Counselling in Belfast

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Photo of Catherine Gillen, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Catherine Gillen
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified
Belfast BT9
Not accepting new clients
Are you looking for effective therapy that is pragmatic, realistic and down to earth? I am an integrative therapist offering a warm and compassionate approach that is tailored to your individual needs. I will work collaboratively with you to resolve the inevitable struggles that are part of life. If you feel you are ready to take those first tentative steps to alleviate your distress and live a richer and more meaningful life then please call me for a free/no obligation telephone consultation.
Are you looking for effective therapy that is pragmatic, realistic and down to earth? I am an integrative therapist offering a warm and compassionate approach that is tailored to your individual needs. I will work collaboratively with you to resolve the inevitable struggles that are part of life. If you feel you are ready to take those first tentative steps to alleviate your distress and live a richer and more meaningful life then please call me for a free/no obligation telephone consultation.
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Photo of Carey Campbell, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Carey Campbell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Belfast BT15
I am one half of Different Therapy; distinct, individual, diverse - celebrating and embracing difference in our clients. My passion for counselling began many years ago, and continues to grow as I see my clients find ways to discover healing and growth . Unresolved issues have a way of coming back on us as we move through adult life. I will join you, and together we can explore whatever is bringing you to counselling. It is a privilege beyond measure to work therapeutically with others. I will help you reach your goals, feel better within yourself and learn to love all of your parts.
I am one half of Different Therapy; distinct, individual, diverse - celebrating and embracing difference in our clients. My passion for counselling began many years ago, and continues to grow as I see my clients find ways to discover healing and growth . Unresolved issues have a way of coming back on us as we move through adult life. I will join you, and together we can explore whatever is bringing you to counselling. It is a privilege beyond measure to work therapeutically with others. I will help you reach your goals, feel better within yourself and learn to love all of your parts.
028 9694 3344 View 028 9694 3344
Photo of Belfast Psychology Services Ltd, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast Psychology Services Ltd
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT9
Welcome to Belfast Psychology Services. Please visit www.belfastpsychologyservices.com, go to the "book a consultation" page and schedule a date and time for your 15 minute call. Our therapists offer psychological support for a range of difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma. Support is also offered for neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome (TS) and vocal and motor tics. ​ In addition, the service offers diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2 (ADOS-2).
Welcome to Belfast Psychology Services. Please visit www.belfastpsychologyservices.com, go to the "book a consultation" page and schedule a date and time for your 15 minute call. Our therapists offer psychological support for a range of difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma. Support is also offered for neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome (TS) and vocal and motor tics. ​ In addition, the service offers diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2 (ADOS-2).
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Photo of Dr Amanda Gleeson, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Amanda Gleeson
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT8  (Online Only)
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adults and young people with a variety of different mental health difficulties. I am fully registered and offer a variety of evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of difficulties. These include anxiety, stress/overwhelm, OCD, panic and relationship difficulties. My specialist interest is supporting individuals who have experienced difficulties as a result of their experience of trauma and I have published research in this area. I currently offer online appointments only, with both evening and weekend availability.
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adults and young people with a variety of different mental health difficulties. I am fully registered and offer a variety of evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of difficulties. These include anxiety, stress/overwhelm, OCD, panic and relationship difficulties. My specialist interest is supporting individuals who have experienced difficulties as a result of their experience of trauma and I have published research in this area. I currently offer online appointments only, with both evening and weekend availability.
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Photo of Claire Freeman Counselling , Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Claire Freeman Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Belfast BT5
You may be viewing this page with a specific issue and not quite sure how to manage it. Through giving yourself time and space to unpack or untangle the issue in counselling, it can help you figure out how to move forward. Every counsellor you work with will offer something unique in the relationship you build. It's important that you find someone you feel you can be open and honest with. My role as your counsellor will be to support you through untangling some of that ‘stuff’ that might be holding you back, becoming a daily struggle or impacting your relationships. I offer a safe, confidential and non judgemental space.
You may be viewing this page with a specific issue and not quite sure how to manage it. Through giving yourself time and space to unpack or untangle the issue in counselling, it can help you figure out how to move forward. Every counsellor you work with will offer something unique in the relationship you build. It's important that you find someone you feel you can be open and honest with. My role as your counsellor will be to support you through untangling some of that ‘stuff’ that might be holding you back, becoming a daily struggle or impacting your relationships. I offer a safe, confidential and non judgemental space.
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Photo of Dr Casey McGivern, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Casey McGivern
