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Photo of Deborah Louise Creed, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Deborah Louise Creed
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS6
Deborah Creed is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association of Family Therapy) accredited systemic psychotherapist with over ten years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

She has a wealth of experience working with problems such as anxiety, behaviour, eating disorders, sleep, social anxiety, bullying, or school-related problems. Deborah has worked with many clients affected by separation, divorce, trauma, or couples wanting to reconnect. Deborah offers a bespoke service to meet the needs of the client. This is a private practice. It is a highly successful and discreet place to talk
Deborah Creed is a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association of Family Therapy) accredited systemic psychotherapist with over ten years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

She has a wealth of experience working with problems such as anxiety, behaviour, eating disorders, sleep, social anxiety, bullying, or school-related problems. Deborah has worked with many clients affected by separation, divorce, trauma, or couples wanting to reconnect. Deborah offers a bespoke service to meet the needs of the client. This is a private practice. It is a highly successful and discreet place to talk
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Michelle Dias
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bristol BS15  (Online Only)
Hey, I’m Michelle, an insured and qualified Counsellor and Supervisor. As a Person-Centred integrative Counsellor, within the bounds of a supportive, therapeutic relationship. I am here to listen and support you with whatever you bring to sessions. The sessions are tailored to you as your journey is unique, and so is your therapy. Therefore, I would draw on various approaches and models which would best benefit you in a safe, non judgemental and supportive space in order for you to gain clarity, self-awareness and confidence in life. I offer individual sessions for both short or long term counselling, dependent what you'd like.
Hey, I’m Michelle, an insured and qualified Counsellor and Supervisor. As a Person-Centred integrative Counsellor, within the bounds of a supportive, therapeutic relationship. I am here to listen and support you with whatever you bring to sessions. The sessions are tailored to you as your journey is unique, and so is your therapy. Therefore, I would draw on various approaches and models which would best benefit you in a safe, non judgemental and supportive space in order for you to gain clarity, self-awareness and confidence in life. I offer individual sessions for both short or long term counselling, dependent what you'd like.
0117 325 4084 View 0117 325 4084
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Joey Jenkins
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS1
I am an accredited BACP counsellor who is in the process of seeking accreditation as a psychotherapist. I have over 700 hours of clinical experience and work part time for a charity specialising in eating disorders, which works with the NHS. As well as that I am in private practice and work with a range of mental health issues. If you have happened upon this then you might have been struggling with something life has thrown at you, or you are simply feeling distress for seemingly no apparent reason. I’m sorry if this is the case. But you have taken an important step towards asking for help, which is commendable as well as daunting.
I am an accredited BACP counsellor who is in the process of seeking accreditation as a psychotherapist. I have over 700 hours of clinical experience and work part time for a charity specialising in eating disorders, which works with the NHS. As well as that I am in private practice and work with a range of mental health issues. If you have happened upon this then you might have been struggling with something life has thrown at you, or you are simply feeling distress for seemingly no apparent reason. I’m sorry if this is the case. But you have taken an important step towards asking for help, which is commendable as well as daunting.
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Martin Linton - IFS Therapist & Counsellor
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bristol BS9  (Online Only)
I work with both individuals and couples. The skill-sets and experience I offer draw off a variety of professional trainings such as Internal Family System (IFS) and Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) . These approaches are known to bring about the transformative healing qualities and resources that exist inside people. These are therapies that makes difficult experiences possible, such as: trauma, phobia or anxiety. I am here to help people better relate with what humans experience, I’ve witnessed and learned this is evidently possible through therapy.
I work with both individuals and couples. The skill-sets and experience I offer draw off a variety of professional trainings such as Internal Family System (IFS) and Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) . These approaches are known to bring about the transformative healing qualities and resources that exist inside people. These are therapies that makes difficult experiences possible, such as: trauma, phobia or anxiety. I am here to help people better relate with what humans experience, I’ve witnessed and learned this is evidently possible through therapy.
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Maria Brooks
Psychotherapist, PNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bristol BS8
If you are looking for therapy in Bristol then I can help. Life can be complicated and sometimes we need support to make changes and improve the quality of our lives. Entering into counselling or psychotherapy can be one of the hardest but bravest decisions you can make for yourself. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, Trauma, Eating Disorder and Addiction Specialist. As well as ‘talking therapy’ and 'somatic (body) work' I incorporate eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy into my practice. To treat a range of psychological issues including complex trauma and attachment issues.
