Counselling in Covent Garden, London

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Lottie Boswell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London EC4A
You might be looking for therapy because you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck and repeating old patterns of behaviour, or maybe you simply need some space to work out what it is you are feeling. Whatever the catalyst has been, therapy can help you unpack the issues you are experiencing in a supportive and non-judgemental space. I approach all client work with empathy; this means I will seek to understand you and your experiences without judgement. I find compassion and curiosity to also be key tools, but primarily I seek to establish trust with my clients.
You might be looking for therapy because you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck and repeating old patterns of behaviour, or maybe you simply need some space to work out what it is you are feeling. Whatever the catalyst has been, therapy can help you unpack the issues you are experiencing in a supportive and non-judgemental space. I approach all client work with empathy; this means I will seek to understand you and your experiences without judgement. I find compassion and curiosity to also be key tools, but primarily I seek to establish trust with my clients.
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The London Practice
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2H
We believe that everyone is unique and therefore is dealt with in a way that best caters to his or her individual needs. We work with you by exploring your world to see how you engage with your life and the people around you. Along the journey, we will explore your past, look at your present and see how you perceive the future. We will help you become more aware of your values, beliefs and limitations and help you connect and improve your relationship with yourself. This process may be challenging, yet extremely rewarding as we access the changes you want to make towards living the life that you want to live.
We believe that everyone is unique and therefore is dealt with in a way that best caters to his or her individual needs. We work with you by exploring your world to see how you engage with your life and the people around you. Along the journey, we will explore your past, look at your present and see how you perceive the future. We will help you become more aware of your values, beliefs and limitations and help you connect and improve your relationship with yourself. This process may be challenging, yet extremely rewarding as we access the changes you want to make towards living the life that you want to live.
020 3962 0673 View 020 3962 0673
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Iffat Akhtar
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2N  (Online Only)
I’m here to start your healing journey with you. This is your safe space, where you can explore the pain and trauma that you’ve held with you for however long. I can imagine the thought of sharing this with somebody new is daunting and maybe even scary for some .. but that’s okay. Trust the process and allow yourself to be in this journey together. For my Muslim clients, I may combine elements of an Islamic model for therapy which solidifies the therapeutic relationship.
I’m here to start your healing journey with you. This is your safe space, where you can explore the pain and trauma that you’ve held with you for however long. I can imagine the thought of sharing this with somebody new is daunting and maybe even scary for some .. but that’s okay. Trust the process and allow yourself to be in this journey together. For my Muslim clients, I may combine elements of an Islamic model for therapy which solidifies the therapeutic relationship.
01923 961228 View 01923 961228
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Zoe Aston
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London W1D  (Online Only)
Zoë specialises in working with addiction, eating disorders and trauma and has extensive experience of helping people through difficult life transitions. Zoë’s personal experience of healing, along side her professional experience, enables a warm and compassionate approach to helping you live a happier, healthier life. She has a particular interest in self defeating thoughts and shame based beliefs get in the way of you achieving your goals and fulfilling your potential.
Zoë specialises in working with addiction, eating disorders and trauma and has extensive experience of helping people through difficult life transitions. Zoë’s personal experience of healing, along side her professional experience, enables a warm and compassionate approach to helping you live a happier, healthier life. She has a particular interest in self defeating thoughts and shame based beliefs get in the way of you achieving your goals and fulfilling your potential.
020 4538 4124 View 020 4538 4124
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Psychology 4U Ltd
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London SW7  (Online Only)
You might look like you've got it all together — success, drive, ambition — but inside, you're wrestling with anxiety, self-doubt, or feeling like an imposter. You're likely hard on yourself, aiming for perfection, often delaying tasks because they feel too daunting, finding it hard to switch off at night, or constantly trying to meet others' expectations at the expense of your own well-being. Despite all this, you're looking for a way to make your inner life as rewarding and fulfilling as your outer achievements suggest. You want to break free from the cycle of worry and self-criticism to find peace.
You might look like you've got it all together — success, drive, ambition — but inside, you're wrestling with anxiety, self-doubt, or feeling like an imposter. You're likely hard on yourself, aiming for perfection, often delaying tasks because they feel too daunting, finding it hard to switch off at night, or constantly trying to meet others' expectations at the expense of your own well-being. Despite all this, you're looking for a way to make your inner life as rewarding and fulfilling as your outer achievements suggest. You want to break free from the cycle of worry and self-criticism to find peace.
020 4538 0408 View 020 4538 0408
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Elena Tatiana Kantartzis
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2H  (Online Only)
