Counselling in Bristol

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Photo of Mei Choate, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Mei Choate
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP Accred
Verified
Bristol BS7
I am a caring, patient, and warm person and offer a safe, non-judgmental, accepting environment, where you can feel at ease and discuss what brings you to counselling. . Whether it is for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationships or cross-cultural issues. Having lived in the Far East and EU, I bring a lived understanding of the challenges some clients face negotiating different cultures, values and beliefs. I am an experienced BACP-accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist using an integrative approach, drawing on various models to best serve the unique person you are.
I am a caring, patient, and warm person and offer a safe, non-judgmental, accepting environment, where you can feel at ease and discuss what brings you to counselling. . Whether it is for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationships or cross-cultural issues. Having lived in the Far East and EU, I bring a lived understanding of the challenges some clients face negotiating different cultures, values and beliefs. I am an experienced BACP-accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist using an integrative approach, drawing on various models to best serve the unique person you are.
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Photo of Anna Bulgakova, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Anna Bulgakova
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS1
Are you looking for change? Do you want to move beyond the pain of your current situation or past traumas? Are you experiencing relationship difficulties and don't know how to go beyond the current situation? Whatever the issues you are facing, I will work with you to help you move towards the place you (both) want to be. I have extensive knowledge of working with clients with a range of mental health difficulties, including people in emotional crisis. I believe that every person has the potential for recovery and growth, with as an individual or within relationship with another person. Transformation is always possible.
Are you looking for change? Do you want to move beyond the pain of your current situation or past traumas? Are you experiencing relationship difficulties and don't know how to go beyond the current situation? Whatever the issues you are facing, I will work with you to help you move towards the place you (both) want to be. I have extensive knowledge of working with clients with a range of mental health difficulties, including people in emotional crisis. I believe that every person has the potential for recovery and growth, with as an individual or within relationship with another person. Transformation is always possible.
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Photo of Achalavira Rose, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Achalavira Rose
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS4
People seek psychotherapy for a broad range of reasons. Often when other avenues have already been explored but perhaps you have been experiencing recurring and enduring patterns of behaviour and difficulty in some part of your life. Something needs to change.
People seek psychotherapy for a broad range of reasons. Often when other avenues have already been explored but perhaps you have been experiencing recurring and enduring patterns of behaviour and difficulty in some part of your life. Something needs to change.
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Photo of Cecilia Lauritzson, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Cecilia Lauritzson
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified
Bristol BS6
I’m an experienced psychotherapist in training offering affordable therapy for adults in Bristol. Whatever is going on in your life, my hope is to offer an open minded space of warmth, safety and compassion, where anything that is on your mind at the time can be explored together at your own pace. Each person is on their unique journey through life and as an integrative therapist my approach is based on your individual needs as a client.
I’m an experienced psychotherapist in training offering affordable therapy for adults in Bristol. Whatever is going on in your life, my hope is to offer an open minded space of warmth, safety and compassion, where anything that is on your mind at the time can be explored together at your own pace. Each person is on their unique journey through life and as an integrative therapist my approach is based on your individual needs as a client.
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Photo of Oliver Biggs, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Oliver Biggs
Psychotherapist, MA, UKCP Trainee
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS5
Particular areas of interest include supporting people who are living with chronic ill-health, as well as those who seek to support others; whether it be as carers, activists, or in a professional capacity. However I enjoy working with a broad and diverse range of clients and am always interested in discovering how I can best support every new client, irrespective of their background, life experiences or presenting issue(s).
Particular areas of interest include supporting people who are living with chronic ill-health, as well as those who seek to support others; whether it be as carers, activists, or in a professional capacity. However I enjoy working with a broad and diverse range of clients and am always interested in discovering how I can best support every new client, irrespective of their background, life experiences or presenting issue(s).
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Photo of Daniela D'acri, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Daniela D'acri
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS3
Not accepting new clients
You may be considering therapy in the hope of something better. Life might be feeling like a real struggle now or maybe has for a while. There may be difficult feelings like anxiety, a lack of interest in things coupled with challenges in your intimate relationships or at work. You may have a very specific issue that you would like to explore, or a general sense of ill-being and things not feeling quite right. Whatever is bringing you here is both unique to you and your story, and very human. Therapy can offer a place where those painful feelings and thoughts are not only welcome, but seen as offering a catalyst for change.
