Counselling in Bournemouth

Photo of Camilla Poncia, Psychologist in Bournemouth, England
Camilla Poncia
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Bournemouth BH9
I enjoy working with young people and adults alike. I have been told by past clients that I am open, honest and friendly, which are qualities that all clients have valued. I like to problem solve and am a very logical and practical person. Having lived in several different countries, I have developed a good understanding of a range of issues for people from different cultures and backgrounds. I like to ask questions and truly get to know someone and never assume to know better. My clients are always the experts in their lives and I see myself as a guide to help them navigate to a calmer place.
I enjoy working with young people and adults alike. I have been told by past clients that I am open, honest and friendly, which are qualities that all clients have valued. I like to problem solve and am a very logical and practical person. Having lived in several different countries, I have developed a good understanding of a range of issues for people from different cultures and backgrounds. I like to ask questions and truly get to know someone and never assume to know better. My clients are always the experts in their lives and I see myself as a guide to help them navigate to a calmer place.
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Photo of Joanna Atkinson, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Joanna Atkinson
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
Bournemouth BH8
We all go through life experiencing good and bad moments, but sometimes the bad experiences can become too overwhelming to manage them on our own. Sometimes they may be a result of sudden changes which life throws at us unexpectedly leaving us vulnerable and lost in a new reality and sometimes it may be that we want to change something in our lives, but don’t really know how, which leaves us feeling stuck and helpless. If this sounds familiar to how you feel why not try counselling? Talking to someone you can trust who can listen without any judgement can be very helpful especially in these challenging times.
We all go through life experiencing good and bad moments, but sometimes the bad experiences can become too overwhelming to manage them on our own. Sometimes they may be a result of sudden changes which life throws at us unexpectedly leaving us vulnerable and lost in a new reality and sometimes it may be that we want to change something in our lives, but don’t really know how, which leaves us feeling stuck and helpless. If this sounds familiar to how you feel why not try counselling? Talking to someone you can trust who can listen without any judgement can be very helpful especially in these challenging times.
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Photo of Shushan Gasparyan, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Shushan Gasparyan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH8  (Online Only)
Life is a journey. At times we all need someone to help sort through the ups and downs of life. We want to feel connected to others. Approaching feelings or thoughts that we may have tried to avoid for a long time or recent painful experiences can be scary and my goal is to provide you a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore these feelings and life experiences. Counselling can help us to discover new ways of thinking and feeling. We will work on restoring and enhancing peace and balance to your life. I am committed toward your healthy growth, change, and well-being. Together we will grow.
Life is a journey. At times we all need someone to help sort through the ups and downs of life. We want to feel connected to others. Approaching feelings or thoughts that we may have tried to avoid for a long time or recent painful experiences can be scary and my goal is to provide you a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore these feelings and life experiences. Counselling can help us to discover new ways of thinking and feeling. We will work on restoring and enhancing peace and balance to your life. I am committed toward your healthy growth, change, and well-being. Together we will grow.
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Photo of Tracy Ruth Ferrazzano, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Tracy Ruth Ferrazzano
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH8
Thank you for pausing at my profile, my name is Tracy and if you have come this far then you may well be experiencing a sense of feeling lost, not knowing which way to turn, anxious or depressed. You may be struggling within your workplace or relationship, or feel stuck and just need support gaining clarity. I endeavour to offer a place where you are at the heart of our work, I am led by you and your needs in the here and now and believe that given the right environment you hold the answers to your future and your freedom.
Thank you for pausing at my profile, my name is Tracy and if you have come this far then you may well be experiencing a sense of feeling lost, not knowing which way to turn, anxious or depressed. You may be struggling within your workplace or relationship, or feel stuck and just need support gaining clarity. I endeavour to offer a place where you are at the heart of our work, I am led by you and your needs in the here and now and believe that given the right environment you hold the answers to your future and your freedom.
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Photo of Stephanie Jeans, Psychotherapist in Bournemouth, England
Stephanie Jeans
Psychotherapist, MA, PNCPS Acc.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH8  (Online Only)
I am an accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor in private practice and work with non-judgment and compassion. You may be feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, and generally noticing yourself lacking motivation and not enjoying activities that used to bring you pleasure. You may be struggling in your relationships or overwhelmed at work, feeling angry a lot of the time. Your coping strategies may be increasingly unhelpful, and manifesting in unhealthy behaviours. I support my clients to facilitate change & growth to move forward to a place of recovery and hope.
