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Photo of Alan Wardle, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
Alan Wardle
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
London W1W
I am a gay man and have particular expertise in working with LGBT+ clients, both for individuals and those in relationships. You may be coming to therapy with a specific challenge – work, relationships, your identity – or because something in your life doesn’t feel right. We will look at patterns of behaviour which are causing problems and see how past experiences impact you today. I aim to offer a safe and non-judgmental space to work with you to make sense of your life. Therapy is a partnership – we will work together to make meaning of what’s going on and help bring about changes in your life
I am a gay man and have particular expertise in working with LGBT+ clients, both for individuals and those in relationships. You may be coming to therapy with a specific challenge – work, relationships, your identity – or because something in your life doesn’t feel right. We will look at patterns of behaviour which are causing problems and see how past experiences impact you today. I aim to offer a safe and non-judgmental space to work with you to make sense of your life. Therapy is a partnership – we will work together to make meaning of what’s going on and help bring about changes in your life
020 8016 2791 View 020 8016 2791
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Dr Marigold Hayes
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London SW13
My central aim is to help you better understand your difficulties and maximise your potential to overcome them. I believe that the most effective way to help you is through empowering you to be more able to manage day-to-day, enhance your self-confidence and improve your ability to feel in control of your mental health and wellbeing. My main approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. I also have an interest in Psychodynamic ideas, which influence my therapeutic style.
My central aim is to help you better understand your difficulties and maximise your potential to overcome them. I believe that the most effective way to help you is through empowering you to be more able to manage day-to-day, enhance your self-confidence and improve your ability to feel in control of your mental health and wellbeing. My main approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. I also have an interest in Psychodynamic ideas, which influence my therapeutic style.
01748 901260 View 01748 901260
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Poppy Mellor
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W1T
I am a qualified sex and relationship therapist with over 15 years experience of working with individual and couples wanting to improve, repair or develop their relationships. This includes same sex relationships and clients from a range of cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
I am a qualified sex and relationship therapist with over 15 years experience of working with individual and couples wanting to improve, repair or develop their relationships. This includes same sex relationships and clients from a range of cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
020 3290 2875 View 020 3290 2875
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Daniel Heath
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London N10
Clicking through profiles can feel bewildering, especially when feelings are unsettled and the future feels uncertain. However, finding the right emotional support at the right time, can be transformative. I am a well established clinician working at depth with clients presenting with anxiety and/or depressive feelings. I am impartial, attentive, curious, experienced and determined. My warm & pragmatic approach will support us through the first few meetings, where we will begin to consider thoughts & feelings together, safely and in confidence. Note: I charge upwards of £70 for online work, In-person work, upwards of £90.
Clicking through profiles can feel bewildering, especially when feelings are unsettled and the future feels uncertain. However, finding the right emotional support at the right time, can be transformative. I am a well established clinician working at depth with clients presenting with anxiety and/or depressive feelings. I am impartial, attentive, curious, experienced and determined. My warm & pragmatic approach will support us through the first few meetings, where we will begin to consider thoughts & feelings together, safely and in confidence. Note: I charge upwards of £70 for online work, In-person work, upwards of £90.
020 4538 1678 View 020 4538 1678
Photo of Bristena Mantu, MA, MBACP, Counsellor
Bristena Mantu
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE15
Whether you're experiencing a significant life change, relationship difficulties, a career transition, a painful loss, or simply a sense that there is more to life than you've known, you are welcome here. I frequently work with kind, sensitive, and ambitious individuals who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and burnout. I support those undergoing heartbreak, rejection, or loss and wish to rebuild their sense of self after disturbing experiences. I also work with those who lack purpose in their current careers and want to reorient towards something more meaningful yet feel blocked in approaching such an enormous change.
Whether you're experiencing a significant life change, relationship difficulties, a career transition, a painful loss, or simply a sense that there is more to life than you've known, you are welcome here. I frequently work with kind, sensitive, and ambitious individuals who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and burnout. I support those undergoing heartbreak, rejection, or loss and wish to rebuild their sense of self after disturbing experiences. I also work with those who lack purpose in their current careers and want to reorient towards something more meaningful yet feel blocked in approaching such an enormous change.
020 3856 3475 View 020 3856 3475
Photo of Güllü Solak, MBACP, Psychotherapist