You may be considering therapy in the hope of something better. Life might be feeling like a real struggle now or maybe has for a while. There may be difficult feelings like anxiety, a lack of interest in things coupled with challenges in your intimate relationships or at work. You may have a very specific issue that you would like to explore, or a general sense of ill-being and things not feeling quite right. Whatever is bringing you here is both unique to you and your story, and very human. Therapy can offer a place where those painful feelings and thoughts are not only welcome, but seen as offering a catalyst for change.
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Photo of Kerstin Pullin, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Kerstin Pullin
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS7
Choosing a counsellor with whom to connect and build a trusting therapeutic relationship can feel daunting, even risky, yet also empowering and hopeful. What does it feel like to take off masks, shedding protective layers that keep the authentic, vulnerable self safe while navigating through challenging or traumatic times? Together we can explore what you feel ready and safe to share - whether these are current, buried or almost forgotten experiences. I will be at your side to listen; endeavouring to relate to your unique circumstances and way of being; facilitative of your change and growth process.
Choosing a counsellor with whom to connect and build a trusting therapeutic relationship can feel daunting, even risky, yet also empowering and hopeful. What does it feel like to take off masks, shedding protective layers that keep the authentic, vulnerable self safe while navigating through challenging or traumatic times? Together we can explore what you feel ready and safe to share - whether these are current, buried or almost forgotten experiences. I will be at your side to listen; endeavouring to relate to your unique circumstances and way of being; facilitative of your change and growth process.
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Photo of Michelle Gale, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Michelle Gale
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS9
Hi, I'm Michelle. I offer counselling to individuals and couples. Life can be challenging and there are times we can feel overwhelmed. I offer a safe and compassionate space to explore the challenges you are facing. I'm trained as an integrative therapist, which means I draw from a range of counselling approaches including Psychodynamic, Person-centred and Gestalt. As each person is unique, I aim to listen and develop a way of working together that fits with your needs.
Hi, I'm Michelle. I offer counselling to individuals and couples. Life can be challenging and there are times we can feel overwhelmed. I offer a safe and compassionate space to explore the challenges you are facing. I'm trained as an integrative therapist, which means I draw from a range of counselling approaches including Psychodynamic, Person-centred and Gestalt. As each person is unique, I aim to listen and develop a way of working together that fits with your needs.
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Photo of Addam Merali-Younger, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Addam Merali-Younger
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bristol BS6
Hey, I’m Addam. Finding support at a difficult time can be challenging, so I’m glad you’re here. Whatever your reasons for seeking out counselling, I am here to listen, aim to understand and to work collaboratively with you to create a space where you can process and explore what you need to at your own pace. I have experience working with anxiety, identity, racialised trauma, migrant trauma, self-esteem, shame and suicidal ideation, and a wide range of issues connected to gender, sexuality and relationship diversity. Whilst these may or may not be the focus of our work together, the space is there for these aspects if you need it.
Hey, I’m Addam. Finding support at a difficult time can be challenging, so I’m glad you’re here. Whatever your reasons for seeking out counselling, I am here to listen, aim to understand and to work collaboratively with you to create a space where you can process and explore what you need to at your own pace. I have experience working with anxiety, identity, racialised trauma, migrant trauma, self-esteem, shame and suicidal ideation, and a wide range of issues connected to gender, sexuality and relationship diversity. Whilst these may or may not be the focus of our work together, the space is there for these aspects if you need it.
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Photo of Gabi Williams, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Gabi Williams
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS7
Im a Relational therapist with many years of experience working within women's health and addiction services in Bristol. Whatever is bringing you to seek therapy, whether it be relationship issues, trauma or a general sense of overwhelm, burnout or anxiety I can help. I believe that the key to effective therapy is the relationship we co-create in our sessions. We are equals in the room, you bringing your story and individual life experiences, and I in return offering a warm and empathic relationship within which you are safe to begin to explore and untangle life events and beliefs that are/have caused you harm or emotional pain.
Im a Relational therapist with many years of experience working within women's health and addiction services in Bristol. Whatever is bringing you to seek therapy, whether it be relationship issues, trauma or a general sense of overwhelm, burnout or anxiety I can help. I believe that the key to effective therapy is the relationship we co-create in our sessions. We are equals in the room, you bringing your story and individual life experiences, and I in return offering a warm and empathic relationship within which you are safe to begin to explore and untangle life events and beliefs that are/have caused you harm or emotional pain.
