Counselling in Manchester

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Photo of Salmaa Timol, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Salmaa Timol
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
At any stage in life, we can experience changes or moments where it becomes difficult to cope with our thoughts and feelings. This can result in feeling stuck and not knowing how to process what we're experiencing. What can make this more difficult is knowing who or how to open up to others or feeling like what you're experiencing is too much for someone to understand. Having a therapist allows you to share all parts of you, parts that are accepted wholeheartedly without shame or judgement, which may not feel possible even with those you feel closest to.
At any stage in life, we can experience changes or moments where it becomes difficult to cope with our thoughts and feelings. This can result in feeling stuck and not knowing how to process what we're experiencing. What can make this more difficult is knowing who or how to open up to others or feeling like what you're experiencing is too much for someone to understand. Having a therapist allows you to share all parts of you, parts that are accepted wholeheartedly without shame or judgement, which may not feel possible even with those you feel closest to.
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Photo of Jennifer Pennington Psychological Therapist Clinical Supervisor, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Jennifer Pennington Psychological Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M38
Waitlist for new clients
Founder of Seasons Well-being & Psychological Therapies. I have been in the counselling sector for 15 years working in and around the North West. During my time I have experienced a vast range of clients within the NHS, leading mental health charity's, employee assistance programmes, private insurance company's and primary schools. My experience is with a number of presenting issues such as Trauma, Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Neuro-diversity, Work Place Stress/Conflict, Relationship difficulties, Addiction, Bereavement and Depression. I am also passionate about life coaching and achieving personal and professional goals.
Founder of Seasons Well-being & Psychological Therapies. I have been in the counselling sector for 15 years working in and around the North West. During my time I have experienced a vast range of clients within the NHS, leading mental health charity's, employee assistance programmes, private insurance company's and primary schools. My experience is with a number of presenting issues such as Trauma, Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Neuro-diversity, Work Place Stress/Conflict, Relationship difficulties, Addiction, Bereavement and Depression. I am also passionate about life coaching and achieving personal and professional goals.
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Photo of Paul Hammersley, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Paul Hammersley
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I recently celebrated 25 years as a CBT therapist. I am now also qualified in EMDR In. addition my therapy practice I have taught CBT for many years. I was programme director for post graduate CBT training at Manchester and Lancaster Universities, I have lectured at most UK universities and also abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, Spain, Holland and Brazil. I have been widely published on the relationship between negative life events and psychological distress including as a first author in The British journal of Psychiatry
I recently celebrated 25 years as a CBT therapist. I am now also qualified in EMDR In. addition my therapy practice I have taught CBT for many years. I was programme director for post graduate CBT training at Manchester and Lancaster Universities, I have lectured at most UK universities and also abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, Spain, Holland and Brazil. I have been widely published on the relationship between negative life events and psychological distress including as a first author in The British journal of Psychiatry
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Photo of Adele King, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Adele King
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
If you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety or having stress in your relationships, daily life can seem very hard. Low mood and sadness could leave you feeling lonely or even isolated. Perhaps you find yourself putting on a pretence that everything is okay, when the reality is very different. You might be unclear about what is troubling you. As an experienced counsellor, I provide affordable therapy in a confidential, safe environment, helping you make sense of how you’re feeling. Counselling can also give you practical ways of coping; I will work at your pace during sessions so that you feel truly heard and accepted, not judged.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety or having stress in your relationships, daily life can seem very hard. Low mood and sadness could leave you feeling lonely or even isolated. Perhaps you find yourself putting on a pretence that everything is okay, when the reality is very different. You might be unclear about what is troubling you. As an experienced counsellor, I provide affordable therapy in a confidential, safe environment, helping you make sense of how you’re feeling. Counselling can also give you practical ways of coping; I will work at your pace during sessions so that you feel truly heard and accepted, not judged.
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Photo of Caroline Leacock, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Caroline Leacock
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Manchester M3
You have courage and determination in the face of life's challenges. I can only imagine you have been grappling with issues like anxiety, depression, or relationship struggles, yet you refuse to let these obstacles define you. Instead, you're hungry for change, yearning for a sense of peace and fulfillment that seems just out of reach. Your needs are raw and real, but you want a change of direction, because you feel stuck. I appreciate you may be scared, but I will be here throughout.
