Counselling in West End, London

Photo of Danny Olive, Counsellor in West End, London, England
Danny Olive
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1A
I'm an integrative counsellor working both online and in-person with individuals. In addition to helping my clients with various mental and emotional challenges, I have a special interest in working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship issues. You may be experiencing relationship problems - with a partner, family and friends or colleagues and wondering why particular patterns keep occurring. Perhaps you are struggling with low self-worth, or that negative voice within you has become so loud that you are finding it difficult to relate to others and the world around you.
I'm an integrative counsellor working both online and in-person with individuals. In addition to helping my clients with various mental and emotional challenges, I have a special interest in working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship issues. You may be experiencing relationship problems - with a partner, family and friends or colleagues and wondering why particular patterns keep occurring. Perhaps you are struggling with low self-worth, or that negative voice within you has become so loud that you are finding it difficult to relate to others and the world around you.
020 4538 6486 View 020 4538 6486
Photo of Emely Ostberg Msc (Counsl. Psychol)., Psychotherapist in West End, London, England
Emely Ostberg Msc (Counsl. Psychol).
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
West End, 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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Dr Paul Boyden
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
West End, London WC2H
I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist working in both a specialist mental health NHS service and in private practice since 2006. I offer a range of psychological therapies, supervision, consultation, teaching and training online and face to face from a consulting room in Soho, London. I achieved my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield in 2012. I am registered as an accredited DBT Therapist with the Society of DBT UK and have training in other models such as ACT and EMDR so that I can offer an integrative approach tailored for your difficulties. Please visit www.drpaulboyden.com for more information
I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist working in both a specialist mental health NHS service and in private practice since 2006. I offer a range of psychological therapies, supervision, consultation, teaching and training online and face to face from a consulting room in Soho, London. I achieved my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield in 2012. I am registered as an accredited DBT Therapist with the Society of DBT UK and have training in other models such as ACT and EMDR so that I can offer an integrative approach tailored for your difficulties. Please visit www.drpaulboyden.com for more information
020 3667 1653 View 020 3667 1653
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Dr Natasha Nascimento
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1H
Seeking help is brave, finding the right therapist essential. So, let me tell you about myself. I am passionate about helping families and individuals navigate a range of complexities/dilemmas/relationships. You might be feeling hopeless or too cautious around others. Occasionally we all experience these feelings, but gradually these wear us down. I specialise in helping people affected by emotional/relationship difficulties to change and reconnect. These include: improving relationships, communication; anxiety/depression; trauma; parenting issues; post-adoption; separation/divorce; loss/grief; education/work issues and other issues
Seeking help is brave, finding the right therapist essential. So, let me tell you about myself. I am passionate about helping families and individuals navigate a range of complexities/dilemmas/relationships. You might be feeling hopeless or too cautious around others. Occasionally we all experience these feelings, but gradually these wear us down. I specialise in helping people affected by emotional/relationship difficulties to change and reconnect. These include: improving relationships, communication; anxiety/depression; trauma; parenting issues; post-adoption; separation/divorce; loss/grief; education/work issues and other issues
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Photo of Felix Bowers-Brown, Counsellor in West End, London, England
Felix Bowers-Brown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1H
By being curious, you are making the first initial step. Just by coming onto this platform with the intention of having a look, to see who you think you might like to work with. This potential journey is all about you and your discovery, but in order to do that I will share with you my discovery. My lived experience has given a depth of knowledge, that has now brought me to a place where I feel, not only have I embraced who I truly am, but curiosity, strength, compassion, and empathy have given me the ability to support others through those more challenging moments in life.
By being curious, you are making the first initial step. Just by coming onto this platform with the intention of having a look, to see who you think you might like to work with. This potential journey is all about you and your discovery, but in order to do that I will share with you my discovery. My lived experience has given a depth of knowledge, that has now brought me to a place where I feel, not only have I embraced who I truly am, but curiosity, strength, compassion, and empathy have given me the ability to support others through those more challenging moments in life.
020 3540 6354 View 020 3540 6354
Annique Clopon
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
West End, London WC2H  (Online Only)
Dr. Annique Clopon is a Chartered Psychologist, has doctoral training in specialist methods of therapy, advancing in Cogntive Behavioural Therapy, (CBT) whilst adopting a person centred approach. Dr. Annique Clopon is further trained in Schema therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy. She has doctoral training and in specialist methods of therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with (EDMR), Schema therapy training experience. Dr. Annique Clopon's practice is based around positive psychological principles to support people to be the best they can be.