If you are looking for therapy in Bristol then I can help. Life can be complicated and sometimes we need support to make changes and improve the quality of our lives. Entering into counselling or psychotherapy can be one of the hardest but bravest decisions you can make for yourself. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, Trauma, Eating Disorder and Addiction Specialist. As well as ‘talking therapy’ and 'somatic (body) work' I incorporate eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy into my practice. To treat a range of psychological issues including complex trauma and attachment issues.
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Portia Bartlett
Psychotherapist
Verified
Bristol BS3
I am particularly interested in the mind-body connection and its role in healing unresolved distress. Our bodies recall our emotional pain with more clarity than our brains can remember. In therapy, the safe and confidential relationship we develop will allow you to explore your present-moment experiences. Working collaboratively and creatively, at a pace that feels right for you, we will pay holistic attention to your feelings, thoughts and physical sensations. As your awareness, understanding and compassion grows, this greater clarity can empower you to move towards connection, wholeness and wellbeing.
I am particularly interested in the mind-body connection and its role in healing unresolved distress. Our bodies recall our emotional pain with more clarity than our brains can remember. In therapy, the safe and confidential relationship we develop will allow you to explore your present-moment experiences. Working collaboratively and creatively, at a pace that feels right for you, we will pay holistic attention to your feelings, thoughts and physical sensations. As your awareness, understanding and compassion grows, this greater clarity can empower you to move towards connection, wholeness and wellbeing.
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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 Dr Maria R. Thompson, Psychologist in Bristol, England
Dr Maria R. Thompson
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
Bristol BS32
I assist adults and older adults to reduce distress, improve awareness, connection, functioning and QoL through face-to-face and online counselling and psychological therapy. You can explore and address your concerns safely with session materials to take away for future reference. I offer evidenced approaches. Since 1998 I have worked with many people in their recovery from a range of emotional, behavioural, personality and mental health issues across various settings to Consultant level. Hopefully, I maybe of assistance to you also. Dr Maria Thompson BSc (Hons) MSc Post-MSc DCounsPsych CPsychol AFBPsS. Desideratum P&C Services Ltd.
I assist adults and older adults to reduce distress, improve awareness, connection, functioning and QoL through face-to-face and online counselling and psychological therapy. You can explore and address your concerns safely with session materials to take away for future reference. I offer evidenced approaches. Since 1998 I have worked with many people in their recovery from a range of emotional, behavioural, personality and mental health issues across various settings to Consultant level. Hopefully, I maybe of assistance to you also. Dr Maria Thompson BSc (Hons) MSc Post-MSc DCounsPsych CPsychol AFBPsS. Desideratum P&C Services Ltd.
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Photo of Sylwia Korsak, Counsellor in Bristol, England
Sylwia Korsak
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS16  (Online Only)
Hello. Welcome, and thank you for considering my support. I am a qualified integrated counsellor and coach experienced in supporting people with: relationship difficulties, self-esteem, low mood, anxiety, depression, bereavement, eco-anxiety, workplace and activist burnout, digital wellbeing challenges, technophobia, online and sexual abuse, addictions, stigma, social exclusion and isolation, identity-based violence and other forms of oppression or discrimination. Liberation work means that I bring in a wide range of psychological approaches centred around your safety, choices and empowerment. Your agency is my priority.
Hello. Welcome, and thank you for considering my support. I am a qualified integrated counsellor and coach experienced in supporting people with: relationship difficulties, self-esteem, low mood, anxiety, depression, bereavement, eco-anxiety, workplace and activist burnout, digital wellbeing challenges, technophobia, online and sexual abuse, addictions, stigma, social exclusion and isolation, identity-based violence and other forms of oppression or discrimination. Liberation work means that I bring in a wide range of psychological approaches centred around your safety, choices and empowerment. Your agency is my priority.
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Pablo Reina Martinez
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS1
My aim is to help you explore any issues that interfere with your mental and emotional wellbeing. Together we will find the resources that enable you to live better. I am passionate in supporting people cope, heal and thrive. I provide an environment that fosters your self-reflection and growth. Fostering the alignment with your values. Counselling gives us that time and space we need to make sense of our experiences and to explore our identity. This clarifies our stressors and updates our strategies and resources.
My aim is to help you explore any issues that interfere with your mental and emotional wellbeing. Together we will find the resources that enable you to live better. I am passionate in supporting people cope, heal and thrive. I provide an environment that fosters your self-reflection and growth. Fostering the alignment with your values. Counselling gives us that time and space we need to make sense of our experiences and to explore our identity. This clarifies our stressors and updates our strategies and resources.
