Counselling in Old Town, Edinburgh

Photo of Dr Pallavi Parihar, Psychologist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Pallavi Parihar
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Old Town, 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 Mridula Sridhar, Counsellor in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Mridula Sridhar
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
I view therapy as a collaborative space where one can be seen, heard, and understood. Our work together will support you to delve into the depths of the experiences you wish to explore, whether from your past, present, or anticipated future. I will pose gentle questions, offer sensitive reflections, and hold a confidential and compassionate space for the emotions and vulnerabilities that arise. Together, we will learn to care for the neglected parts of yourself, explore patterns you may find unhelpful, and listen to your inner needs and feelings, fostering a space for acceptance and growth.
I view therapy as a collaborative space where one can be seen, heard, and understood. Our work together will support you to delve into the depths of the experiences you wish to explore, whether from your past, present, or anticipated future. I will pose gentle questions, offer sensitive reflections, and hold a confidential and compassionate space for the emotions and vulnerabilities that arise. Together, we will learn to care for the neglected parts of yourself, explore patterns you may find unhelpful, and listen to your inner needs and feelings, fostering a space for acceptance and growth.
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Photo of Blanca Poveda, Psychologist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Blanca Poveda
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH6
I am a clinical psychologist that is specialised in working with people with neurological conditions; from concussion, to strokes and brain injuries, as well as progressive conditions like MS or dementia. I can help with adjustment to the condition, learning more about it and living with it.
I am a clinical psychologist that is specialised in working with people with neurological conditions; from concussion, to strokes and brain injuries, as well as progressive conditions like MS or dementia. I can help with adjustment to the condition, learning more about it and living with it.
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Photo of Narmeen Ahmad, Psychotherapist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Narmeen Ahmad
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Starting therapy can seem daunting and scary at first. But it's the first step you have taken to embark on this journey. Feeling isolated and not able to make sense of the world around you? Questioning all that you have grown up with? Racing thoughts constantly clouding your mind? Feeling detached, anxious or upset? Not sure how to process what you are experiencing? All this seems pretty overwhelming but more common than you think. Through acceptance and kindness why not allow yourself to be able to make sense of all this through therapy. Let each session speak for itself and discover different parts of yourself.
Starting therapy can seem daunting and scary at first. But it's the first step you have taken to embark on this journey. Feeling isolated and not able to make sense of the world around you? Questioning all that you have grown up with? Racing thoughts constantly clouding your mind? Feeling detached, anxious or upset? Not sure how to process what you are experiencing? All this seems pretty overwhelming but more common than you think. Through acceptance and kindness why not allow yourself to be able to make sense of all this through therapy. Let each session speak for itself and discover different parts of yourself.
0131 381 5223 View 0131 381 5223
Photo of Kavya Ravi in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Kavya Ravi
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Psychotherapy can be beneficial for more than just relief from psychological difficulties, trauma, or crises. It can also facilitate personal development and growth. By providing a confidential and compassionate space, psychotherapy enables individuals to explore their inner selves and reconnect with neglected aspects of themselves. Acknowledging and accepting these parts can be difficult to face alone. However, the therapy process can provide a sense of safety to work through these challenges and explore new ways of being.
Psychotherapy can be beneficial for more than just relief from psychological difficulties, trauma, or crises. It can also facilitate personal development and growth. By providing a confidential and compassionate space, psychotherapy enables individuals to explore their inner selves and reconnect with neglected aspects of themselves. Acknowledging and accepting these parts can be difficult to face alone. However, the therapy process can provide a sense of safety to work through these challenges and explore new ways of being.
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Photo of Susanna Holland, Psychotherapist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Susanna Holland
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH10
Are you struggling? Perhaps you feel you’re stuck and fear your're going round in circles. Sometimes we need support to make sense of our lives, find our way back, forward or sideways. Sometimes, we need someone else to hear, understand us and be alongside us on our journey, to help us see the broader view. Perhaps you’ve had or are having a hard time but don’t know how to change or even if that’s possible. But you hope for something different, for growth as all living creatures do, in the same way new growth reaches for the light. Whatever it is, life is inevitable and change is possible even if it doesn’t feel that way just now.
