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Photo of Suzy Rosenthal, Counsellor in London, England
Suzy Rosenthal
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London N3
You may be experiencing feelings which are leaving you distressed and confused. You may be feeling anxious or alone - unsure of where to turn or who can be there beside you. Coming for counselling may initially feel daunting, however it is a courageous step forward in enabling a time of self reflection. It is important that you feel that the space I offer is a space where you can speak openly and freely, and that the warmth, empathy and non-judgemental space will enable you to feel listened to in a unique way where you feel able to express your emotions, empowering you to understand any negative feelings you may be experiencing.
You may be experiencing feelings which are leaving you distressed and confused. You may be feeling anxious or alone - unsure of where to turn or who can be there beside you. Coming for counselling may initially feel daunting, however it is a courageous step forward in enabling a time of self reflection. It is important that you feel that the space I offer is a space where you can speak openly and freely, and that the warmth, empathy and non-judgemental space will enable you to feel listened to in a unique way where you feel able to express your emotions, empowering you to understand any negative feelings you may be experiencing.
020 3893 2443 View 020 3893 2443
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Helen Barnes
Counsellor, MSc, UKCP Trainee
Verified
London EC1A
Do the thoughts and feelings begin the moment you wake? Those thoughts and feelings that in turn make your world. This is natural right? So, what's not working? Often we use the same patterns of thinking, seeing, hearing, and feeling resulting in the same responses. If only we could broaden our perspective and tap into other intuitive sources of information; including our body and emotions..... how might your world be then? This is difficult work to do alone, but sitting with another creates time and space for exploration and can increase awareness about self.
Do the thoughts and feelings begin the moment you wake? Those thoughts and feelings that in turn make your world. This is natural right? So, what's not working? Often we use the same patterns of thinking, seeing, hearing, and feeling resulting in the same responses. If only we could broaden our perspective and tap into other intuitive sources of information; including our body and emotions..... how might your world be then? This is difficult work to do alone, but sitting with another creates time and space for exploration and can increase awareness about self.
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Connie Atherton
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
London SW17
Are you getting the message from others that you “should be over your bereavement by now”? Do you feel guilty at not having been or done “enough” for your deceased loved one? Do you have more difficult/complicated feelings towards your deceased loved one that wouldn’t be acceptable to share with your family and friends? If you can relate to any of these questions I would be happy to hear from you. Having completed a Bereavement Support Course with Cruse Bereavement Support I have worked with many bereaved people offering an understanding, non-judgemental approach.
Are you getting the message from others that you “should be over your bereavement by now”? Do you feel guilty at not having been or done “enough” for your deceased loved one? Do you have more difficult/complicated feelings towards your deceased loved one that wouldn’t be acceptable to share with your family and friends? If you can relate to any of these questions I would be happy to hear from you. Having completed a Bereavement Support Course with Cruse Bereavement Support I have worked with many bereaved people offering an understanding, non-judgemental approach.
07960 719840 View 07960 719840
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ukassurance Counselling Service
Counsellor, ACC Reg
Verified
London E15
My counselling offers hope to anybody who wants to change life-long problems and move on in the following areas; Feelings of depression, anxiety disorders, Low self-esteem, OCD, IBS, Insomnia, GAD, Concerns about your relationships at home or work, Feelings of loneliness, Physical problems with no clear physical cause, Finding there is no meaning in life; Suffering from trauma, or abuse whether past or present; Addictions (sexual, drugs, and alcohol, ). I also provide marital and pre-marital counselling using prepared Enrich programme.
My counselling offers hope to anybody who wants to change life-long problems and move on in the following areas; Feelings of depression, anxiety disorders, Low self-esteem, OCD, IBS, Insomnia, GAD, Concerns about your relationships at home or work, Feelings of loneliness, Physical problems with no clear physical cause, Finding there is no meaning in life; Suffering from trauma, or abuse whether past or present; Addictions (sexual, drugs, and alcohol, ). I also provide marital and pre-marital counselling using prepared Enrich programme.
020 3835 3203 View 020 3835 3203
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Sebastian Bosca
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified
London NW3
I am passionate about working with people of all ages to help them find healthy ways to deal with life's challenges. I believe we are complex human beings and reducing people to just one extent would be a rather shallow approach. Therefore, I try to approach every person holistically, using a wide range of methods.
I am passionate about working with people of all ages to help them find healthy ways to deal with life's challenges. I believe we are complex human beings and reducing people to just one extent would be a rather shallow approach. Therefore, I try to approach every person holistically, using a wide range of methods.
020 3879 4405 View 020 3879 4405
Susan Lipkin
Psychologist, HCPC - Ed. Psych.
Verified
London NW11