Being human, it is only natural we are continuously faced with life's numerous challenges. Painful emotions, such as fear, sadness, grief, frustration, anger and many more show up in response to life's challenges and we have all been 'well-trained' to go for 'fixing' or 'controlling' these responses in the quickest way possible. Ironically, it is this urge to control such painful internal experiences, that often creates and in fact exacerbates our struggles! I am here to help you gain new skills to manage difficult internal experiences in a more helpful manner so you can start living your life more fully.
Being human, it is only natural we are continuously faced with life's numerous challenges. Painful emotions, such as fear, sadness, grief, frustration, anger and many more show up in response to life's challenges and we have all been 'well-trained' to go for 'fixing' or 'controlling' these responses in the quickest way possible. Ironically, it is this urge to control such painful internal experiences, that often creates and in fact exacerbates our struggles! I am here to help you gain new skills to manage difficult internal experiences in a more helpful manner so you can start living your life more fully.
020 3974 1829 View 020 3974 1829
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Artful Retreats
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2N
The protective power of arts in health and mental health has been with us for millennia and today is evidence based. Daily life's emotional demands often go unnoticed and coping with anger, fear and sadness is socially accepted to happen in silence. Nourishing and protecting our mental health can get easily neglected. Although family and friends can play a wonderful supportive role in times of need they may not be enough in times of crisis. Making the choice to look after our mental health is our first step to personal growth. Making art is creative and fun. Being part of a supportive and safe group is therapeutic.
The protective power of arts in health and mental health has been with us for millennia and today is evidence based. Daily life's emotional demands often go unnoticed and coping with anger, fear and sadness is socially accepted to happen in silence. Nourishing and protecting our mental health can get easily neglected. Although family and friends can play a wonderful supportive role in times of need they may not be enough in times of crisis. Making the choice to look after our mental health is our first step to personal growth. Making art is creative and fun. Being part of a supportive and safe group is therapeutic.
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Lauran Ware
Psychotherapist, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2H  (Online Only)
Lauran Ware BBS (Psych) BPsychSc (Hons) GMBPsS EMWT. I believe that heal emotional disturbances requires insight. My background in Psychology and Psychodyamic Psychotherapy has given me an amazing understanding of emotional wellness. I use a trauma informed approach and I believe true healing comes from looking at our emotional and mental lives and using the tools that keep us emotionally well. I have worked a lot with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, substance misuse, intimacy and relationship issues and disordered eating, anger, PTSD, CPTSD, BPD (in my experience these things can sometimes hang together too).
Lauran Ware BBS (Psych) BPsychSc (Hons) GMBPsS EMWT. I believe that heal emotional disturbances requires insight. My background in Psychology and Psychodyamic Psychotherapy has given me an amazing understanding of emotional wellness. I use a trauma informed approach and I believe true healing comes from looking at our emotional and mental lives and using the tools that keep us emotionally well. I have worked a lot with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, substance misuse, intimacy and relationship issues and disordered eating, anger, PTSD, CPTSD, BPD (in my experience these things can sometimes hang together too).
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Gabriel Dixon
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2H  (Online Only)
I am a professionally qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, experienced working with individuals with a wide range of issues. I have a special interest in helping people who struggle in their relationships, whether that is after a betrayal or infidelity or having trouble communicating and getting your needs met, or dealing with a dramatic life change, such as the end of a relationship or divorce. I use my extensive experience as a therapist to help my clients understand how the past may have impacted the way they relate to others and to help them grow towards more fulfilling relationships with themselves and others.
I am a professionally qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, experienced working with individuals with a wide range of issues. I have a special interest in helping people who struggle in their relationships, whether that is after a betrayal or infidelity or having trouble communicating and getting your needs met, or dealing with a dramatic life change, such as the end of a relationship or divorce. I use my extensive experience as a therapist to help my clients understand how the past may have impacted the way they relate to others and to help them grow towards more fulfilling relationships with themselves and others.
020 4538 0009 View 020 4538 0009
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Laura Turner
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London SE8  (Online Only)
All of us experience times of difficulty when we feel sad, anxious or low. This may make us feel overwhelmed or stuck in life. Sometimes lost and directionless.Many of us have a constant feeling of not being quite good enough, or having low self esteem or a weak sense of self. We often need a bit of extra support to uncover our strength and resilience again.
All of us experience times of difficulty when we feel sad, anxious or low. This may make us feel overwhelmed or stuck in life. Sometimes lost and directionless.Many of us have a constant feeling of not being quite good enough, or having low self esteem or a weak sense of self. We often need a bit of extra support to uncover our strength and resilience again.
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Priscilla Vivian - Vivify Therapy
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2A  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Priscilla, a dedicated therapist, mental health educator, and mindfulness facilitator. My academic journey includes a BSc in Psychology & Criminology, and I've completed psychotherapeutic training with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. I am always eager to enhance my knowledge and skills to become a better practitioner, I regularly attend Continuing Professional Development training relevant to counselling, psychotherapy and psychology and I am currently pursuing an MSc in Behaviour Change.
