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Photo of Rachael Orr, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Rachael Orr
Psychotherapist, MA, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT7  (Online Only)
My name is Rachael Orr and I am a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with over 15 years' experience working within the NHS, voluntary, and independent sectors, treating a range of acute, and chronic difficulties.
My name is Rachael Orr and I am a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with over 15 years' experience working within the NHS, voluntary, and independent sectors, treating a range of acute, and chronic difficulties.
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Photo of Rachael Morrison, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Rachael Morrison
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Adults, children and adolescents all need a space to explore and express their experiences, and for some this tends to be more difficult as they struggle to understand what they're feeling, never mind find the words to describe them to someone. People often find that when they voice their experiences, feelings, and worries, and confide in a professional who can offer support and help them make sense of these, they feel heard, understood, and often a little lighter from sharing the weight of these. I aim to help my clients to feel that little bit lighter.
Adults, children and adolescents all need a space to explore and express their experiences, and for some this tends to be more difficult as they struggle to understand what they're feeling, never mind find the words to describe them to someone. People often find that when they voice their experiences, feelings, and worries, and confide in a professional who can offer support and help them make sense of these, they feel heard, understood, and often a little lighter from sharing the weight of these. I aim to help my clients to feel that little bit lighter.
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Photo of McKenna Psychology Services, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
McKenna Psychology Services
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified 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 Elaine O'Donovan, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Elaine O'Donovan
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
There are many reasons for thinking about coming to counselling. You may need to talk to a counsellor because of how you feel, for example, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or low. You may need support with a situation you are going through or may have a relationship issue with family or friends. Whatever the reasons may be, counselling helps by giving you or a loved one the time and space to talk about it with a professional counsellor in a safe, confidential, warm and empathic environment.
There are many reasons for thinking about coming to counselling. You may need to talk to a counsellor because of how you feel, for example, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or low. You may need support with a situation you are going through or may have a relationship issue with family or friends. Whatever the reasons may be, counselling helps by giving you or a loved one the time and space to talk about it with a professional counsellor in a safe, confidential, warm and empathic environment.
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Photo of Rachel Skeffington, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Rachel Skeffington
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT10  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to read my bio. My name is Rachel. I am a qualified integrative therapist. I am offering online, and telephone therapy. We can discuss what medium is best for you when we are in contact. As an integrative therapist my approach is to tailor my interventions to best suit your needs. This is all about YOU. Human beings are unique individuals so in order for the counselling experience to progress towards the change and growth you feel you need, I offer a bespoke experience. A little bit about me... I have almost a decade experience of having the pleasure of working as a school counsellor.
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to read my bio. My name is Rachel. I am a qualified integrative therapist. I am offering online, and telephone therapy. We can discuss what medium is best for you when we are in contact. As an integrative therapist my approach is to tailor my interventions to best suit your needs. This is all about YOU. Human beings are unique individuals so in order for the counselling experience to progress towards the change and growth you feel you need, I offer a bespoke experience. A little bit about me... I have almost a decade experience of having the pleasure of working as a school counsellor.
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Photo of Dr Stacey Baraniuk, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Stacey Baraniuk
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, CPsychol
Verified Verified
You may be struggling with anxiety that has arisen out of the uncertain situation we find ourselves in right now or you may be facing an issue that has affected you for a long time and you've not been able to talk to anyone about it. You may feel that others do not understand or you feel like a burden to family and friends. You want to be able to explore your thoughts and feelings in a space which feels safe, non-judgmental and reflective so you can move forward with your life and make lasting change. I'm here to help.
You may be struggling with anxiety that has arisen out of the uncertain situation we find ourselves in right now or you may be facing an issue that has affected you for a long time and you've not been able to talk to anyone about it. You may feel that others do not understand or you feel like a burden to family and friends. You want to be able to explore your thoughts and feelings in a space which feels safe, non-judgmental and reflective so you can move forward with your life and make lasting change. I'm here to help.
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Photo of Victor Henriquez, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Victor Henriquez
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am a therapist working with individuals both face-to-face and online, with a psychodynamic focus.
I am a therapist working with individuals both face-to-face and online, with a psychodynamic focus.
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Photo of KOR~CBT, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
KOR~CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Beginning therapy can be a daunting experience; seeking an accredited therapist is your first step on your journey. At KOR CBT, you will be provided with a safe, welcoming space with a BABCP & IABCP accredited CBT Therapist for you to not only better learn and understand your thoughts and feelings but the impact of these on your behaviours and how they affect your day-to-day life. At KOR CBT, we work collaboratively to reduce the severity of your symptoms and develop your skill set in managing your mental health.
Beginning therapy can be a daunting experience; seeking an accredited therapist is your first step on your journey. At KOR CBT, you will be provided with a safe, welcoming space with a BABCP & IABCP accredited CBT Therapist for you to not only better learn and understand your thoughts and feelings but the impact of these on your behaviours and how they affect your day-to-day life. At KOR CBT, we work collaboratively to reduce the severity of your symptoms and develop your skill set in managing your mental health.
