Counselling in Bridgwater

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Dr Caroline Shinner
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgwater TA6
Hello, I’m Caroline. I’m an HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist and ACAT-accredited CAT Practitioner. I offer assessments and therapy interventions to adults aged 18+. I aim to provide a compassionate and non-judgemental space in which to hear your story, and work alongside you to identify specific goals for therapy. Therapy interventions will be evidence-based and tailored to your needs. I have over 14 years' experience of working in NHS Adult Mental Health services, and services for adults with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions (including spinal injuries and Multiple Sclerosis).
Hello, I’m Caroline. I’m an HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist and ACAT-accredited CAT Practitioner. I offer assessments and therapy interventions to adults aged 18+. I aim to provide a compassionate and non-judgemental space in which to hear your story, and work alongside you to identify specific goals for therapy. Therapy interventions will be evidence-based and tailored to your needs. I have over 14 years' experience of working in NHS Adult Mental Health services, and services for adults with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions (including spinal injuries and Multiple Sclerosis).
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Jackie O'Brien
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA6
Counselling is a very personal experience and is different for everyone. I offer a safe and confidential service, enabling you to start to explore difficulties without judgment or criticism. If you are feeling depressed, vulnerable, stressed or confused, counselling may be the right help for you. I will support you to develop an understanding of yourself, giving you the space and time to find your own solutions. As well as talking therapy I use therapeutic creativity. Mediums such as paints, sand-tray and clay, may help you put words to difficult feelings and emotions in a non-threatening way.
Counselling is a very personal experience and is different for everyone. I offer a safe and confidential service, enabling you to start to explore difficulties without judgment or criticism. If you are feeling depressed, vulnerable, stressed or confused, counselling may be the right help for you. I will support you to develop an understanding of yourself, giving you the space and time to find your own solutions. As well as talking therapy I use therapeutic creativity. Mediums such as paints, sand-tray and clay, may help you put words to difficult feelings and emotions in a non-threatening way.
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Amanda Temple
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgwater TA6
I am an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor working with adults, couples & young people 16+. How we relate to one another and to ourselves impacts how we think, feel and function. Anxiety, internal criticism, low self-esteem, depression thrive if we're not heard, understood and valued. I work to shed light on how our relationships past and present shape us and how we can get stuck repeating patterns of behaviour that no longer serve us. I offer a safe space to look at what is not working. Together we'll seek to make sense of your experience, find new insights and perspectives, enabling you to move forward on your own terms.
I am an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor working with adults, couples & young people 16+. How we relate to one another and to ourselves impacts how we think, feel and function. Anxiety, internal criticism, low self-esteem, depression thrive if we're not heard, understood and valued. I work to shed light on how our relationships past and present shape us and how we can get stuck repeating patterns of behaviour that no longer serve us. I offer a safe space to look at what is not working. Together we'll seek to make sense of your experience, find new insights and perspectives, enabling you to move forward on your own terms.
01278 557262 View 01278 557262
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Maxine Reece Counselling
Counsellor, PsychD, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA5
Welcome to your kind of Counselling. If you are new to counselling, it can be daunting and scary; an unfamiliar room with a stranger, telling them personal things... What might come up? Can you cope with it? It's my job to 'hold you' in this space and I'm very good at it. Don't worry anymore - make the call. Our trusting, therapeutic relationship is everything - we need to work very closely together. I am a very warm, empathic Counsellor, working with an open heart and open mind whilst steering you gently with professional integrity and clear boundaries . My intuition will help guide us both quickly to the real source of you.
Welcome to your kind of Counselling. If you are new to counselling, it can be daunting and scary; an unfamiliar room with a stranger, telling them personal things... What might come up? Can you cope with it? It's my job to 'hold you' in this space and I'm very good at it. Don't worry anymore - make the call. Our trusting, therapeutic relationship is everything - we need to work very closely together. I am a very warm, empathic Counsellor, working with an open heart and open mind whilst steering you gently with professional integrity and clear boundaries . My intuition will help guide us both quickly to the real source of you.
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Human Wellbeing Ltd
Psychotherapist, FHGI
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA6
Effective, fast and practical help for anyone suffering from a range of issues including: • depression/low mood • panic attacks • phobias • low self-esteem • self-harming . eating disorders • poor concentration • relationship problems • anxiety and stress • anger problems • post-traumatic stress disorder including military (PTSD) • addiction (all kinds) • obsessions (OCD) • poor sleep
Effective, fast and practical help for anyone suffering from a range of issues including: • depression/low mood • panic attacks • phobias • low self-esteem • self-harming . eating disorders • poor concentration • relationship problems • anxiety and stress • anger problems • post-traumatic stress disorder including military (PTSD) • addiction (all kinds) • obsessions (OCD) • poor sleep
