Counselling in Stockton-on-Tees

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Sarah Moran
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS17
Hi there, I'm Sarah A qualified Person-Centred Counsellor, and an Imago Relationship Therapist. Using an integrative method - I am experienced in supporting people deal with a number of diverse issues including relationship issues, family issues, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, communication and marital problems.
Hi there, I'm Sarah A qualified Person-Centred Counsellor, and an Imago Relationship Therapist. Using an integrative method - I am experienced in supporting people deal with a number of diverse issues including relationship issues, family issues, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, communication and marital problems.
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Kerrie McCabe
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS20
Hello, and a very warm welcome. My name is Kerrie, and I am a qualified Counsellor. I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and adhere to their code of ethics. Counselling allows you to discuss any problems and difficult feelings you are experiencing in a relaxed, safe, and confidential environment. The Counselling process gives you the opportunity to talk about your problems enabling you to develop an understanding and insight into your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and issues. A plan of action may be looked at to either help you resolve your issues or help you to find ways of coping.
Hello, and a very warm welcome. My name is Kerrie, and I am a qualified Counsellor. I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and adhere to their code of ethics. Counselling allows you to discuss any problems and difficult feelings you are experiencing in a relaxed, safe, and confidential environment. The Counselling process gives you the opportunity to talk about your problems enabling you to develop an understanding and insight into your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and issues. A plan of action may be looked at to either help you resolve your issues or help you to find ways of coping.
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Breege Mary Flynn
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stockton-on-Tees TS21  (Online Only)
I have 38 years experience in Mental Health, with the last 11 years working as a Psychotherapist. I have treated everything from Panic Attacks to Complex PTSD. I love working with people and most importantly sharing their journey to recovery. I have had several experiences of people attending and thinking there was nothing that could be done. However, after a course of treatment and a little bit of fun, found that there was a great big world out there that they were now able to engage in. Other conditions I have treated include, GAD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Pain management, Weight loss using CBT, SAD, to name but a few.
I have 38 years experience in Mental Health, with the last 11 years working as a Psychotherapist. I have treated everything from Panic Attacks to Complex PTSD. I love working with people and most importantly sharing their journey to recovery. I have had several experiences of people attending and thinking there was nothing that could be done. However, after a course of treatment and a little bit of fun, found that there was a great big world out there that they were now able to engage in. Other conditions I have treated include, GAD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Pain management, Weight loss using CBT, SAD, to name but a few.
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Kirsty Shaw CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Stockton-on-Tees TS20  (Online Only)
Are you or a loved one struggling with obsessional thoughts or compulsive behaviours? Perhaps you have been experiencing social anxiety or low mood which has led you to avoid certain activities, people, or places. Are you are now wanting to be able to find enjoyment and fulfilment in your life? If you are struggling with your mental health, I can help you to overcome these difficulties with regular online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions. Please feel free to check out my website www.kirstyshawcbt.com
Are you or a loved one struggling with obsessional thoughts or compulsive behaviours? Perhaps you have been experiencing social anxiety or low mood which has led you to avoid certain activities, people, or places. Are you are now wanting to be able to find enjoyment and fulfilment in your life? If you are struggling with your mental health, I can help you to overcome these difficulties with regular online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions. Please feel free to check out my website www.kirstyshawcbt.com
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Couples In Focus
Counsellor, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS18
There are many reasons why couples seek therapy. For some, it's to reconnect, to regain trust in each other or to rekindle the spark of loving affection. Young parents might want to be supported in identifying matching parenting styles whilst mature couples find it challenging to reshape their relationship once the children have left or other life changes such as retirement are approaching. I work to provide clients with a safe & attuned therapeutic experience. This gives you the space to work through issues in your relationship, exploring ways to strengthen your relationship in the presence and the future.
There are many reasons why couples seek therapy. For some, it's to reconnect, to regain trust in each other or to rekindle the spark of loving affection. Young parents might want to be supported in identifying matching parenting styles whilst mature couples find it challenging to reshape their relationship once the children have left or other life changes such as retirement are approaching. I work to provide clients with a safe & attuned therapeutic experience. This gives you the space to work through issues in your relationship, exploring ways to strengthen your relationship in the presence and the future.
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Emma Moore
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stockton-on-Tees TS18
Not accepting new clients
