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Loss and Grief Therapy Group
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH12
Loss is part of living so eventually we all experience it. What brings you to the group may be shared with other group members and it may be different to some. Examples of loss that may have affected you include: separation or divorce, estrangement, the end of a significant relationship including a friendship, the death of someone close to you through a long illness or a sudden and traumatic death, the loss of your good health, loss of employment, loss of identity, loss of home or culture loss of faith.
Loss is part of living so eventually we all experience it. What brings you to the group may be shared with other group members and it may be different to some. Examples of loss that may have affected you include: separation or divorce, estrangement, the end of a significant relationship including a friendship, the death of someone close to you through a long illness or a sudden and traumatic death, the loss of your good health, loss of employment, loss of identity, loss of home or culture loss of faith.
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Emma Ryland Positive About Neurodiversity
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH6
It’s a big step to come to therapy, especially if you’ve had a lifetime of feeling different and not understood or heard. Maybe you experience anxiety and it’s starting to impact your life? Perhaps you have poor self-esteem and would like to set better boundaries? Have you or someone you care about recently received an autism or ADHD diagnosis and you’re having complicated feelings, not sure what to do now? Are you keen to please others but really harsh on yourself? I regularly work with people who answer 'yes' to these types of question.
It’s a big step to come to therapy, especially if you’ve had a lifetime of feeling different and not understood or heard. Maybe you experience anxiety and it’s starting to impact your life? Perhaps you have poor self-esteem and would like to set better boundaries? Have you or someone you care about recently received an autism or ADHD diagnosis and you’re having complicated feelings, not sure what to do now? Are you keen to please others but really harsh on yourself? I regularly work with people who answer 'yes' to these types of question.
01764 915850 View 01764 915850
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Mengyao Yuan
Psychotherapist, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH2
I work with people who find it difficult to know who they are, what they want from life, and to motivate themselves to take actions. I also work with people who find it hard to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with others, who struggle to give and receive love. I am also experienced in working with trauma and loss. My practice is informed by psychodynamic, person-centred and existential theories. I aim to provide warmth, respect and acceptance while helping you to gain a better understanding of your personal history, your experiences, and to find meanings in your existence.
I work with people who find it difficult to know who they are, what they want from life, and to motivate themselves to take actions. I also work with people who find it hard to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with others, who struggle to give and receive love. I am also experienced in working with trauma and loss. My practice is informed by psychodynamic, person-centred and existential theories. I aim to provide warmth, respect and acceptance while helping you to gain a better understanding of your personal history, your experiences, and to find meanings in your existence.
0131 510 3423 View 0131 510 3423
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Dr Fiona Syme
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH2  (Online Only)
At the heart of all my work, lies compassion and integrity. These values guide my approach throughout; from the point I receive an enquiry, to meeting any client or team for the first time, in the relationships formed and collaborative work, to the care taken in the endings of work. The 14 years since qualifying, have shaped my strengths and passion in building strong therapeutic relationships, be that with children, young people, families or teams, is central to psychological change.
At the heart of all my work, lies compassion and integrity. These values guide my approach throughout; from the point I receive an enquiry, to meeting any client or team for the first time, in the relationships formed and collaborative work, to the care taken in the endings of work. The 14 years since qualifying, have shaped my strengths and passion in building strong therapeutic relationships, be that with children, young people, families or teams, is central to psychological change.
0131 381 5286 View 0131 381 5286
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Russell Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I know that the decision to seek therapy and to find a suitable therapist can be daunting, so my approach is to never forget what it is like to sit in the client’s chair. Whether you're going through separation and divorce, experiencing abuse, depression, trauma, generally feeling sad or struggling with other emotional issues, I can help. I am here for You.
I know that the decision to seek therapy and to find a suitable therapist can be daunting, so my approach is to never forget what it is like to sit in the client’s chair. Whether you're going through separation and divorce, experiencing abuse, depression, trauma, generally feeling sad or struggling with other emotional issues, I can help. I am here for You.
0131 357 6150 View 0131 357 6150
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Iyetomi Adenekan
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
Hello and welcome. You’re probably considering making some changes in your life, or you are looking for help to address some difficulties that may be hindering your personal growth. It may be that you are not yet sure what you are looking for. My aim is to support you with compassion and empathy, and help you explore and better understand whatever is going on for you. I will stay alongside you and help you to challenge yourself as you come to terms with past decisions and make some new ones.