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Photo of Aoife McGlinchey, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Aoife McGlinchey
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT15
Not accepting new clients
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to connect with me. I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP. I understand that reaching out for support can be a significant step. Life can often be overwhelming and talking to someone outside of your circle can provide valuable support. My commitment is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your situation, gain better understanding of your feelings to make the best decisions for you.
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to connect with me. I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP. I understand that reaching out for support can be a significant step. Life can often be overwhelming and talking to someone outside of your circle can provide valuable support. My commitment is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your situation, gain better understanding of your feelings to make the best decisions for you.
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Photo of Michael Walton, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Michael Walton
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
If you are in the process of considering counselling/psychotherapy then finding the right therapist is the most important decision to make. Research shows positive therapeutic outcomes are based on the relationship between therapist and client. A good way of assessing if we can work well together is attending a free of charge session; no commitment beyond this, to see if I can help you to identify further what your needs are.
If you are in the process of considering counselling/psychotherapy then finding the right therapist is the most important decision to make. Research shows positive therapeutic outcomes are based on the relationship between therapist and client. A good way of assessing if we can work well together is attending a free of charge session; no commitment beyond this, to see if I can help you to identify further what your needs are.
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Photo of Victoria Brown, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Victoria Brown
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Hello Thank you for visiting my profile.  My name is Victoria, I am a qualified and registered Psychotherapist. My registrations are with British association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I’m also on the register for British Society of Psychologists.  I am an experienced therapist working with children, teenagers, adults and family’s with a range of difficulties.  I provide a safe non-judgemental space to work together through whatever issues my clients bring. My work is intergrative and adapted to the clients individual needs.
Hello Thank you for visiting my profile.  My name is Victoria, I am a qualified and registered Psychotherapist. My registrations are with British association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I’m also on the register for British Society of Psychologists.  I am an experienced therapist working with children, teenagers, adults and family’s with a range of difficulties.  I provide a safe non-judgemental space to work together through whatever issues my clients bring. My work is intergrative and adapted to the clients individual needs.
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Photo of Mindtherapy NI, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mindtherapy NI
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Having worked with children and adult mental health sectors using models of psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment, knowledgeable of our community and voluntary sector. I am privileged to have experience with people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and levels of complexity. And help them to overcome the language and the culture barriers by speaking the same language with them as I m fluent in Arabic, English, French and Persian.
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Having worked with children and adult mental health sectors using models of psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment, knowledgeable of our community and voluntary sector. I am privileged to have experience with people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and levels of complexity. And help them to overcome the language and the culture barriers by speaking the same language with them as I m fluent in Arabic, English, French and Persian.
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Photo of Margaret Ryan, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Margaret Ryan
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT11
Not accepting new clients
Hi I am a BACP and IACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I have 20 years experience and work integratively with a leaning towards Somatic work. I believe that the body and mind can not be separated and the impact of our experiences can manifest in many ways physically and psychologically. I have worked with adults privately and in a healthcare setting. Therapy is a very individual process and we will collaboratively explore the way of working that suits you best using my extensive training and experience.
Hi I am a BACP and IACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I have 20 years experience and work integratively with a leaning towards Somatic work. I believe that the body and mind can not be separated and the impact of our experiences can manifest in many ways physically and psychologically. I have worked with adults privately and in a healthcare setting. Therapy is a very individual process and we will collaboratively explore the way of working that suits you best using my extensive training and experience.
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Photo of Emma Blackburne, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Emma Blackburne
Psychotherapist, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Belfast BT8  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialise in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing sexual difficulties, which are preventing them from achieving a fulfilling sex life. I provide individually tailored psychotherapeutic treatment for a wide range of presentations including, but not limited to, erectile issues, ejaculation issues, low or loss of desire, vaginismus and/ or sexual pain, anxiety or phobia around sex and orgasm difficulties. I understand that sexual difficulties can impact upon your relationship, your self esteem and mental wellbeing and therefore offer a holistic approach within my assessment and treatment approach.
I specialise in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing sexual difficulties, which are preventing them from achieving a fulfilling sex life. I provide individually tailored psychotherapeutic treatment for a wide range of presentations including, but not limited to, erectile issues, ejaculation issues, low or loss of desire, vaginismus and/ or sexual pain, anxiety or phobia around sex and orgasm difficulties. I understand that sexual difficulties can impact upon your relationship, your self esteem and mental wellbeing and therefore offer a holistic approach within my assessment and treatment approach.
