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Photo of BeeSan Psychotherapy and Counselling Services, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
BeeSan Psychotherapy and Counselling Services
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
Starting therapy may seem daunting at first as we try to make sense of our world, thoughts, feelings and emotions. We might be repeating patterns of behaviour in our present lives due to past experiences and patterns. I want to help you shift mental blocks, untangle complex emotions, resolve issues and reveal new perspectives. Whether it’s self-development, addressing emotional and psychological issues, or processing traumatic events, I will work with you to help you become more integrated in yourself. I offer both online and in-person appointments in the centre of Edinburgh where we will work together to help you achieve your goal.
Starting therapy may seem daunting at first as we try to make sense of our world, thoughts, feelings and emotions. We might be repeating patterns of behaviour in our present lives due to past experiences and patterns. I want to help you shift mental blocks, untangle complex emotions, resolve issues and reveal new perspectives. Whether it’s self-development, addressing emotional and psychological issues, or processing traumatic events, I will work with you to help you become more integrated in yourself. I offer both online and in-person appointments in the centre of Edinburgh where we will work together to help you achieve your goal.
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Photo of Marika Maria Lisowska Gestalt Therapy, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Marika Maria Lisowska Gestalt Therapy
Counsellor, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I get that it’s not easy to ask for support and admit to vulnerability. I view therapy as as a journey of discovery, healing and growth. Through 'experiential learning' and 'dialogue' we will work with your ‘embodied awareness’ of ‘how’ you are in relationships, ‘how’ you make choices and ‘how’ you co-create your world. We will look at where you feel 'stuck' and what seems 'difficult'; we will 'stay with' the feelings and complexity that may unfold. I believe change happens organically when we have enough 'support', fully acknowledge the situation we are in, and commit to work.If that resonates with you, please contact me.
I get that it’s not easy to ask for support and admit to vulnerability. I view therapy as as a journey of discovery, healing and growth. Through 'experiential learning' and 'dialogue' we will work with your ‘embodied awareness’ of ‘how’ you are in relationships, ‘how’ you make choices and ‘how’ you co-create your world. We will look at where you feel 'stuck' and what seems 'difficult'; we will 'stay with' the feelings and complexity that may unfold. I believe change happens organically when we have enough 'support', fully acknowledge the situation we are in, and commit to work.If that resonates with you, please contact me.
0131 381 8048 View 0131 381 8048
Photo of Mengyao Yuan, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
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.
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Photo of Psicología en Edimburgo, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Psicología en Edimburgo
Psychologist, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
People usually come to therapy when they feel that they no longer have the ability to deal with the difficulties they are experiencing, or maybe when they identified a pattern in their behaviour that creates suffering, when many emotions or thoughts come at the same time and make it impossible to cope with them, when they want to learn about themselves and get deep down to get a better relationship with oneself, when the previous ways of coping and support by friends and relatives are not enough to offer them the solutions and relief they seek. Either the reason to come to therapy, it's valid because it's your own.
People usually come to therapy when they feel that they no longer have the ability to deal with the difficulties they are experiencing, or maybe when they identified a pattern in their behaviour that creates suffering, when many emotions or thoughts come at the same time and make it impossible to cope with them, when they want to learn about themselves and get deep down to get a better relationship with oneself, when the previous ways of coping and support by friends and relatives are not enough to offer them the solutions and relief they seek. Either the reason to come to therapy, it's valid because it's your own.
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Photo of Lorena Recio Aparicio, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Lorena Recio Aparicio
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH5
If you are tired of feeling confused and lost in your life and you struggle to deal with daily life events, if you are experiencing a difficult moment and you do not have the coping skills to bear it or if you feel you are not confident enough to make the changes that you would like to make and you struggle with your relationships and putting bounderies to those relationships, I would like to help you by upskilling you with the knowledge and abilites you need to face the issues you might find.
If you are tired of feeling confused and lost in your life and you struggle to deal with daily life events, if you are experiencing a difficult moment and you do not have the coping skills to bear it or if you feel you are not confident enough to make the changes that you would like to make and you struggle with your relationships and putting bounderies to those relationships, I would like to help you by upskilling you with the knowledge and abilites you need to face the issues you might find.