Dr. Annique Clopon is a Chartered Psychologist, has doctoral training in specialist methods of therapy, advancing in Cogntive Behavioural Therapy, (CBT) whilst adopting a person centred approach. Dr. Annique Clopon is further trained in Schema therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy. She has doctoral training and in specialist methods of therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with (EDMR), Schema therapy training experience. Dr. Annique Clopon's practice is based around positive psychological principles to support people to be the best they can be.
020 4538 1854 x44 View 020 4538 1854 x44
Photo of Denise Garcia Kalmus, Psychotherapist in West End, London, England
Denise Garcia Kalmus
Psychotherapist, MA, BPC
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1H  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck in life and not able to move on? Are there issues you would like to explore more and understand? Are you going through a difficult phase and would like to gain support to cope better? Therapy provides a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where a trusting therapeutic and professional relationship between patient and therapist is established. My work is based on psychoanalytic principles and practice, taking into account the place of unconscious forces in every day life. Sometimes problems have roots in early experiences which we might not be aware of and can have a significant impact on our life.
Do you feel stuck in life and not able to move on? Are there issues you would like to explore more and understand? Are you going through a difficult phase and would like to gain support to cope better? Therapy provides a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where a trusting therapeutic and professional relationship between patient and therapist is established. My work is based on psychoanalytic principles and practice, taking into account the place of unconscious forces in every day life. Sometimes problems have roots in early experiences which we might not be aware of and can have a significant impact on our life.
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Photo of Ilaria Tedeschi, Psychotherapist in West End, London, England
Ilaria Tedeschi
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1A  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Seeking help or therapy is not always an easy decision. Most of the times this decision implies undertaking a process of reflection and the awareness that something feels off - or is simply nor alright - and that pain or emotional discomfort are involved. Psychotherapy can be the answer as it represents a tool to better deal with the important moment in which we come to terms with who we are and we allow ourselves to change. It can help you nurturing your resources and overcoming the barriers that are blocking you from reaching what you would like.
Seeking help or therapy is not always an easy decision. Most of the times this decision implies undertaking a process of reflection and the awareness that something feels off - or is simply nor alright - and that pain or emotional discomfort are involved. Psychotherapy can be the answer as it represents a tool to better deal with the important moment in which we come to terms with who we are and we allow ourselves to change. It can help you nurturing your resources and overcoming the barriers that are blocking you from reaching what you would like.
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Photo of Dr Melissa Barry, Psychologist in West End, London, England
Dr Melissa Barry
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, London WC2H  (Online Only)
Being a parent/caregiver can sometimes feel very challenging, especially if your child is experiencing difficulties. Are you left wondering whether you are getting it right? It may be that you want to strengthen your relationship with your child and think about how you communicate with each other. We may also think about how you are taking care of your own needs and how to self-regulate your emotions in a healthy manner. Perhaps you are concerned about your child’s mental health and are looking for a way to help your child feel like themselves again. No matter what you are both going through, things can get better.
Being a parent/caregiver can sometimes feel very challenging, especially if your child is experiencing difficulties. Are you left wondering whether you are getting it right? It may be that you want to strengthen your relationship with your child and think about how you communicate with each other. We may also think about how you are taking care of your own needs and how to self-regulate your emotions in a healthy manner. Perhaps you are concerned about your child’s mental health and are looking for a way to help your child feel like themselves again. No matter what you are both going through, things can get better.
020 4538 0073 View 020 4538 0073
Photo of Mariana Pascu, Counsellor in West End, London, England
Mariana Pascu
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1A  (Online Only)
A fully qualified psychodynamic therapist (University of Oxford, BACP, UKCP) and organisational psychologist (BSc), my work is focused on the exploration of what feels challenging for you in a safe, judgement-free space, where difficult things can be said, felt and thought about together. We use curiosity, compassion and creativity to gradually find a way towards a sense of liberation from unbearable feelings or thoughts, self-sabotaging behaviours, choices or decisions that may seem impossible to make, relationship difficulties, work challenges, feeling trapped, not good enough or hopeless.
A fully qualified psychodynamic therapist (University of Oxford, BACP, UKCP) and organisational psychologist (BSc), my work is focused on the exploration of what feels challenging for you in a safe, judgement-free space, where difficult things can be said, felt and thought about together. We use curiosity, compassion and creativity to gradually find a way towards a sense of liberation from unbearable feelings or thoughts, self-sabotaging behaviours, choices or decisions that may seem impossible to make, relationship difficulties, work challenges, feeling trapped, not good enough or hopeless.