Güllü Solak
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London NW1
Life can be a challenge. Sometimes stress, anxiety, or low mood can be overwhelming. You might be hurting, in pain and scared and have no idea who to trust. You are not alone. Whatever worries you about your psychological health, psychotherapy or counselling can help. As an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I can provide the safe and confidential space you need to be heard and seen to enable you to make sense of your experiences, be more alive, find your meaning and reclaim your life.
Life can be a challenge. Sometimes stress, anxiety, or low mood can be overwhelming. You might be hurting, in pain and scared and have no idea who to trust. You are not alone. Whatever worries you about your psychological health, psychotherapy or counselling can help. As an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I can provide the safe and confidential space you need to be heard and seen to enable you to make sense of your experiences, be more alive, find your meaning and reclaim your life.
020 8106 0729 View 020 8106 0729
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Veronika Kloucek
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
London SW20
Many reasons can bring us to therapy whether they are temporary difficulties, long-term struggles or the desire for personal development. I offer a warm, non-judgmental and confidential space in which you can talk openly about any aspects of your life in a way which might not be possible with friends or family. I am here to listen and to work with you so that you can start to make sense of your feelings and create positive change in your life.
Many reasons can bring us to therapy whether they are temporary difficulties, long-term struggles or the desire for personal development. I offer a warm, non-judgmental and confidential space in which you can talk openly about any aspects of your life in a way which might not be possible with friends or family. I am here to listen and to work with you so that you can start to make sense of your feelings and create positive change in your life.
01748 902285 View 01748 902285
Photo of Colleen Sodano, MHGI, Psychotherapist
Colleen Sodano
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
London SE27
Working together, tailoring every session to your individual and unique set of circumstances and goals, I can help you to get to where you want to be. I will help you to drop destructive patterns that are holding you back, keeping you anchored in the past.
Working together, tailoring every session to your individual and unique set of circumstances and goals, I can help you to get to where you want to be. I will help you to drop destructive patterns that are holding you back, keeping you anchored in the past.
07479 270245 View 07479 270245
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Faye Mahony
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
London N10  (Online Only)
My approach is relational, humanistic, creative and client-led, meaning we will always work at the pace that feels most comfortable for you. I prioritise building a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental relationship to support you in expressing any complex, confusing or painful feelings and experiences that may be holding you back in your life and relationships. By offering you a confidential and containing therapeutic space, the opportunity is there for you to feel truly heard, accepted and supported, wherever you are right now in your personal circumstances.
My approach is relational, humanistic, creative and client-led, meaning we will always work at the pace that feels most comfortable for you. I prioritise building a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental relationship to support you in expressing any complex, confusing or painful feelings and experiences that may be holding you back in your life and relationships. By offering you a confidential and containing therapeutic space, the opportunity is there for you to feel truly heard, accepted and supported, wherever you are right now in your personal circumstances.
020 3835 2959 View 020 3835 2959
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Tom Wegg-Prosser
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
London W2
Hi, my name is Tom Wegg-Prosser and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP). I use evidence-based practice, working with clients to help them improve their psychological wellbeing and lead a more value orientated life. Therapeutic goals might relate to overcoming low mood and loss of meaning, building self-esteem and self-worth, managing work related stress, helping with phobias, or managing anxiety related problems. Along with private practice I have worked in both the NHS and on Harley St.
Hi, my name is Tom Wegg-Prosser and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP). I use evidence-based practice, working with clients to help them improve their psychological wellbeing and lead a more value orientated life. Therapeutic goals might relate to overcoming low mood and loss of meaning, building self-esteem and self-worth, managing work related stress, helping with phobias, or managing anxiety related problems. Along with private practice I have worked in both the NHS and on Harley St.
020 3912 9707 View 020 3912 9707
Photo of Bola Shonubi, MSc, MBACP Accred, Psychotherapist
Bola Shonubi
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
London E4
I have over 25 years experience working with individuals who have experienced PTSD, BPD, trauma, depression, child neglect, sexual abuse and anxiety. I work predominantly within the psychodynamic model of psychotherapy. This type of therapy focuses on revealing the unconscious impact that trauma and other difficulties have had and continue to have on our lives. It helps us to understand the root causes of difficult emotions, behaviours, feelings, bringing them into the conscious mind where they can be processed and understood. This helps to bring about healing and the resolution of destructive patterns of behaviours and thinking.