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT4  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a fully registered Clinical Psychologist working in East Belfast. My practice is situated conveniently by the M2 and M3 motorways and close to Belfast city centre. I have over 7 years' experience working in Clinical Psychology and the area of mental health with adults, children and families. I work with a range of issues such as trauma, OCD, anxiety, depression, grief and interpersonal relationship difficulties. I have a special interest in working with new parents and pregnant people in distress or encountering difficulty related to their parenting journey (birth trauma, postnatal depression etc.).
I am a fully registered Clinical Psychologist working in East Belfast. My practice is situated conveniently by the M2 and M3 motorways and close to Belfast city centre. I have over 7 years' experience working in Clinical Psychology and the area of mental health with adults, children and families. I work with a range of issues such as trauma, OCD, anxiety, depression, grief and interpersonal relationship difficulties. I have a special interest in working with new parents and pregnant people in distress or encountering difficulty related to their parenting journey (birth trauma, postnatal depression etc.).
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Photo of Flora Todaro Luck, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Flora Todaro Luck
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP
Verified
Belfast BT9
An Emotionally Focused Couple Counselling will help you and your partner to: -Identify the distressing, repeating interactions that make a couple feel stuck in an unhappy cycle. -Understand the feelings that underlie such negative interaction. - Create new patterns of interaction that brings you closer and strengthens your precious bond. -Build a more positive, constructive relationship that is the basis for a happy relationship. Emotionally Focused Couple Counselling is for couples who want to break away from the cycle of arguing, blaming, silence, and frustration.
An Emotionally Focused Couple Counselling will help you and your partner to: -Identify the distressing, repeating interactions that make a couple feel stuck in an unhappy cycle. -Understand the feelings that underlie such negative interaction. - Create new patterns of interaction that brings you closer and strengthens your precious bond. -Build a more positive, constructive relationship that is the basis for a happy relationship. Emotionally Focused Couple Counselling is for couples who want to break away from the cycle of arguing, blaming, silence, and frustration.
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Photo of Perspective Counselling, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Perspective Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified
Belfast BT15
Are you feeling stuck and uncertain about the path ahead? I am an Integrative Counsellor and can help you navigate the obstacles that are preventing you from living the life that you want. Working collaboratively, we can explore the right tools to come up with a tailor-made approach to assist you in improving your emotional well-being. Working at a comfortable pace for you, gaining a different perspective and acquiring new skills along the way, it is possible to achieve a healthy emotional well-being that supports you in your day-to-day life. I welcome the opportunity of working with you in reaching your individual goals.
Are you feeling stuck and uncertain about the path ahead? I am an Integrative Counsellor and can help you navigate the obstacles that are preventing you from living the life that you want. Working collaboratively, we can explore the right tools to come up with a tailor-made approach to assist you in improving your emotional well-being. Working at a comfortable pace for you, gaining a different perspective and acquiring new skills along the way, it is possible to achieve a healthy emotional well-being that supports you in your day-to-day life. I welcome the opportunity of working with you in reaching your individual goals.
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Photo of Helen Ross Mckelvey, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Helen Ross Mckelvey
Counsellor, MSc, SNCPS Acc.
Verified
Belfast BT16
Clients I work most successfully with have a desire to sort out relationship(s), present or past. They will be open to discover their own needs, issues and aspirations and to own these and, if a present relationship, to enter into mutual understanding of what each can bring to and gain from that relationship. They will find the possibilities of change from attitudes and thought patterns created by or brought into the relationship. Other clients will bring an openness to discover why and how their issues, grief, fear, loneliness, low self worth or anxiety/depression have formed and engage in the journey to wholeness.
Clients I work most successfully with have a desire to sort out relationship(s), present or past. They will be open to discover their own needs, issues and aspirations and to own these and, if a present relationship, to enter into mutual understanding of what each can bring to and gain from that relationship. They will find the possibilities of change from attitudes and thought patterns created by or brought into the relationship. Other clients will bring an openness to discover why and how their issues, grief, fear, loneliness, low self worth or anxiety/depression have formed and engage in the journey to wholeness.
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Photo of McKenna Psychology Services, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
McKenna Psychology Services
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT15
Not accepting new clients
I am a friendly, compassionate and experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked within a range of NHS adult mental health services both in Scotland and here in Northern Ireland for 18 years. Having worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the past 5 years, I have a wealth of experience and training in different types of psychological therapy, making me well placed to identify and offer the therapies that would best suit your needs. These may include Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Mindfulness, Compassion-Focussed Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Exposure Therapy.
I am a friendly, compassionate and experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked within a range of NHS adult mental health services both in Scotland and here in Northern Ireland for 18 years. Having worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the past 5 years, I have a wealth of experience and training in different types of psychological therapy, making me well placed to identify and offer the therapies that would best suit your needs. These may include Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Mindfulness, Compassion-Focussed Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Exposure Therapy.
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Photo of Jean McMinn, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Jean McMinn
