Counselling in Stapleton, Bristol

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Kirsten Malcolm (Freedom Therapy)
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Stapleton, Bristol BS7
I'm enthusiastic about helping people make a noticeable difference in their lives. Offering a refreshing blend of warm compassion, humour (when appropriate!) and straight talk, together we'll navigate your challenges and build strategies that work for You. As your supportive guide, I'll show how therapy can be a powerful tool for growth and self-discovery. I know taking the first step towards positive change can be daunting and courageous, but you don't have to go through it alone. I realise it's hard knowing how to choose a therapist from so many capable people, so I offer a free consultation to help your decision-making process.
I'm enthusiastic about helping people make a noticeable difference in their lives. Offering a refreshing blend of warm compassion, humour (when appropriate!) and straight talk, together we'll navigate your challenges and build strategies that work for You. As your supportive guide, I'll show how therapy can be a powerful tool for growth and self-discovery. I know taking the first step towards positive change can be daunting and courageous, but you don't have to go through it alone. I realise it's hard knowing how to choose a therapist from so many capable people, so I offer a free consultation to help your decision-making process.
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Dayana Eastwood
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Stapleton, Bristol BS7
Not accepting new clients
If there's something you want to understand better or change, I can help you move from feeling confused, stuck or overwhelmed to a place where things make sense, there’s a way forward, and you feel in charge of your life. Feeling stressed, burnt out, anxious or depressed are some of the most common reasons people seek therapy, but there may be many reasons; some challenges feel hard to pin down or are a quiet, niggling sense that builds up over time. Or perhaps you have experienced a major life change or event and feel you need some support as you find a new way through.
If there's something you want to understand better or change, I can help you move from feeling confused, stuck or overwhelmed to a place where things make sense, there’s a way forward, and you feel in charge of your life. Feeling stressed, burnt out, anxious or depressed are some of the most common reasons people seek therapy, but there may be many reasons; some challenges feel hard to pin down or are a quiet, niggling sense that builds up over time. Or perhaps you have experienced a major life change or event and feel you need some support as you find a new way through.
0117 463 8388 View 0117 463 8388
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Clive Mason
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Stapleton, Bristol BS16
Counselling can help you to find a way forward with personal issues such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. It can also help to overcome problems that are causing you emotional turmoil such as relationship issues and loss. In truth you can talk about anything that is on your mind. Some of the issues that people can find themselves trying to manage and which I can help with: Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Childhood pain, Gender issues, Loss, Bereavement, Heart break, Loneliness, Low self-esteem, Relationship struggles, Life transitions.
Counselling can help you to find a way forward with personal issues such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. It can also help to overcome problems that are causing you emotional turmoil such as relationship issues and loss. In truth you can talk about anything that is on your mind. Some of the issues that people can find themselves trying to manage and which I can help with: Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Childhood pain, Gender issues, Loss, Bereavement, Heart break, Loneliness, Low self-esteem, Relationship struggles, Life transitions.
0117 463 0320 View 0117 463 0320
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Zoe Carter-Beedie - Natural Footsteps Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Stapleton, Bristol BS16
My core aim as a counsellor is to provide a warm and consistent space for you to feel heard and understood. We have many parts within us that need a listening ear, and open heart. When we find acceptance and compassion for ourselves, things can start to change in our lives. I offer kindness, non-judgement, and curiosity so that you can begin to feel resilient and self-loving. Each of us is born with inherent wisdom and we are our own best expert. But you may have lost trust along the way. I strive to offer you a nurturing, therapeutic relationship that encourages a sense of safety to trust.
My core aim as a counsellor is to provide a warm and consistent space for you to feel heard and understood. We have many parts within us that need a listening ear, and open heart. When we find acceptance and compassion for ourselves, things can start to change in our lives. I offer kindness, non-judgement, and curiosity so that you can begin to feel resilient and self-loving. Each of us is born with inherent wisdom and we are our own best expert. But you may have lost trust along the way. I strive to offer you a nurturing, therapeutic relationship that encourages a sense of safety to trust.
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Maria Lucia Guarnieri
Psychotherapist, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Stapleton, Bristol BS16  (Online Only)
Have you tried opening up about your concerns to a friend but you didn't feel heard, or the advice wasn't right for you? Does it feel like there is something you need to work on, but you don't know where to start? Well, maybe starting therapy is the right step forward. I offer you a safe space, where you can explore your strenghts and not only your 'issues'. Initially we will evaluate your needs and goals, your motivations towards change and how you relate to others and to your mind and body. I will often ask for your feedback, and therapeutic objectives are co-designed with you.
Have you tried opening up about your concerns to a friend but you didn't feel heard, or the advice wasn't right for you? Does it feel like there is something you need to work on, but you don't know where to start? Well, maybe starting therapy is the right step forward. I offer you a safe space, where you can explore your strenghts and not only your 'issues'. Initially we will evaluate your needs and goals, your motivations towards change and how you relate to others and to your mind and body. I will often ask for your feedback, and therapeutic objectives are co-designed with you.
