Other affordable options for people on low incomes

Ongoing talking therapy – counselling and psychotherapy – will usually feel like a luxury and out of reach for people on low incomes. The Free Psychotherapy Network is a response to the dire shortage of decent ongoing psychological therapies through the NHS. There are, however, a number of other ways you might be able to find affordable therapy if you are prepared to hunt around and perhaps be on a waiting list for a while.

Free therapy through the NHS

It may be possible to get counselling and psychotherapy through your GP. Your GP may have counsellors working within your GP practice, though this is now not too common. They can refer you on to a variety of psychological therapies services, including Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). You can also self-refer to your local IAPT service – see here to find it. IAPT can work well for some people.  For others, a first therapy through the NHS can feel too short or lacking the depth required. There will usually be a waiting list and the therapy will usually be short-term and mainly Cognitive Behavioural.

Free therapy through your school/college/university

Most higher education colleges and universities have an in-house counselling service, as do some schools. If you are the parent of a (primary or secondary) school pupil, you can find out whether their school has an in-house service and see if they can help. If not, please use the FPN Directory to Find a Therapist.

Organisations with low-fee clinics

It is possible to get low cost counselling and psychotherapy from £5 per session from organisations who train or accredit practitioners and run a low-fee clinic. These clinics will usually combine a commitment to offering therapy to people on low incomes or benefits with offering their students experience as part of their training. Though this often means seeing a student counsellor or psychotherapist, their work with you will be supervised by qualified and experienced practitioners.

If you are interested in long-term, intensive psychotherapy, you might consider applying to become a training client working with a trainee practitioner. This will usually involve a commitment to a minimum period of work, and possibly to more than one session a week. The fee is usually very low. You will usually be committing yourself to a particular school of psychotherapy.

Arbours Association

Low cost individual psychotherapy, subject to availability

Area:  across London – https://www.arboursassociation.org:  Tel: 020 8340 7646

Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy – Fairbridge Clinic

http://www.agip.org.uk/clinic

020 7272 7013

Trainees and graduates offering low cost psychoanalytic psychotherapy (fees £8 – £25). You will normally be expected to attend the Clinic twice weekly for a minimum of two years.

Area: N19, North London

 The Association of Jungian Analysts

http://www.jungiananalysts.org.uk/reduced.php

Network of trainees and graduates offering reduced fee Jungian analysis.

Area: Across the UK (look at their list of practitioners) but mainly London

British Psychotherapy Foundation

http://www.britishpsychotherapyfoundation.org.uk/find-a-therapist/bpf-fee-structure

0208 438 2415

British Association of Psychotherapists. Trainees and graduates offering low cost and full fee Jungian and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Three times a week for reduced fee scheme.

Area: Across UK. Currently looking for training clients in Colchester, Cambridge, Cuffley (Herts) and Brighton

CPPD (UK)  Counselling School

http://cppd.co.uk/therapy/

020 8341 4843

Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. Trainees and graduates offering low cost counselling/psychotherapy.

Area: based in Hornsey, N. London

Centre For Freudian Analysis & Research (CFAR)

http://www.cfar.org.uk/clinic.htm

Trainees and qualified members offer low cost Lacanian psychoanalysis (£5-£20). You will meet a qualified shrink for an assessment first, and then will attend analysis from once to five times per week.

Area covered: London

The Gestalt Centre

http://gestaltcentre.co.uk/counselling-and-psychotherapy/

Trainees offering reduced fee Gestalt psychotherapy in central London

The Guild of Psychotherapists

http://guildofpsychotherapists.org.uk/psychotherapy/reduced-fee-clinic/

020 7401 3260

Trainees and graduates offering reduced fee analytic psychotherapy (1-2 times/week). Low fee clinic available to residents of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark at minimum fee of £5

Highbury Counselling Centre

http://www.wlm.org.uk/what-we-do/hcc

020 7354 4791

Email:  highburycounselling@wlm.org.uk

Graduates and Trainees offering individual Counselling/Psychotherapy, one year counselling contracts, reduced fee available for clients on low income/benefit. Sliding scale based on income if in employment. Minimum fee £10

Area: across London

Highgate Counselling Centre

http://highgatecounselling.org.uk/counselling/fees-and-registration

020 8883 5427

Low cost individual, group, couple and family counselling, 21 years old +.

Area: Based in Muswell Hill, N. London

Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education

020 7704 2534

http://www.artspsychotherapy.org

Trainees and graduates offering low cost and full fee integrative arts psychotherapy.