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified
Belfast BT9
Please check out my website - www.jeanmcminntherapy.co.uk - I believe that it is important for the client to feel secure and able to talk about whatever issues are troubling them. I aim to provide a supportive and responsive environment in which we can make sense of your particular difficulties. Understanding the impact of past experience on the present helps to increase self esteem and allows you to make important positive changes in your life. Counselling can help you to free yourself from limiting self beliefs, so you are free to move on in life and have more fulfilling relationships and satisfaction, health and strength.
Please check out my website - www.jeanmcminntherapy.co.uk - I believe that it is important for the client to feel secure and able to talk about whatever issues are troubling them. I aim to provide a supportive and responsive environment in which we can make sense of your particular difficulties. Understanding the impact of past experience on the present helps to increase self esteem and allows you to make important positive changes in your life. Counselling can help you to free yourself from limiting self beliefs, so you are free to move on in life and have more fulfilling relationships and satisfaction, health and strength.
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Photo of Dr Rachel Reeves, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Rachel Reeves
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT9
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am a qualified clinical psychologist with experience in working in both private practice and NHS services. I work with adults who experience a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress & burnout, OCD, emotional regulation difficulties and interpersonal difficulties. I have a specialist interest in supporting people who have experienced trauma either in their early life or more recent traumatic experiences. I aim to support people to develop a better understanding of themselves and how their life experiences may have contributed to any current symptoms or difficulties.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am a qualified clinical psychologist with experience in working in both private practice and NHS services. I work with adults who experience a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress & burnout, OCD, emotional regulation difficulties and interpersonal difficulties. I have a specialist interest in supporting people who have experienced trauma either in their early life or more recent traumatic experiences. I aim to support people to develop a better understanding of themselves and how their life experiences may have contributed to any current symptoms or difficulties.
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Photo of Lesley Delaney, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lesley Delaney
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT5
I offer a safe relaxed space where you will be really listened to without judgement. My aim is to help you to understand yourself better, change destructive behavioural patterns, improve your emotional wellbeing and take more control of your life. Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed or depressed? Perhaps you are stuck or dissatisfied with your life or your relationship? Maybe work is taking over your life? Do you need help to make a change? Together we can explore your feelings, to make sense of what is happening or happened in your life. Together we can explore new perspectives. I am here to help you to achieve your goals.
I offer a safe relaxed space where you will be really listened to without judgement. My aim is to help you to understand yourself better, change destructive behavioural patterns, improve your emotional wellbeing and take more control of your life. Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed or depressed? Perhaps you are stuck or dissatisfied with your life or your relationship? Maybe work is taking over your life? Do you need help to make a change? Together we can explore your feelings, to make sense of what is happening or happened in your life. Together we can explore new perspectives. I am here to help you to achieve your goals.
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Photo of Brightness & Balance Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Brightness & Balance Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Belfast BT6  (Online Only)
Sometimes, a friend or family member will reject, or react strongly to, the painful, difficult feelings we've tried to confide, especially if it affects their own lives. Counselling with me, someone entirely outside your social network, means you can unburden freely, knowing I'll truly listen and be on your side. So if you’re struggling with a painful loss, life transition or any other challenge and are feeling miserable, anxious, angry or bewildered, I can help you detangle ideas, learn to manage feelings and decide if, or what, you want to change. I can support you to recover your confidence, optimism, sense of self and direction.
Sometimes, a friend or family member will reject, or react strongly to, the painful, difficult feelings we've tried to confide, especially if it affects their own lives. Counselling with me, someone entirely outside your social network, means you can unburden freely, knowing I'll truly listen and be on your side. So if you’re struggling with a painful loss, life transition or any other challenge and are feeling miserable, anxious, angry or bewildered, I can help you detangle ideas, learn to manage feelings and decide if, or what, you want to change. I can support you to recover your confidence, optimism, sense of self and direction.
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Photo of Alanna Kierans, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Alanna Kierans
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Belfast BT9
Not accepting new clients
I am an experienced and compassionate Clinical Psychologist dedicated to supporting people through times of challenge and emotional distress. Through our work together, we will reflect on your experiences to create an understanding of your difficulties that is informed by psychological theory. This understanding, along with clarification of your goals for therapy, will then guide your psychological therapy plan. My aim is always to provide you with the knowledge and skills to reach a point where you no longer need me!
I am an experienced and compassionate Clinical Psychologist dedicated to supporting people through times of challenge and emotional distress. Through our work together, we will reflect on your experiences to create an understanding of your difficulties that is informed by psychological theory. This understanding, along with clarification of your goals for therapy, will then guide your psychological therapy plan. My aim is always to provide you with the knowledge and skills to reach a point where you no longer need me!
