Counselling in Milton Keynes

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Anne Kariuki
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK6
My aim is to offer a safe space where we can explore whatever you choose to. Together we can work through any issues you may have. I believe that you are the expert on you and we can work towards a future you decide. ​ You may be facing some personal difficulties or struggles that you wish could be resolved. These might be a persistent low mood, a recurrent anxiety, a recent or past traumatic experience, a lack of meaning or direction in life, an anger issue, the loss of a loved one a relationship breakdown, a feeling of guilt or shame, a difficult life transition, or a more enduring and chronic mental health difficulty. ​
My aim is to offer a safe space where we can explore whatever you choose to. Together we can work through any issues you may have. I believe that you are the expert on you and we can work towards a future you decide. ​ You may be facing some personal difficulties or struggles that you wish could be resolved. These might be a persistent low mood, a recurrent anxiety, a recent or past traumatic experience, a lack of meaning or direction in life, an anger issue, the loss of a loved one a relationship breakdown, a feeling of guilt or shame, a difficult life transition, or a more enduring and chronic mental health difficulty. ​
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Dr Nicholas P Sarantakis
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK9
Dr. Sarantakis is an integrative practitioner, meaning that he combines creatively different therapeutic modalities and he applies an individually-tailored approach to meet the needs of each unique client in a sensitive and compassionate manner. While the Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches, along with CBT, form the ground of his practice, he will often suggest and discuss with you interventions and tasks that derive from narrative exposure therapy, existential, or Emotion-Focused Therapy. Nicholas also has a 5-year-long professional training in psychodynamic group, family and couple therapy.
Dr. Sarantakis is an integrative practitioner, meaning that he combines creatively different therapeutic modalities and he applies an individually-tailored approach to meet the needs of each unique client in a sensitive and compassionate manner. While the Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches, along with CBT, form the ground of his practice, he will often suggest and discuss with you interventions and tasks that derive from narrative exposure therapy, existential, or Emotion-Focused Therapy. Nicholas also has a 5-year-long professional training in psychodynamic group, family and couple therapy.
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Anh Huntington
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK10
I offer counselling for individuals and I am also a certified Imago relationship therapist, trained to work with couples and family members. I offer you a safe, confidential space to explore those difficult moments in your life. My work reflects three core beliefs: Being genuine, so you can successfully explore the issues that have brought you to seek help. Being accepting and empathic, giving you the opportunity to increase your self-understanding. Providing a non-judgmental and safe place to share your experiences as we work together. I am warm and understanding towards others. I am also a broad-minded Counsellor.
I offer counselling for individuals and I am also a certified Imago relationship therapist, trained to work with couples and family members. I offer you a safe, confidential space to explore those difficult moments in your life. My work reflects three core beliefs: Being genuine, so you can successfully explore the issues that have brought you to seek help. Being accepting and empathic, giving you the opportunity to increase your self-understanding. Providing a non-judgmental and safe place to share your experiences as we work together. I am warm and understanding towards others. I am also a broad-minded Counsellor.
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DS-Therapia
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK12
Hello, my name is Doug Stow. I’m an experienced Psychotherapist, Couples & Relationship Psychotherapist, Psychosexual & Sex Addiction Psychotherapist with over 26+ years experience private practice. • PG. Dip. Psychosexual Therapy, London South Bank University • PG. Cert. Forensic Sexology, University of Central Lancashire • Professional Cert. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) • Advance Cert. Psychosexual & Relationship Psychotherapy (COSRT) Accredited Training Course
Hello, my name is Doug Stow. I’m an experienced Psychotherapist, Couples & Relationship Psychotherapist, Psychosexual & Sex Addiction Psychotherapist with over 26+ years experience private practice. • PG. Dip. Psychosexual Therapy, London South Bank University • PG. Cert. Forensic Sexology, University of Central Lancashire • Professional Cert. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) • Advance Cert. Psychosexual & Relationship Psychotherapy (COSRT) Accredited Training Course
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Sharon Beagles
Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milton Keynes MK13
Deciding to have therapy can be a big step so it is understandable that you may feel nervous or apprehensive. In my practice, my aim is to provide a safe place where we can explore whatever you struggle with at your own pace. I also believe that a trusting relationship, built upon authenticity and free from preconceptions and judgment, is an essential ingredient in any work we do together.
Deciding to have therapy can be a big step so it is understandable that you may feel nervous or apprehensive. In my practice, my aim is to provide a safe place where we can explore whatever you struggle with at your own pace. I also believe that a trusting relationship, built upon authenticity and free from preconceptions and judgment, is an essential ingredient in any work we do together.
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Mimicounselling.co.uk
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milton Keynes MK6  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Mariam , I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression and other areas. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to help you discover the unique YOU. I work mainly with adults who struggle with everyday life stressors such as financial concerns, relationship struggles, family issues, medical concerns, job concerns, or other concerns. I believe my background
