling to communicate with your partner, manage arguments, get over a break up or recently discovered an affair? I am experienced in working with couples or individual to help overcome these issues. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, work related stress, bereavement, or lack of self esteem. I work integratively, which means I use different theoretical models to support my clients.
Are you struggling to communicate with your partner, manage arguments, get over a break up or recently discovered an affair? I am experienced in working with couples or individual to help overcome these issues. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, work related stress, bereavement, or lack of self esteem. I work integratively, which means I use different theoretical models to support my clients.
0121 809 9987 View 0121 809 9987
Photo of Dr Sadaf Akhtar, Psychotherapist in Birmingham, England
Dr Sadaf Akhtar
Psychotherapist, PhD
Verified
Birmingham B25
Feeling overwhelmed by chronic anxiety, sadness, and low self-confidence? These are just some of the symptoms that can manifest as a way for people to cope with psychological trauma. Fortunately, chronic mental stress, and its causes, can be healed effectively. I specialise in healing unaddressed trauma to improve mental wellbeing.
Feeling overwhelmed by chronic anxiety, sadness, and low self-confidence? These are just some of the symptoms that can manifest as a way for people to cope with psychological trauma. Fortunately, chronic mental stress, and its causes, can be healed effectively. I specialise in healing unaddressed trauma to improve mental wellbeing.
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Photo of Kat Wawer Dziedziak, Psychologist in Birmingham, England
Kat Wawer Dziedziak
Psychologist, MA, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Birmingham B17
In my practice, I offer psychological assessment, short term counselling and in-depth work to clients who have a wide range of life issues and problems. I work with individuals and couples from many different social and cultural backgrounds. I also psychologically assess clients for rehabilitation and injury management companies and provide relevant treatment. I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS)
In my practice, I offer psychological assessment, short term counselling and in-depth work to clients who have a wide range of life issues and problems. I work with individuals and couples from many different social and cultural backgrounds. I also psychologically assess clients for rehabilitation and injury management companies and provide relevant treatment. I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS)
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Photo of Neeraj Mall, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Neeraj Mall
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Birmingham B15
My main work consists of Couples counselling as well as trauma focused work, which includes childhood trauma. The work involves psycho education around brain fragments, where clients work to assess when they are operating from the frontal lobe and when they switch to the limbic system where they are reliving old trauma memories. Since Covid there has been an increased demand for couples work. A lot of work is around working with couples in troubled relationships. I work with children and young people who have experienced trauma and sexual abuse as well as bereavement support work.
My main work consists of Couples counselling as well as trauma focused work, which includes childhood trauma. The work involves psycho education around brain fragments, where clients work to assess when they are operating from the frontal lobe and when they switch to the limbic system where they are reliving old trauma memories. Since Covid there has been an increased demand for couples work. A lot of work is around working with couples in troubled relationships. I work with children and young people who have experienced trauma and sexual abuse as well as bereavement support work.
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Photo of Claire Ashby, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Claire Ashby
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
2 Endorsed
Birmingham B43
Lovely to meet you its Claire. Do you experience anxiety, panic or overwhelm? Do you often feel low and depressed? Do you experience panic attacks? Or are you experiencing insomnia or sleep difficulties? We all go through difficult periods in our life and it can be easy to get stuck in cycles of anxiety and depression. I will work with you to break these negative cycles helping you to overcome the anxiety which is holding you back. I am a experienced and skilled Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, working with you towards creating the life you deserve, a life that is rich and vibrant, where anxiety no longer holds you back.
Lovely to meet you its Claire. Do you experience anxiety, panic or overwhelm? Do you often feel low and depressed? Do you experience panic attacks? Or are you experiencing insomnia or sleep difficulties? We all go through difficult periods in our life and it can be easy to get stuck in cycles of anxiety and depression. I will work with you to break these negative cycles helping you to overcome the anxiety which is holding you back. I am a experienced and skilled Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, working with you towards creating the life you deserve, a life that is rich and vibrant, where anxiety no longer holds you back.
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Suz West
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Birmingham B45
Hello I am Suz welcome to my profile. I am an experienced counsellor , psychotherapist and supervisor. I work from Northfield. I offer individual face to face counselling on a long or short term basis. I work in a person centred way working along side my clients. I offer a warm , safe , non judgmental therapeutic relationship and environment. Counselling offers a space to reflect on you and make some sense of your emotions. It will help you to discover your own resources and become more self aware. I work at my clients pace and offer support throughout the counselling process.