I am an accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor in private practice and work with non-judgment and compassion. You may be feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, and generally noticing yourself lacking motivation and not enjoying activities that used to bring you pleasure. You may be struggling in your relationships or overwhelmed at work, feeling angry a lot of the time. Your coping strategies may be increasingly unhelpful, and manifesting in unhealthy behaviours. I support my clients to facilitate change & growth to move forward to a place of recovery and hope.
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Photo of Zoë Pool, Psychotherapist in Bournemouth, England
Zoë Pool
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified
Bournemouth BH6  (Online Only)
Finding the therapist that is right for you may feel a challenge, especially at a time when you may be feeling vulnerable or uncertain, perhaps facing a crisis point. This is not unusual, whether you have undertaken therapy in the past or whether this is the first time you have sought therapy. Sometimes we need help to overcome conflicts and blocks in ourselves and in our relationships that are confusing and difficult to face. I understand that you are a unique and complex individual, with many facets and aspects of who you are, how you experience yourself, and how you have had to adapt as you confront life's struggles.
Finding the therapist that is right for you may feel a challenge, especially at a time when you may be feeling vulnerable or uncertain, perhaps facing a crisis point. This is not unusual, whether you have undertaken therapy in the past or whether this is the first time you have sought therapy. Sometimes we need help to overcome conflicts and blocks in ourselves and in our relationships that are confusing and difficult to face. I understand that you are a unique and complex individual, with many facets and aspects of who you are, how you experience yourself, and how you have had to adapt as you confront life's struggles.
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Photo of Ozde Gul Demir, Psychologist in Bournemouth, England
Ozde Gul Demir
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified
Bournemouth BH1  (Online Only)
Hello. I am Özde. I have been working for six years as a psychologist. My area of expertise is individual teeneager and adult personality disorders, especially Borderline, Schizophrenia, OCD, Bipolar..I also take a session a client who has struggle Anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression and panic attack. I always try to help people learn to cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage their chronic illnesses, and tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
Hello. I am Özde. I have been working for six years as a psychologist. My area of expertise is individual teeneager and adult personality disorders, especially Borderline, Schizophrenia, OCD, Bipolar..I also take a session a client who has struggle Anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression and panic attack. I always try to help people learn to cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage their chronic illnesses, and tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
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Photo of Andrea Karina Johnstone, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Andrea Karina Johnstone
Counsellor
Verified
Bournemouth BH8
Is your life very overwhelming and challenging at times? Do you feel sometimes out of control and lost? Do you suffer from trauma? I help you find place within yourself which is untouched by the chaos. Within our therapeutic relationship, we explore together how life is for you. I provide a confidential,non-judgemental safe space. I will help you develop your relationship with yourself, to raise your self-esteem and well being. You are the master of your own ship, I will work with you to find your way. I am a yoga teacher and meditation facilitator, and qualified life coach which can help you in your healing process.
Is your life very overwhelming and challenging at times? Do you feel sometimes out of control and lost? Do you suffer from trauma? I help you find place within yourself which is untouched by the chaos. Within our therapeutic relationship, we explore together how life is for you. I provide a confidential,non-judgemental safe space. I will help you develop your relationship with yourself, to raise your self-esteem and well being. You are the master of your own ship, I will work with you to find your way. I am a yoga teacher and meditation facilitator, and qualified life coach which can help you in your healing process.
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Photo of Rosemarie Philips, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Rosemarie Philips
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bournemouth BH11
RoseMarie Philips, I offer Therapeutic Counselling & Life Coaching in many areas of life: I worked at Relate for 11.5 years. With 26 years of experience working with Trauma, Domestic or Sexual Abuse, Menopause & Post Traumatic Stress. Working with adults and teens with Asperger's and Autism and ADHD issues. Anger Management, Grief, Bereavement. Anxiety & Depression. Providing techniques in Relationship & Family Therapy, Having worked with CAMHS (NHS) children & teens with behavioural issues. Work is around empowering you to rebuild your life. self-worth, confidence & self-esteem. Understanding yourself & improve relationships
RoseMarie Philips, I offer Therapeutic Counselling & Life Coaching in many areas of life: I worked at Relate for 11.5 years. With 26 years of experience working with Trauma, Domestic or Sexual Abuse, Menopause & Post Traumatic Stress. Working with adults and teens with Asperger's and Autism and ADHD issues. Anger Management, Grief, Bereavement. Anxiety & Depression. Providing techniques in Relationship & Family Therapy, Having worked with CAMHS (NHS) children & teens with behavioural issues. Work is around empowering you to rebuild your life. self-worth, confidence & self-esteem. Understanding yourself & improve relationships
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Photo of Kasia Stankiewicz, Psychologist in Bournemouth, England
Kasia Stankiewicz
Psychologist, MSc, CPsychol
Verified
Bournemouth BH3
I strongly believe that in order to provide the best possible psychological help there is a need to build tailored, high-quality programmes for each and every client. I offer a bespoke approach with a strong focus on discretion, privacy and confidentiality.