Are you struggling? Perhaps you feel you’re stuck and fear your're going round in circles. Sometimes we need support to make sense of our lives, find our way back, forward or sideways. Sometimes, we need someone else to hear, understand us and be alongside us on our journey, to help us see the broader view. Perhaps you’ve had or are having a hard time but don’t know how to change or even if that’s possible. But you hope for something different, for growth as all living creatures do, in the same way new growth reaches for the light. Whatever it is, life is inevitable and change is possible even if it doesn’t feel that way just now.
0131 357 6217 View 0131 357 6217
Photo of Dr Cheryl Venart - Neurodivergent Specialist, Psychologist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Cheryl Venart - Neurodivergent Specialist
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Looking to grow or develop? Perhaps you have autism and/or ADHD and are needing some support? As a Health Psychologist, I work holistically to consider your mental and physical health. Having lived experience of being a neurodivergent Psychologist, I am also uniquely skilled in supporting neurodivergent clients, life coaching (ADHD, sensory challenges and advocacy), self-esteem and moving into acceptance of self. I work with adults of all ages, and young people. I work with clients who may wish for positive coaching, support with sleep, a wide range of health conditions or are perhaps caring for someone.
Looking to grow or develop? Perhaps you have autism and/or ADHD and are needing some support? As a Health Psychologist, I work holistically to consider your mental and physical health. Having lived experience of being a neurodivergent Psychologist, I am also uniquely skilled in supporting neurodivergent clients, life coaching (ADHD, sensory challenges and advocacy), self-esteem and moving into acceptance of self. I work with adults of all ages, and young people. I work with clients who may wish for positive coaching, support with sleep, a wide range of health conditions or are perhaps caring for someone.
0141 673 8378 View 0141 673 8378
Photo of Keyong Ma, Psychologist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Keyong Ma
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
With a diverse background in community psychological services, NHS secondary care affective disorder services, specialist eating disorder services, and NeuroDevelopmental Disorder services, I possess a wealth of experience in addressing a wide range of issues, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, borderline disorder, bipolar disorders and trauma. I aim to tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of clients, rather than requiring clients to adapt to a pre-determined model.
With a diverse background in community psychological services, NHS secondary care affective disorder services, specialist eating disorder services, and NeuroDevelopmental Disorder services, I possess a wealth of experience in addressing a wide range of issues, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, borderline disorder, bipolar disorders and trauma. I aim to tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of clients, rather than requiring clients to adapt to a pre-determined model.
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Photo of Jodie Slee, Counsellor in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Jodie Slee
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 15 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 15 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
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Photo of Charlene Jany, Psychotherapist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Charlene Jany
Psychotherapist, MSc, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
As an accredited therapist I specialise in fertility & relationship issues for both couples and individuals. You may be feeling something isn't exactly right in your relationship or have a more difficult issue. You could be going through fertility treatment or have just had a fertility diagnosis. Many people think that relationship counselling should be attended when issues hit breaking point and that is simply not the case. I see people at all stages of their relationship and some of the issues I deal with can range from Affairs/betrayals, Family issues, relationship breakdowns & fertility/infertility issues.
As an accredited therapist I specialise in fertility & relationship issues for both couples and individuals. You may be feeling something isn't exactly right in your relationship or have a more difficult issue. You could be going through fertility treatment or have just had a fertility diagnosis. Many people think that relationship counselling should be attended when issues hit breaking point and that is simply not the case. I see people at all stages of their relationship and some of the issues I deal with can range from Affairs/betrayals, Family issues, relationship breakdowns & fertility/infertility issues.