Modern life throws many pressures and challenges our way and many of us find it difficult to admit that we're struggling. Often fear of judgement prevents us from reaching out for help. This is where therapy can come in. My work in a Mental Health Primary Care Team & roles in the community have provided me with experience of in working in many areas of psychological distress such as: Low self-esteem Interpersonal relationship problems/ breakdowns Depression Anxiety Bereavement/Loss Trauma Domestic abuse Bullying Social isolation/ Loneliness Sexuality/ gender confusion Homelessness Feeling a failure/ lost in life.
Modern life throws many pressures and challenges our way and many of us find it difficult to admit that we're struggling. Often fear of judgement prevents us from reaching out for help. This is where therapy can come in. My work in a Mental Health Primary Care Team & roles in the community have provided me with experience of in working in many areas of psychological distress such as: Low self-esteem Interpersonal relationship problems/ breakdowns Depression Anxiety Bereavement/Loss Trauma Domestic abuse Bullying Social isolation/ Loneliness Sexuality/ gender confusion Homelessness Feeling a failure/ lost in life.
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Nicola Jayne Arceri
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS17
My counselling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe one size fits all! I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues including relationship issues, depression, anxiety, coping with addictions, attention-deficit disorder, trauma, bereavement and loss, anger management amongst other concerns I also help many people who have experienced sexual abuse, rape and domestic violence or that live with personality disorders
My counselling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe one size fits all! I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues including relationship issues, depression, anxiety, coping with addictions, attention-deficit disorder, trauma, bereavement and loss, anger management amongst other concerns I also help many people who have experienced sexual abuse, rape and domestic violence or that live with personality disorders
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Nickki Dickens
Counsellor, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stockton-on-Tees TS18
Hello I’m Nickki, I work with children, young people and their families and have done for the last eight years in a range of settings, across Teesside. I am an accredited Child & Adolescent Therapist, working in a private practice, I also work as a consultant with The Bungalow Partnership, a local charity in Middlesbrough, I work within many primary and secondary schools, specialist education provisions and with the Local Authorities in Teesside. . I create a safe space so that children and young people are able to safely bring their most painful thoughts and feelings into a safe space with me in the room.
Hello I’m Nickki, I work with children, young people and their families and have done for the last eight years in a range of settings, across Teesside. I am an accredited Child & Adolescent Therapist, working in a private practice, I also work as a consultant with The Bungalow Partnership, a local charity in Middlesbrough, I work within many primary and secondary schools, specialist education provisions and with the Local Authorities in Teesside. . I create a safe space so that children and young people are able to safely bring their most painful thoughts and feelings into a safe space with me in the room.
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Photo of Karena Serdecka, Psychotherapist in Stockton-on-Tees, England
Karena Serdecka
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS16
Whether you are working through a significant change or are finding it difficult to manage or resolve longer term issues which are preventing you from thriving and reaching your fullest potential in life, relationships, family or work – I can help you by working with you in a fully supportive, non-judgemental, empathic way. I am a warm, relational and person-centred integrative psychotherapist also with DPC (child and adol), also clinical hypnotherapist (Adult). Additionally -Dip CBT, EFT, Mindfulness, Art and Couples Therapies. I lecture in psychotherapy, psychology and counselling and have worked with clients 5 yrs old to 80yrs+
Whether you are working through a significant change or are finding it difficult to manage or resolve longer term issues which are preventing you from thriving and reaching your fullest potential in life, relationships, family or work – I can help you by working with you in a fully supportive, non-judgemental, empathic way. I am a warm, relational and person-centred integrative psychotherapist also with DPC (child and adol), also clinical hypnotherapist (Adult). Additionally -Dip CBT, EFT, Mindfulness, Art and Couples Therapies. I lecture in psychotherapy, psychology and counselling and have worked with clients 5 yrs old to 80yrs+
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David Benjamin
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS16
As a Trauma Informed therapist and supervisor I offer confidential one to one sessions for issues including anxiety and trauma. Face to face or video call. As an adopted adult, I've experienced my own attachment issues that come with this and can work through these with you in a trauma informed way. You will be made to feel welcome and safe as we work together.
As a Trauma Informed therapist and supervisor I offer confidential one to one sessions for issues including anxiety and trauma. Face to face or video call. As an adopted adult, I've experienced my own attachment issues that come with this and can work through these with you in a trauma informed way. You will be made to feel welcome and safe as we work together.
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Shaz Siraj
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS20
Hi, I'm Shaz. Welcome to my profile. Sometimes life can feel tough, and at times like this, it can feel difficult to see a way out of what you may be feeling. I truly believe in the power of talking, and especially in the changes that can happen when you are truly listened to. I can offer you a friendly, easy-going Counsellor who will not judge, but instead will offer you empathy and understanding. I will listen to you and work alongside you to build resilience and empower you to shine another perspective on your situation. I aim to build a therapeutic relationship with you that is real, honest, and based on trust.