Institute of Group Analysis

www.igalondon.org.uk

0845 260 1780 or 020 7431 4431

Network offering group psychotherapy. Some therapists offer reduced fee spaces by negotiation.

Area: Across UK.

Institute of Psychosynthesis

http://www.psychosynthesis.org/html/regions/ukmap.htm

020 8202 4525

Network of counselling & psychotherapy trainees and graduates. Low cost available, usually with a student. Negotiated individually.

Area: UK wide

Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies

Currently unavailable

Trainees offering low cost short and long term psychotherapy.

Area: N. and S. London


London Clinic of Psychoanalysis

http://www.psychoanalysis.org.uk/clinic.htm

020 7563 5002

Low cost intensive psychoanalysis with a trainee. Four to five times weekly. From £5 per session.

Area: London and UK

Metanoia

www.metanoia.ac.uk

020 8579 2505

Trainees and graduates offering low cost and full fee counselling/psychotherapy. Minimum fee of £5 per session.

Area: Based in W. London

Philadelphia Association – Psychotherapy Referral Service

Psychotherapy is not only for the privileged few. At the Philadelphia Association, we aim to provide a friendly and informal community service which enables therapy of high quality to be accessible and affordable to all.
Upon contacting us you will be offered an initial meeting with a referrals co-ordinator. At this meeting we will discuss your needs: how much you can afford, your background, the issues that you are facing and the kind of therapy that you are seeking. If we feel we are able to help and you would like to proceed, we will then refer you on to the most appropriate therapist for you.
Affordable therapy is offered by qualified psychotherapists and trainees and we do not currently have a waiting list.

To discuss therapy please fill in the confidential form  (this is the preferred mode of contact) which you can find on the therapies page on the PA website www.philadelphia-association.com/therapy or call the PA office between 1pm and 4pm on 0207 794 8058.

We will do our best to respond to you promptly.

Pychosynthesis & Education Trust

http://psychosynthesis.edu/counselling/low-cost-counselling/

020 7403 7814

Trainees  offering low cost  counselling/psychotherapy – £10-£30 per session

Area: Mainly London, but other areas possible

The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis

https://www.siteclinic.org

The Site Clinic for Contemporary Psychoanalysis brings together a network of psychoanalytically-oriented therapists offering psychotherapy for a wide range of issues, from depression and anxiety to relationship and work problems.

Our therapists aim to make psychoanalytic treatment as inclusive as possible, offering rates which are accessible for a range of incomes, including students and the unemployed. The cost would range from £5-25 per session and with twice weekly sessions also being available for clients

siteclinic@yahoo.com

Area: Therapists are currently available in London, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire

Society of Analytical Psychology 

http://www.thesap.org.uk

020 7435 7696

Jungian psychotherapy – recommended minimum £15 per session

Area: based in London; analysts and psychotherapists across the UK


Voluntary and Charitable Counselling and Psychotherapy

Access

http://access-counselling-cic.co.uk

Fees from £5 per sesion

Area: based in Lancaster

Arkordia

Website link here

07496 155038

Arkordia has been formed to provide a counselling and psychotherapy service in the Edinburgh and Lothian’s area, which is affordable and accessible to individuals, couples or families.

Area: Edinburgh and Lothian

The Awareness Centre

www.the awarenesscentre.com

020 8673 4545

“We offer low-cost counselling
services in both Tooting and Clapham.

  • If you are on benefits the fee for a weekly counselling session is £15 in Tooting and £20 in Clapham.
  • If you’re on low income the weekly fee is £30 – £35 in Tooting and £35 in Clapham.

Area: Based in S. London

BME free and low-cost counselling services

There are services available throughout the UK which offer free counselling specifically set up to serve the BME community. Many of them are listed here:

https://www.baatn.org.uk/free-services/

Brandon Centre

Website here

020 7267 4792

Counselling and psychotherapy for young people aged 12 to 21. No fee.

Area: Across UK. The Centre is based in North London.

Brighton & Hove area: directory of low cost therapy agencies

Web directory here

Bristol area: directory of low cost therapy agencies

Web directory here

Centre for Better Health

www.centreforbetterhealth.org.uk

tel: 0208 9853570

Fees from £5

Area: based in Hackney, London. Takes referrals from outside Hackney

Chipping Norton Counselling Service

www.chippingnortoncounselling.co.uk
07827 692249
info@chippingnortoncounselling.co.uk

Accesible counselling and psychotheraphy for young poeple (16+) and adults.
Fees are paid according to people’s abiity to do so within an agreed range.
Evening and day time appointments.
All therapists accredited by UKCP.

