Psychotherapy is a type of talking therapy used to treat and manage psychological and emotional issues. While most psychotherapists engage with patients by talking, there are also other forms of psychotherapy such as drama, art, movement and music.
Psychotherapists will offer a private, confidential environment in order for you to express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into your thoughts, behaviour and actions, to enable you to find healthier ways of managing the issues you are facing and lead a more fulfiling life.
Talking to a psychotherapist is different to talking to a friend, as psychotherapists aim to give impartial insight. Psychotherapists will not tell you what to do, but will instead offer guidance to help you to understand the best way to improve your emotional wellbeing.
There are psychotherapists who are trained to work not only with specific issues but with a variety of people, such as individuals, children, couples or families. To find a psychotherapist near you, you can use the UK's leading booking platform here.
To access psychotherapy through the NHS in the UK, the first step is to contact your GP. They can then advise if they would suggest a referral for psychotherapy and what the waitlist and options are in your area.
The private psychotherapists listed on harleytherapy.com have been checked to ensure that they are qualified and insured members of a professional UK membership body. You can find and book a psychotherapist online here.
If you choose to find a psychotherapist on other psychotherapists websites, it is best to check that the psychotherapist you find has had the adequate professional training to work as a psychotherapist. This is important since legally anyone can call themselves either a counsellor or a psychotherapist in the UK but the professional psychotherapist qualification requires at least three years’ of intensive training.
One of the best ways to check whether a psychotherapist is qualified is to make sure that they are registered as a member with a professional membership association, which means that they are bound by the ethical practices of that organisation. When you first meet your psychotherapist, you can ask your therapist about their training, experience and qualifications, if you feel you would like to.
If you cannot find a suitable psychotherapist in your area, you may want to consider online psychotherapy. By talking to a psychotherapist online you can meet with a specialist in the issues you would like to focus on from wherever you are based. To find out more about online counselling, read the pros and cons here.
Each type of psychotherapy draws on thousands of research studies, observations and theories. There are many different types of psychotherapy available, however some of the key approaches to psychotherapy include:
While there are many similarities between counsellors and psychotherapists, the main difference is that psychotherapists tend to undertake work that is more focussed on how the past has affected your present, as well as helping you to manage your current problems. Typically psychotherapists will have undertaken a more intensive training than counsellors.
Psychotherapy can be short, medium or long term. While psychotherapy tends to be longer term than counselling, there are a number of psychotherapists who offer short term work. Ultimately the number of sessions you have will depend on you, your psychotherapist and the type of therapy you choose. It is important to note that psychotherapy is not a quick fix. However, it is evidenced that the sooner someone enters therapy to work on the issues they are experiencing, the more likely they are to recover to mental health sooner.
Psychotherapists in private practice set their own fees. This may depend on the area that they are working in (eg. the rent they pay for their room), their professional experience and a host of other factors. Some psychotherapists offer reduced rates for a certain amount of their clients based on their income levels.
To search for a psychotherapist at a a cost that suits you, you can use the price filters on the Harley Therapy search directory to find the best option for you. Psychotherapists listed on Harley Therapy set their own fees, and some of the psychotherapists listed offer sessions for under £40.
There are lots of counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice. Private psychotherapists might be a good option for you if you want to start psychotherapy now, rather than joining the NHS waiting list (if you are based in the UK), however there are other options for receiving certain types of counselling free in the UK listed below. You can also now refer yourself for talking therapies in the UK using the NHS’s IAPT to access support using the (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) initiative.
If you are looking for psychotherapy without a fixed term or end date, or outside of an NHS environment, seeing a private psychotherapist might be right for you. It is worth considering whether you can wait for treatment for the length of time you are required to from any free services, since studies have found that people who seek help for their mental health issues sooner tend to see their symptoms improve faster. For example, anxiety is easier to manage through talking therapy than an anxiety disorder, which can develop over time. If you are experiencing a crisis now, you can call the Samaritans free on 116 123.
If you are a UK resident, there may be mental health charities in your area you can go to for free advice and information about mental health services. For example, the charity MIND offers therapeutic services in some areas.
Some workplaces offer counselling services or employee assistance schemes to help their employees access psychological help. To find out whether your organisation offers such services, you may want to confidentially contact your HR department.
Universities and some schools and colleges in the UK also offer counselling services, although these may be online-based. Check your institution’s help centre for information on the services they provide for students.
Medical insurance sometimes entitles users to private counselling sessions with an accredited provider. If you would like to know whether this is an option for you and the process you would need to follow to start counselling, you will need to check your insurance policy details. It is worth checking whether using your medical insurance to receive free or subsidised counselling sessions will affect your insurance premiums in the long term before you follow this route.
Psychotherapy and counselling training centres and clinics often offer low cost or sliding session fees for therapy provided by psychotherapists in training, who are supervised by experienced professional therapists, such as WPF Therapy in London. Searching for ‘reduced fee therapy from psychotherapists in training’ might help you find some clinics or organisations operating on this basis near you.
If you would like to see a fully-trained and insured psychotherapists in private practice as soon as tomorrow, there are hundred of psychotherapists listed on this platform. Read reviews and search by cost and location to find the best psychotherapist for you and book securely online here.
If you are ready to start psychotherapy from £35 a session, you can find a qualified, vetted and UK-registered psychotherapist to talk to in person near you or online via Skype using the Harley Therapy website. Booking takes less than two minutes.