Hello I am Suz welcome to my profile. I am an experienced counsellor , psychotherapist and supervisor. I work from Northfield. I offer individual face to face counselling on a long or short term basis. I work in a person centred way working along side my clients. I offer a warm , safe , non judgmental therapeutic relationship and environment. Counselling offers a space to reflect on you and make some sense of your emotions. It will help you to discover your own resources and become more self aware. I work at my clients pace and offer support throughout the counselling process.
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Photo of Shazia Qayum, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Shazia Qayum
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Birmingham B15
Hello and welcome to Chen Counselling. Chen means peace in Urdu. I strive to support my clients in bringing peace to their life, with whatever they bring to counselling. I can understand that reaching out for help can be a very difficult task if you are overwhelmed with life issues. However, help is available in the form of counselling. I collaborate with my clients to help them gain awareness of their issues and relieve the distress they may be in. If needed, I psychoeducate my clients on mental health and well being and the link between unhelpful thinking, emotions and behaviours that may be having a negative impact on them.
Hello and welcome to Chen Counselling. Chen means peace in Urdu. I strive to support my clients in bringing peace to their life, with whatever they bring to counselling. I can understand that reaching out for help can be a very difficult task if you are overwhelmed with life issues. However, help is available in the form of counselling. I collaborate with my clients to help them gain awareness of their issues and relieve the distress they may be in. If needed, I psychoeducate my clients on mental health and well being and the link between unhelpful thinking, emotions and behaviours that may be having a negative impact on them.
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Photo of Andrew Peter Murray, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Andrew Peter Murray
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, PNCPS Acc.
Verified
Birmingham B33
You have made it this far because you have realised that this issue is now causing you emotional or psychological pain.  You owe it to yourself to take the next step and go and reach out for help whether it be with myself or another therapist.  Don't let yourself down any longer,  I wish you well and know from my own experience a little more awareness can create in you the healing you ache for. I will provide a unique tailored therapy that is yours alone.
You have made it this far because you have realised that this issue is now causing you emotional or psychological pain.  You owe it to yourself to take the next step and go and reach out for help whether it be with myself or another therapist.  Don't let yourself down any longer,  I wish you well and know from my own experience a little more awareness can create in you the healing you ache for. I will provide a unique tailored therapy that is yours alone.
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Photo of South Birmingham Counselling & Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist in Birmingham, England
South Birmingham Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
Birmingham B13
Hi, and thank you for visiting my profile. Sadness, anxiety, a lack of confidence, difficulty with relationships and many other issues can overwhelm us. Opening up and starting to make sense of thoughts and feelings can be a difficult but very rewarding process. In a confidential and non-judgmental setting I can offer you support exploring any issues you may struggle with. Paying attention to your individual experience and really trying to understand is very important to me. Taking the first step to seeing a therapist can be difficult so feel free to call or email me should you have any questions. Best wishes, Nicolle
Hi, and thank you for visiting my profile. Sadness, anxiety, a lack of confidence, difficulty with relationships and many other issues can overwhelm us. Opening up and starting to make sense of thoughts and feelings can be a difficult but very rewarding process. In a confidential and non-judgmental setting I can offer you support exploring any issues you may struggle with. Paying attention to your individual experience and really trying to understand is very important to me. Taking the first step to seeing a therapist can be difficult so feel free to call or email me should you have any questions. Best wishes, Nicolle
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Photo of Openforwards, Psychotherapist in Birmingham, England
Openforwards
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B18
Do you need ways to relax, lift your mood and build your confidence? My name is Jim Lucas and I run a Psychology Service based in Birmingham and Online. We teach you the best ways to deal with your anxiety, reduce depression, manage work-related stress and self-esteem. We'll help you get to the root of the problems quickly. And, we'll make sure you get fully equipped to handle these difficulties on your own. Get in touch to speak with a CBT-Psychology Expert or visit our online shop to see our ebooks and online courses. Go to www.openforwards.com
Do you need ways to relax, lift your mood and build your confidence? My name is Jim Lucas and I run a Psychology Service based in Birmingham and Online. We teach you the best ways to deal with your anxiety, reduce depression, manage work-related stress and self-esteem. We'll help you get to the root of the problems quickly. And, we'll make sure you get fully equipped to handle these difficulties on your own. Get in touch to speak with a CBT-Psychology Expert or visit our online shop to see our ebooks and online courses. Go to www.openforwards.com
0121 726 1175 View 0121 726 1175
Photo of Mark Sisterson, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Mark Sisterson
Counsellor, COSRT General
Verified
Birmingham B43  (Online Only)
Facing challenges in your sex life or relationship? Finding life difficult and feeling it could be better? Wanting to explore your identity? Hoping to heal from trauma? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then I may be able to help. I am a fully qualified psychosexual and relationships therapist and counsellor offering support to individuals, couples and other relationships. I approach therapy from a number of different therapeutic approaches, working with you directly to understand your goals and tailoring the therapy to your specific needs.