Hello, I'm Priscilla, a dedicated therapist, mental health educator, and mindfulness facilitator. My academic journey includes a BSc in Psychology & Criminology, and I've completed psychotherapeutic training with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. I am always eager to enhance my knowledge and skills to become a better practitioner, I regularly attend Continuing Professional Development training relevant to counselling, psychotherapy and psychology and I am currently pursuing an MSc in Behaviour Change.
020 3728 8676 View 020 3728 8676
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Alice Bearn
Counsellor, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London E2
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and hard to handle. I provide a space to talk through the things that are making you feel anxious, sad, stressed or perhaps a bit lost. Setting aside time to focus on yourself and talk about the things that are causing you distress can really help to bring new perspectives and ease some of the anxieties that can hold you back from living in a happy and fulfilled way. I aim to work with you through some of these things to help bring clarity and insight, which in turn can help improve how you feel day to day and allow you to take charge of who you are and how you navigate the world.
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and hard to handle. I provide a space to talk through the things that are making you feel anxious, sad, stressed or perhaps a bit lost. Setting aside time to focus on yourself and talk about the things that are causing you distress can really help to bring new perspectives and ease some of the anxieties that can hold you back from living in a happy and fulfilled way. I aim to work with you through some of these things to help bring clarity and insight, which in turn can help improve how you feel day to day and allow you to take charge of who you are and how you navigate the world.
020 8103 9086 View 020 8103 9086
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Victor Sanchez Salvador
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Covent Garden, London EC4A
I work with people from all walks of life who are struggling with persistent issues that keep coming up despite prior efforts to overcome them. These issues can include low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, intrusive negative thoughts, intimacy problems, and past traumatic experiences that leave you feeling stuck and, at times, helpless to move forward. In psychotherapy, we will work together to understand the underlying causes of your most pressing difficulties and create space for positive change where there wasn't any before.
I work with people from all walks of life who are struggling with persistent issues that keep coming up despite prior efforts to overcome them. These issues can include low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, intrusive negative thoughts, intimacy problems, and past traumatic experiences that leave you feeling stuck and, at times, helpless to move forward. In psychotherapy, we will work together to understand the underlying causes of your most pressing difficulties and create space for positive change where there wasn't any before.
020 3728 8842 View 020 3728 8842
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Dr Pauline Chiarizia
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2H
I can support you if you're feeling anxious or suspect burnout and need help to rebalance your professional and private life. Especially if your anxiety is having an impact on your self-esteem and daily tasks. Relationship difficulties are also one of my main areas of expertise, whether supporting you through divorce, complex family issues or any other problem related to childhood trauma that you may wish to address. If you are experiencing physical discomfort that health professionals have suggested may be stress-related, please contact me.
I can support you if you're feeling anxious or suspect burnout and need help to rebalance your professional and private life. Especially if your anxiety is having an impact on your self-esteem and daily tasks. Relationship difficulties are also one of my main areas of expertise, whether supporting you through divorce, complex family issues or any other problem related to childhood trauma that you may wish to address. If you are experiencing physical discomfort that health professionals have suggested may be stress-related, please contact me.
020 3031 1167 View 020 3031 1167
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Dr Cat Douglas
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London N1  (Online Only)
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol), registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have over 10 years experience of working in mental health settings across the NHS and private practice. I have additional training in specialist modalities including Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Everyone has their own unique challenges and struggles and so I provide a tailored approach to therapy, drawing from a range of evidence-based models, to suit your individual needs.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol), registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have over 10 years experience of working in mental health settings across the NHS and private practice. I have additional training in specialist modalities including Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Everyone has their own unique challenges and struggles and so I provide a tailored approach to therapy, drawing from a range of evidence-based models, to suit your individual needs.
01992 929925 View 01992 929925
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Emely Ostberg Msc (Counsl. Psychol).
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2A
Are you living with higher levels of anxiety than those around you would’ve guessed? Pouring over moves you make, wishing you said or did things differently? Are you worrying at nighttime, despite all your best efforts not to? When our internal alarm system gets activated and the button to turn it off seems to have gone missing, it has a way of taking over every area of our life. I'm guessing that if you're reading this you've probably tried many ways to control the way you're feeling. It can be a frustrating experience not to gain control over it, perhaps especially so, if you’re used to succeed in other areas of your life.