028 9694 3278 View 028 9694 3278
Photo of Anna Zmuda Trzebiatowska, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Anna Zmuda Trzebiatowska
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Belfast BT16
People often looks for therapy because they noticed they need to change something. Embracing change and allowing yourself to be vulnerable with a stranger can be a difficult and daunting experience. But this is the beginning of a journey that I am committed to supporting you on, every step of the way. My approach is warm, empathic, non-judgemental and respectful.
People often looks for therapy because they noticed they need to change something. Embracing change and allowing yourself to be vulnerable with a stranger can be a difficult and daunting experience. But this is the beginning of a journey that I am committed to supporting you on, every step of the way. My approach is warm, empathic, non-judgemental and respectful.
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Photo of James Kernan, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
James Kernan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Belfast BT9
I am a fully qualified Counsellor/ Psychological therapist I am also a Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy. I have full registration with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Through my work with clients I have developed a growing passion in helping people find comfort with issues around addiction, relationship, mental health, sexuality and gender concerns. My work has often been with clients who seek deeper psychotherapeutic reflections on their predicaments. I accompany clients in embracing their vulnerability, tackling their perfectionism, need for certainty, and black and white thinking.
I am a fully qualified Counsellor/ Psychological therapist I am also a Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy. I have full registration with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Through my work with clients I have developed a growing passion in helping people find comfort with issues around addiction, relationship, mental health, sexuality and gender concerns. My work has often been with clients who seek deeper psychotherapeutic reflections on their predicaments. I accompany clients in embracing their vulnerability, tackling their perfectionism, need for certainty, and black and white thinking.
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Photo of Laura Stoops, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Laura Stoops
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified
Belfast BT8
I have supported people when things are feeling too much and are becoming overwhelming. Things we have to do can build up and up and it can feel like they are forming a brick wall that we need to find a way over. Do you feel this way? Is it a struggle to cope? Do you have racing thoughts, or thoughts that are so loud that you can't focus on anything else? Do you have so much to do that you don't know where to start and you just can't relax? Are you in a safe and supportive relationship now, and feel like hurtful or traumatic experiences from your past are getting in the way of day-to-day life or you fear conflict?
I have supported people when things are feeling too much and are becoming overwhelming. Things we have to do can build up and up and it can feel like they are forming a brick wall that we need to find a way over. Do you feel this way? Is it a struggle to cope? Do you have racing thoughts, or thoughts that are so loud that you can't focus on anything else? Do you have so much to do that you don't know where to start and you just can't relax? Are you in a safe and supportive relationship now, and feel like hurtful or traumatic experiences from your past are getting in the way of day-to-day life or you fear conflict?
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Photo of Lisa McKeown, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lisa McKeown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Belfast BT11  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed, weighed down by feelings of low mood and anxiety? Come talk to me, and together we will work on strategies and tools that will allow you to address the root causes of the difficulties you are experiencing. My favorite thing about counselling is having the privilege to go along with a client on their journey and see them grow and develop as the weeks go on, witness them making the changes they need in order to improve what initially brought them to counselling.
Do you feel overwhelmed, weighed down by feelings of low mood and anxiety? Come talk to me, and together we will work on strategies and tools that will allow you to address the root causes of the difficulties you are experiencing. My favorite thing about counselling is having the privilege to go along with a client on their journey and see them grow and develop as the weeks go on, witness them making the changes they need in order to improve what initially brought them to counselling.
028 9694 3273 View 028 9694 3273
Photo of Talking Perinatal, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Talking Perinatal
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified
Belfast BT5  (Online Only)
Hello, thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Elizabeth Johnston. Becoming a parent is a significant life changing event, my aim is to help parents cope with mental health and wellbeing changes during the antenatal and postnatal period. I am an Integrative Therapist and offer ONLINE counselling which allows increased flexibility for parents to access services. Perinatal mental health themes: Antenatal anxiety, postnatal anxiety and depression Unhelpful thinking and/or intrusive thoughts. Perinatal OCD. Worry management. Other themes: communication, self confidence/ esteem, goal setting and life transitions.
Hello, thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Elizabeth Johnston. Becoming a parent is a significant life changing event, my aim is to help parents cope with mental health and wellbeing changes during the antenatal and postnatal period. I am an Integrative Therapist and offer ONLINE counselling which allows increased flexibility for parents to access services. Perinatal mental health themes: Antenatal anxiety, postnatal anxiety and depression Unhelpful thinking and/or intrusive thoughts. Perinatal OCD. Worry management. Other themes: communication, self confidence/ esteem, goal setting and life transitions.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Belfast

200+

Average cost per session

£50

Counsellors in Belfast who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
88% Self Esteem
82% Stress
77% Relationship Issues
72% Bereavement
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

49% AXA PPP
44% Bupa
40% Aviva

How Counsellors in Belfast see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Belfast?

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.