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Photo of Patrick Fountain, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Patrick Fountain
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS1
Welcome to Repertoire Counselling. At a certain point life feels overwhelming, we struggle to carry and understand the weight of our feelings, leading us to feel lost, stuck, alone, anxious, angry and fighting through life all by ourselves. My journey to becoming a therapist emerged out of painful experiences, which I am grateful because I love helping my clients to navigate their way through all that life has to throw at them. Talking to someone outside of your situation, who is not a family member or a friend can help in gaining relief, self-understanding, self-acceptance and help to build resilience and envision a way forward.
Welcome to Repertoire Counselling. At a certain point life feels overwhelming, we struggle to carry and understand the weight of our feelings, leading us to feel lost, stuck, alone, anxious, angry and fighting through life all by ourselves. My journey to becoming a therapist emerged out of painful experiences, which I am grateful because I love helping my clients to navigate their way through all that life has to throw at them. Talking to someone outside of your situation, who is not a family member or a friend can help in gaining relief, self-understanding, self-acceptance and help to build resilience and envision a way forward.
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Photo of ACF Child Psychology, Psychologist in Bristol, England
ACF Child Psychology
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Bristol BS16
Not accepting new clients
With apologies, we are not currently open to new referrals. ACF Child Psychology offer specialist assessment & therapy for young people in Bristol/South Glos facing challenges to their mental health & wellbeing. We can work with young people aged 4-24 who face challenges with anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, OCD and self-harm; or have a diagnosis of Tourette's & have tics that upset/hurt them; or young people aged 4-24 (& their parents/carers) who have experienced developmental trauma – most often these are young people who are adopted or who are in care. We can see people in their own homes, or therapy rooms in your area.
With apologies, we are not currently open to new referrals. ACF Child Psychology offer specialist assessment & therapy for young people in Bristol/South Glos facing challenges to their mental health & wellbeing. We can work with young people aged 4-24 who face challenges with anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, OCD and self-harm; or have a diagnosis of Tourette's & have tics that upset/hurt them; or young people aged 4-24 (& their parents/carers) who have experienced developmental trauma – most often these are young people who are adopted or who are in care. We can see people in their own homes, or therapy rooms in your area.
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Photo of Dr Will Partridge, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Dr Will Partridge
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified
Bristol BS2
I'm a UKCP registered psychotherapist in training. My training incorporates mindfulness and has a psychodynamic approach that places the relationship between therapist and client at the heart of transformative change and healing. I seek to create a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space for you to explore whatever difficulties you are currently working with. I aim to connect and work with you to help you understand your present moment experience, and what may be underlying any distress or suffering in your life. This understanding can help identify where you feel stuck and what you may need to heal and thrive.
I'm a UKCP registered psychotherapist in training. My training incorporates mindfulness and has a psychodynamic approach that places the relationship between therapist and client at the heart of transformative change and healing. I seek to create a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space for you to explore whatever difficulties you are currently working with. I aim to connect and work with you to help you understand your present moment experience, and what may be underlying any distress or suffering in your life. This understanding can help identify where you feel stuck and what you may need to heal and thrive.
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Photo of Hermione Moore, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Hermione Moore
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS6
We are all confronted with some sort of struggle at times in our lives. Sometimes the source might feel obvious to us or maybe we might have begun to notice things have been 'off' for a while and it's hard to make sense of. We can be left feeling confused, lonely, disconnected from ourselves and unfulfilled in our lives. It's hard to understand what's going on, maybe things start to feel out of control or tough to manage alone. Naturally, we want to get a grasp of what's happened and take back some control of our lives so we can move in the direction we want for ourselves.
We are all confronted with some sort of struggle at times in our lives. Sometimes the source might feel obvious to us or maybe we might have begun to notice things have been 'off' for a while and it's hard to make sense of. We can be left feeling confused, lonely, disconnected from ourselves and unfulfilled in our lives. It's hard to understand what's going on, maybe things start to feel out of control or tough to manage alone. Naturally, we want to get a grasp of what's happened and take back some control of our lives so we can move in the direction we want for ourselves.
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Photo of Dr Shelley Kerr, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Shelley Kerr
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS3
We all want to enjoy the lives we have, not be bogged down in self criticism, overwhelmed by emotions, stuck in spirals of negative thinking, or be haunted by the past. If you find yourself here because you're struggling with anxiety, depression, painful emotions, self criticism, or patterns of coping that are damaging your life and your relationships, then you're in the right place. Again and again I have seen the power of compassion in releasing people from the suffering that can come with these cycles. With the right support you too can take the courageous, and sometimes painful steps towards becoming the person you'd like to be.