Are you living with higher levels of anxiety than those around you would’ve guessed? Pouring over moves you make, wishing you said or did things differently? Are you worrying at nighttime, despite all your best efforts not to? When our internal alarm system gets activated and the button to turn it off seems to have gone missing, it has a way of taking over every area of our life. I'm guessing that if you're reading this you've probably tried many ways to control the way you're feeling. It can be a frustrating experience not to gain control over it, perhaps especially so, if you’re used to succeed in other areas of your life.
020 8138 8843 View 020 8138 8843
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Shannon Moore Mc. Advanced Child Adolescent Counsellor
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London SW1A  (Online Only)
Welcome to Shannon's Safe Space! As a therapist with a Master's degree in Advanced Counselling Practice and experience working with over 2300 clients, as well as an additional background in teaching, I understand the challenges young people might face. Within this space, I provide Crisis and Emotional Wellbeing Counselling to children and young adults aged 5 – 25. Whether you're dealing with trauma, experiencing suicidal ideation, struggling with anxiety or relationship challenges, or just need someone to talk to, I'm here for you. Together, we'll develop strategies to help you
Welcome to Shannon's Safe Space! As a therapist with a Master's degree in Advanced Counselling Practice and experience working with over 2300 clients, as well as an additional background in teaching, I understand the challenges young people might face. Within this space, I provide Crisis and Emotional Wellbeing Counselling to children and young adults aged 5 – 25. Whether you're dealing with trauma, experiencing suicidal ideation, struggling with anxiety or relationship challenges, or just need someone to talk to, I'm here for you. Together, we'll develop strategies to help you
020 3816 3165 View 020 3816 3165
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Giulia Sciannandrone
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London EC4A  (Online Only)
Life can present us with many challenges which may make us feel overwhelmed and controlled by unhelpful behaviours and thoughts and experiencing emotions that seem extreme. These can interfere with our day to day living, create problems in our relationships and may lead to have symptoms of anxiety or panic, make us lose interest in life or feel hopeless about the future and can affect our general well-being. I specialised in working with anxiety (including generalised anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic and post traumatic stress disorder), depression, trauma, low self-esteem and relationship problems.
Life can present us with many challenges which may make us feel overwhelmed and controlled by unhelpful behaviours and thoughts and experiencing emotions that seem extreme. These can interfere with our day to day living, create problems in our relationships and may lead to have symptoms of anxiety or panic, make us lose interest in life or feel hopeless about the future and can affect our general well-being. I specialised in working with anxiety (including generalised anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic and post traumatic stress disorder), depression, trauma, low self-esteem and relationship problems.
020 3910 6804 View 020 3910 6804
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Dr Rozina Anwar
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Covent Garden, London WC2H
Hello, I'm Rozina. I'm a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and Lecturer. I've worked in the NHS, educational and charitable sectors, and in academia. My doctorate training has equipped me with the academic and clinical expertise which guide me during practice. My role as a university lecturer also roots me in the theory and philosophy behind practice which aids me in understanding the lived experience of my clients.
Hello, I'm Rozina. I'm a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and Lecturer. I've worked in the NHS, educational and charitable sectors, and in academia. My doctorate training has equipped me with the academic and clinical expertise which guide me during practice. My role as a university lecturer also roots me in the theory and philosophy behind practice which aids me in understanding the lived experience of my clients.
020 3835 6050 View 020 3835 6050
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Grania FitzGerald
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Covent Garden, London EC4A
If you are feeling stuck – unsure, overwhelmed or confused about the choices you have made, and your life right now, therapy can help. Give yourself space, to breathe, slow down and explore what patterns might be in operation out of awareness. You may be feeling that you are surviving, not thriving and that life is difficult to navigate. Sometimes painful experiences from the past can get in the way of fully responding to what happens in the present. Working together we will explore how you make sense of the world you are in and let go of what might be keeping you stuck and holding you back.
If you are feeling stuck – unsure, overwhelmed or confused about the choices you have made, and your life right now, therapy can help. Give yourself space, to breathe, slow down and explore what patterns might be in operation out of awareness. You may be feeling that you are surviving, not thriving and that life is difficult to navigate. Sometimes painful experiences from the past can get in the way of fully responding to what happens in the present. Working together we will explore how you make sense of the world you are in and let go of what might be keeping you stuck and holding you back.
020 3835 2945 View 020 3835 2945

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Number of Counsellors in Covent Garden, London

200+

Average cost per session

£85

Counsellors in Covent Garden, London who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
87% Depression
86% Stress
85% Self Esteem
82% Relationship Issues
67% Bereavement
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aviva
61% Vitality
58% AXA PPP

How Counsellors in Covent Garden, London see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
28% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Covent Garden, 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.