I am passionate about working with children and believe that every child should have the opportunity to meet their potential and achieve success. Psychological assessments make it possible to identify a child's strengths and areas of need, with a view to devising and implementing a comprehensive programme to support their needs and maximise their potential. I have worked and supported children with a range of needs including; learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia, language difficulties, processing and memory difficulties, social communication difficulties, attention difficulties, emotional and behavioural needs.
I am passionate about working with children and believe that every child should have the opportunity to meet their potential and achieve success. Psychological assessments make it possible to identify a child's strengths and areas of need, with a view to devising and implementing a comprehensive programme to support their needs and maximise their potential. I have worked and supported children with a range of needs including; learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia, language difficulties, processing and memory difficulties, social communication difficulties, attention difficulties, emotional and behavioural needs.
07989 746910 View 07989 746910
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Online Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
London N7  (Online Only)
Welcome. I'm an Integrative therapist drawing from a range of therapeutic ideas and approaches in order to offer an individual service to each of my clients accorrding to their needs. I work in a relational way, meaning that I see therapy as a joint venture, an alliance in which I try to facilitate clients in understanding themselves, their needs and their difficulties - whatever may be getting in the way of achieving their goals and enjoying their lives. I also help clients to navigate the emotionally painful and challenging experiences that life brings to us all, to process past traumas and to explore relationship issues.
Welcome. I'm an Integrative therapist drawing from a range of therapeutic ideas and approaches in order to offer an individual service to each of my clients accorrding to their needs. I work in a relational way, meaning that I see therapy as a joint venture, an alliance in which I try to facilitate clients in understanding themselves, their needs and their difficulties - whatever may be getting in the way of achieving their goals and enjoying their lives. I also help clients to navigate the emotionally painful and challenging experiences that life brings to us all, to process past traumas and to explore relationship issues.
01322 949191 View 01322 949191
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Elaine Hames
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
London SW6
If you're facing difficulties such as anxiety or depression, the impact of past experiences or traumas, relationship issues, a period of transition or change in your life, challenges related to your sense of self or identity, or even grief and loss, I can assist you in addressing these issues through Gestalt therapy. Gestalt therapy is a relational and body-centered psychotherapy approach that offers the opportunity for growth and change. It is based on a therapeutic relationship of acceptance, respect, and mutual support.
If you're facing difficulties such as anxiety or depression, the impact of past experiences or traumas, relationship issues, a period of transition or change in your life, challenges related to your sense of self or identity, or even grief and loss, I can assist you in addressing these issues through Gestalt therapy. Gestalt therapy is a relational and body-centered psychotherapy approach that offers the opportunity for growth and change. It is based on a therapeutic relationship of acceptance, respect, and mutual support.
020 4538 7957 View 020 4538 7957
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Andreas Economides
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
London EC1V  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Andreas, an integrative psychotherapist specializing in helping people with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I am trained in CBT, Humanistic and Psychodynamic models and tailor therapy to the individual needs of each person. I am also trained to help with issues of stress, panic attacks, shame, anger, bereavement, trauma, abuse, family and relationship issues. I have a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and I like to work with my clients in a collaborative and respectful way. I've previously worked as a therapist in the NHS and I'm experienced with online and telephone therapy.
Hello, I'm Andreas, an integrative psychotherapist specializing in helping people with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I am trained in CBT, Humanistic and Psychodynamic models and tailor therapy to the individual needs of each person. I am also trained to help with issues of stress, panic attacks, shame, anger, bereavement, trauma, abuse, family and relationship issues. I have a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and I like to work with my clients in a collaborative and respectful way. I've previously worked as a therapist in the NHS and I'm experienced with online and telephone therapy.
020 8629 1202 View 020 8629 1202
Photo of Malise Hartley, Psychotherapist in London, England
Malise Hartley
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
London W1T
I offer a warm and welcoming therapeutic atmosphere, in which we can comfortably discuss the issues you might be facing. I work with most issues that can come up in a person's life (get in touch and I will tell you honestly whether I feel I can be of help), with Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety, Anger Issues, Eating Disorders and Creativity being areas of specialty. Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, we'll tackle problems with clarity and compassion, leading to a restored sense of hope and balance in your life.