Facing challenges in your sex life or relationship? Finding life difficult and feeling it could be better? Wanting to explore your identity? Hoping to heal from trauma? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then I may be able to help. I am a fully qualified psychosexual and relationships therapist and counsellor offering support to individuals, couples and other relationships. I approach therapy from a number of different therapeutic approaches, working with you directly to understand your goals and tailoring the therapy to your specific needs.
0121 227 7905 View 0121 227 7905
Photo of Nazia Nazir, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Nazia Nazir
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Birmingham B13
Sometimes we feel we are not happy in the life that we are living and coming to terms with it or making a change can feel like an insurmountable task. Or we endure a loss that leaves us feeling utterly devastated; the breakdown of a friendship, the demise of a marriage, the death of a significant person, a parental or sibling estrangement. You may not even know what is wrong but you have an innate sense that your anxiety and low mood need your attention. That the sadness and loneliness you are experiencing is overwhelming and you want to reach out to find some happiness. But we can lose our sense of perspective at such times.
Sometimes we feel we are not happy in the life that we are living and coming to terms with it or making a change can feel like an insurmountable task. Or we endure a loss that leaves us feeling utterly devastated; the breakdown of a friendship, the demise of a marriage, the death of a significant person, a parental or sibling estrangement. You may not even know what is wrong but you have an innate sense that your anxiety and low mood need your attention. That the sadness and loneliness you are experiencing is overwhelming and you want to reach out to find some happiness. But we can lose our sense of perspective at such times.
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Saana Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B13
Hi, I'm Saana. I recognise that as humans we all suffer from distress occasionally. If you are going through a tough time or feel trapped with anything, I can offer you a safe place to explore what might be impacting your life. I work as an integrative therapist, meaning I use more than one counselling approach to inform and enhance our work together. I believe I can apply some of the understanding and insight I've acquired from helping people in both my personal and professional life to my counselling practice. Working with people has given me the confidence to think that even in the most hopeless situations, change is possible.
Hi, I'm Saana. I recognise that as humans we all suffer from distress occasionally. If you are going through a tough time or feel trapped with anything, I can offer you a safe place to explore what might be impacting your life. I work as an integrative therapist, meaning I use more than one counselling approach to inform and enhance our work together. I believe I can apply some of the understanding and insight I've acquired from helping people in both my personal and professional life to my counselling practice. Working with people has given me the confidence to think that even in the most hopeless situations, change is possible.
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Photo of Louise Brookes, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Louise Brookes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Birmingham B45
Maybe you’re looking for support right now? Maybe you have anxiety or depression? Do you want to manage different transitions in life, or perhaps your confidence feels low? I work with a variety of topics, utilising techniques to best suit you. Talking about your difficulties may feel overwhelming. However, I provide a safe space for you to be listened to and to help you to see things differently. I believe you’re the expert in you and will support you to explore things at a pace to suit you. I’m a registered member of BACP. 50 minute sessions as standard but 30-minutes available on request.
Maybe you’re looking for support right now? Maybe you have anxiety or depression? Do you want to manage different transitions in life, or perhaps your confidence feels low? I work with a variety of topics, utilising techniques to best suit you. Talking about your difficulties may feel overwhelming. However, I provide a safe space for you to be listened to and to help you to see things differently. I believe you’re the expert in you and will support you to explore things at a pace to suit you. I’m a registered member of BACP. 50 minute sessions as standard but 30-minutes available on request.
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Photo of Greg Pyne, Psychotherapist in Birmingham, England
Greg Pyne
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
Birmingham B13
Not accepting new clients
Do you sometimes feel different? Or that what you go through is unique only to you? perhaps you believe things that happen to you are all your fault? Or you struggle in relationships? I understand the need to feel part of the world, not 'messed up' - we are social creatures who often care what people think. And we have a natural desire to be the best person we can be - something to be cultivated. The conflict to fit in, whilst being true to yourself - creates tension, anxiety, depression, poor coping strategies. Plus the modern pressures of life rarely let us 'just be'. The process of therapy can resolve these deep conflicts.
Do you sometimes feel different? Or that what you go through is unique only to you? perhaps you believe things that happen to you are all your fault? Or you struggle in relationships? I understand the need to feel part of the world, not 'messed up' - we are social creatures who often care what people think. And we have a natural desire to be the best person we can be - something to be cultivated. The conflict to fit in, whilst being true to yourself - creates tension, anxiety, depression, poor coping strategies. Plus the modern pressures of life rarely let us 'just be'. The process of therapy can resolve these deep conflicts.