I strongly believe that in order to provide the best possible psychological help there is a need to build tailored, high-quality programmes for each and every client. I offer a bespoke approach with a strong focus on discretion, privacy and confidentiality.
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Photo of Dr Kieren Eyles, Psychologist in Bournemouth, England
Dr Kieren Eyles
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Bournemouth BH2
Let me start by saying I’ve been to see a psychologist; why mention this? Two reasons: firstly, people often ask me this, so I’ll be up front about it. Secondly – maybe why people ask – having been “on the other side of the room”, I have the experience of how hard opening up can be, and how difficult it is to think about “life”. This experience has meant that back on the psych side of the room, I take a genuinely careful and non-judgmental approach to sessions. I begin by focusing on helping people feel comfortable; paradoxically perhaps, this means we are able to get to work on things quite quickly, but importantly, never rushing.
Let me start by saying I’ve been to see a psychologist; why mention this? Two reasons: firstly, people often ask me this, so I’ll be up front about it. Secondly – maybe why people ask – having been “on the other side of the room”, I have the experience of how hard opening up can be, and how difficult it is to think about “life”. This experience has meant that back on the psych side of the room, I take a genuinely careful and non-judgmental approach to sessions. I begin by focusing on helping people feel comfortable; paradoxically perhaps, this means we are able to get to work on things quite quickly, but importantly, never rushing.
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Photo of Vicki Pearson, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Vicki Pearson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH8
Hello, thank you for viewing my profile. I am a qualified and experienced adult and young person’s counsellor. I offer a warm, safe, and confidential space where I aim to raise your self-awareness and facilitate change and improvements in your life. During your therapy, I may incorporate techniques from different modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, and Neuroscience models. The therapy is always tailored and centred around you, and we work at your pace.
Hello, thank you for viewing my profile. I am a qualified and experienced adult and young person’s counsellor. I offer a warm, safe, and confidential space where I aim to raise your self-awareness and facilitate change and improvements in your life. During your therapy, I may incorporate techniques from different modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, and Neuroscience models. The therapy is always tailored and centred around you, and we work at your pace.
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Photo of Sarah Scott, Psychotherapist in Bournemouth, England
Sarah Scott
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH9
Hello, my name is Sarah. I’m a qualified & professional counsellor and psychotherapist. I’m fully insured, DBS checked & registered with The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS). If you are visiting my profile, then maybe life has brought up some difficulties which are challenging for you to cope with. I work in an empathic and non-judgemental way to support you to make sense of what you are going through. Seeking therapy is the first step in beginning the process of achieving your goals and improving your wellbeing.
Hello, my name is Sarah. I’m a qualified & professional counsellor and psychotherapist. I’m fully insured, DBS checked & registered with The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS). If you are visiting my profile, then maybe life has brought up some difficulties which are challenging for you to cope with. I work in an empathic and non-judgemental way to support you to make sense of what you are going through. Seeking therapy is the first step in beginning the process of achieving your goals and improving your wellbeing.
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Photo of Atacan Tanaydin, Psychologist in Bournemouth, England
Atacan Tanaydin
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified
Bournemouth BH1  (Online Only)
My ideal client seeks personal growth and transformation, grappling with challenges like anxiety, depression, relationships, or self-esteem.Their goals include self-awareness, improved self-esteem, healthier coping, and meaningful relationships.They aspire to break negative patterns, overcome obstacles, and unlock their potential for a fulfilling life.Trust, collaboration, and confidentiality are crucial to them.They value evidence-based techniques, practical guidance, and tailored support.Committed and ready for change, they seek resilience, joy, and fulfillment.
My ideal client seeks personal growth and transformation, grappling with challenges like anxiety, depression, relationships, or self-esteem.Their goals include self-awareness, improved self-esteem, healthier coping, and meaningful relationships.They aspire to break negative patterns, overcome obstacles, and unlock their potential for a fulfilling life.Trust, collaboration, and confidentiality are crucial to them.They value evidence-based techniques, practical guidance, and tailored support.Committed and ready for change, they seek resilience, joy, and fulfillment.
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Photo of Susan Martin, Psychotherapist in Bournemouth, England
Susan Martin
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
Bournemouth BH1
I am a skilled and compassionate therapist, experienced in working with a whole range of concerns, from performance anxiety and phobias, to depression and personality disorders. If there is a issue getting in the way of you living the life you want to live, or from achieving what you want to achieve, then therapy can help. I work with people both short and long term and I have a particular interest in helping people to overcome the impact of trauma.