0117 463 7328 View 0117 463 7328
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Ginny Bates
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Stapleton, Bristol BS16
I am an integrative humanistic counselor with over twenty-five years of counseling experience; 12 years counseling in the NHS; 9 years in private practice, My approach is relational, underpinned by person-centered principles, integrating skills from a variety of modalities. Trauma-informed practice. I am experienced working with people from diverse walks of life intersectionally. I will work to form a warm relationship with you to identify what you wish to change, and how to get there. I will discuss your preferences for how we work and decide together how to proceed. Whatever your issue, I am interested in you as an individual.
I am an integrative humanistic counselor with over twenty-five years of counseling experience; 12 years counseling in the NHS; 9 years in private practice, My approach is relational, underpinned by person-centered principles, integrating skills from a variety of modalities. Trauma-informed practice. I am experienced working with people from diverse walks of life intersectionally. I will work to form a warm relationship with you to identify what you wish to change, and how to get there. I will discuss your preferences for how we work and decide together how to proceed. Whatever your issue, I am interested in you as an individual.
0117 463 7256 View 0117 463 7256
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Tracy Norman
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Stapleton, Bristol BS7
I work in private practice and in Secondary schools with many mental health issues such as anxiety, self-harm, low mood, gender dysphoria, self-esteem and confidence. In this difficult world, especially after lockdown, there are so many teenagers struggling emotionally and it is affecting confidence, friendships, family life and school. They want to understand how to understand and manage these emotions in order to be able to process them and move forward. I also work with SEND young people, struggling to understand themselves and why they may struggle emotionally.
I work in private practice and in Secondary schools with many mental health issues such as anxiety, self-harm, low mood, gender dysphoria, self-esteem and confidence. In this difficult world, especially after lockdown, there are so many teenagers struggling emotionally and it is affecting confidence, friendships, family life and school. They want to understand how to understand and manage these emotions in order to be able to process them and move forward. I also work with SEND young people, struggling to understand themselves and why they may struggle emotionally.
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Iman Idjer
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Stapleton, Bristol BS16
In life’s ever-changing phases, therapy can provide a sanctuary to navigate and understand the impact of your experiences, emotions, and thoughts. Seeking a therapist is often the first step towards finding the support that you need. I strive to create a warm and compassionate space for us to explore how you relate to yourself, others, and the world. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, abuse, trauma, and other life challenges, including feelings of shame or self-blame.
In life’s ever-changing phases, therapy can provide a sanctuary to navigate and understand the impact of your experiences, emotions, and thoughts. Seeking a therapist is often the first step towards finding the support that you need. I strive to create a warm and compassionate space for us to explore how you relate to yourself, others, and the world. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, abuse, trauma, and other life challenges, including feelings of shame or self-blame.
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Di Hall
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Stapleton, Bristol BS16
Waitlist for new clients
Are you going through a challenging period that is affecting daily life? Are you struggling with issues of anxiety, anxiety disorders, depression, anger separation, loss, grief, trauma, low self esteem/confidence? I can work with you to discover new ways of responding to these different blocks and dilemmas in life. Therapy being offered is person to person & online.
Are you going through a challenging period that is affecting daily life? Are you struggling with issues of anxiety, anxiety disorders, depression, anger separation, loss, grief, trauma, low self esteem/confidence? I can work with you to discover new ways of responding to these different blocks and dilemmas in life. Therapy being offered is person to person & online.
0117 456 2441 View 0117 456 2441
Photo of Carla Patino, MBACP, Counsellor
Carla Patino
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stapleton, Bristol BS16  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Carla. I am a psychotherapeutic Counsellor and member of the BACP. I work in an open, warm and non-judgmental way. I believe my job is not to tell you what to do, but to create a safe space for you to feel heard. Drawing on different therapeutic approaches, I aim to support you in gaining deeper awareness of behaviour patterns and difficult feelings. Therapy is an opportunity to reconnect with your authentic self and to develop a better relationship with yourself and others. My hourly rate is £45. I offer discounted sessions of £35 to teachers, students, military families, NHS staff and new parents (kids under 3).
Hello, my name is Carla. I am a psychotherapeutic Counsellor and member of the BACP. I work in an open, warm and non-judgmental way. I believe my job is not to tell you what to do, but to create a safe space for you to feel heard. Drawing on different therapeutic approaches, I aim to support you in gaining deeper awareness of behaviour patterns and difficult feelings. Therapy is an opportunity to reconnect with your authentic self and to develop a better relationship with yourself and others. My hourly rate is £45. I offer discounted sessions of £35 to teachers, students, military families, NHS staff and new parents (kids under 3).
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Online Therapists