0121 752 9095 View 0121 752 9095
Photo of Digbeth Counselling & Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist in Birmingham, England
Digbeth Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
Birmingham B12
I'm Matt, a UKCP psychotherapist and NCPS counsellor with experience in the voluntary sector and private practice since 2011. If you are experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties, then I can be of help. I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential service. As a gestalt therapist I focus on developing your awareness of the issues or what troubles you that you wish to change. By helping you to more clearly identify patterns of your behaviour, thoughts and emotions, I aim to help in developing enough support and insight to make the changes or choices that, on your own, may have seemed elusive or impossible up until now.
I'm Matt, a UKCP psychotherapist and NCPS counsellor with experience in the voluntary sector and private practice since 2011. If you are experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties, then I can be of help. I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential service. As a gestalt therapist I focus on developing your awareness of the issues or what troubles you that you wish to change. By helping you to more clearly identify patterns of your behaviour, thoughts and emotions, I aim to help in developing enough support and insight to make the changes or choices that, on your own, may have seemed elusive or impossible up until now.
0121 387 3617 View 0121 387 3617
Dr. Mihill AT Clear Mind Psychology Center
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBACP Accred
Verified
Birmingham B3
I am Dr. Mihill. I am a registered Counselling/Clinical/Health Psychotherapist and an experienced CBT & ACT therapist. Thanks for reading my profile, and congratulations on considering the journey of healing and living a meaningful life! As human beings, we all feel vulnerable and struggle with things at times. Nobody is swimming their way through life smoothly and without bumps. As a psychotherapist , I am your co-traveller. About me: I earned a Psy.D. in Counselling Psychology. I aspire to provide high-quality psychological services.
I am Dr. Mihill. I am a registered Counselling/Clinical/Health Psychotherapist and an experienced CBT & ACT therapist. Thanks for reading my profile, and congratulations on considering the journey of healing and living a meaningful life! As human beings, we all feel vulnerable and struggle with things at times. Nobody is swimming their way through life smoothly and without bumps. As a psychotherapist , I am your co-traveller. About me: I earned a Psy.D. in Counselling Psychology. I aspire to provide high-quality psychological services.
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Photo of Parveen Kaur, Psychotherapist in Birmingham, England
Parveen Kaur
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified
Birmingham B17
I am a fully accredited and qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, working in both the private and public sector. I have over 14 years of experience working in mental health NHS services and can support people experiencing low mood, depression, generalised anxiety, phobias, PTSD, relationship difficulties, anger, loss, bereavement, trauma, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, OCD, identity and cultural issues. I am able to offer integrative psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR or person centred counselling to help people move forward in their lives when they feel stuck or distressed.
I am a fully accredited and qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, working in both the private and public sector. I have over 14 years of experience working in mental health NHS services and can support people experiencing low mood, depression, generalised anxiety, phobias, PTSD, relationship difficulties, anger, loss, bereavement, trauma, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, OCD, identity and cultural issues. I am able to offer integrative psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR or person centred counselling to help people move forward in their lives when they feel stuck or distressed.
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Photo of Michelle Kelly, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Michelle Kelly
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Birmingham B18
I am a qualified counsellor with a BACP Accredited qualification working to the BACP Ethical framework. My counselling is underpinned with qualifications in Health & Social Care, Children & Young People, Gangs, Anger Management, Criminal Psychology and a Bsc in Adult Mental Health Nursing. I am trained Integratively but apply focus on CBT, Motivational Interviewing techniques and Humanistic Approaches. Supporting a variety of needs to help enhance the quality of life of those I support to help build resilience. I am a member of the BACP Accredited register and Accredited register for The Foundation for Infant loss.
I am a qualified counsellor with a BACP Accredited qualification working to the BACP Ethical framework. My counselling is underpinned with qualifications in Health & Social Care, Children & Young People, Gangs, Anger Management, Criminal Psychology and a Bsc in Adult Mental Health Nursing. I am trained Integratively but apply focus on CBT, Motivational Interviewing techniques and Humanistic Approaches. Supporting a variety of needs to help enhance the quality of life of those I support to help build resilience. I am a member of the BACP Accredited register and Accredited register for The Foundation for Infant loss.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Birmingham

400+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Birmingham who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
85% Self Esteem
83% Stress
79% Relationship Issues
69% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bereavement

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

65% Aviva
58% AXA PPP
46% Bupa

How Counsellors in Birmingham see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
25% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Birmingham?

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.