Hi my name is Mariam , I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression and other areas. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to help you discover the unique YOU. I work mainly with adults who struggle with everyday life stressors such as financial concerns, relationship struggles, family issues, medical concerns, job concerns, or other concerns. I believe my background
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Tracy Harvey
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK17
As a therapist, I work with clients to help them deal with issues such as depression, anxiety and invasive thoughts. I believe that society is quick to label people and say “whats wrong with you?” whereas, I believe we should be asking “What happened to you?” My clients have included survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, sexual assault and those recovering from traumatic-based experiences that have affected their current quality of life. I offer bereavement counselling to help people navigate their pain and find their own way to make sense of their loss. I recognise that, as each person is unique, so is their grieving process.
As a therapist, I work with clients to help them deal with issues such as depression, anxiety and invasive thoughts. I believe that society is quick to label people and say “whats wrong with you?” whereas, I believe we should be asking “What happened to you?” My clients have included survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, sexual assault and those recovering from traumatic-based experiences that have affected their current quality of life. I offer bereavement counselling to help people navigate their pain and find their own way to make sense of their loss. I recognise that, as each person is unique, so is their grieving process.
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Theresa Randall
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK14  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
If you have suffered a bereavement or are a survivor of sexual abuse, then it might not be easy to talk about your thoughts and feeling with friends or family. Talking to someone that you can trust to be non-judgemental and who values you as a person, will help you to feel heard and safe. I can help you to have a better understanding of what you are feeling. Or, If you are just feeling feeling low and need someone to talk things through with, to be able to gain clarity over a situation that you might find yourself in, I can offer you a safe space to do that.
If you have suffered a bereavement or are a survivor of sexual abuse, then it might not be easy to talk about your thoughts and feeling with friends or family. Talking to someone that you can trust to be non-judgemental and who values you as a person, will help you to feel heard and safe. I can help you to have a better understanding of what you are feeling. Or, If you are just feeling feeling low and need someone to talk things through with, to be able to gain clarity over a situation that you might find yourself in, I can offer you a safe space to do that.
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Smita Davé
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK5
I work as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in an NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolesecent Services) service and a small private practice. I previously worked as nurse for 15 years in CAMHS and adult secondary care. I comepleted my MSc in CBT in 2015 and since then have worked as a CBT therapist in CAMHS and with adults. In my private practice I work with children, young people and adults with a variety of difficulties including mood and anxiety disorders including trauma focused CBT. I have also recenty trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desenstization Reprocessing) and offer EMDR to children, young people and adults.
I work as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in an NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolesecent Services) service and a small private practice. I previously worked as nurse for 15 years in CAMHS and adult secondary care. I comepleted my MSc in CBT in 2015 and since then have worked as a CBT therapist in CAMHS and with adults. In my private practice I work with children, young people and adults with a variety of difficulties including mood and anxiety disorders including trauma focused CBT. I have also recenty trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desenstization Reprocessing) and offer EMDR to children, young people and adults.
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Photo of Debbie Strafford, BACP, Counsellor
Debbie Strafford
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK10
Waitlist for new clients
Emotional and psychological difficulties can occur at any age and growing up can be challenging, it can often leave children feeling out of control. Neurodivergent children may have the additional barrier of being unable to communicate their problems which may further heighten anxieties and leave them feeling unable to cope, this is often expressed through challenging behaviours, withdrawal, eating disorders or self-harm. Reaching out for support can be overwhelming but it is the first step in helping to understand behaviours, feelings and emotions.
Emotional and psychological difficulties can occur at any age and growing up can be challenging, it can often leave children feeling out of control. Neurodivergent children may have the additional barrier of being unable to communicate their problems which may further heighten anxieties and leave them feeling unable to cope, this is often expressed through challenging behaviours, withdrawal, eating disorders or self-harm. Reaching out for support can be overwhelming but it is the first step in helping to understand behaviours, feelings and emotions.
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Remind MK
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK19
Confronting your mental health, accepting you need support and reaching out for help is a courageous step. I completely understand that the first step can be daunting and we will work together at a pace that suits you. I will spend as much time as you need explaining how I work and the methods I use. Your initial consultation will be about us getting to know each other, the emotions you’re experiencing; how they make you feel and how they are affecting your life and well-being. We will complete an assessment together which will allow an individually tailored treatment programme to be planned specifically for you.