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Anna Udine
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA6
I understand that life can be challenging and overwhelming at times. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, seeking personal development, or dealing with relationship issues, I am an experienced counsellor and I’m here to help you navigate these difficulties and find a path towards healing and growth. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and understanding, and I will work with you to develop a plan that meet your unique needs and goals.
I understand that life can be challenging and overwhelming at times. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, seeking personal development, or dealing with relationship issues, I am an experienced counsellor and I’m here to help you navigate these difficulties and find a path towards healing and growth. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and understanding, and I will work with you to develop a plan that meet your unique needs and goals.
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Alex Archer
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA6
If you need to talk I'm here to listen. I’m a friendly & approachable Person Centred counsellor. I provide UK-wide therapy by Zoom & phone, and face to face sessions in Bridgwater, Somerset. Most of us at some point will face issues we can't resolve on our own. I believe that we all have great potential and more inner resources than we realise, but it can often be difficult to access this by ourselves. I'm an experienced, professional & qualified counsellor. I help clients understand their situation, gain new perspectives & cope better. I offer a confidential setting where you can explore issues and find ways forward.
If you need to talk I'm here to listen. I’m a friendly & approachable Person Centred counsellor. I provide UK-wide therapy by Zoom & phone, and face to face sessions in Bridgwater, Somerset. Most of us at some point will face issues we can't resolve on our own. I believe that we all have great potential and more inner resources than we realise, but it can often be difficult to access this by ourselves. I'm an experienced, professional & qualified counsellor. I help clients understand their situation, gain new perspectives & cope better. I offer a confidential setting where you can explore issues and find ways forward.
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Marian Barlow
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA6
My work as a therapist is based on the belief that change is possible. I believe that counselling can change lives. Life throws challenges at all of us and sometimes these can feel overwhelming. The process of counselling gives you space to examine and understand issues. You may be feeling stuck in unhealthy behaviours and patterns of thinking. It is sometimes too hard to speak with close relatives or friends and so talking to an independent person can bring objectivity and non-judgement. The process of counselling brings awareness and without awareness, we cannot change.
My work as a therapist is based on the belief that change is possible. I believe that counselling can change lives. Life throws challenges at all of us and sometimes these can feel overwhelming. The process of counselling gives you space to examine and understand issues. You may be feeling stuck in unhealthy behaviours and patterns of thinking. It is sometimes too hard to speak with close relatives or friends and so talking to an independent person can bring objectivity and non-judgement. The process of counselling brings awareness and without awareness, we cannot change.
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Helen Maharaj
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA7  (Online Only)
I'm Helen Maharaj, the therapist who specialises in working with people using CBT and EMDR to overcome depression, break free from anxiety and build self confidence.  Having extensive experience working in psychological therapy services, I have the skills and understanding needed to make therapy work for you. ​ I will help you use these effective therapies to overcome your difficulties and improve your wellbeing. ​ I welcome diversity including people of all genders, sexualities, religions, ethnicities, body sizes, abilities and political values.
I'm Helen Maharaj, the therapist who specialises in working with people using CBT and EMDR to overcome depression, break free from anxiety and build self confidence.  Having extensive experience working in psychological therapy services, I have the skills and understanding needed to make therapy work for you. ​ I will help you use these effective therapies to overcome your difficulties and improve your wellbeing. ​ I welcome diversity including people of all genders, sexualities, religions, ethnicities, body sizes, abilities and political values.
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Debra Welsh
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgwater TA7  (Online Only)
Does life sometimes feel like a struggle? I can support you if you would like to explore your thoughts and feelings, to be treated with warmth and empathy and be really listened to without judgement or to be supported in helping you resolve your problems. Counselling can help with any situation which has led you to feel anxious, sad, stressed or frustrated. It can help you to see things from another perspective and help you find solutions for your worries. I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with 10 years experience and I offer counselling via telephone and video.
Does life sometimes feel like a struggle? I can support you if you would like to explore your thoughts and feelings, to be treated with warmth and empathy and be really listened to without judgement or to be supported in helping you resolve your problems. Counselling can help with any situation which has led you to feel anxious, sad, stressed or frustrated. It can help you to see things from another perspective and help you find solutions for your worries. I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with 10 years experience and I offer counselling via telephone and video.
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Luiza Pearson
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA5