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Photo of Zuleika Lambe, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Zuleika Lambe
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH4  (Online Only)
I started Forging Pathways with the goal of helping others to find the path they're destined to follow. This could be anything from discovering who you truly are through our sessions, to reclaiming your life after a crisis and/or traumatic event. You may come to me with depression, anxiety, complex trauma, stress, racial identity issues and more, and I'll always do my best to encourage you and facilitate your growth. Sometimes it just takes a little support to reach a goal, and I'm dedicated to being your support.
I started Forging Pathways with the goal of helping others to find the path they're destined to follow. This could be anything from discovering who you truly are through our sessions, to reclaiming your life after a crisis and/or traumatic event. You may come to me with depression, anxiety, complex trauma, stress, racial identity issues and more, and I'll always do my best to encourage you and facilitate your growth. Sometimes it just takes a little support to reach a goal, and I'm dedicated to being your support.
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Photo of Alana Breen Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Alana Breen Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
Living with depression and/or anxiety symptoms can make daily life incredibly difficult. I am here to support you with the challenges you are going through and help you live the life you want. I am a qualified psychological therapist working with individual adults and adolescents (12+). I have extensive experience working with adults and adolescents with a wide range of mental health issues including depression/low mood; anxiety-related issues; self-harm; low self-esteem; and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Living with depression and/or anxiety symptoms can make daily life incredibly difficult. I am here to support you with the challenges you are going through and help you live the life you want. I am a qualified psychological therapist working with individual adults and adolescents (12+). I have extensive experience working with adults and adolescents with a wide range of mental health issues including depression/low mood; anxiety-related issues; self-harm; low self-esteem; and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
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Photo of The Life Academy, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
The Life Academy
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
Hello, I am Harris and I can help you to heal and flourish. I am an Edinburgh-based Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Philosophical Counsellor, working with individuals and couples both in person (in Edinburgh) or via Skype.I use a pluralistic psychotherapeutic approach, which means I combine tools and knowledge gained from across many different psychotherapies to develop a programme that is uniquely tailored to you and your specific needs.Through a collaborative, creative and integrative approach, I will work with you, drawing on my extensive knowledge of wide range of effective psychotherapies.
Hello, I am Harris and I can help you to heal and flourish. I am an Edinburgh-based Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Philosophical Counsellor, working with individuals and couples both in person (in Edinburgh) or via Skype.I use a pluralistic psychotherapeutic approach, which means I combine tools and knowledge gained from across many different psychotherapies to develop a programme that is uniquely tailored to you and your specific needs.Through a collaborative, creative and integrative approach, I will work with you, drawing on my extensive knowledge of wide range of effective psychotherapies.
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Photo of Han Smith, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Han Smith
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
Are you going through a difficult transition? Struggling to make sense of relationships or experiences? I may be able to help. My name is Han, and I'm a therapist based in Edinburgh with years of experience counselling adults and young people. In the counselling room, I bring with me this clinical perspective as well as my own understanding of the world and what it is to be human.
Are you going through a difficult transition? Struggling to make sense of relationships or experiences? I may be able to help. My name is Han, and I'm a therapist based in Edinburgh with years of experience counselling adults and young people. In the counselling room, I bring with me this clinical perspective as well as my own understanding of the world and what it is to be human.
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Photo of Helena Trebar, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Helena Trebar
Counsellor, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9
A decline of one’s sense of wellbeing can be caused by and often leads to greater disconnect and displacement. Certain coping strategies or habits may have ceased in bringing relief and are instead hindering the possibility of living in a more spontaneous way.
A decline of one’s sense of wellbeing can be caused by and often leads to greater disconnect and displacement. Certain coping strategies or habits may have ceased in bringing relief and are instead hindering the possibility of living in a more spontaneous way.
