Counselling in Chester le Street

Photo of Emma Shickle EMDR Therapist in Chester le Street, England
Emma Shickle EMDR Therapist
Verified Verified
Chester le Street DH2
If you think something in your past is continuing to impact you in a negative way. If you are constantly being triggered, if you have tried other talking therapies and are still being triggered, likelihood is that you have unresolved trauma and need EMDR. I have seen remarkable results in my clients in just a few sessions to really shift the feelings often trapped in the body. The feelings that put us on edge, make us jumpy and things we can't stop dreaming about and that keep us awake. Getting rid of these symptoms is what people want. I have years of experience in helping people with this and have seen the difference it makes.
If you think something in your past is continuing to impact you in a negative way. If you are constantly being triggered, if you have tried other talking therapies and are still being triggered, likelihood is that you have unresolved trauma and need EMDR. I have seen remarkable results in my clients in just a few sessions to really shift the feelings often trapped in the body. The feelings that put us on edge, make us jumpy and things we can't stop dreaming about and that keep us awake. Getting rid of these symptoms is what people want. I have years of experience in helping people with this and have seen the difference it makes.
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Photo of Dr Claire Guinan - Disordered Eating Recovery , Psychologist in Chester le Street, England
Dr Claire Guinan - Disordered Eating Recovery
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Chester le Street DH2  (Online Only)
Do you need help to change your relationship with food? I've been a clinical psychologist for over 20 years. For the past 11 years, I've specialised in disordered eating (e.g. "emotional eating") and eating disorders (including binge eating disorder and bulimia), in addition to associated issues, such as anxiety, low mood, trauma, low self-esteem, poor body image, self-sabotaging behaviours, fear of change, and weight-related difficulties. I offer a safe, supportive space to help you better understand your relationship with food, yourself and others. I will help you work towards your goals at your own pace.
Do you need help to change your relationship with food? I've been a clinical psychologist for over 20 years. For the past 11 years, I've specialised in disordered eating (e.g. "emotional eating") and eating disorders (including binge eating disorder and bulimia), in addition to associated issues, such as anxiety, low mood, trauma, low self-esteem, poor body image, self-sabotaging behaviours, fear of change, and weight-related difficulties. I offer a safe, supportive space to help you better understand your relationship with food, yourself and others. I will help you work towards your goals at your own pace.
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Photo of Soulful Sessions Counselling, Counsellor in Chester le Street, England
Soulful Sessions Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chester le Street DH3
My name is David, I am a qualified counsellor and my approach to counselling is person centred, however I integrate other models to ensure I meet your authentic, unique needs to enable you to explore and make meaning of your situation. I am an experienced counsellor with a wealth of real-life wisdom, and I have experienced firsthand how tough life can become. My lifetime love for helping others and passion for therapy and continual study has helped transform the lives of my clients struggling with a wide range of issues. I have a keen interest in the spiritual elements and believe that if you find meaning anything can be overcome.
My name is David, I am a qualified counsellor and my approach to counselling is person centred, however I integrate other models to ensure I meet your authentic, unique needs to enable you to explore and make meaning of your situation. I am an experienced counsellor with a wealth of real-life wisdom, and I have experienced firsthand how tough life can become. My lifetime love for helping others and passion for therapy and continual study has helped transform the lives of my clients struggling with a wide range of issues. I have a keen interest in the spiritual elements and believe that if you find meaning anything can be overcome.
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Photo of Jackie Walton, Psychotherapist in Chester le Street, England
Jackie Walton
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Chester le Street DH3
Many people who seek counselling and psychotherapy are uncertain about how these services may be able to help them. I offer an initial free telephone consultation to find out more about you and the difficulties you are experiencing to help you decide whether I am the right person to help you. My therapeutic approach is to work collaboratively with you to help you reach a better understanding of the problems you are experiencing and to identify possible ways forward. I have a professional background in mental health nursing and social work with children and families. I currently work as a psychotherapist with adult clients only.