Hi, I'm Shaz. Welcome to my profile. Sometimes life can feel tough, and at times like this, it can feel difficult to see a way out of what you may be feeling. I truly believe in the power of talking, and especially in the changes that can happen when you are truly listened to. I can offer you a friendly, easy-going Counsellor who will not judge, but instead will offer you empathy and understanding. I will listen to you and work alongside you to build resilience and empower you to shine another perspective on your situation. I aim to build a therapeutic relationship with you that is real, honest, and based on trust.
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Jennifer Brown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS17  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Jen. Thank you for looking at my profile. I understand how hard it can be to take the first step in seeking support and choosing the right therapist; I offer a free 30 minute initial session to enable you to get an understanding of how I work. I provide a warm, down-to-earth and friendly approach to my work, using humour where appropriate, to help put you at ease and feel comfortable. As well as providing a healing experience, therapy can provide you with the space to better understand and manage your emotions, help build resilience, boost confidence and promote a happier, healthier life.
Hi, I’m Jen. Thank you for looking at my profile. I understand how hard it can be to take the first step in seeking support and choosing the right therapist; I offer a free 30 minute initial session to enable you to get an understanding of how I work. I provide a warm, down-to-earth and friendly approach to my work, using humour where appropriate, to help put you at ease and feel comfortable. As well as providing a healing experience, therapy can provide you with the space to better understand and manage your emotions, help build resilience, boost confidence and promote a happier, healthier life.
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Shirley Wilks
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS20
I am a Person Centred/Gestalt Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor who has worked in the area of mental health since 2001 working with adult individuals, couples and groups. The therapeutic relationship is key and I am here to explore with you and support you in working through what might be troubling you at this time with a common goal, which is to improve your psychological mood and wellbeing. I provide clinical supervision to clinicians from trainees in placements to experienced therapists. I also work as an affiliate for EAP organisations.
I am a Person Centred/Gestalt Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor who has worked in the area of mental health since 2001 working with adult individuals, couples and groups. The therapeutic relationship is key and I am here to explore with you and support you in working through what might be troubling you at this time with a common goal, which is to improve your psychological mood and wellbeing. I provide clinical supervision to clinicians from trainees in placements to experienced therapists. I also work as an affiliate for EAP organisations.
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Tees Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS21  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Lucy a fully accredited BABCP Psychotherapist with extensive experience working with people suffering in their mental health. I'm qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), DBT, ACT and EMDR (Trauma therapy). I've worked with people experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD and psychosis using my knowledge and warm, caring approach to support and guide each person forwards. Whether it's working on difficulties managing emotions or generally feeling flat, overwhelmed and just needing some extra support we can work on it together. We'll set goals and work as a Team putting your self care needs first.
Hi, I'm Lucy a fully accredited BABCP Psychotherapist with extensive experience working with people suffering in their mental health. I'm qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), DBT, ACT and EMDR (Trauma therapy). I've worked with people experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD and psychosis using my knowledge and warm, caring approach to support and guide each person forwards. Whether it's working on difficulties managing emotions or generally feeling flat, overwhelmed and just needing some extra support we can work on it together. We'll set goals and work as a Team putting your self care needs first.
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Stephanie Powell
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS19
I am a Psychological Therapist specialising in solution focused therapy. If you are seeking change and positive growth such as developing confidence or healthy self-esteem, we will work strategically to move you towards your goals. Creating a stronger sense of who you are and what you want, will help you to move forward with your life. Many life experiences, however simple or traumatic, can keep us stuck; we will explore and address what needs to be released, healed and developed in order to align you with your most authentic self and best life. My work is a complete integrated approach to mind/body/spirit wellness.
I am a Psychological Therapist specialising in solution focused therapy. If you are seeking change and positive growth such as developing confidence or healthy self-esteem, we will work strategically to move you towards your goals. Creating a stronger sense of who you are and what you want, will help you to move forward with your life. Many life experiences, however simple or traumatic, can keep us stuck; we will explore and address what needs to be released, healed and developed in order to align you with your most authentic self and best life. My work is a complete integrated approach to mind/body/spirit wellness.
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Tracy McGlade
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS19