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Awa S. Ottiger
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1  (Online Only)
Do feel disconnected from yourself? Are you not living your potentials in life? Do you want to work through past experiences that made you feel unworthy, not good enough and undeserving and return to self-ownership, inner resilience, authenticity, vulnerability, self-love and self-responsibilities? Then get ready to start to truly get to know, own an be yourself.
Do feel disconnected from yourself? Are you not living your potentials in life? Do you want to work through past experiences that made you feel unworthy, not good enough and undeserving and return to self-ownership, inner resilience, authenticity, vulnerability, self-love and self-responsibilities? Then get ready to start to truly get to know, own an be yourself.
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Katie Gannaway/Down to Earth Integrative Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS4  (Online Only)
We can all feel overwhelmed, stuck or struggle to make changes to relieve our distress or difficulties. As your therapist I will work alongside you to explore your story, providing opportunities to see yourself separate from your difficulty. By gaining a better understanding of the self and our habitual patterns of thinking and behaviour you can bring an alternative story out of the shadows, which could empower you to make changes, improve your relationships and benefit from improved mental and physical wellbeing. I am registered with the BACP and BABCP.
We can all feel overwhelmed, stuck or struggle to make changes to relieve our distress or difficulties. As your therapist I will work alongside you to explore your story, providing opportunities to see yourself separate from your difficulty. By gaining a better understanding of the self and our habitual patterns of thinking and behaviour you can bring an alternative story out of the shadows, which could empower you to make changes, improve your relationships and benefit from improved mental and physical wellbeing. I am registered with the BACP and BABCP.
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Anna Bulgakova
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
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.
0117 325 2694 View 0117 325 2694
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Dr Shelley Kerr
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
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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KR Ltd Supervision & Consultancy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS16
Are you a counsellor looking for supervision within the Bristol area but also want something that is affordable? My name is Kerry I am a qualified integrative counsellor and supervisor. I am the founder of a well established and recognised counselling company in Bristol, where I manage and support a team of up to 30 student and qualified counsellors. My ethos has always been to provide support to others that is affordable and easy to access and this is exactly what I hope to provide as a supervisor to. I am able to work both online/telephone and in person.
Are you a counsellor looking for supervision within the Bristol area but also want something that is affordable? My name is Kerry I am a qualified integrative counsellor and supervisor. I am the founder of a well established and recognised counselling company in Bristol, where I manage and support a team of up to 30 student and qualified counsellors. My ethos has always been to provide support to others that is affordable and easy to access and this is exactly what I hope to provide as a supervisor to. I am able to work both online/telephone and in person.
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Jane Renton
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Bristol BS37
I enjoy working with clients who are feeling they want to explore their identities, or who have inner conflicts that they would like to resolve. I have lots of experience working with neurodivergence.
I enjoy working with clients who are feeling they want to explore their identities, or who have inner conflicts that they would like to resolve. I have lots of experience working with neurodivergence.
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Laura Louise Martin
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
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
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Dr Maria R. Thompson
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified 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.
0117 313 6822 View 0117 313 6822
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Hannah Raine-Smith
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
I am an integrative therapist specialising in using eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of psychological issues. I am highly trained in psychotherapy, neuroscience and trauma and believe that our current issues can often be traced back to early adverse experiences in childhood. Compared to standard talking therapy EMDR generally takes a shorter amount of time to get to the root cause of the issue. Rather than just dealing with symptom management (like CBT), EMDR therapy works directly with the cause of your distress.
I am an integrative therapist specialising in using eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of psychological issues. I am highly trained in psychotherapy, neuroscience and trauma and believe that our current issues can often be traced back to early adverse experiences in childhood. Compared to standard talking therapy EMDR generally takes a shorter amount of time to get to the root cause of the issue. Rather than just dealing with symptom management (like CBT), EMDR therapy works directly with the cause of your distress.
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Irene Gould
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
I work with adults, aged 17 and over who are experiencing the range of anxiety and depression disorders. This includes: Anger; Body dysmorphic disorder; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or worry; Depression; Health Anxiety; Low self-esteem; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Panic disorder; Perfectionism; Phobias (e.g. spider, heights, vomit); Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Self-harm; Social anxiety/phobia; people with additional needs such as physical disabilities, communication difficulties and neuro-divergence; Long-term health conditions.
I work with adults, aged 17 and over who are experiencing the range of anxiety and depression disorders. This includes: Anger; Body dysmorphic disorder; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or worry; Depression; Health Anxiety; Low self-esteem; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Panic disorder; Perfectionism; Phobias (e.g. spider, heights, vomit); Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Self-harm; Social anxiety/phobia; people with additional needs such as physical disabilities, communication difficulties and neuro-divergence; Long-term health conditions.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Stapleton, Bristol

10+

Average cost per session

£55

Counsellors in Stapleton, Bristol who prioritize treating:

100% Self Esteem
90% Depression
90% Anxiety
90% Bereavement
80% Relationship Issues
80% Family Conflict
80% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Other
50% Aviva
50% Bupa

How Counsellors in Stapleton, Bristol see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Stapleton, 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.

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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.