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Photo of Aakansha Sharma, Counsellor in West End, London, England
Aakansha Sharma
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1H
I am understanding, patient, empathetic, friendly and I have good listening skills. During counselling sessions, I understands my clients’ thoughts and emotions, as well as ongoing issues that they may be having through an integrative approach. This is done by facilitating them to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts which would in turn help them to feel and act positively. I also help the client to identify their strengths and weaknesses. My aim to build independence, empowerment and self-love in my clients.
I am understanding, patient, empathetic, friendly and I have good listening skills. During counselling sessions, I understands my clients’ thoughts and emotions, as well as ongoing issues that they may be having through an integrative approach. This is done by facilitating them to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts which would in turn help them to feel and act positively. I also help the client to identify their strengths and weaknesses. My aim to build independence, empowerment and self-love in my clients.
020 4538 4564 x44 View 020 4538 4564 x44
Photo of Lisa Ind, Psychotherapist in West End, London, England
Lisa Ind
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1H
Moving towards a more fulfilling and authentic life can be challenging, especially when you feel stuck in your past or unable to change habits and patterns of behaviour. Maybe you are struggling to set boundaries or recognise your own needs. Perhaps you are in physical discomfort, feel depressed or have a sense of being lost in life. Our work together will explore the beliefs and stories we have created about ourselves over time, that can hold us back. No matter how confused or overwhelmed you may feel, my aim is to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier life.
Moving towards a more fulfilling and authentic life can be challenging, especially when you feel stuck in your past or unable to change habits and patterns of behaviour. Maybe you are struggling to set boundaries or recognise your own needs. Perhaps you are in physical discomfort, feel depressed or have a sense of being lost in life. Our work together will explore the beliefs and stories we have created about ourselves over time, that can hold us back. No matter how confused or overwhelmed you may feel, my aim is to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier life.
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Valeh Amooi
Psychotherapist, PhD, BPC
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1H
I am an adult psychodynamic psychotherapist with a PhD in Psychology. I am also involved in teaching and supervision within training organisations. I offer both in-person and online psychotherapy in English and Farsi. I work with patients from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations, with a wide range of emotional, relational, and psychological challenges, including but not limited to anxiety, traumas, loss and grief, conflicts related to sexual orientation and gender identity, difficult life transitions and separations, and work-related difficulties, such as burnout.
I am an adult psychodynamic psychotherapist with a PhD in Psychology. I am also involved in teaching and supervision within training organisations. I offer both in-person and online psychotherapy in English and Farsi. I work with patients from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations, with a wide range of emotional, relational, and psychological challenges, including but not limited to anxiety, traumas, loss and grief, conflicts related to sexual orientation and gender identity, difficult life transitions and separations, and work-related difficulties, such as burnout.
020 3835 2166 View 020 3835 2166
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Patrizia Di Camillo
Psychologist, PhD, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
West End, London WC2A
Sono la dottoressa Patrizia Di Camillo, psicologa, psicoterapeuta Analista Transazionale, Arteterapeuta. Il mio intento professionale è incentrato sul benessere psicofisico della persona, attraverso l’uso di strumenti diversi che vanno a lavorare sulla psiche, il corpo e la mente. La mia formazione tocca i settori della psicologia e del metodo psicoterapeutico dell'Analisi Transazionale, dell’arte e del benessere corporeo ed e' rivolta a tutte le fasce d’età, a tutte le condizioni psicofisiche, al singolo, alla coppia e alle famiglie.
Sono la dottoressa Patrizia Di Camillo, psicologa, psicoterapeuta Analista Transazionale, Arteterapeuta. Il mio intento professionale è incentrato sul benessere psicofisico della persona, attraverso l’uso di strumenti diversi che vanno a lavorare sulla psiche, il corpo e la mente. La mia formazione tocca i settori della psicologia e del metodo psicoterapeutico dell'Analisi Transazionale, dell’arte e del benessere corporeo ed e' rivolta a tutte le fasce d’età, a tutte le condizioni psicofisiche, al singolo, alla coppia e alle famiglie.