You have courage and determination in the face of life's challenges. I can only imagine you have been grappling with issues like anxiety, depression, or relationship struggles, yet you refuse to let these obstacles define you. Instead, you're hungry for change, yearning for a sense of peace and fulfillment that seems just out of reach. Your needs are raw and real, but you want a change of direction, because you feel stuck. I appreciate you may be scared, but I will be here throughout.
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Photo of Hayley Dunn, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Hayley Dunn
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M32
There are many reasons why someone might seek therapy. You could be a stage in your life where you are confused about who you really are and what to do next. You may be haunted by old traumas or facing new challenges. It may be that you are experiencing relationship or family issues, there may be problems at work. You may be going through grief and loss, or facing illness or disability. Any of this could leave you feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or burnt out. Alternatively, you may not know why you are struggling with your mental health. I provide a calm, warm, supportive presence to help you figure it all out.
There are many reasons why someone might seek therapy. You could be a stage in your life where you are confused about who you really are and what to do next. You may be haunted by old traumas or facing new challenges. It may be that you are experiencing relationship or family issues, there may be problems at work. You may be going through grief and loss, or facing illness or disability. Any of this could leave you feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or burnt out. Alternatively, you may not know why you are struggling with your mental health. I provide a calm, warm, supportive presence to help you figure it all out.
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Photo of Breakthrough Counselling, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Breakthrough Counselling
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I have been offering listening support in various roles for the past 10 years. I am able to help you with anger, depression, bullying, relationships, anxiety, confidence, loneliness, isolation and many more. Do you sometimes feel suicidal and feel there is no way forward? I can provide you with a listening empathic ear, to understand why you feel suicidal and work with you, so that you may find the reason why, and work with with you to see a better future.
I have been offering listening support in various roles for the past 10 years. I am able to help you with anger, depression, bullying, relationships, anxiety, confidence, loneliness, isolation and many more. Do you sometimes feel suicidal and feel there is no way forward? I can provide you with a listening empathic ear, to understand why you feel suicidal and work with you, so that you may find the reason why, and work with with you to see a better future.
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Photo of Anna Faff, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Anna Faff
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Manchester M24
I am a psychotherapist on the spectrum with ADHD. I have been late diagnosed so I can relate to NT and ND. I understand how life-changing could be for anyone to be diagnosed with Autism. I am helping people who are experiencing detachment, unexplained pain, and lack of stability. Along with high levels of emotional distress, mood difficulties, shame, guilt, difficulties with self-esteem and difficulties in life in general. I offer a non-judgemental, welcoming space where you can find your own solutions and paths that would lead you to growth and building resilience.
I am a psychotherapist on the spectrum with ADHD. I have been late diagnosed so I can relate to NT and ND. I understand how life-changing could be for anyone to be diagnosed with Autism. I am helping people who are experiencing detachment, unexplained pain, and lack of stability. Along with high levels of emotional distress, mood difficulties, shame, guilt, difficulties with self-esteem and difficulties in life in general. I offer a non-judgemental, welcoming space where you can find your own solutions and paths that would lead you to growth and building resilience.
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Photo of Faryal Khan, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Faryal Khan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M21  (Online Only)
Person Centered therapy helps bring your own feelings to the surface and it gives you a safe space to offload anything you may be carrying. It allows you to explore your own feelings and understand yourself better, leading you to become more self-aware and empowering you to explore your own thoughts and behaviours. The aim is for you to see that you had the power to work through your difficulties all along, that your opinion matters and that you know what is best for you. PCT a non-directive therapy, it is about establishing a trusting, genuine, therapeutic relationship where empathy and a non-judgmental approach is offered.
Person Centered therapy helps bring your own feelings to the surface and it gives you a safe space to offload anything you may be carrying. It allows you to explore your own feelings and understand yourself better, leading you to become more self-aware and empowering you to explore your own thoughts and behaviours. The aim is for you to see that you had the power to work through your difficulties all along, that your opinion matters and that you know what is best for you. PCT a non-directive therapy, it is about establishing a trusting, genuine, therapeutic relationship where empathy and a non-judgmental approach is offered.