Confronting your mental health, accepting you need support and reaching out for help is a courageous step. I completely understand that the first step can be daunting and we will work together at a pace that suits you. I will spend as much time as you need explaining how I work and the methods I use. Your initial consultation will be about us getting to know each other, the emotions you’re experiencing; how they make you feel and how they are affecting your life and well-being. We will complete an assessment together which will allow an individually tailored treatment programme to be planned specifically for you.
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Laura Hans Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milton Keynes MK3
Hi, I'm Laura, a CBT & EMDR Therapist & mother of three. I’m on a mission to empower mothers and remind them how important it is to nurture and care for themselves as well as their children. Focussing on mental health and wellbeing, I support mums and mums-to-be on their journey to and through motherhood. Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, bringing a baby into the world is a huge transition. Yes, it’s precious and beautiful, but it can be overwhelming and utterly soul-destroying at times. Wherever you are on your journey, and whatever you’re dealing with, I’m here to guide you through these feelings and out the other side.
Hi, I'm Laura, a CBT & EMDR Therapist & mother of three. I’m on a mission to empower mothers and remind them how important it is to nurture and care for themselves as well as their children. Focussing on mental health and wellbeing, I support mums and mums-to-be on their journey to and through motherhood. Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, bringing a baby into the world is a huge transition. Yes, it’s precious and beautiful, but it can be overwhelming and utterly soul-destroying at times. Wherever you are on your journey, and whatever you’re dealing with, I’m here to guide you through these feelings and out the other side.
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Mat Schencks
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK11
I offer a caring and non-judgmental relationship in which you can explore the issues, experiences, thoughts and feelings that have brought you to seek help. We will explore the situations and challenges you are facing in your life. Speaking about what is difficult is the beginning of feeling better. Core Process Psychotherapy combines the wisdom and compassion of Buddhism with western approaches to psychology. This compassionate and relational approach emphasises our wholeness, and our inherent resilience and balance - however hidden these qualities may sometimes seem. I work with both individuals and couples.
I offer a caring and non-judgmental relationship in which you can explore the issues, experiences, thoughts and feelings that have brought you to seek help. We will explore the situations and challenges you are facing in your life. Speaking about what is difficult is the beginning of feeling better. Core Process Psychotherapy combines the wisdom and compassion of Buddhism with western approaches to psychology. This compassionate and relational approach emphasises our wholeness, and our inherent resilience and balance - however hidden these qualities may sometimes seem. I work with both individuals and couples.
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Jenna Gleeson
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK17
I work with adolescents and young people aged 12-25, with my expertise in working with care experienced young people. I am compassionate, empathetic, understanding and am committed to creating a warm, safe, non-judgemental space in which to explore whatever has brought you to Therapy. When a young person feels heard in an empathic, non-judgemental way, by someone separate from their lives, it allows them the freedom to explore their feelings without fear of being judged.
I work with adolescents and young people aged 12-25, with my expertise in working with care experienced young people. I am compassionate, empathetic, understanding and am committed to creating a warm, safe, non-judgemental space in which to explore whatever has brought you to Therapy. When a young person feels heard in an empathic, non-judgemental way, by someone separate from their lives, it allows them the freedom to explore their feelings without fear of being judged.
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Carolyn Kempster
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Milton Keynes MK3
Everyone faces difficult situations and painful experiences. As a person-centred counsellor, I offer you the space and time to explore whatever feels important, in a non-judgemental and safe setting. I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow, change, and heal, given the right conditions. Through counselling, I hope to help you feel heard, understood, and empowered. It's important to me to offer authentic warmth and care to clients, and listen with empathy and understanding. Together we can explore ideas and options, helping you to imagine a new way forward.
Everyone faces difficult situations and painful experiences. As a person-centred counsellor, I offer you the space and time to explore whatever feels important, in a non-judgemental and safe setting. I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow, change, and heal, given the right conditions. Through counselling, I hope to help you feel heard, understood, and empowered. It's important to me to offer authentic warmth and care to clients, and listen with empathy and understanding. Together we can explore ideas and options, helping you to imagine a new way forward.
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Ravi Sankar
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK14
I am a senior clinical psychologist and psychological therapist with over 15 years NHS experience and currently work in private practice. Most of us have experienced hardship. Have you been overwhelmed with what life has thrown at you? Do you easily overreact? I will help you to develop a deep understanding of your emotional problems, to learn what has made you stuck, and how to respond more flexibly to move forward. How we think makes a big difference to what we feel and then do. I treat many problems including anxiety disorders, PTSD and depression. I have access to several psychotherapists and a health psychologist who can help.