We all want to enjoy the lives we have, not be bogged down in self criticism, overwhelmed by emotions, stuck in spirals of negative thinking, or be haunted by the past. If you find yourself here because you're struggling with anxiety, depression, painful emotions, self criticism, or patterns of coping that are damaging your life and your relationships, then you're in the right place. Again and again I have seen the power of compassion in releasing people from the suffering that can come with these cycles. With the right support you too can take the courageous, and sometimes painful steps towards becoming the person you'd like to be.
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Photo of Annie Ballingal, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Annie Ballingal
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
Bristol BS5
I am an integrative art therapist with 4+years experience working with people 18+. I offer a: welcoming, safe, and confidential space in which together, we can explore what's been on your mind. At the heart of what I do is to seek to understand your experience and perspective. This in turn, enables us to work together towards the change you'd like to see.
I am an integrative art therapist with 4+years experience working with people 18+. I offer a: welcoming, safe, and confidential space in which together, we can explore what's been on your mind. At the heart of what I do is to seek to understand your experience and perspective. This in turn, enables us to work together towards the change you'd like to see.
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Photo of Emmy Lathom, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Emmy Lathom
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS15  (Online Only)
I believe the foundation of effective counselling is to ensure that a good therapeutic relationship is developed and that clients feel empowered throughout the therapeutic process. As a neurodivergent therapist, I understand the importance of a welcoming, accepting, and non-judgmental space.
I believe the foundation of effective counselling is to ensure that a good therapeutic relationship is developed and that clients feel empowered throughout the therapeutic process. As a neurodivergent therapist, I understand the importance of a welcoming, accepting, and non-judgmental space.
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Photo of Dawn Daly, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Dawn Daly
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS7
Anxiety? - I work with adults and children (11+) experiencing all types of anxiety for all kinds of reasons. Whether the cause is school or work-related stress, a relationship issue, a bereavement, pregnancy, physical ill health, a traumatic event or something else, I offer the opportunity for you to become more at ease within your body and mind - freeing you up to make the changes you want to see within yourself and your life.
Anxiety? - I work with adults and children (11+) experiencing all types of anxiety for all kinds of reasons. Whether the cause is school or work-related stress, a relationship issue, a bereavement, pregnancy, physical ill health, a traumatic event or something else, I offer the opportunity for you to become more at ease within your body and mind - freeing you up to make the changes you want to see within yourself and your life.
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Photo of Zak Reeves, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Zak Reeves
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified
Bristol BS8
Psychotherapy can be a useful tool in helping us to manage life's difficulties. It can be a place for you to explore issues that you are currently struggling with, such as anxiety or depression, or just an opportunity to understand yourself better. In my practice, I am specifically interested in working with you to create more self-acceptance. This can look different for different people, but in general it will involve a compassionate and empathic exploration of past experiences, and how they might interact with our present circumstances, to see how each may be creating blocks in our lives from a healthy expression of our feelings.
Psychotherapy can be a useful tool in helping us to manage life's difficulties. It can be a place for you to explore issues that you are currently struggling with, such as anxiety or depression, or just an opportunity to understand yourself better. In my practice, I am specifically interested in working with you to create more self-acceptance. This can look different for different people, but in general it will involve a compassionate and empathic exploration of past experiences, and how they might interact with our present circumstances, to see how each may be creating blocks in our lives from a healthy expression of our feelings.
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Photo of Paul Richard Hapney, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Paul Richard Hapney
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, CPsychol
Verified
Bristol BS15  (Online Only)
I strive to work in flexible, client (and cost) friendly ways. Meeting on a weekly or less frequent basis, I offer short term counselling to people experiencing temporary emotional distress such as can be triggered by life upheaval and change, relationship problems, or losses of various kinds. I also work longer term with people suffering with chronic problems such as being affected by persistent stress, anxiety, or anger, recurrent bouts of depression, debilitating low self esteem, or repeated relationship problems.
I strive to work in flexible, client (and cost) friendly ways. Meeting on a weekly or less frequent basis, I offer short term counselling to people experiencing temporary emotional distress such as can be triggered by life upheaval and change, relationship problems, or losses of various kinds. I also work longer term with people suffering with chronic problems such as being affected by persistent stress, anxiety, or anger, recurrent bouts of depression, debilitating low self esteem, or repeated relationship problems.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Bristol

600+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Bristol who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
84% Depression
84% Self Esteem
78% Stress
77% Relationship Issues
66% Trauma and PTSD
64% Bereavement

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% AXA PPP
60% Aviva
46% Vitality

How Counsellors in Bristol see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
25% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bristol?

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.