Many people who seek counselling and psychotherapy are uncertain about how these services may be able to help them. I offer an initial free telephone consultation to find out more about you and the difficulties you are experiencing to help you decide whether I am the right person to help you. My therapeutic approach is to work collaboratively with you to help you reach a better understanding of the problems you are experiencing and to identify possible ways forward. I have a professional background in mental health nursing and social work with children and families. I currently work as a psychotherapist with adult clients only.
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Photo of Hannah Barraclough, Psychologist in Chester le Street, England
Hannah Barraclough
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chester le Street DH2
If you’re a perfectionist who struggles with anxiety and workplace stress, we’ll be a great fit! I help people get unstuck from difficult emotions that hold them back when times are tough. Together, we’ll work on coping skills to manage and tolerate distress while regulating emotions to help you move forward and improve your quality of life. I strive to help my clients achieve deeper personal and emotional growth and create an authentic life. I’ll empower and encourage you to develop tools to manage the stress and anxiety of your day-to-day life. My purpose is to help you help yourself and live whole-heartedly in the life you want.
If you’re a perfectionist who struggles with anxiety and workplace stress, we’ll be a great fit! I help people get unstuck from difficult emotions that hold them back when times are tough. Together, we’ll work on coping skills to manage and tolerate distress while regulating emotions to help you move forward and improve your quality of life. I strive to help my clients achieve deeper personal and emotional growth and create an authentic life. I’ll empower and encourage you to develop tools to manage the stress and anxiety of your day-to-day life. My purpose is to help you help yourself and live whole-heartedly in the life you want.
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Photo of Georgia Giannopoulou, Psychotherapist in Chester le Street, England
Georgia Giannopoulou
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Chester le Street DH2
I am an experienced Integrative Psychotherapist with Transactional Analysis as my core model working with individuals and couples across genders and orientations. I practice in English and Greek. I work with a range of issues including trauma, stress, issues of identity and existential concerns, life transitions such as immigration, separations, divorce, parenthood, career changes as well as losses, eating and body image issues, relationship difficulties, domestic abuse and explorations of identity and self-actualisation. I am existentially minded and use a range of approaches tailored to the individual in support of their goals.
I am an experienced Integrative Psychotherapist with Transactional Analysis as my core model working with individuals and couples across genders and orientations. I practice in English and Greek. I work with a range of issues including trauma, stress, issues of identity and existential concerns, life transitions such as immigration, separations, divorce, parenthood, career changes as well as losses, eating and body image issues, relationship difficulties, domestic abuse and explorations of identity and self-actualisation. I am existentially minded and use a range of approaches tailored to the individual in support of their goals.
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Photo of Deborah Dixon, Counsellor in Chester le Street, England
Deborah Dixon
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chester le Street DH2
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed, tired of existing and not living? Is there something preventing you from moving forward? There are times in everyone’s life when things become too much and it is during these times it is important to know that you are not alone. I am passionate about supporting you to heal, to identify solutions and make changes, to help you to create a happier, healthier and peaceful life. I work with both adults and children, helping to overcome a wide range of emotional difficulties. I currently have availability for new clients online or face to face from April and offer a free, no obligation consultation.
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed, tired of existing and not living? Is there something preventing you from moving forward? There are times in everyone’s life when things become too much and it is during these times it is important to know that you are not alone. I am passionate about supporting you to heal, to identify solutions and make changes, to help you to create a happier, healthier and peaceful life. I work with both adults and children, helping to overcome a wide range of emotional difficulties. I currently have availability for new clients online or face to face from April and offer a free, no obligation consultation.
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Gillian Barton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Chester le Street DH2
Please allow me to introduce myself as Gill; I am an integrative counselling practitioner which includes Person-Centred theory (Humanism), Psychodynamic theory as this acknowledges a client’s life experiences that have influences on who they are and decisions that have been made; Cognitive Behavioural theory, Solution Focus theory, Play and Creative theory My clinical practice is working with children from the age of 4 years and over, young people and adults. For professionals, placement counsellors, counselling students and organisations I offer clinical supervision.