Hello and welcome. You’re probably considering making some changes in your life, or you are looking for help to address some difficulties that may be hindering your personal growth. It may be that you are not yet sure what you are looking for. My aim is to support you with compassion and empathy, and help you explore and better understand whatever is going on for you. I will stay alongside you and help you to challenge yourself as you come to terms with past decisions and make some new ones.
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Ellen Higgins
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH15
I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to explore your inner thoughts and feelings. As an Art Psychotherapist, I offer the opportunity to make art in my sessions to provide a way to communicate without words and explore new and creative ways to understanding the self.
I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to explore your inner thoughts and feelings. As an Art Psychotherapist, I offer the opportunity to make art in my sessions to provide a way to communicate without words and explore new and creative ways to understanding the self.
01764 915908 View 01764 915908
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Vista Wellbeing - CBT Online, phone & Edinburgh
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
Hi, I'm Siobhan, a CBT Therapist. I work clients in person in Edinburgh's West End, online or by phone. In our sessions you can expect me to be warm, empathetic, encouraging, non-judgemental and supportive. Clients have described me as friendly, with a calm and easy style. It's a privilege to provide a confidential safe space for people to open up and be heard. Change is always possible. I want to help you discover the tools inside yourself to see things from a new perspective and live a more empowered life. I will be with you every step of the journey to help you reach your goals of growth and change.
Hi, I'm Siobhan, a CBT Therapist. I work clients in person in Edinburgh's West End, online or by phone. In our sessions you can expect me to be warm, empathetic, encouraging, non-judgemental and supportive. Clients have described me as friendly, with a calm and easy style. It's a privilege to provide a confidential safe space for people to open up and be heard. Change is always possible. I want to help you discover the tools inside yourself to see things from a new perspective and live a more empowered life. I will be with you every step of the journey to help you reach your goals of growth and change.
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Ruth Lynch
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
I'm Ruth, a CBT and REBT therapist helping clients UK wide, online, or face to face in my therapy room in Edinburgh. I integrate a variety of alternative therapies such as compassion focussed therapy, acceptance focussed and CT Therapy, tailoring to each individual's personal problems and situations. My approach is a collaborative journey, introducing cognitive tools to help manage your unhealthy negative emotions and thoughts. For those who prefer simply talking, I am an experienced counsellor and life coach.
I'm Ruth, a CBT and REBT therapist helping clients UK wide, online, or face to face in my therapy room in Edinburgh. I integrate a variety of alternative therapies such as compassion focussed therapy, acceptance focussed and CT Therapy, tailoring to each individual's personal problems and situations. My approach is a collaborative journey, introducing cognitive tools to help manage your unhealthy negative emotions and thoughts. For those who prefer simply talking, I am an experienced counsellor and life coach.
020 3835 5615 View 020 3835 5615
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Dr Leonard Rolla
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
Waitlist for new clients
Do you feel like something is holding you back from fully enjoying relationships? Is fear of rejection preventing you from letting people in, and starting new relationships? Is something pushing you away from the bonds you crave? Do you feel misunderstood and lonely? Are you curious about why relationships keep ending in the same way? Feeling stuck? Relationships shouldn’t suck!
Do you feel like something is holding you back from fully enjoying relationships? Is fear of rejection preventing you from letting people in, and starting new relationships? Is something pushing you away from the bonds you crave? Do you feel misunderstood and lonely? Are you curious about why relationships keep ending in the same way? Feeling stuck? Relationships shouldn’t suck!
0131 381 5825 View 0131 381 5825
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Anne Mary Evelyn Duffy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
I work with individuals and couples, specialising in relationship counselling, sex therapy and sex addiction & compulsivity therapy. As a relationship counsellor, I support couples with various complex issues, including dealing with the impact of porn addiction on their relationship. Having a partner with porn and/or sex compulsivity can be devastating. I support partners trying to come to terms with the discovery and help them navigate the relationship fall-out.
I work with individuals and couples, specialising in relationship counselling, sex therapy and sex addiction & compulsivity therapy. As a relationship counsellor, I support couples with various complex issues, including dealing with the impact of porn addiction on their relationship. Having a partner with porn and/or sex compulsivity can be devastating. I support partners trying to come to terms with the discovery and help them navigate the relationship fall-out.