0141 280 7657 View 0141 280 7657
Photo of Alexandra MacGill - Cbt Therapist, Counsellor in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Alexandra MacGill - Cbt Therapist
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Thinking about therapy? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment? Or just not feeling your "usual self"? Is your mood low most of the time and you're just not sure how to overcome it? Are you aware that some of your behaviors are not helpful and you are looking to change? If so, then i would love to help. As CBT has been proven to help with such issues.
Thinking about therapy? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment? Or just not feeling your "usual self"? Is your mood low most of the time and you're just not sure how to overcome it? Are you aware that some of your behaviors are not helpful and you are looking to change? If so, then i would love to help. As CBT has been proven to help with such issues.
0141 673 8726 View 0141 673 8726
Photo of Constantinos Leftheriotis, Counsellor in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Constantinos Leftheriotis
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
If you’re feeling stressed, worried, depressed or angry; looking for a therapist is a big step and I’m so proud of you. My name is Constantinos and I’d be honoured to embark on this healing journey with you. My approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It’s a scientifically-backed talking therapy that helps you overcome the challenges of life. If you’re ready to take control and develop your resilience for a happier, healthier you - I’m here to support you. You’re not alone. I’ll remove every barrier to your growth, offering affordable therapy services at a time that suits you - including nights and weekends.
If you’re feeling stressed, worried, depressed or angry; looking for a therapist is a big step and I’m so proud of you. My name is Constantinos and I’d be honoured to embark on this healing journey with you. My approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It’s a scientifically-backed talking therapy that helps you overcome the challenges of life. If you’re ready to take control and develop your resilience for a happier, healthier you - I’m here to support you. You’re not alone. I’ll remove every barrier to your growth, offering affordable therapy services at a time that suits you - including nights and weekends.
0131 381 1755 View 0131 381 1755
Photo of Angela McLachlan, Counsellor in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Angela McLachlan
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
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
Photo of Sally Counselling and Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Sally Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
The last few years have been disorientating, changing us and the world around us. It's no wonder we're feeling more anxious and confused as we adjust and process the last few years. You may find that issues you coped with before are now magnified and more painful. Difficult experiences in your past can resurface and you may feel there is no-one you can be honest with about your thoughts. Perhaps you had an increased workload during the pandemic and are now at the stage of burnout? Whatever you are struggling with, sharing your issues in confidence, at your pace can help you gain the clarity and control you need in your life.
The last few years have been disorientating, changing us and the world around us. It's no wonder we're feeling more anxious and confused as we adjust and process the last few years. You may find that issues you coped with before are now magnified and more painful. Difficult experiences in your past can resurface and you may feel there is no-one you can be honest with about your thoughts. Perhaps you had an increased workload during the pandemic and are now at the stage of burnout? Whatever you are struggling with, sharing your issues in confidence, at your pace can help you gain the clarity and control you need in your life.
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Photo of Wendy Robertson Fyfe, Psychotherapist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Wendy Robertson Fyfe
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
I work with folks who are deeply committed to exploring what might be emerging in your longing for a different way that is more authentic to who you really are which happens to also be truly aligned with Earth's ways. You may arrive through loss of connection, bewilderment, longing, grief, lost, a misfit, crisis, trauma, addiction, depression, illness, betrayal, relationship breakdown. You may be longing to connect with Nature, intimately. We work with self-healing and wholing, and the Pilgrimage of Soul which includes focus on soulcentric dreamwork, deep imagination, archetypes, art, the unbidden, inner & outer journeys.
I work with folks who are deeply committed to exploring what might be emerging in your longing for a different way that is more authentic to who you really are which happens to also be truly aligned with Earth's ways. You may arrive through loss of connection, bewilderment, longing, grief, lost, a misfit, crisis, trauma, addiction, depression, illness, betrayal, relationship breakdown. You may be longing to connect with Nature, intimately. We work with self-healing and wholing, and the Pilgrimage of Soul which includes focus on soulcentric dreamwork, deep imagination, archetypes, art, the unbidden, inner & outer journeys.
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Photo of Alana Breen Psychotherapy, Psychotherapist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Alana Breen Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
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).