I have over 25 years experience working with individuals who have experienced PTSD, BPD, trauma, depression, child neglect, sexual abuse and anxiety. I work predominantly within the psychodynamic model of psychotherapy. This type of therapy focuses on revealing the unconscious impact that trauma and other difficulties have had and continue to have on our lives. It helps us to understand the root causes of difficult emotions, behaviours, feelings, bringing them into the conscious mind where they can be processed and understood. This helps to bring about healing and the resolution of destructive patterns of behaviours and thinking.
07492 882406 View 07492 882406
Photo of Ali Donat, MA, MUKCP, Psychotherapist
Ali Donat
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London SE1
You may wish to seek psychotherapy at times of struggle, feeling sad or stuck, or having adverse experiences that you carry from your past. You may also want to gain more insight into yourself, your behaviours, your feelings and your relationships. People can experience difficulties in life, causing unhappiness at home, at work and in relationships. Often these difficulties are caused by past experiences or relationships the person is not consciously aware of. Once unconscious processes and well-established behavioural patterns are brought to the fore, it is easier for people to overcome their difficulties.
You may wish to seek psychotherapy at times of struggle, feeling sad or stuck, or having adverse experiences that you carry from your past. You may also want to gain more insight into yourself, your behaviours, your feelings and your relationships. People can experience difficulties in life, causing unhappiness at home, at work and in relationships. Often these difficulties are caused by past experiences or relationships the person is not consciously aware of. Once unconscious processes and well-established behavioural patterns are brought to the fore, it is easier for people to overcome their difficulties.
020 3910 6071 View 020 3910 6071
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Sharon Hartshorne
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SW19
Sometimes are coping strategies and the way we relate to others may become problematic. Relationships may have broken down, you may be suffering from anxiety, depression or low self esteem. Perhaps you feel stuck and can't find a way forward. You may have lost someone close to you or something that was really important to you. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can offer the opportunity to begin to make sense of what underlies your difficulties, come to terms with your losses and discover new perspectives. I help you make links between what you are doing in the here and now and the way you experience your life and the people within it.
Sometimes are coping strategies and the way we relate to others may become problematic. Relationships may have broken down, you may be suffering from anxiety, depression or low self esteem. Perhaps you feel stuck and can't find a way forward. You may have lost someone close to you or something that was really important to you. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can offer the opportunity to begin to make sense of what underlies your difficulties, come to terms with your losses and discover new perspectives. I help you make links between what you are doing in the here and now and the way you experience your life and the people within it.
020 3848 2358 View 020 3848 2358
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Dr Vahishta Pardiwalla
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
London SE1
Feeling overwhelmed or stuck? I'm Dr. Vahishta Pardiwalla, a seasoned Senior Counselling Psychologist committed to guiding you toward a fulfilling life. With a wealth of experience in both the NHS and private sectors, including complex care, I bring a depth of knowledge to help you navigate life's challenges. I adapt my therapeutic methods to fit your specific needs, ensuring that your journey is as unique as you are. drawing from diverse techniques like CBT, person-centered, and psychodynamic therapy.
Feeling overwhelmed or stuck? I'm Dr. Vahishta Pardiwalla, a seasoned Senior Counselling Psychologist committed to guiding you toward a fulfilling life. With a wealth of experience in both the NHS and private sectors, including complex care, I bring a depth of knowledge to help you navigate life's challenges. I adapt my therapeutic methods to fit your specific needs, ensuring that your journey is as unique as you are. drawing from diverse techniques like CBT, person-centered, and psychodynamic therapy.
020 4538 5328 View 020 4538 5328
Photo of Naseema Khanom, UKCP Trainee, Psychotherapist
Naseema Khanom
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
London E8
I’m Naseema, a trainee relational integrative psychotherapist and a warm welcome!
I’m Naseema, a trainee relational integrative psychotherapist and a warm welcome!
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Lucy Reid
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London W11
I see clients ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly, who present a wide span of issues including anxiety, depression, anger, and family crises. I have experience in working with people who are recovering from addictions and from issues arising from past traumatic events including physical and sexual abuse, illness and bereavement. For many years I have worked at a community-based counselling service where I have engaged with a broad spectrum of clients, living in both rural and urban environments as well as with clients that have peripatetic or military lifestyles.
I see clients ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly, who present a wide span of issues including anxiety, depression, anger, and family crises. I have experience in working with people who are recovering from addictions and from issues arising from past traumatic events including physical and sexual abuse, illness and bereavement. For many years I have worked at a community-based counselling service where I have engaged with a broad spectrum of clients, living in both rural and urban environments as well as with clients that have peripatetic or military lifestyles.