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Photo of Mousumi Sengupta, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Mousumi Sengupta
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M20  (Online Only)
I am a Person Centred Counsellor based in South Manchester, offering a safe, nurturing, confidential and non-judgmental space to help you address your needs, heal, and move forward. My core model, Person Centred therapy which is a humanistic model of counselling that places the client at the center of therapy. My diverse life experience and background in teaching and education inform my Person Centred Approach. I consider it a privilege to see my clients heal, grow, and make long-lasting progress in their life journey.
I am a Person Centred Counsellor based in South Manchester, offering a safe, nurturing, confidential and non-judgmental space to help you address your needs, heal, and move forward. My core model, Person Centred therapy which is a humanistic model of counselling that places the client at the center of therapy. My diverse life experience and background in teaching and education inform my Person Centred Approach. I consider it a privilege to see my clients heal, grow, and make long-lasting progress in their life journey.
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Photo of Luke Cahill - in-person and online, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Luke Cahill - in-person and online
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
TL;DR I mostly work with people dealing with anxiety, depression, and/or OCD stuff/intrusive thoughts, to better understand what's happening and find ways to improve things. I continue to learn to better support the people I work with, particularly around GSRD and neurodiversity.
TL;DR I mostly work with people dealing with anxiety, depression, and/or OCD stuff/intrusive thoughts, to better understand what's happening and find ways to improve things. I continue to learn to better support the people I work with, particularly around GSRD and neurodiversity.
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Photo of Jamie Longson, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Jamie Longson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jamie and I provide both short and long term counselling via face to face, telephone or online. I have extensive training and experience in helping people through their difficulties. I am passionate to provide my clients the best service by being dedicated to continuing my learning and professional development.
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jamie and I provide both short and long term counselling via face to face, telephone or online. I have extensive training and experience in helping people through their difficulties. I am passionate to provide my clients the best service by being dedicated to continuing my learning and professional development.
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Photo of Dr Mary Delaney, Psychologist in Manchester, England
Dr Mary Delaney
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M26
I've been working as a Clinical Psychologist for 14 years. I work with people experiencing stress, anxiety, burnout and low mood. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and EMDR. I am also a qualified Clinical Neuropsychologist and so I also work with people living with long term physical health and neurological conditions.
I've been working as a Clinical Psychologist for 14 years. I work with people experiencing stress, anxiety, burnout and low mood. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and EMDR. I am also a qualified Clinical Neuropsychologist and so I also work with people living with long term physical health and neurological conditions.
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Photo of Sam Conner, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Sam Conner
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M21  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a queer therapist, specialising in working with people within the LGBTQ+ community. I believe in working with people as individuals, in a way that works for them. I will work alongside you, to help you explore and navigate your issues, experiences, current situations and things that you may be struggling with.​​ ​​I have experience in supporting people, from a wide range of backgrounds and I create a non-judgmental and supportive environment, where you can be yourself and feel comfortable during our sessions.​
I am a queer therapist, specialising in working with people within the LGBTQ+ community. I believe in working with people as individuals, in a way that works for them. I will work alongside you, to help you explore and navigate your issues, experiences, current situations and things that you may be struggling with.​​ ​​I have experience in supporting people, from a wide range of backgrounds and I create a non-judgmental and supportive environment, where you can be yourself and feel comfortable during our sessions.​
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Photo of Jodie James, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Jodie James
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M45
Life can be difficult and sometimes we need some extra support to navigate these difficulties. If you are looking for support with your mental health, I may be able to help you. I am a compassionate therapist based in Manchester, offering a range of counselling services tailored to your unique needs and preferences. My commitment is to provide a safe, supportive, and understanding environment, allowing you to explore your emotions and experiences as you work towards personal growth and enhanced well-being.
Life can be difficult and sometimes we need some extra support to navigate these difficulties. If you are looking for support with your mental health, I may be able to help you. I am a compassionate therapist based in Manchester, offering a range of counselling services tailored to your unique needs and preferences. My commitment is to provide a safe, supportive, and understanding environment, allowing you to explore your emotions and experiences as you work towards personal growth and enhanced well-being.