020 3974 2802 View 020 3974 2802
Photo of Dr Kelly Dickson, Counsellor in West End, London, England
Dr Kelly Dickson
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1A
The evidence suggests that finding a therapist you feel able to talk to and understood by is key to a successful therapeutic experience. I am a down-to-earth, intelligent and non-judgmental integrative psychotherapist working with a range of issues. Ideally, therapy is a collaborative partnership and my style is active and empowering. I see you as the 'expert' in your life and myself as the 'expert' on therapeutic interventions. Together we focus on utilising your strengths and fostering insight and awareness in a safe and confidential environment. I love my work and look forward to helping you improve your mental health and wellbeing
The evidence suggests that finding a therapist you feel able to talk to and understood by is key to a successful therapeutic experience. I am a down-to-earth, intelligent and non-judgmental integrative psychotherapist working with a range of issues. Ideally, therapy is a collaborative partnership and my style is active and empowering. I see you as the 'expert' in your life and myself as the 'expert' on therapeutic interventions. Together we focus on utilising your strengths and fostering insight and awareness in a safe and confidential environment. I love my work and look forward to helping you improve your mental health and wellbeing
020 3962 0347 View 020 3962 0347
Photo of Elena Tatiana Kantartzis, Psychologist in West End, London, England
Elena Tatiana Kantartzis
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, CPsychol
Verified Verified
West End, 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
Photo of Lixson J Cyriac, Psychotherapist in West End, London, England
Lixson J Cyriac
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC2A
I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor accredited with the BACP (British Council of counsellors and psychotherapists). I have many years of experience in working with adults. I know from my own experience that counselling provides a space to open up and get to know yourself a bit more closely and that way to live more fully and happily. If you are faced with a difficult situation or want to address something that you have been carrying for a long time, I can offer you a safe space to explore them.
I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor accredited with the BACP (British Council of counsellors and psychotherapists). I have many years of experience in working with adults. I know from my own experience that counselling provides a space to open up and get to know yourself a bit more closely and that way to live more fully and happily. If you are faced with a difficult situation or want to address something that you have been carrying for a long time, I can offer you a safe space to explore them.
01260 541116 View 01260 541116
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Nick Wakefield
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1H
Not accepting new clients
Offering adults therapy and psychological assessment in the centre of London and online. I think that every person’s therapy journey is different. Some people need skills and coping techniques to help deal with things in their current context. For others it is important to address the underlying psychological mechanisms that give rise to the problems or symptoms at different points in life. For some it is important to address childhood origins of problems so that they can break free of repeating, destructive life patterns. I want to help people find the journey that is right for them.
Offering adults therapy and psychological assessment in the centre of London and online. I think that every person’s therapy journey is different. Some people need skills and coping techniques to help deal with things in their current context. For others it is important to address the underlying psychological mechanisms that give rise to the problems or symptoms at different points in life. For some it is important to address childhood origins of problems so that they can break free of repeating, destructive life patterns. I want to help people find the journey that is right for them.
020 8154 5412 View 020 8154 5412
Photo of Angharad Vaughan, Psychologist in West End, London, England
Angharad Vaughan
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1A
I have expertise working with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, physical and sexual health issues, shame, stress, burnout. I am passionate about working with LGBTQI+ communities and have specialist experience of working with gender, sexuality and relationship diversity. I always pay attention to our differences, such as cultural background, sexual and gender identity, disability - and how these and other intersecting identities influence our lived experience, meaning-making and wellbeing.
I have expertise working with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, physical and sexual health issues, shame, stress, burnout. I am passionate about working with LGBTQI+ communities and have specialist experience of working with gender, sexuality and relationship diversity. I always pay attention to our differences, such as cultural background, sexual and gender identity, disability - and how these and other intersecting identities influence our lived experience, meaning-making and wellbeing.
020 3824 1832 View 020 3824 1832
Photo of Albie Cornell, Counsellor in West End, London, England
Albie Cornell
Counsellor, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
West End, London WC1H
I'm a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a LGBTQIA+ practice working with individuals, relationships and groups in Central London and Online. People seek counselling for many reasons - You might be struggling with anxiety and depression or challenging life events that left you feeling disconnected from yourself, your partner(s), or the world. Or you might be wanting to explore your gender/sexual identities experiences in a non-judgemental, safe space. Whilst all emotions are natural expressions of our human nature, traumatic events and systemic issues can be destabilising, leaving us feeling hopeless and stuck in a place of hurting.
I'm a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a LGBTQIA+ practice working with individuals, relationships and groups in Central London and Online. People seek counselling for many reasons - You might be struggling with anxiety and depression or challenging life events that left you feeling disconnected from yourself, your partner(s), or the world. Or you might be wanting to explore your gender/sexual identities experiences in a non-judgemental, safe space. Whilst all emotions are natural expressions of our human nature, traumatic events and systemic issues can be destabilising, leaving us feeling hopeless and stuck in a place of hurting.
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Number of Counsellors in West End, London

300+

Average cost per session

£80

Counsellors in West End, London who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
86% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
83% Self Esteem
81% Stress
66% Trauma and PTSD
62% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% Aviva
63% Vitality
60% AXA PPP

How Counsellors in West End, London see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
31% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in West End, 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.