0131 510 1868 View 0131 510 1868
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Alison Fraser
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH13  (Online Only)
I have 30 years experience giving counselling, I’ve been a specialist NHS eating disorders therapist, addictions therapist, CAMHS therapist, Adult mental health clinician and counselling manager. I’m neurodivergant informed and developing a government counselling service for Special schools. There are many reasons why people come to counselling, we all struggle at times and may experience anxiety, low mood, loss or find life harder to cope with. It’s scary to ask for support, I understand this, I grew up in a family with complex needs and this experience is the compassionate basis for my work, bringing a deep understanding.
I have 30 years experience giving counselling, I’ve been a specialist NHS eating disorders therapist, addictions therapist, CAMHS therapist, Adult mental health clinician and counselling manager. I’m neurodivergant informed and developing a government counselling service for Special schools. There are many reasons why people come to counselling, we all struggle at times and may experience anxiety, low mood, loss or find life harder to cope with. It’s scary to ask for support, I understand this, I grew up in a family with complex needs and this experience is the compassionate basis for my work, bringing a deep understanding.
0131 381 1852 View 0131 381 1852
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Fiona Reid
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH5  (Online Only)
Have you ever thought, "why do I act like this? Why do I think this way? I wish I didn't!" You are not alone, but it is not always easy to discuss these things with friends or family. Exploring how past and present intersect can help you understand why you respond the way you do. I help my clients to discover who they are and how that is linked to their past. In counselling jargon, this is called psychodynamic work. You can gain insight into patterns of behaviour or thoughts, which is the first step towards changing them. This is not about managing symptoms but addressing the underlying cause.
Have you ever thought, "why do I act like this? Why do I think this way? I wish I didn't!" You are not alone, but it is not always easy to discuss these things with friends or family. Exploring how past and present intersect can help you understand why you respond the way you do. I help my clients to discover who they are and how that is linked to their past. In counselling jargon, this is called psychodynamic work. You can gain insight into patterns of behaviour or thoughts, which is the first step towards changing them. This is not about managing symptoms but addressing the underlying cause.
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Camilla Akoo
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
I have a particular interest in working with anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship issues and attachment issues, but I have also worked with many clients who are struggling with depression, suicidal ideation, loss and gender issues. Furthermore, I have also worked with a number of clients who were either waiting on assessment for, or who had recently been diagnosed with either ASD or ADHD, and were looking for support on managing the impact that these neuro-divergences have on their day to day lives and relationships.
I have a particular interest in working with anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship issues and attachment issues, but I have also worked with many clients who are struggling with depression, suicidal ideation, loss and gender issues. Furthermore, I have also worked with a number of clients who were either waiting on assessment for, or who had recently been diagnosed with either ASD or ADHD, and were looking for support on managing the impact that these neuro-divergences have on their day to day lives and relationships.
0131 322 1641 View 0131 322 1641
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Monika Knitter
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Are you struggling with feeling powerless? Is sadness or depression weighing you down? It may be that constant anxiety, worry, or low self-esteem prevents you from progressing in life. You may feel that your past is continually replayed in the present, causing confusion. Whatever the problem, you may find that your usual way of coping and addressing issues may not be effective, leaving you feeling helpless. I have found profound relief and liberation through my therapeutic journey. Today, as a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor, with passion and tenderness, I offer this support to you.
Are you struggling with feeling powerless? Is sadness or depression weighing you down? It may be that constant anxiety, worry, or low self-esteem prevents you from progressing in life. You may feel that your past is continually replayed in the present, causing confusion. Whatever the problem, you may find that your usual way of coping and addressing issues may not be effective, leaving you feeling helpless. I have found profound relief and liberation through my therapeutic journey. Today, as a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor, with passion and tenderness, I offer this support to you.