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Photo of Anne Marie McKinley, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Anne Marie McKinley
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
In my years of experience working as a Trauma Therapist. I worked within the NHS and treated trauma alongside PTSD responses to birth as a midwife and trauma therapist. Private practice includes working with life concerns such as depression, PTSD, dissociative conditions, and relationship stresses in any of life's circumstances. I am happy to work with almost any general life issue. Examples include GRI, sexual or other abuse, rape, and lifelong bullying are frequent concerns in therapy, and couple therapy is of particular interest. I use EMDR, Rewind, and Trauma-focused CBT in a person-centred approach and work with clients online
In my years of experience working as a Trauma Therapist. I worked within the NHS and treated trauma alongside PTSD responses to birth as a midwife and trauma therapist. Private practice includes working with life concerns such as depression, PTSD, dissociative conditions, and relationship stresses in any of life's circumstances. I am happy to work with almost any general life issue. Examples include GRI, sexual or other abuse, rape, and lifelong bullying are frequent concerns in therapy, and couple therapy is of particular interest. I use EMDR, Rewind, and Trauma-focused CBT in a person-centred approach and work with clients online
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Photo of Northern Ireland Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychotherapist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
At NICBT we believe that every client is individual. We will work together with you in order to help you understand your current difficulties and make steps forward to help you achieve your goals. We operate in Belfast, but our services are available to everyone in Northern Ireland, offering one to one therapy in a confidential and calm setting. NICBT is a self referral service that offers both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). These are two of the most effective treatment methods for depressive and anxiety related difficulties.
At NICBT we believe that every client is individual. We will work together with you in order to help you understand your current difficulties and make steps forward to help you achieve your goals. We operate in Belfast, but our services are available to everyone in Northern Ireland, offering one to one therapy in a confidential and calm setting. NICBT is a self referral service that offers both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). These are two of the most effective treatment methods for depressive and anxiety related difficulties.
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Photo of Caroline Smyth, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Caroline Smyth
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am an Integrative Therapist who has been practicing in both private and community sectors since 2015. I am originally from South Australia and Belfast has been my home for 12 years now. I believe that self-awareness and happiness are not a destination and toxic positivity takes us further from who we are. We can become stuck in what has happened to us (depression) or fear what may happen to us (anxiety). Tabula Rasa means clean slate "Where there is nothing, there is the possibility of everything". That slate exists in the present moment and by exploring what your life means to you, you can create a meaningful life.
I am an Integrative Therapist who has been practicing in both private and community sectors since 2015. I am originally from South Australia and Belfast has been my home for 12 years now. I believe that self-awareness and happiness are not a destination and toxic positivity takes us further from who we are. We can become stuck in what has happened to us (depression) or fear what may happen to us (anxiety). Tabula Rasa means clean slate "Where there is nothing, there is the possibility of everything". That slate exists in the present moment and by exploring what your life means to you, you can create a meaningful life.
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Photo of Dr Glenn Mason, Psychologist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr Glenn Mason
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT5  (Online Only)
Currently, I am only offering EMDR Therapy, a NICE-approved treatment for trauma, but with growing evidence for other problems. Right now you struggling to connect with the things that matter to you. Your thoughts and emotions leave you overwhelmed, worrying about the future and you are finding it difficult to cope with your past. Your motivation is low, you may be tearful, your sleep is disturbed, have a poor appetite or comfort eating to cope.Your relationships and friendships may also be strained. Right now you are feeling stuck and you are looking for someone to help you explore a way forward.
Currently, I am only offering EMDR Therapy, a NICE-approved treatment for trauma, but with growing evidence for other problems. Right now you struggling to connect with the things that matter to you. Your thoughts and emotions leave you overwhelmed, worrying about the future and you are finding it difficult to cope with your past. Your motivation is low, you may be tearful, your sleep is disturbed, have a poor appetite or comfort eating to cope.Your relationships and friendships may also be strained. Right now you are feeling stuck and you are looking for someone to help you explore a way forward.
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Photo of Jacqui Charles, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Jacqui Charles
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Hi. Welcome to my profile. I am fully qualified counsellor and Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. I work in an integrative way within a humanistic framework. Which simply means drawing upon a range of therapeutic approaches in my work. My therapy is tailored to each persons needs as a unique individual. Always delivered in a caring, non-judgmental empathetic way.
Hi. Welcome to my profile. I am fully qualified counsellor and Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. I work in an integrative way within a humanistic framework. Which simply means drawing upon a range of therapeutic approaches in my work. My therapy is tailored to each persons needs as a unique individual. Always delivered in a caring, non-judgmental empathetic way.
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Photo of Marian Rafferty, Counsellor in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Marian Rafferty
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Have you been feeling anxious or depressed? Perhaps you have suffered a loss - a relationship, a bereavement, a job? Are events from the past still haunting you? Maybe you are not really sure why you are feeling so low? As an experienced counsellor, I can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings, manage your symptoms and decide what changes you want to make to your life. It is often difficult to talk to friends and family about our problems due to embarrassment or fear of being a burden. As a qualified counsellor, I have been trained to listen and support you through your darkest moments.
Have you been feeling anxious or depressed? Perhaps you have suffered a loss - a relationship, a bereavement, a job? Are events from the past still haunting you? Maybe you are not really sure why you are feeling so low? As an experienced counsellor, I can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings, manage your symptoms and decide what changes you want to make to your life. It is often difficult to talk to friends and family about our problems due to embarrassment or fear of being a burden. As a qualified counsellor, I have been trained to listen and support you through your darkest moments.
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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:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
89% Self Esteem
81% Stress
76% Relationship Issues
70% Bereavement
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% AXA PPP
47% Bupa
43% Aviva

How Counsellors in Belfast see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% 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.