Please allow me to introduce myself as Gill; I am an integrative counselling practitioner which includes Person-Centred theory (Humanism), Psychodynamic theory as this acknowledges a client’s life experiences that have influences on who they are and decisions that have been made; Cognitive Behavioural theory, Solution Focus theory, Play and Creative theory My clinical practice is working with children from the age of 4 years and over, young people and adults. For professionals, placement counsellors, counselling students and organisations I offer clinical supervision.
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Photo of Helen Graham, Psychotherapist in Chester le Street, England
Helen Graham
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Chester le Street DH2
I’m a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor who works with a diverse range of people and the whole of their issues. I understand that everyone can go through difficult times and we all can benefit from support in handling these challenges. I can help by offering you a relaxed, safe and confidential therapeutic space to explore issues troubling you in a caring, accepting and non-judgemental way. People I have worked with tell me their therapeutic experience with me has increased their confidence, self-awareness, personal growth and they have gained a deeper sense of meaning, purpose and contentment.
I’m a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor who works with a diverse range of people and the whole of their issues. I understand that everyone can go through difficult times and we all can benefit from support in handling these challenges. I can help by offering you a relaxed, safe and confidential therapeutic space to explore issues troubling you in a caring, accepting and non-judgemental way. People I have worked with tell me their therapeutic experience with me has increased their confidence, self-awareness, personal growth and they have gained a deeper sense of meaning, purpose and contentment.
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Photo of Leigh Brannon, Counsellor in Chester le Street, England
Leigh Brannon
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Chester le Street DH2
When relationships (business, family or personal) are troubled, we can feel anxious or depressed. Whether its lack of, ending of, difficulties with or changes in relationships, at work or home, our need for human closeness both brings pleasure and causes problems. Maybe change is driven by others, maybe you need something to change but don't know the best way to go about it. Perhaps you’re finding that you’re stuck in a destructive communication pattern and feel like you’re going round in circles. Maybe you don’t really know what you want, but would like to find out. I can help.
When relationships (business, family or personal) are troubled, we can feel anxious or depressed. Whether its lack of, ending of, difficulties with or changes in relationships, at work or home, our need for human closeness both brings pleasure and causes problems. Maybe change is driven by others, maybe you need something to change but don't know the best way to go about it. Perhaps you’re finding that you’re stuck in a destructive communication pattern and feel like you’re going round in circles. Maybe you don’t really know what you want, but would like to find out. I can help.
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Photo of Kirby Graham, Counsellor in Chester le Street, England
Kirby Graham
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR5
Hello, My name is Kirby - BACP Registered Counsellor at Breakfree Counselling. It can be difficult to make the decision to begin therapy but you have taken the first step. I know that making this decision can bring about many feelings and emotions. You mightn't know what to expect from therapy. You mightn't feel that therapy is the right route to take, but I am here to help. Therapy can give you the opportunity to identify your issues and needs and help you to work towards moving forward. If you feel that this is right for you feel free to get in contact for a free no obligation initial consultation.
Hello, My name is Kirby - BACP Registered Counsellor at Breakfree Counselling. It can be difficult to make the decision to begin therapy but you have taken the first step. I know that making this decision can bring about many feelings and emotions. You mightn't know what to expect from therapy. You mightn't feel that therapy is the right route to take, but I am here to help. Therapy can give you the opportunity to identify your issues and needs and help you to work towards moving forward. If you feel that this is right for you feel free to get in contact for a free no obligation initial consultation.
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Photo of Cheryl Parkes, Counsellor in Chester le Street, England
Cheryl Parkes
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Durham DH1  (Online Only)
Hello, and welcome. I am an BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Accredited Counsellor. I specialise in Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Panic, Low Self-Esteem, Oncology, End of Life and Grief.
Hello, and welcome. I am an BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Accredited Counsellor. I specialise in Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Panic, Low Self-Esteem, Oncology, End of Life and Grief.