020 4538 8784 View 020 4538 8784
Photo of Mark Nevin, MA, MUKCP, Psychotherapist
Mark Nevin
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London N6
Currently working via ZOOM, I am a psychotherapist and counsellor with consulting rooms in Highgate in north London and Harley Street in central London. My approach is integrative. This means that I work with a wide range of psychotherapeutic theories. Each provides its own valuable perspective and is enhanced when carefully integrated with another. The term 'integrative' also refers to the process of integrating the personality, taking disowned aspects of the self and bringing them into awareness, therefore reducing the need for self-defeating defence mechanisms and behaviour.
Currently working via ZOOM, I am a psychotherapist and counsellor with consulting rooms in Highgate in north London and Harley Street in central London. My approach is integrative. This means that I work with a wide range of psychotherapeutic theories. Each provides its own valuable perspective and is enhanced when carefully integrated with another. The term 'integrative' also refers to the process of integrating the personality, taking disowned aspects of the self and bringing them into awareness, therefore reducing the need for self-defeating defence mechanisms and behaviour.
020 3856 4641 View 020 3856 4641
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Lisa Rose Akanuma
Psychotherapist, MSc, ACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London SE25
As a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, I was trained to carefully observe children and young people and respond to what they are consciously and unconsciously communicating through their behaviour, verbally and non-verbally, through unstructured play, their silence, and other ways to communicate their emotional difficulties or distress. I have several years working in the NHS in CAMHS, and with charity organizations, providing evidence-based therapy and individual & group interventions for children and adolescents and supporting the networks involved in their care so that they can build resilience, flourish and live fuller lives.
As a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, I was trained to carefully observe children and young people and respond to what they are consciously and unconsciously communicating through their behaviour, verbally and non-verbally, through unstructured play, their silence, and other ways to communicate their emotional difficulties or distress. I have several years working in the NHS in CAMHS, and with charity organizations, providing evidence-based therapy and individual & group interventions for children and adolescents and supporting the networks involved in their care so that they can build resilience, flourish and live fuller lives.
01883 779598 View 01883 779598
Keith Armitage
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London E9
Psychotherapies move in and out of fashion as their claims and practises come in for reassessment and challenge. Psychoanalysis, the grandfather of all "talking cures", is no exception but it does seem as if, once again, it is having its moment as new studies and research offer evidence that it can provide for a change that endures. And it does so without providing the assurances of the quick-fix or the painless option but through a close and attentive listening and analysis of the nuances of your ties to others, the crucial relationships that might form (or undo) us.
Psychotherapies move in and out of fashion as their claims and practises come in for reassessment and challenge. Psychoanalysis, the grandfather of all "talking cures", is no exception but it does seem as if, once again, it is having its moment as new studies and research offer evidence that it can provide for a change that endures. And it does so without providing the assurances of the quick-fix or the painless option but through a close and attentive listening and analysis of the nuances of your ties to others, the crucial relationships that might form (or undo) us.
020 3835 2917 View 020 3835 2917
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Dr Zoë Wilson
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
London W1G  (Online Only)
I am a qualified Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Schema Therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist & Psychotherapist. My aim is to empower you to work towards overcoming your difficulties within the context of a safe and collaborative space. The support and expertise I offer will help enable you to focus upon enhancing your quality of life. This will occur through the deeper awareness you gain of yourself and your experiences, and through the conscious choices and behavioural changes you make. I work with individuals across the adult lifespan, with a broad range of emotional, relational and behavioural difficulties.
I am a qualified Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Schema Therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist & Psychotherapist. My aim is to empower you to work towards overcoming your difficulties within the context of a safe and collaborative space. The support and expertise I offer will help enable you to focus upon enhancing your quality of life. This will occur through the deeper awareness you gain of yourself and your experiences, and through the conscious choices and behavioural changes you make. I work with individuals across the adult lifespan, with a broad range of emotional, relational and behavioural difficulties.
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Number of Counsellors in London

3,000+

Average cost per session

£75

Counsellors in London who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
84% Self Esteem
81% Relationship Issues
79% Stress
66% Trauma and PTSD
63% Bereavement

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Aviva
64% AXA PPP
57% Vitality

How Counsellors in London see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
24% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in London?

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.