Find a Therapist

by Harley Therapy
Reviewed by Dr Sheri Jacobson

We've made it easy to find the best therapist for you by vetting over 3,000 UK-qualified therapists. We transparently show each therapist's skills, professional memberships, reviews, how often clients return and more so that you can find a therapist and book a therapy session online within minutes.

The top 10 things to consider when finding a therapist

1. Location

Often, people ask ‘how do I find a therapist near me?’. Since you may be attending therapy on a weekly basis, it is important to take into account whether the journey to your therapist’s practice is viable. If you are wondering how to find a good therapist in your area, a quick way is to enter your postcode in the ‘location’ search box on the Harley Therapists page. You can sort the results by the therapists closest to you if the distance is important to you.

While most areas have a number of therapists available, if you cannot find a therapist at the time or cost that suits you nearby, you may want to consider connecting with a therapist online. By starting counselling online or by phone, you are not constricted to a specific geographic location. There is growing evidence that talking to a therapist or counsellor by video chat is effective for many issues. To find out more about the pros and cons of starting online therapy, read our online counselling help page here. Or, see our separate find therapist pages for Manchester, Bristol and London.

2. Therapist registration

It is good practice for therapists to be registered with a professional association, such as the BACP, BPS, BABCP or UKCP. This means that they are accountable to their membership body’s guidelines on ethics and practice and that they have completed the appropriate training to gain their registration.

You can check if a therapist is registered with a particular association on the association's website. On our team makes sure that all of the therapists on the platform are qualified, registered members of a reputable institution so that you can rest assured your therapist is accredited.

Qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists in the UK will have to spend at least three years studying and training. You can ask a therapist about their professional qualifications and training when you meet them.

While a therapist’s experience is important, at the heart of the therapy is a relationship between you and your therapist. You may find that a more newly-qualified therapist you get along with and who has a passion for working with your issues may be a better match for you than a therapist with more experience but with who you feel less comfortable. To search for therapists with experience in treating specific psychological issues, you can use our search page here.

Wondering if therapy could help you? Watch our clip on how therapy can help here

3. Reviews is one of the only booking platforms for psychotherapy and counselling that allows users to review their therapists. Independent reviews for each therapist are listed on their profile.

If you are unsure of which therapist to choose and reviews are important to you, you can sort our therapists by their independent ratings from high to low (or click here to see our top-rated therapists).

4. Therapist fees and availability

Therapy is an investment that can transform your life. It is worth considering whether the therapist you have chosen at the cost you are happy with is actually the best match for you in terms of their approach and their experience. On some therapist websites and directories, therapists' fees and session availability are not listed. This can make finding a therapist who is available at the time and cost suitable for you a lengthy and slow process.

You can find therapists according to their live availability and fees in seconds by using the filters on our therapist search page here. If you are wondering whether seeing a therapist in private practice is best for you, or you cannot afford private psychotherapy, you can read about the different options available on our psychotherapy help page here.

5. Therapist specialisms

Wondering ‘how do I find a therapist who specialises with a certain condition’? If you have a particular issue that you are struggling with you might find it helpful to find therapists who are specialised in this area. To find a shortlist of therapists who have experience working with a specific area or condition, choose what you would like help with here.

6. Gender of therapist

You may already have a preference as to the gender of your therapist or you may not find this important. If you would prefer to work with someone of a certain gender, you can choose to filter therapists by gender on the therapists search page.

7. Type of therapy

There are lots of different types of therapy, which can feel overwhelming at first. Our help guide on choosing a therapist based on your issues and goals is a simple way to understand what approach you think best suits your needs.

On this platform you can also choose to search by the underlying themes of the therapy types, if you would prefer not to choose a specific approach. For example, you could choose to find therapists to ‘explore the root of your concerns’, which would include therapists who help to understand the unconscious causes and past experiences that might influence your current feelings and issues. Alternatively, you could choose to find therapists to ‘solve a specific problem’, for therapists who can help you to focus on how your thinking might be affecting a specific issue you would like to manage.

To find out more about specific therapy approaches, read our short guide about the main approaches to therapy here. You can also find out more about the different types of psychotherapists on our help page.

8. Therapist's personal approach

Each therapist on gives information about them and how they work on their profile so that you can find out more about them before you make a decision to book.

If you are wondering ‘how do I find a therapist I like?’ it is worth remembering that, like any relationship, trust with your therapist needs to build over time. However, during your initial sessions, you may want to ask yourself if you could see yourself growing to trust your therapist in future, if they feel genuine and whether you feel listened to. Asking practical questions like these and following your instincts can help you to find the best match. You can also read our blog post ‘What if I don’t like my therapist?’ for more tips.

If after a few sessions you don’t feel that your therapist is the right fit for you, it is often helpful to talk to your therapist about this. They may be able to offer a new perspective about what next steps you could take. If you have booked a therapist on, our team will help you to find an alternative therapist and offer the first session with them free of charge.

9. Have an initial consultation

It is worth considering all of the above factors when you are looking for a therapist, but the best way to know whether you feel comfortable working with your therapist is to meet them for an initial session. After talking to them either in person, online or by phone, you will be able to ask them questions, they can tell you more about how they work and you can get a better feel for how you and your therapist will work together. To find out more about what to expect in a first counselling session, read our blog post here.

10. What if I choose the wrong therapist?

Every journey starts with a first step. While it might be disappointing to find you do not like your chosen therapist’s approach or that you do not connect with the first therapist you meet, it is better to try therapy and find out whether you find it helpful, rather than to not try at all. By trying more than one type of therapy, you might get to know yourself better and discover the right therapy to help you to transform your life.

Still not sure? Read the top nine questions to ask yourself here

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When you choose to find a therapist on, we will offer you another session with an alternative therapist free of charge if you feel that you and your first therapist were not the right match.

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