I offer a warm and welcoming therapeutic atmosphere, in which we can comfortably discuss the issues you might be facing. I work with most issues that can come up in a person's life (get in touch and I will tell you honestly whether I feel I can be of help), with Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety, Anger Issues, Eating Disorders and Creativity being areas of specialty. Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, we'll tackle problems with clarity and compassion, leading to a restored sense of hope and balance in your life.
020 3818 1084 View 020 3818 1084
Photo of Daniel Glass, Psychotherapist in London, England
Daniel Glass
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
London NW4
How do I work? I provide an open, non-judgemental space for you, either as an individual or as a couple, to explore and make sense of your issues, to help you move forward in life to the place you want to be. There are roughly three stages: Stage 1: Explore the problem in an empathetic, non-judgemental environment. Stage 2: Clarify the key patterns and themes and make sense of some of the contradictions; put it all into context and gain insight into yourself and your life, and how and why the same problems keep coming up. Stage 3: Use this insight to start moving towards a richer, more pleasurable life.
How do I work? I provide an open, non-judgemental space for you, either as an individual or as a couple, to explore and make sense of your issues, to help you move forward in life to the place you want to be. There are roughly three stages: Stage 1: Explore the problem in an empathetic, non-judgemental environment. Stage 2: Clarify the key patterns and themes and make sense of some of the contradictions; put it all into context and gain insight into yourself and your life, and how and why the same problems keep coming up. Stage 3: Use this insight to start moving towards a richer, more pleasurable life.
020 3917 4374 View 020 3917 4374
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Dr Saira Khan
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
London W1G
Waitlist for new clients
You are worthy of living the life you want to lead. Together, we can move towards balanced mental well-being. I can support you towards managing and improving mental health challenges you face. My short-term goal for you is to help you understand your struggles and figure out how to move forward. In the long-term, I want to help you build an internal foundation for well-being and emotional healing. Attending to your mental health shouldn’t be a luxury, it’s a necessity. My purpose is to help you live a more meaningful and engaged life.
You are worthy of living the life you want to lead. Together, we can move towards balanced mental well-being. I can support you towards managing and improving mental health challenges you face. My short-term goal for you is to help you understand your struggles and figure out how to move forward. In the long-term, I want to help you build an internal foundation for well-being and emotional healing. Attending to your mental health shouldn’t be a luxury, it’s a necessity. My purpose is to help you live a more meaningful and engaged life.
020 3984 9048 View 020 3984 9048
Photo of Oliver O'Donohoe, Counsellor in London, England
Oliver O'Donohoe
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
London EC4Y
Hello and welcome. Is therapy right for you, right now? Perhaps you don't know, and that's okay. - BACP Accredited Diploma Integrative Counselling - 6 years Clinical Experience - Further Training Advanced Dip/MA Integrative Psychotherapy - 7 years Addiction Recovery Support - Foundation Certificate Integrative Counselling - 10 years Boys & Young Men Practitioner - Sexual Health Practitioner
Hello and welcome. Is therapy right for you, right now? Perhaps you don't know, and that's okay. - BACP Accredited Diploma Integrative Counselling - 6 years Clinical Experience - Further Training Advanced Dip/MA Integrative Psychotherapy - 7 years Addiction Recovery Support - Foundation Certificate Integrative Counselling - 10 years Boys & Young Men Practitioner - Sexual Health Practitioner
020 3640 7475 View 020 3640 7475
Photo of Samantha Jayne Byron, Psychotherapist in London, England
Samantha Jayne Byron
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified
London W9
As a clinical psychotherapist,​ I have over 10 year’s experience of working with patients and clients with many different struggles and difficulties. Trained as an integrative therapist, I work in a unique way that is based on your own individual needs. I believe that everyone is different and not every modality suits everyone. I know only too well how difficult life can be, yet uniquely different, we all suffer pain and loss in many similar ways. I feel truly humbled to work in this field and would be honoured to support you. You are not alone.
As a clinical psychotherapist,​ I have over 10 year’s experience of working with patients and clients with many different struggles and difficulties. Trained as an integrative therapist, I work in a unique way that is based on your own individual needs. I believe that everyone is different and not every modality suits everyone. I know only too well how difficult life can be, yet uniquely different, we all suffer pain and loss in many similar ways. I feel truly humbled to work in this field and would be honoured to support you. You are not alone.
020 3984 8715 View 020 3984 8715
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Florian-Jack Stewart
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London SE16
I am a qualified person-centred therapist. I work with individuals who are straight, gay, queer, bi, asexual, questioning and all genders including cis, trans, intersex, non-binary, genderqueer and gender questioning people. There are no issues I cannot support you with. I have experience of a wide variety of different problems such as; anxiety, low mood, end of life, chronic illness, disability, parenting, break up, trauma, sexual abuse, addictions, low self esteem and relationship issues. The people I have helped have had feelings that range from mild upset or worry, through intense levels of distress and despair. 