0117 463 5187 View 0117 463 5187
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 Peter M. Lowis, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Peter M. Lowis
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS7
I am a fully qualified and registered psychotherapist, with more than 25 years' experience of working with adult clients in both private practice and NHS settings. I also have extensive experience as a couples therapist, group facilitator, trainer and educator in psychotherapy, and as a supervisor of other practitioners. My therapeutic approach integrates elements of contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a Humanistic emphasis on a direct and real relationship. To find out more about me, visit my website: bristolpsychotherapist.com
I am a fully qualified and registered psychotherapist, with more than 25 years' experience of working with adult clients in both private practice and NHS settings. I also have extensive experience as a couples therapist, group facilitator, trainer and educator in psychotherapy, and as a supervisor of other practitioners. My therapeutic approach integrates elements of contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a Humanistic emphasis on a direct and real relationship. To find out more about me, visit my website: bristolpsychotherapist.com
0117 325 2806 View 0117 325 2806
Photo of David Banos Smith, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
David Banos Smith
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS9
I work with people who are you feeling anxious or depressed or uncertain how to live in a way that feels satisfying. With people who have suffered bereavement, the end of a relationship or who are struggling with relationships that aren't working and leave them feeling unhappy. With people who are unhappy at work and feel stuck in a job that isn't what they'd hoped it would be, a job that's too challenging or not challenging enough. With people who are struggling with ways of being sexual, who find it hard to have the kind of sexual relationships they want, to know how to begin, negotiate or end intimate sexual relationships.
I work with people who are you feeling anxious or depressed or uncertain how to live in a way that feels satisfying. With people who have suffered bereavement, the end of a relationship or who are struggling with relationships that aren't working and leave them feeling unhappy. With people who are unhappy at work and feel stuck in a job that isn't what they'd hoped it would be, a job that's too challenging or not challenging enough. With people who are struggling with ways of being sexual, who find it hard to have the kind of sexual relationships they want, to know how to begin, negotiate or end intimate sexual relationships.
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Photo of Laura Louise Martin, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
Laura Louise Martin
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS2
Are you feeling low, stuck or overwhelmed? Perhaps you have managed okay until now in your life, or maybe you have been struggling alone with difficult feelings for a long time. Working with a therapist can support you to understand yourself better and experiment with different ways of relating to yourself and your world. I’ve been in practice since 2017 and fully qualified as a UKCP accredited psychotherapist in July 2022. My approach is Gestalt, which means as well as talking about your past and current life, I’ll encourage you to stay with your experience in the moment as you share with me.
Are you feeling low, stuck or overwhelmed? Perhaps you have managed okay until now in your life, or maybe you have been struggling alone with difficult feelings for a long time. Working with a therapist can support you to understand yourself better and experiment with different ways of relating to yourself and your world. I’ve been in practice since 2017 and fully qualified as a UKCP accredited psychotherapist in July 2022. My approach is Gestalt, which means as well as talking about your past and current life, I’ll encourage you to stay with your experience in the moment as you share with me.
0117 325 7559 View 0117 325 7559
Photo of UK Online Counselling, Monica Sala, Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
UK Online Counselling, Monica Sala
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
Bristol BS8  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Monica. I'm an Integrative Psychotherapist with 29 years experience in a number of face-to-face settings including NHS, organisations and private practice, now working solely online since 2010 after specialising in Online Therapy. Through secure Zoom-based sessions, I work deeply and meaningfully with individual adult clients across diversity, whether living in the UK or as Expats overseas, exploring relationship difficulties (and toxicity), trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, life direction and belonging, among them. As for all us, some of these often overlap..
Hi, I'm Monica. I'm an Integrative Psychotherapist with 29 years experience in a number of face-to-face settings including NHS, organisations and private practice, now working solely online since 2010 after specialising in Online Therapy. Through secure Zoom-based sessions, I work deeply and meaningfully with individual adult clients across diversity, whether living in the UK or as Expats overseas, exploring relationship difficulties (and toxicity), trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, life direction and belonging, among them. As for all us, some of these often overlap..
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Craig Davies
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS34
My name is Craig Davies and I am a fully qualified and experienced Psychotherapist available for short and longer-term treatment. I hold full UKCP registration. If you are experiencing emotional difficulties, problems in relationships or patterns in your life that you want to change, psychotherapy can be an effective way of addressing these issues from within. I offer a comfortable and confidential space in which to explore your feelings. I work in accordance with the code of ethics of UKCP.
My name is Craig Davies and I am a fully qualified and experienced Psychotherapist available for short and longer-term treatment. I hold full UKCP registration. If you are experiencing emotional difficulties, problems in relationships or patterns in your life that you want to change, psychotherapy can be an effective way of addressing these issues from within. I offer a comfortable and confidential space in which to explore your feelings. I work in accordance with the code of ethics of UKCP.