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Photo of Sarah Somner, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Sarah Somner
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
I offer counselling and psychotherapy for both individuals and couples with wide ranging issues. Counselling can be a very important part of managing your mental wellbeing, particularly at this worrying and for some, lonely time. I  provide a safe and confidential therapeutic space, where you can feel listened to and understood, allowing you to explore your emotions, without being judged.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy for both individuals and couples with wide ranging issues. Counselling can be a very important part of managing your mental wellbeing, particularly at this worrying and for some, lonely time. I  provide a safe and confidential therapeutic space, where you can feel listened to and understood, allowing you to explore your emotions, without being judged.
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Photo of Laura L Mackintosh, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Laura L Mackintosh
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH10
Being human can be complicated, there are times we all struggle to make sense of how we’re living. Sometimes nothing seems to bring us any sense of joy, meaning or simply contentment anymore. Talking to a counsellor might seem intimidating or downright terrifying but it’s honestly true that talking can make a huge difference and help make those negative or even desperate times easier to manage. I will provide you with a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can share any problems or troubling thoughts you might have. Together we will work through these in order that you can find resolution and happiness in your life.
Being human can be complicated, there are times we all struggle to make sense of how we’re living. Sometimes nothing seems to bring us any sense of joy, meaning or simply contentment anymore. Talking to a counsellor might seem intimidating or downright terrifying but it’s honestly true that talking can make a huge difference and help make those negative or even desperate times easier to manage. I will provide you with a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can share any problems or troubling thoughts you might have. Together we will work through these in order that you can find resolution and happiness in your life.
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Photo of Anna Shepherd, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Anna Shepherd
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH15
Hello. My name is Anna Shepherd. I have been a Psychotherapist for over 20 years. I offer Art Psychotherapy, Talking Therapy, EMDR and Mindfulness. Seeking help can feel a bit daunting. I offer a confidential space in which you will be supported to explore whatever brings you to therapy. I will meet you with gentle compassion, curiosity, warmth and humour. Meaningful connection will be the cornerstone of our work and together we will find helpful ways to ease whatever distress has brought you here.
Hello. My name is Anna Shepherd. I have been a Psychotherapist for over 20 years. I offer Art Psychotherapy, Talking Therapy, EMDR and Mindfulness. Seeking help can feel a bit daunting. I offer a confidential space in which you will be supported to explore whatever brings you to therapy. I will meet you with gentle compassion, curiosity, warmth and humour. Meaningful connection will be the cornerstone of our work and together we will find helpful ways to ease whatever distress has brought you here.
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Photo of Irene M C Soldavini, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Irene M C Soldavini
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
My name is Irene. I am an individual and relationship counsellor, and specialise in pluralistic and philosophical counselling. I believe each client is unique, and my practice focuses on creating a tailored counselling experience for each individual by creating a non-judgmental space for them to explore, and become aware of their experiences and feelings. I position myself as "in" the therapy alongside my client. I try to let the client's pace and rhythm guide the therapy. I offer counselling sessions in English and Italian.
My name is Irene. I am an individual and relationship counsellor, and specialise in pluralistic and philosophical counselling. I believe each client is unique, and my practice focuses on creating a tailored counselling experience for each individual by creating a non-judgmental space for them to explore, and become aware of their experiences and feelings. I position myself as "in" the therapy alongside my client. I try to let the client's pace and rhythm guide the therapy. I offer counselling sessions in English and Italian.
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Photo of Barbara Balazs, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Barbara Balazs
Counsellor, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12  (Online Only)
We are living in a constantly changing world, where we are exposed to a lot of triggers. It is understandable that many people are finding it difficult to cope. Do you know exactly what are the issues you are facing? Or maybe you know there is something that just isn’t right, but could not pinpoint what it could be? Either way, it can be a great starting point for therapy.
We are living in a constantly changing world, where we are exposed to a lot of triggers. It is understandable that many people are finding it difficult to cope. Do you know exactly what are the issues you are facing? Or maybe you know there is something that just isn’t right, but could not pinpoint what it could be? Either way, it can be a great starting point for therapy.