I am a qualified person-centred therapist. I work with individuals who are straight, gay, queer, bi, asexual, questioning and all genders including cis, trans, intersex, non-binary, genderqueer and gender questioning people. There are no issues I cannot support you with. I have experience of a wide variety of different problems such as; anxiety, low mood, end of life, chronic illness, disability, parenting, break up, trauma, sexual abuse, addictions, low self esteem and relationship issues. The people I have helped have had feelings that range from mild upset or worry, through intense levels of distress and despair. 
020 8059 2257 View 020 8059 2257
Photo of Simona Rotman Shats, Psychotherapist in London, England
Simona Rotman Shats
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
London NW7
Hi, I'm Simona. As a dedicated and compassionate Integrative Psychotherapist, I am committed to helping individuals navigate the complexities of their lives and find new ways that allow more flexibility, choice and wellbeing. I believe that every individual has the capacity for positive change and personal growth. I view therapy as a collaborative journey where, together, we explore the challenges you face and work towards a more fulfilling life. I work with a client-centered focus, tailoring my approach to meet the unique needs of each person I work with.
Hi, I'm Simona. As a dedicated and compassionate Integrative Psychotherapist, I am committed to helping individuals navigate the complexities of their lives and find new ways that allow more flexibility, choice and wellbeing. I believe that every individual has the capacity for positive change and personal growth. I view therapy as a collaborative journey where, together, we explore the challenges you face and work towards a more fulfilling life. I work with a client-centered focus, tailoring my approach to meet the unique needs of each person I work with.
020 3909 9789 View 020 3909 9789
Photo of Jessica Muir, Psychologist in London, England
Jessica Muir
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London SE24
I offer a warm and non-judgmental space where people can make sense of challenges they are experiencing and create meaningful changes. My approach is holistic, centering people's strengths and values. I have over 15 years' experience of supporting the emotional wellbeing of adults, families and children and currently work as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust. I support people who are managing life transitions, living with health conditions and experiencing various difficulties including low mood, anxiety, grief and burnout. I hold particular expertise in women's health and complex trauma.
I offer a warm and non-judgmental space where people can make sense of challenges they are experiencing and create meaningful changes. My approach is holistic, centering people's strengths and values. I have over 15 years' experience of supporting the emotional wellbeing of adults, families and children and currently work as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust. I support people who are managing life transitions, living with health conditions and experiencing various difficulties including low mood, anxiety, grief and burnout. I hold particular expertise in women's health and complex trauma.
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Photo of Michelle Bativala, Psychotherapist in London, England
Michelle Bativala
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
London SW19
Anxiety and Depression can creep up on us at any time, sometimes you don't stop to notice the signs and triggers until you feel at a crisis point and life feels heavy, grey and without any positivity or colour. Counselling can offer a space and someone to listen and help you manage the effects of depression and find out more about the root of anxiety and how to notice triggers.
Anxiety and Depression can creep up on us at any time, sometimes you don't stop to notice the signs and triggers until you feel at a crisis point and life feels heavy, grey and without any positivity or colour. Counselling can offer a space and someone to listen and help you manage the effects of depression and find out more about the root of anxiety and how to notice triggers.
01260 544548 View 01260 544548
Jason Goldsmith
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London SE1
Therapy is a process where clients come to think and talk about their lives so that they develop greater insight and understanding of themselves.
Therapy is a process where clients come to think and talk about their lives so that they develop greater insight and understanding of themselves.
020 3962 1546 View 020 3962 1546
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Ana Cooper
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
London W3
I am a fully qualified BACP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, with over 20 years' experience, who worked in frontline NHS services (Hospitals and GP surgeries) for most of my career, and now works exclusively in Private Practice. The three issues I am most proficient in treating are anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. (I count myself in the number of people I have helped out of those dark places.)
I am a fully qualified BACP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, with over 20 years' experience, who worked in frontline NHS services (Hospitals and GP surgeries) for most of my career, and now works exclusively in Private Practice. The three issues I am most proficient in treating are anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. (I count myself in the number of people I have helped out of those dark places.)
01748 902517 View 01748 902517

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Number of Counsellors in London

3,000+

Average cost per session

£70

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

71% Aviva
67% AXA PPP
59% 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.

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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.