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Photo of Feel Good CBT Manchester , Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Feel Good CBT Manchester
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Manchester M20
Are you feeling anxious in social situations? Do you find it hard to stop or control worry? Are you feeling low and stuck in a rut? Or experiencing low self-esteem? Perhaps you’re having panic attacks or intrusive thoughts that are worrying you. Maybe you have experienced a trauma that you’re struggling to process or a phobia you want to overcome. These common difficulties can impact on your enjoyment and achievements in life; leading to patterns of avoidance, procrastinating or a need to be in control.
Are you feeling anxious in social situations? Do you find it hard to stop or control worry? Are you feeling low and stuck in a rut? Or experiencing low self-esteem? Perhaps you’re having panic attacks or intrusive thoughts that are worrying you. Maybe you have experienced a trauma that you’re struggling to process or a phobia you want to overcome. These common difficulties can impact on your enjoyment and achievements in life; leading to patterns of avoidance, procrastinating or a need to be in control.
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Photo of KLW Counselling, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
KLW Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M20
Life, either current or past, can throw up many challenges and difficulties that could be more manageable with support. Whatever may be troubling you or causing you stress or distress, talking therapy can be an important tool to help explore these issues and navigate a path to peace.
Life, either current or past, can throw up many challenges and difficulties that could be more manageable with support. Whatever may be troubling you or causing you stress or distress, talking therapy can be an important tool to help explore these issues and navigate a path to peace.
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Photo of Adrian Carrier, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Adrian Carrier
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
I provide a supportive environment in which we can explore together the difficulties that you're experiencing. I feel that holding warm, and understanding space in which you can grow is paramount and wholeheartedly respect that you are the expert of your own unique way of thinking, feeling, and experiencing. As such, I will trust, encourage, and support you to guide us on our journey together.
I provide a supportive environment in which we can explore together the difficulties that you're experiencing. I feel that holding warm, and understanding space in which you can grow is paramount and wholeheartedly respect that you are the expert of your own unique way of thinking, feeling, and experiencing. As such, I will trust, encourage, and support you to guide us on our journey together.
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Photo of Calming Minds Soothing Souls Therapies MBACP, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Calming Minds Soothing Souls Therapies MBACP
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
Waitlist for new clients
Counselling/ Psychotherapy: Effective counselling reduces confusion, allowing you to make effective decisions leading to positive changes in your attitude, behaviours & overall well-being. The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable you to make your own choices, reach your own decisions & go forward with a greater sense of clarity & self-management. Hypnotherapy & mindfulness can be introduced as a type of complementary therapy in which hypnosis is used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestions are made to rid you of emotional blockage. Mindfulness keeps us focused
Counselling/ Psychotherapy: Effective counselling reduces confusion, allowing you to make effective decisions leading to positive changes in your attitude, behaviours & overall well-being. The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable you to make your own choices, reach your own decisions & go forward with a greater sense of clarity & self-management. Hypnotherapy & mindfulness can be introduced as a type of complementary therapy in which hypnosis is used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestions are made to rid you of emotional blockage. Mindfulness keeps us focused
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Photo of Yvonne Elizabeth Meidlinger, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Yvonne Elizabeth Meidlinger
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M21
I believe that the therapist and client come together as a team to work through issues that may stand in the way of you reaching your potential. Through my training, I have mainly used Transactional Analysis, but also have some experience working in a solution-focussed way and like to work integratively as each person is an individual who may like to work in a different way. I work with people on a range of issues, but find that I work with people with anxiety or depression most commonly, and pride myself on working hard to make people feel at ease.
I believe that the therapist and client come together as a team to work through issues that may stand in the way of you reaching your potential. Through my training, I have mainly used Transactional Analysis, but also have some experience working in a solution-focussed way and like to work integratively as each person is an individual who may like to work in a different way. I work with people on a range of issues, but find that I work with people with anxiety or depression most commonly, and pride myself on working hard to make people feel at ease.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Manchester

800+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Manchester who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
84% Self Esteem
80% Stress
78% Relationship Issues
67% Trauma and PTSD
63% Bereavement

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% Aviva
59% AXA PPP
47% Vitality

How Counsellors in Manchester see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
27% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Manchester?

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.