0117 456 2091 View 0117 456 2091
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Katie Green
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS16
Waitlist for new clients
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, lost, lonely, or disconnected from others? Have you lost a loved one and are feeling overwhelmed with grief? Maybe you’re experiencing unhelpful thoughts around “not being good enough” or “feeling unable to cope”? Or are using work, shopping, exercise, food, drugs and/or alcohol as a way of coping? If any of these resonate with you, you are not alone. I can offer you a warm, empathic, safe space where you can feel comfortable to talk to me about anything, whether it is your current situation that is troubling you or something that happened to you in your past.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, lost, lonely, or disconnected from others? Have you lost a loved one and are feeling overwhelmed with grief? Maybe you’re experiencing unhelpful thoughts around “not being good enough” or “feeling unable to cope”? Or are using work, shopping, exercise, food, drugs and/or alcohol as a way of coping? If any of these resonate with you, you are not alone. I can offer you a warm, empathic, safe space where you can feel comfortable to talk to me about anything, whether it is your current situation that is troubling you or something that happened to you in your past.
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Anna Browne
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified
Bristol BS8
Not accepting new clients
I have a particular interest in trauma and how it impacts our nervous system: PTSD and C-PTSD, dissociation, hearing voices, addictive behaviours and coping mechanisms and their link to childhood trauma; 'ACE's' (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and how these affect us as adults. Trauma comes in many forms; obvious, overt ones such as physical or sexual abuse, car accidents, war, disasters etc, and also less obvious or covert forms like emotional abuse or neglect, bullying, or just 'not getting what we need' on an emotional level. I'm a member of ISST-D, a trainee member of UKCP and BCPC, and have specialist trauma training.
I have a particular interest in trauma and how it impacts our nervous system: PTSD and C-PTSD, dissociation, hearing voices, addictive behaviours and coping mechanisms and their link to childhood trauma; 'ACE's' (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and how these affect us as adults. Trauma comes in many forms; obvious, overt ones such as physical or sexual abuse, car accidents, war, disasters etc, and also less obvious or covert forms like emotional abuse or neglect, bullying, or just 'not getting what we need' on an emotional level. I'm a member of ISST-D, a trainee member of UKCP and BCPC, and have specialist trauma training.
0117 456 5291 View 0117 456 5291
Photo of EMDR, PSYCH-K, CBT, EFT, Bach flowers, Homeopathy , Psychotherapist in Bristol, England
EMDR, PSYCH-K, CBT, EFT, Bach flowers, Homeopathy
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS5
I believe that we all have the potential to heal ourselves. Are you aware that you have a negative mental state at work or in relationships? Is it persistent, or do you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, worried, and have a low level of liveliness? I can support you to find pathways to overcome these limitations. I am a compassionate integrative psychotherapist. I offer EMDR- 2013, Psych-K!, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy CBT, EFT, Mindfulness. Homeopathy (4 y), Bach flowers (BFP). I can help you to transform your life’s limitations arising from anxiety/ trauma, Personal, sleeping, relationships, work difficulties & others.
I believe that we all have the potential to heal ourselves. Are you aware that you have a negative mental state at work or in relationships? Is it persistent, or do you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, worried, and have a low level of liveliness? I can support you to find pathways to overcome these limitations. I am a compassionate integrative psychotherapist. I offer EMDR- 2013, Psych-K!, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy CBT, EFT, Mindfulness. Homeopathy (4 y), Bach flowers (BFP). I can help you to transform your life’s limitations arising from anxiety/ trauma, Personal, sleeping, relationships, work difficulties & others.
0117 374 7699 View 0117 374 7699
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Martin Conway Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Bristol BS3
I offer counselling in Bristol and online for individuals and couples experiencing a range of issues. I completed my Level 6 Diploma with merit and MSc in Psychology with commendation. I have worked in placements at an addiction clinic and the Wellbeing Service at the University of West of England and I have 1500+ hours of therapy experience. My experience includes (but is not limited to) stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, long-term illness and self-esteem.
I offer counselling in Bristol and online for individuals and couples experiencing a range of issues. I completed my Level 6 Diploma with merit and MSc in Psychology with commendation. I have worked in placements at an addiction clinic and the Wellbeing Service at the University of West of England and I have 1500+ hours of therapy experience. My experience includes (but is not limited to) stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, long-term illness and self-esteem.
01275 408902 View 01275 408902

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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
85% Self Esteem
84% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
78% Stress
66% Trauma and PTSD
64% Bereavement

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% AXA PPP
60% Aviva
45% Vitality

How Counsellors in Bristol see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
26% 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.