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Photo of Dr Jaime Jonsson, Psychologist in Chester le Street, England
Dr Jaime Jonsson
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham DH1  (Online Only)
Immediate Availability. Welcome and thank you for visiting the information about my online private practice. I am here to help you with whatever arises in your life, big or small, long term or short term. If you are feeling that you can´t manage, have trouble sleeping, worrying, life feels lonely or it is hard to get up on a morning, I am here to work with you towards a more fulfilling and happier life. I offer an online service which is flexible, compassionate, confidential and friendly.
Immediate Availability. Welcome and thank you for visiting the information about my online private practice. I am here to help you with whatever arises in your life, big or small, long term or short term. If you are feeling that you can´t manage, have trouble sleeping, worrying, life feels lonely or it is hard to get up on a morning, I am here to work with you towards a more fulfilling and happier life. I offer an online service which is flexible, compassionate, confidential and friendly.
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Photo of Honey Summers, Counsellor in Chester le Street, England
Honey Summers
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE4
Do you feel weighed down by worry, stress and the demands of your life? Do you feel anxious, or depressed or low, or unmotivated and like you have lost the best part of you? Maybe you feel like you have never been able to discover the best part of you? Do you have unwanted thoughts, memories or images which you can't keep out of your mind? Are you worried about not being in the right relationship, or the right job? Do you feel confused about your feelings or unsure of the right decision to make? Do you feel like you have lost hope? You might feel lonely and unable to talk to family or friends about how you feel.
Do you feel weighed down by worry, stress and the demands of your life? Do you feel anxious, or depressed or low, or unmotivated and like you have lost the best part of you? Maybe you feel like you have never been able to discover the best part of you? Do you have unwanted thoughts, memories or images which you can't keep out of your mind? Are you worried about not being in the right relationship, or the right job? Do you feel confused about your feelings or unsure of the right decision to make? Do you feel like you have lost hope? You might feel lonely and unable to talk to family or friends about how you feel.
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Photo of Safe Space Psychology - Dr Stephanie Kelly, Psychologist in Chester le Street, England
Safe Space Psychology - Dr Stephanie Kelly
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
I am a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with clients struggling with relational difficulties, trauma and other emotional and other psychological difficulties such as complex grief, low mood and anxiety. Working with male, female and non-binary clients, my aim is to personalise all therapeutic approaches to each individual client's specific needs. Over the years, I have worked in a wide variety of settings including acute and secure hospitals, community mental health services as well as in custodial settings with experience supporting adults, adolescents and families.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with clients struggling with relational difficulties, trauma and other emotional and other psychological difficulties such as complex grief, low mood and anxiety. Working with male, female and non-binary clients, my aim is to personalise all therapeutic approaches to each individual client's specific needs. Over the years, I have worked in a wide variety of settings including acute and secure hospitals, community mental health services as well as in custodial settings with experience supporting adults, adolescents and families.
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Photo of Melanie Hunter-Purvis, Counsellor in Chester le Street, England
Melanie Hunter-Purvis
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Gateshead NE11
Waitlist for new clients
Hello I am Melanie, do you feel frustrated with how your life is going; have issues you find hard to overcome or maybe think you can’t resolve? Do you often experience low mood, wish you were more confident, had better relationships with others? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with worries or struggling with a loss? Would you like to feel happier in life? My practice, among others, focuses on mental health issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, eating issues and suicidal thoughts. I am passionate about my work as well as the long term benefits of 'talking therapies'.
Hello I am Melanie, do you feel frustrated with how your life is going; have issues you find hard to overcome or maybe think you can’t resolve? Do you often experience low mood, wish you were more confident, had better relationships with others? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with worries or struggling with a loss? Would you like to feel happier in life? My practice, among others, focuses on mental health issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, eating issues and suicidal thoughts. I am passionate about my work as well as the long term benefits of 'talking therapies'.
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Photo of Ross Prewer, Counsellor in Chester le Street, England
Ross Prewer
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Durham DH1
Hi my name is Ross, I am a fully qualified counsellor who has experience working with people from all areas of life who are experiencing a challenging or difficult time. This has included individuals experiencing stress, trauma, anxiety, grief or feelings of unhappiness, or being stuck in life. I work from a person centred perspective believing each person has a unique life and as a result I aim to tailor therapy to work for you, integrating different interventions in order to meet the goals you have for therapy.