I am an experienced Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist practising from Nether Stowey in Somerset. I have worked in private practice for twenty years and have experience with all aspects of human concerns. I aim to create an inviting space in which my clients are able to explore their deeper motivations and obstacles, thereby gaining insight and understanding and the potential to change things.
I am an experienced Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist practising from Nether Stowey in Somerset. I have worked in private practice for twenty years and have experience with all aspects of human concerns. I aim to create an inviting space in which my clients are able to explore their deeper motivations and obstacles, thereby gaining insight and understanding and the potential to change things.
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Debra Henderson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA6
Not accepting new clients
I am unable to accept new clients before 3rd June 2024. For you to be reading this something in your life has become difficult and you have recognised you need to talk to someone. I am a good listener and I can help you explore the things in your life that are confusing and painful. When life becomes difficult underlying issues often come to the surface such as low self-esteem and not feeling good enough. These may be disrupting your relationships, causing you to withdraw and feel alone, or lost, depressed or anxious and overwhelmed. These are things I am able to work on with you.
I am unable to accept new clients before 3rd June 2024. For you to be reading this something in your life has become difficult and you have recognised you need to talk to someone. I am a good listener and I can help you explore the things in your life that are confusing and painful. When life becomes difficult underlying issues often come to the surface such as low self-esteem and not feeling good enough. These may be disrupting your relationships, causing you to withdraw and feel alone, or lost, depressed or anxious and overwhelmed. These are things I am able to work on with you.
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Michelle Robinson
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA5
My name is Michelle, and I am a person-centred counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist. Life can seem unmanageable at times, and you might find yourself reading this because you are dealing with an issue that feels overwhelming. Whatever the reason may be, you are not alone. People seek counselling for different reasons, from stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, childhood trauma and relationship issues, to name but a few. Counselling can support you to help yourself in a way that acknowledges feelings and helps you to understand yourself better, aiding you to make positive lasting changes in your life.
My name is Michelle, and I am a person-centred counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist. Life can seem unmanageable at times, and you might find yourself reading this because you are dealing with an issue that feels overwhelming. Whatever the reason may be, you are not alone. People seek counselling for different reasons, from stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, childhood trauma and relationship issues, to name but a few. Counselling can support you to help yourself in a way that acknowledges feelings and helps you to understand yourself better, aiding you to make positive lasting changes in your life.
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Dr Claire Plumbly
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgwater TA5
I'm a specialist in anxiety and trauma. If you want to improve your self-esteem, emotions and behaviour patterns, then I can offer a warm, therapeutic space to do this. I have extra experience in working with women who have suffered a sexual assault. I draw on therapy models most suited to your needs including CBT; EMDR, Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and DBT-skills. You do not need a diagnosis to work with me. I also offer week-long EMDR Intensive Programmes for those wishing to do a piece of work in a short time frame.
I'm a specialist in anxiety and trauma. If you want to improve your self-esteem, emotions and behaviour patterns, then I can offer a warm, therapeutic space to do this. I have extra experience in working with women who have suffered a sexual assault. I draw on therapy models most suited to your needs including CBT; EMDR, Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and DBT-skills. You do not need a diagnosis to work with me. I also offer week-long EMDR Intensive Programmes for those wishing to do a piece of work in a short time frame.
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Monika Walde
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA5
Hello and a warm welcome. I am interested to hear what brings you to counselling. I will offer you a safe space to share your story and to feel listen to. A space where you feel able to say how it is and you feel understood without being judged. I will be genuine and together we can explore your experiences in our sessions. EMDR is another approach I am trained in. I believe in humans' abilities to change, to grow and to heal and I feel positive that counselling can facilitate this.
Hello and a warm welcome. I am interested to hear what brings you to counselling. I will offer you a safe space to share your story and to feel listen to. A space where you feel able to say how it is and you feel understood without being judged. I will be genuine and together we can explore your experiences in our sessions. EMDR is another approach I am trained in. I believe in humans' abilities to change, to grow and to heal and I feel positive that counselling can facilitate this.
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James Summerhayes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA5
Hello there, I’m James and I am a counsellor offering Friday sessions in the Weston area. Life can be difficult, sometimes traumatic and we often need someone professional to talk to and guide us to find solutions or acceptance to the problems we are facing in a way that best suits us. Whether you're anxious, depressed, stuck, unhappy or lost, I can offer you a confidential and caring space to explore issues that might be keeping you from finding the contentment and happiness you seek. Whatever approach we decide to follow it is important that you leave each session feeling accepted and understood.