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! I offer short-term and long-term models of psychotherapy for individual adults of all ages and walks of life. I work with a wide range of people who come to therapy for different reasons whether it be symptoms of mood dysregulation such as anxiety or depression, issues related to childhood or adult trauma, relationship challenges, dealing with a chronic health condition, a major loss or life transition, or whether it is simply for personal growth and healing. I believe that problems can be overcome, and solutions can be found. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Welcome! I offer short-term and long-term models of psychotherapy for individual adults of all ages and walks of life. I work with a wide range of people who come to therapy for different reasons whether it be symptoms of mood dysregulation such as anxiety or depression, issues related to childhood or adult trauma, relationship challenges, dealing with a chronic health condition, a major loss or life transition, or whether it is simply for personal growth and healing. I believe that problems can be overcome, and solutions can be found. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
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Debra Baker-Heriot
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS18
Whatever you may be having difficulty with in life I offer non-judgemental support to help explore it with you. I understand it can feel scary to think about contacting & talking to someone & I would hope to help you feel okay & safe in our initial chat. I'm an experienced psychotherapist & counsellor & we can work out together whether I'm the right therapist for you. I offer support for many issues including feelings of anxiety, low mood, bereavement, loss, trauma, depresssion, relationships, life transitions, or feeling empty in life. Counselling can be about seeking clarity, personal growth or working through confusing feelings.
Whatever you may be having difficulty with in life I offer non-judgemental support to help explore it with you. I understand it can feel scary to think about contacting & talking to someone & I would hope to help you feel okay & safe in our initial chat. I'm an experienced psychotherapist & counsellor & we can work out together whether I'm the right therapist for you. I offer support for many issues including feelings of anxiety, low mood, bereavement, loss, trauma, depresssion, relationships, life transitions, or feeling empty in life. Counselling can be about seeking clarity, personal growth or working through confusing feelings.
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Dr Sally Conway
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS16  (Online Only)
Feeling stressed and unsure how to move forward? Fed up of pleasing others or overthinking difficult life events? Perhaps you're struggling to concentrate or avoiding all the things you need to do? If you've neglected your needs for too long, you're not alone. I know how easy it is to lose a sense of yourself when life throws uncertainty and challenges your way. I'm here to guide you to overcome your struggles, discover what you want and need in your life and learn simple ways to achieve more balance, energy and freedom. Feel heard, understood and in control again. I offer ONLINE only therapy and coaching to adults across the UK.
Feeling stressed and unsure how to move forward? Fed up of pleasing others or overthinking difficult life events? Perhaps you're struggling to concentrate or avoiding all the things you need to do? If you've neglected your needs for too long, you're not alone. I know how easy it is to lose a sense of yourself when life throws uncertainty and challenges your way. I'm here to guide you to overcome your struggles, discover what you want and need in your life and learn simple ways to achieve more balance, energy and freedom. Feel heard, understood and in control again. I offer ONLINE only therapy and coaching to adults across the UK.
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Peter John Haggerston
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS19
I am in integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I've worked with children and families since 2015. I am an adoptive parent. I support families, children and individuals to feel empowered and authentic. I have a lived experience of neurodivergence (autism). I have parented neurodivergent children with co-existing conditions such as, ASD, FASD, ADHD etc. I work integratively using different theoretical approaches tailored to the individual clients needs. I have a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and I use the seven eyed model. I work with students, qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
I am in integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I've worked with children and families since 2015. I am an adoptive parent. I support families, children and individuals to feel empowered and authentic. I have a lived experience of neurodivergence (autism). I have parented neurodivergent children with co-existing conditions such as, ASD, FASD, ADHD etc. I work integratively using different theoretical approaches tailored to the individual clients needs. I have a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and I use the seven eyed model. I work with students, qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
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Raj Muirhead
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS18
I am an experienced psychotherapist and have worked with a wide range of complex trauma, abuse, loss, work related stress and mental health issues. I have an integrative approach to my work and tailor the work to suit your needs. I have a strong belief in every individual being able to manage themselves with the appropriate resources and being able to change the repeating negative patterns or behaviours in their lives, personal and work relationships.
I am an experienced psychotherapist and have worked with a wide range of complex trauma, abuse, loss, work related stress and mental health issues. I have an integrative approach to my work and tailor the work to suit your needs. I have a strong belief in every individual being able to manage themselves with the appropriate resources and being able to change the repeating negative patterns or behaviours in their lives, personal and work relationships.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Stockton-on-Tees

40+

Average cost per session

£50

Counsellors in Stockton-on-Tees who prioritize treating:

98% Self Esteem
91% Depression
89% Anxiety
89% Stress
78% Relationship Issues
76% Trauma and PTSD
70% Bereavement

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aviva
71% AXA PPP
57% Vitality

How Counsellors in Stockton-on-Tees see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Stockton-on-Tees?

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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.