01620 670499 View 01620 670499
Photo of David Sanmartino, Counsellor in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
David Sanmartino
Counsellor, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
I promote a deep transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions. I have the tools and professional expertise and experience to help you explore whatever is important to you, in a respectful, non-judgemental and open way. In my sessions, I use a positive, holistic and integrative approach to take care of my clients and I work diligently to help find them the answers they seek. Since 2015 I have worked with a wide diversity of clients to deal with the many different circumstances that are unique to their lives.
I promote a deep transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions. I have the tools and professional expertise and experience to help you explore whatever is important to you, in a respectful, non-judgemental and open way. In my sessions, I use a positive, holistic and integrative approach to take care of my clients and I work diligently to help find them the answers they seek. Since 2015 I have worked with a wide diversity of clients to deal with the many different circumstances that are unique to their lives.
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Photo of Kosmas Botsis, Psychotherapist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Kosmas Botsis
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
As your counsellor, my role is to help you change the circumstances in your life that have become obstacles to living a fulfilling life. We will focus on improving these difficulties that hold you back in life. I believe counselling can help people improve their relationships and strengthen their skills and personalities. My passion is to help people overcome their problems and live a satisfying life.
As your counsellor, my role is to help you change the circumstances in your life that have become obstacles to living a fulfilling life. We will focus on improving these difficulties that hold you back in life. I believe counselling can help people improve their relationships and strengthen their skills and personalities. My passion is to help people overcome their problems and live a satisfying life.
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Photo of You+ Counselling, Counsellor in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
You+ Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Hi, I'm Mark and I run You+ Counselling. My job is to make myself obsolete in as quick a timeframe as possible, leaving you in a more competent state and confident frame of mind than when we first met. I offer both face-to-face and online sessions, with an initial chat to allow you some time to see how we might work together before agreeing a way forward. I am a registered member of the BACP and I work with anyone who wants to be and feel more than who they currently are. I am bound to work to the highest ethical and professional standards that the industry offers, and which you deserve.
Hi, I'm Mark and I run You+ Counselling. My job is to make myself obsolete in as quick a timeframe as possible, leaving you in a more competent state and confident frame of mind than when we first met. I offer both face-to-face and online sessions, with an initial chat to allow you some time to see how we might work together before agreeing a way forward. I am a registered member of the BACP and I work with anyone who wants to be and feel more than who they currently are. I am bound to work to the highest ethical and professional standards that the industry offers, and which you deserve.
01236 914457 View 01236 914457
Photo of Janie Keddie - Cadmar Counselling, Psychotherapist in Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Janie Keddie - Cadmar Counselling
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Does life feel increasingly difficult and you don’t fully understand your reactions? Anxiety, stress and the legacy of trauma take a heavy toll. It can be hard to make headway against the storm. You may be struggling with symptoms such as ruminating thoughts, panic attacks, difficulty focussing and unpleasant bodily symptoms. Anxiety can reach into all areas of our life, including personal and professional relationships. You may want to break free of repeating patterns. The good news is that it's possible to overcome even long-standing issues and reclaim the ability to live life to your fullest potential. There is hope.
Does life feel increasingly difficult and you don’t fully understand your reactions? Anxiety, stress and the legacy of trauma take a heavy toll. It can be hard to make headway against the storm. You may be struggling with symptoms such as ruminating thoughts, panic attacks, difficulty focussing and unpleasant bodily symptoms. Anxiety can reach into all areas of our life, including personal and professional relationships. You may want to break free of repeating patterns. The good news is that it's possible to overcome even long-standing issues and reclaim the ability to live life to your fullest potential. There is hope.
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Number of Counsellors in Old Town, Edinburgh

200+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Old Town, Edinburgh who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Self Esteem
84% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
77% Stress
68% Trauma and PTSD
63% Bereavement

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

72% Aviva
69% AXA PPP
42% Bupa

How Counsellors in Old Town, Edinburgh see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
27% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Old Town, 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.