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Photo of Dr Bruce Scott Psychoanalyst-Psychotherapist, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Bruce Scott Psychoanalyst-Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH2
Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an open-ended conversation with no agenda and no time limit (i.e. number of sessions). The practice (Greek: Praxis) of psychoanalysis attends to the person who comes for analysis, to listen and witness their concerns, and to facilitate, if possible some kind of loosening of the strictures than bind and contort experience. I work with people with different needs under the rubric of mental distress.
Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an open-ended conversation with no agenda and no time limit (i.e. number of sessions). The practice (Greek: Praxis) of psychoanalysis attends to the person who comes for analysis, to listen and witness their concerns, and to facilitate, if possible some kind of loosening of the strictures than bind and contort experience. I work with people with different needs under the rubric of mental distress.
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Photo of Dr Pallavi Parihar, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Pallavi Parihar
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
We all need a little help sometimes. When you're feeling down, stuck, or desperate for things to change, but unsure how to make it happen, reaching out for support and advice is a strong and wise first step. I aim to be warm and empathetic, embodying a person-centered approach, so that therapy can feel relaxed instead of daunting. My approach is collaborative, bringing together your choices and experiences with my psychological knowledge, to help guide you forward, providing you with the skills, psychoeducation, and techniques to help you reach your goals.
We all need a little help sometimes. When you're feeling down, stuck, or desperate for things to change, but unsure how to make it happen, reaching out for support and advice is a strong and wise first step. I aim to be warm and empathetic, embodying a person-centered approach, so that therapy can feel relaxed instead of daunting. My approach is collaborative, bringing together your choices and experiences with my psychological knowledge, to help guide you forward, providing you with the skills, psychoeducation, and techniques to help you reach your goals.
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Photo of Taylor Broughton, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Taylor Broughton
Psychotherapist, MA, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
Just Human Therapy is a humanist, feminist, LGBTQ+ affirming online counselling service based in Scotland. Going to therapy can feel tough, so I aim to make it as approachable as possible. Often this isn't a quick fix, but an explorative, collaborative process to come back to who you are and what you need. If you're struggling with low mood, lingering trauma affects, or obsessive worry, I can support your steps forward.
Just Human Therapy is a humanist, feminist, LGBTQ+ affirming online counselling service based in Scotland. Going to therapy can feel tough, so I aim to make it as approachable as possible. Often this isn't a quick fix, but an explorative, collaborative process to come back to who you are and what you need. If you're struggling with low mood, lingering trauma affects, or obsessive worry, I can support your steps forward.
0131 381 8529 View 0131 381 8529
Photo of Melissa Hoskins, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Melissa Hoskins
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
I am an Edinburgh-based counsellor with experience of working with a variety of life challenges, from stress and anxiety to low mood and relationship difficulties. I use a pluralistic approach, which means I tailor sessions to your own preferences and goals. In particular, I draw on methods from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Person-Centred Therapy. I provide a compassionate space, where you can consider your life experiences openly, whilst also exploring possibilities for change. Please email me for more information or to book an appointment.
I am an Edinburgh-based counsellor with experience of working with a variety of life challenges, from stress and anxiety to low mood and relationship difficulties. I use a pluralistic approach, which means I tailor sessions to your own preferences and goals. In particular, I draw on methods from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Person-Centred Therapy. I provide a compassionate space, where you can consider your life experiences openly, whilst also exploring possibilities for change. Please email me for more information or to book an appointment.
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Photo of Mary Carew-Stirrat, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Mary Carew-Stirrat
Psychotherapist, PsychD, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
Relationship and sex therapist with particular interest in intimacy and communication with a view towards self development and awareness. I have 30 years experience using psychodynamic approach. Providing a respectful confidential therapeutic environment.
Relationship and sex therapist with particular interest in intimacy and communication with a view towards self development and awareness. I have 30 years experience using psychodynamic approach. Providing a respectful confidential therapeutic environment.
0131 378 1284 View 0131 378 1284

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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
81% Depression
77% Stress
76% Relationship Issues
67% Trauma and PTSD
59% Bereavement

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

66% Aviva
56% AXA PPP
47% 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.