Hi my name is Ross, I am a fully qualified counsellor who has experience working with people from all areas of life who are experiencing a challenging or difficult time. This has included individuals experiencing stress, trauma, anxiety, grief or feelings of unhappiness, or being stuck in life. I work from a person centred perspective believing each person has a unique life and as a result I aim to tailor therapy to work for you, integrating different interventions in order to meet the goals you have for therapy.
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Photo of Karena Serdecka, Psychotherapist in Chester le Street, England
Karena Serdecka
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Durham DH1
Whether you are working through a significant change or are finding it difficult to manage or resolve longer term issues which are preventing you from thriving and reaching your fullest potential in life, relationships, family or work – I can help you by working with you in a fully supportive, non-judgemental, empathic way. I am a warm, relational and person-centred integrative psychotherapist also with DPC (child and adol), also clinical hypnotherapist (Adult). Additionally -Dip CBT, EFT, Mindfulness, Art and Couples Therapies. I lecture in psychotherapy, psychology and counselling and have worked with clients 5 yrs old to 80yrs+
Whether you are working through a significant change or are finding it difficult to manage or resolve longer term issues which are preventing you from thriving and reaching your fullest potential in life, relationships, family or work – I can help you by working with you in a fully supportive, non-judgemental, empathic way. I am a warm, relational and person-centred integrative psychotherapist also with DPC (child and adol), also clinical hypnotherapist (Adult). Additionally -Dip CBT, EFT, Mindfulness, Art and Couples Therapies. I lecture in psychotherapy, psychology and counselling and have worked with clients 5 yrs old to 80yrs+
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Photo of Amanda Fox, Psychotherapist in Chester le Street, England
Amanda Fox
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham DH1
Hiya, I'm Amanda a therapist dedicated to empowering adults on their path to recovery from trauma. If you've landed here, you may have frequent anxiety, depression, complex emotions, or challenges in your relationships. Traumatic events and abusive relationships at any age can effect your identity and leave you feeling stuck in the past. If life feels like it keeps repeating the same cycles, it may be time for change.
Hiya, I'm Amanda a therapist dedicated to empowering adults on their path to recovery from trauma. If you've landed here, you may have frequent anxiety, depression, complex emotions, or challenges in your relationships. Traumatic events and abusive relationships at any age can effect your identity and leave you feeling stuck in the past. If life feels like it keeps repeating the same cycles, it may be time for change.
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Photo of Dr Sally Conway, Psychologist in Chester le Street, England
Dr Sally Conway
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Durham DH1  (Online Only)
Feeling stressed and unsure how to move forward? Fed up of pleasing others or overthinking difficult life events? Perhaps you're struggling to concentrate or avoiding all the things you need to do? If you've neglected your needs for too long, you're not alone. I know how easy it is to lose a sense of yourself when life throws uncertainty and challenges your way. I'm here to guide you to overcome your struggles, discover what you want and need in your life and learn simple ways to achieve more balance, energy and freedom. Feel heard, understood and in control again. I offer ONLINE only therapy and coaching to adults across the UK.
Feeling stressed and unsure how to move forward? Fed up of pleasing others or overthinking difficult life events? Perhaps you're struggling to concentrate or avoiding all the things you need to do? If you've neglected your needs for too long, you're not alone. I know how easy it is to lose a sense of yourself when life throws uncertainty and challenges your way. I'm here to guide you to overcome your struggles, discover what you want and need in your life and learn simple ways to achieve more balance, energy and freedom. Feel heard, understood and in control again. I offer ONLINE only therapy and coaching to adults across the UK.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Chester le Street

10+

Average cost per session

£67

Counsellors in Chester le Street who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Self Esteem
90% Relationship Issues
90% Anxiety
90% Coping Skills
90% Stress
90% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Aviva
100% AXA PPP

How Counsellors in Chester le Street see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Chester le Street?

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.