I am a skilled and compassionate therapist, experienced in working with a whole range of concerns, from performance anxiety and phobias, to depression and personality disorders. If there is a issue getting in the way of you living the life you want to live, or from achieving what you want to achieve, then therapy can help. I work with people both short and long term and I have a particular interest in helping people to overcome the impact of trauma.
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Photo of Simon Penny Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Simon Penny Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH8
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are you suffering from alcohol or substance misuse issues? Whatever you are struggling with, I would love to help. I have an open, honest and non judgemental approach to my practise and provide a safe environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings by focusing on the 'here and now.' I offer a free consultation where we discuss your needs and the best approach to help you lead a happier life. This is a key part of the process. I believe that with the right support, everyone can make a positive change to their lives.
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are you suffering from alcohol or substance misuse issues? Whatever you are struggling with, I would love to help. I have an open, honest and non judgemental approach to my practise and provide a safe environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings by focusing on the 'here and now.' I offer a free consultation where we discuss your needs and the best approach to help you lead a happier life. This is a key part of the process. I believe that with the right support, everyone can make a positive change to their lives.
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Photo of Magna Maria Erasmus, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Magna Maria Erasmus
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH11
Not accepting new clients
I have helped many clients change their thinking and heal emotionally so they can become who they want to be. I offer a compassionate space for clients to work through difficult thoughts and feelings to reclaim their lives and live life to the full. I offer specialist trauma support and work extensively with depression and anxiety.
I have helped many clients change their thinking and heal emotionally so they can become who they want to be. I offer a compassionate space for clients to work through difficult thoughts and feelings to reclaim their lives and live life to the full. I offer specialist trauma support and work extensively with depression and anxiety.
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Photo of Claire Alexandra Ingram, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Claire Alexandra Ingram
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH7
Hello, I'm Claire. I am an experienced counsellor, working on-line and face to face from my therapy rooms in Southbourne. There are many different reasons why you may be looking for change in your life. For example, you may be suffering from day-to-day anxiety, or perhaps you have experienced traumatic life events leading to depression, addictive behaviours or problems in your relationships. You may not even be sure why you feel this way. At times like these it can help to talk to a professional who can work alongside you to help you achieve understanding and clarity, enabling you to make the changes you want in your life.
Hello, I'm Claire. I am an experienced counsellor, working on-line and face to face from my therapy rooms in Southbourne. There are many different reasons why you may be looking for change in your life. For example, you may be suffering from day-to-day anxiety, or perhaps you have experienced traumatic life events leading to depression, addictive behaviours or problems in your relationships. You may not even be sure why you feel this way. At times like these it can help to talk to a professional who can work alongside you to help you achieve understanding and clarity, enabling you to make the changes you want in your life.
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Photo of Kate Brown, Psychotherapist in Bournemouth, England
Kate Brown
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
Bournemouth BH7
my work is guided by the belief that psychotherapy should be a safe, confidential and regular space in which to talk about feelings, experiences and difficulties, with a therapist you have developed a trusting therapeutic relationship with over time. Understanding how past experiences and relationships can impact on current difficulties can help a person better cope in the future. I provide a warm, empathic and safe proffessional service.
my work is guided by the belief that psychotherapy should be a safe, confidential and regular space in which to talk about feelings, experiences and difficulties, with a therapist you have developed a trusting therapeutic relationship with over time. Understanding how past experiences and relationships can impact on current difficulties can help a person better cope in the future. I provide a warm, empathic and safe proffessional service.
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Photo of Tim Coupland, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Tim Coupland
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH6  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello, I am a BACP qualified counsellor/ therapist and registered mental health nurse. I provide talking therapies in a safe, confidential, and accepting way. I believe anyone can fulfil their potential and live a happier life, but sometimes things get in the way - life can feel hard with many obstacles that, at times, can feel too difficult to tackle.
Hello, I am a BACP qualified counsellor/ therapist and registered mental health nurse. I provide talking therapies in a safe, confidential, and accepting way. I believe anyone can fulfil their potential and live a happier life, but sometimes things get in the way - life can feel hard with many obstacles that, at times, can feel too difficult to tackle.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Bournemouth

100+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Bournemouth who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
90% Depression
88% Self Esteem
82% Stress
79% Relationship Issues
79% Trauma and PTSD
73% Bereavement

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aviva
69% AXA PPP
53% Vitality

How Counsellors in Bournemouth see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bournemouth?

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.