01764 915875 View 01764 915875
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Zoe Chouliara
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH7
‘You are not just a catalogue of adversities that you are faced with in life. You are not just the ‘damage’ that you have been told you suffered from. You are not even the pathology or the series of labels and diagnoses that have been given to you. You are a creature of immeasurable strength with the innate ability to grow and trust again and keep trusting and even learning to trust for a first time. You are hard wired and geared to connect with other and through that connection to protect your mental health and recover. You are a Growing Truster.’ Prof. Dr Zoë Chouliara Formerly Professor in Mental Health, Consultant Psychologist
‘You are not just a catalogue of adversities that you are faced with in life. You are not just the ‘damage’ that you have been told you suffered from. You are not even the pathology or the series of labels and diagnoses that have been given to you. You are a creature of immeasurable strength with the innate ability to grow and trust again and keep trusting and even learning to trust for a first time. You are hard wired and geared to connect with other and through that connection to protect your mental health and recover. You are a Growing Truster.’ Prof. Dr Zoë Chouliara Formerly Professor in Mental Health, Consultant Psychologist
01764 915791 View 01764 915791
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Alison Cooper
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH4
Are you looking for a space to talk, be listened to and make sense of how you feel? I understand it can be hard to open up to someone. I'll provide a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental place where you will be supported to explore any issues which may be affecting your life and help you to find a way to move forwards. I believe that we all have the ability to grow and achieve our potential and that a positive therapeutic relationship can greatly aid this process.
Are you looking for a space to talk, be listened to and make sense of how you feel? I understand it can be hard to open up to someone. I'll provide a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental place where you will be supported to explore any issues which may be affecting your life and help you to find a way to move forwards. I believe that we all have the ability to grow and achieve our potential and that a positive therapeutic relationship can greatly aid this process.
0131 357 5713 View 0131 357 5713
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Dr Stephen Smith
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH2
Therapy is about understanding, developing and changing. I am a clinical psychologist with many years experience of working with adults. I assist people to identify what the core issues are, understand how these have arisen, and then develop skills and tools to make the changes they want to make. I work with people with anxiety and anxiety disorders, low mood, low self-esteem, low confidence and those living with the effects of traumatic experiences. I also offer comprehensive assessments for those who have yet to fully understand what is happening for them, to help move them on in their lives.
Therapy is about understanding, developing and changing. I am a clinical psychologist with many years experience of working with adults. I assist people to identify what the core issues are, understand how these have arisen, and then develop skills and tools to make the changes they want to make. I work with people with anxiety and anxiety disorders, low mood, low self-esteem, low confidence and those living with the effects of traumatic experiences. I also offer comprehensive assessments for those who have yet to fully understand what is happening for them, to help move them on in their lives.
0131 381 4342 View 0131 381 4342
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Angela McLachlan
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
Have you had a recent difficult experience? Or maybe you are going through something painful just now? Perhaps you feel stuck and unable to move forward? It can often be difficult to understand feelings such as anxiety, overwhelm, panic, distress, fear, immobilisation, anger or sadness. Working collaboratively with you, at your own pace, I can help you process your feelings and faciliate a deeper and compassionate understanding of your current situation. In exploring and talking about both your present and past experiences and memories, I can offer you a safe and calming space to help you move forward.
Have you had a recent difficult experience? Or maybe you are going through something painful just now? Perhaps you feel stuck and unable to move forward? It can often be difficult to understand feelings such as anxiety, overwhelm, panic, distress, fear, immobilisation, anger or sadness. Working collaboratively with you, at your own pace, I can help you process your feelings and faciliate a deeper and compassionate understanding of your current situation. In exploring and talking about both your present and past experiences and memories, I can offer you a safe and calming space to help you move forward.
0131 381 1458 View 0131 381 1458
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Melissa Favre-Lorraine
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH11  (Online Only)
As a versatile therapist, I enjoy using a range of methods including person-centred, psychodynamic, CBT, trauma-focused, somatic, and more. This allows me to tailor my approach to better meet your needs as an individual or a couple. Over the years, I have helped clients with various presenting issues, including processing trauma, managing anxiety, or simply understanding themselves better. I strive to create a warm and inclusive space where people of all genders, races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds can feel comfortable bringing their true selves without shame or judgment.
As a versatile therapist, I enjoy using a range of methods including person-centred, psychodynamic, CBT, trauma-focused, somatic, and more. This allows me to tailor my approach to better meet your needs as an individual or a couple. Over the years, I have helped clients with various presenting issues, including processing trauma, managing anxiety, or simply understanding themselves better. I strive to create a warm and inclusive space where people of all genders, races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds can feel comfortable bringing their true selves without shame or judgment.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Edinburgh

500+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Edinburgh who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
84% Self Esteem
82% Depression
78% Stress
75% Relationship Issues
68% Trauma and PTSD
59% Bereavement

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

64% Aviva
57% AXA PPP
46% Vitality

How Counsellors in Edinburgh see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Edinburgh?

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.