I am a senior clinical psychologist and psychological therapist with over 15 years NHS experience and currently work in private practice. Most of us have experienced hardship. Have you been overwhelmed with what life has thrown at you? Do you easily overreact? I will help you to develop a deep understanding of your emotional problems, to learn what has made you stuck, and how to respond more flexibly to move forward. How we think makes a big difference to what we feel and then do. I treat many problems including anxiety disorders, PTSD and depression. I have access to several psychotherapists and a health psychologist who can help.
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Karen Johnson
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK10
Do you wake up anxious, stressed and dread the beginning of each new day? Are you feeling overwhelmed from taking care of everyone else’s needs and feel guilty if you take time for yourself? Do you often feel that everyone else’s problems are greater than yours and don’t speak out about your own difficulties but will happily listen and support friends when they need help? Perhaps you feel that your work / life balance is out of control but just don't know where to start? Working together I will help you create healthier habits, feel better about yourself and learn techniques to feel more in control to begin enjoying life again.
Do you wake up anxious, stressed and dread the beginning of each new day? Are you feeling overwhelmed from taking care of everyone else’s needs and feel guilty if you take time for yourself? Do you often feel that everyone else’s problems are greater than yours and don’t speak out about your own difficulties but will happily listen and support friends when they need help? Perhaps you feel that your work / life balance is out of control but just don't know where to start? Working together I will help you create healthier habits, feel better about yourself and learn techniques to feel more in control to begin enjoying life again.
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Catherine Russell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK9
I believe everyone should have access to high quality counselling at exactly the time they need it, without having to wait. I am a qualified counsellor with many years experience working with a wide range of issues and with people who come from a variety of backgrounds. This experience includes bereavement, domestic violence, low self-esteem, substance misuse, relationship difficulties, addictions, self-harm, trauma, abuse, social and family interactions, carer support, misophonia, divorce and separation, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
I believe everyone should have access to high quality counselling at exactly the time they need it, without having to wait. I am a qualified counsellor with many years experience working with a wide range of issues and with people who come from a variety of backgrounds. This experience includes bereavement, domestic violence, low self-esteem, substance misuse, relationship difficulties, addictions, self-harm, trauma, abuse, social and family interactions, carer support, misophonia, divorce and separation, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
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Ella Sherlock
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK11
Ella is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and specialist in helping people live well with a range of physical and mental health conditions. She will provide space to listen to your story whilst assessing your needs. You will be able to create an individualised treatment plan together. Ella will help you to understand what is happening in your mind and body and feel more empowered to cope. The treatments she offers are drawn from up-to-date research in line with the latest national NICE guidance. Ella will work with you to address your self-defined goals and she will show you some psychological tools to help you track the changes.
Ella is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and specialist in helping people live well with a range of physical and mental health conditions. She will provide space to listen to your story whilst assessing your needs. You will be able to create an individualised treatment plan together. Ella will help you to understand what is happening in your mind and body and feel more empowered to cope. The treatments she offers are drawn from up-to-date research in line with the latest national NICE guidance. Ella will work with you to address your self-defined goals and she will show you some psychological tools to help you track the changes.
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Dr Livia M Pontes
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Milton Keynes MK15
I am a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience. I work with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and other 3rd wave approaches (CFT, FAP). I am passionate about helping my clients through their recovery journeys. I have a holistic approach to treatment, taking into consideration emotional, biological, social and cultural factors that impact a person’s mental health. Treatment is tailored to meet clients’ goals and needs. I see children (from about 7 yrs old) up to any age in adulthood. I offer support to parents and can liaise with schools.
I am a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience. I work with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and other 3rd wave approaches (CFT, FAP). I am passionate about helping my clients through their recovery journeys. I have a holistic approach to treatment, taking into consideration emotional, biological, social and cultural factors that impact a person’s mental health. Treatment is tailored to meet clients’ goals and needs. I see children (from about 7 yrs old) up to any age in adulthood. I offer support to parents and can liaise with schools.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Milton Keynes

100+

Average cost per session

£55

Counsellors in Milton Keynes who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
84% Self Esteem
79% Stress
73% Relationship Issues
66% Coping Skills
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

72% Aviva
66% AXA PPP
59% Vitality

How Counsellors in Milton Keynes see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Milton Keynes?

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.