Hello there, I’m James and I am a counsellor offering Friday sessions in the Weston area. Life can be difficult, sometimes traumatic and we often need someone professional to talk to and guide us to find solutions or acceptance to the problems we are facing in a way that best suits us. Whether you're anxious, depressed, stuck, unhappy or lost, I can offer you a confidential and caring space to explore issues that might be keeping you from finding the contentment and happiness you seek. Whatever approach we decide to follow it is important that you leave each session feeling accepted and understood.
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Mike Jackson
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA7
Sliding scale available £25-£65. I am Mike & I am a qualified counsellor & supervisor with many years of experience working with adults & young people in various settings. I am a person-centred counsellor using an integrative framework. My work is underpinned by different approaches including humanistic approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy, Mindfulness, solution-focused and creative ways of working. I have varied qualifications and experience including a Diploma Level 5, accredited by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society MNCPS (Acc.). I provide face-to-face in Puriton, online and telephone counselling See my website
Sliding scale available £25-£65. I am Mike & I am a qualified counsellor & supervisor with many years of experience working with adults & young people in various settings. I am a person-centred counsellor using an integrative framework. My work is underpinned by different approaches including humanistic approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy, Mindfulness, solution-focused and creative ways of working. I have varied qualifications and experience including a Diploma Level 5, accredited by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society MNCPS (Acc.). I provide face-to-face in Puriton, online and telephone counselling See my website
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Pauline Beasty
Psychologist, MA, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA6
Paula has 2 decades of clinical experience, with 15 years in private practice in Australia where she gained qualifications as a Psychologist, including a Masters in Family Therapy from the University of Western Sydney. She is accredited as a trained supervisor by the Australian Psychological Society Institute and has provided clinical supervision and support to other therapists, including psychologists working in regional and remote Australia. Prior to embarking in private practice Paula worked as the Program Manager of the Alcohol and other drugs program at Sydney Private Clinic, and a Counsellor and Trainer of other counsellors.
Paula has 2 decades of clinical experience, with 15 years in private practice in Australia where she gained qualifications as a Psychologist, including a Masters in Family Therapy from the University of Western Sydney. She is accredited as a trained supervisor by the Australian Psychological Society Institute and has provided clinical supervision and support to other therapists, including psychologists working in regional and remote Australia. Prior to embarking in private practice Paula worked as the Program Manager of the Alcohol and other drugs program at Sydney Private Clinic, and a Counsellor and Trainer of other counsellors.
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Steve Turner Bsc (Hons) Psych Coun Dip Coun Gmbpss
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA5
My ideal client is one of complexity; I plan on to enrol onto a Doctorate becoming a counselling psychologist. I am a qualified counsellor and my knowledge base started 15 years ago when I fell ill. I have had an eventful life, including heart problems, strokes and many other issues. Through therapies, self help and determination I am happy with my life and I would love to share my knowledge. I have specialised in complex bereavement over the past 6 years seeing clients face to face and supporting them through the hard times. There is a need for more LGBT counsellors that understand and help.
My ideal client is one of complexity; I plan on to enrol onto a Doctorate becoming a counselling psychologist. I am a qualified counsellor and my knowledge base started 15 years ago when I fell ill. I have had an eventful life, including heart problems, strokes and many other issues. Through therapies, self help and determination I am happy with my life and I would love to share my knowledge. I have specialised in complex bereavement over the past 6 years seeing clients face to face and supporting them through the hard times. There is a need for more LGBT counsellors that understand and help.
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Giles Johnson
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bridgwater TA5
Life always throws us difficult stuff to deal with; it wouldn’t be life without it. Sometimes we can shrug these things off, yet at other times they can have an extremely debilitating effect upon us. Sometimes things happen and we bury them, they remain hidden but still exert a force upon us and our behaviour. They can influence us in ways that we would rather they didn’t. Sometimes these things come roaring back at us, out of the blue, unbidden and unwelcome. We all pass through stages in our life where we question everything around us, our relationships, our work, our behaviour and ultimately ourselves.
Life always throws us difficult stuff to deal with; it wouldn’t be life without it. Sometimes we can shrug these things off, yet at other times they can have an extremely debilitating effect upon us. Sometimes things happen and we bury them, they remain hidden but still exert a force upon us and our behaviour. They can influence us in ways that we would rather they didn’t. Sometimes these things come roaring back at us, out of the blue, unbidden and unwelcome. We all pass through stages in our life where we question everything around us, our relationships, our work, our behaviour and ultimately ourselves.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Bridgwater

30+

Average cost per session

£55

Counsellors in Bridgwater who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
79% Depression
79% Self Esteem
76% Relationship Issues
76% Stress
71% Bereavement
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

57% Aviva
57% Bupa
43% Other

How Counsellors in Bridgwater see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bridgwater?

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.