Area:Oxfordshire

Claremont Project

https://www.claremont-project.org/psychotherapy/

Claremont Psychotherapy Service is a low-cost therapy service for Islington Residents, aged 18+. We offer clients up to a year of long-term counselling with trainee therapists undertaking their clinical placement with us. They adopt an Existential Phenomenological Approach.

Area: Islington

Community Counselling

http://www.communitycounselling.org.uk/
07547 893 700 or 020 8524 9711

A group of committed, professionally qualified counsellors providing a
low-cost high-quality service to anyone who would not otherwise be able to
access counselling. Minimum fee £6 per session.

Area: Based in East Ham (E. London)

The Counselling Centre

http://www.thecounsellingcentre.ie

Irish service, with a bottom line of “pay what you can afford”

Area: South of Ireland

Counselling Initiatives

https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/counselling-initiatives

07963 738 813 admin@ci-charity.org.uk

“The specific client group we are responding to is that comprising the considerable number of people who are in mental or psychological distress which is adversely affecting their quality of life and functionality but not severely enough to attract statutory services in terms of high intensity or long term interventions. They will be on low or modest incomes, in temporary financial difficulty or receiving state benefits.”

For more information, please go to the Counselling Directory Website

Area: Low cost counselling in Haringey and Twickenham

The Drum

Website here

020 7336 0022

Counselling and psychotherapy for young people (12-21 years) living, working or studying in South Islington. No charge

Ealing Abbey Counselling Service

http://www.eacs.org.uk/index.shtml

020 8862 2164

“We have around 100 practitioners: up to 70 counsellors, who are either professionally trained or at an advanced training stage and all of whom give their time for free; up to nineteen supervisors who provide supervision in groups to our counsellors; and a team of up to 7 assessors who carry out a comprehensive assessment of new clients and match clients with counsellors as appropriate.”

Free/sliding scale according to income

Area: London and S.E.

East Wing Practice

https://www.opencounseling.com/united-kingdom/westbury/counseling-agency/east-wing-practice

 07940 937267

Free and low cost therapy

Area: Based in Westbury, Wiltshire: surrounding area

Eden holistic 

www.edenholistic.co.uk

01992 632272
07709 350019

Low cost Counselling (Integrative and Psychodynamic), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Addiction Therapy, Life Coaching, Anger and Stress Management by fully qualified therapists and those on placement.

Prices are between £5.00 and £20.00 per session depending on ability to pay.

Hypnotherapy also available (please enquire).

Based in Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, however some work can be phone or internet based.

Call, text or email for any further information or to book an assessment.

elop

http://www.elop.org

020 8509 3898

“A holistic lesbian and gay centre that offers a range of social, emotional and support services to LGBT communities, and our core services include counselling and young people’s services. We can also offer training and consultancy for fellow professionals and those seeking to enhance their understanding of issues facing LGBTcommunities”.

Face to Face

http://www.facetofacecounselling.org.uk

0161 881 1535
0161 971 3508

The adult service is exclusively for people on low income or without income. The service for children and young people is open to all income groups. The service for young adults is exclusively for people on low income or without income (e.g. students) who would like to see a counsellor with particular experience/expertise in this age group.

Area: based in S. Manchester

The Farringdon Practice

https://thefarringdonpractice.co.uk

020 7250 008

“The express aim of the Practice is to reach  as much of the local community as possible, irrespective of income. We offer once weekly
psychotherapy by an experienced, registered psychotherapist for two
years maximum. Fee is between £5-£30.”

Area: Based in London EC1

The Harbour

“We are a charity with over 20 years’ experience of delivering professional counselling and psychotherapy, free of charge, to people affected by life-threatening illness. Each year we support more than 200 people from Bristol and the South West, carrying out in the region of 2,000 counselling sessions per year.”

http://www.the-harbour.org.uk

Area: Bristol and the SW

The Havens

Website here

Anyone in London who has been raped or sexually assaulted can come to The Haven. Women, men and children can all attend .Trained, experienced professionals can give you medical help and advice, counselling, practical and emotional support

Areas: Camberwell; Paddington; Whitechapel; South London; Central London; North London

Inner City Centre

http://www.icclondon.org.uk/about_psychotherapy.asp

020 7247 1589

Low cost individual, couple and group counselling/psychotherapy. Minimum fee £15 per session.

Area: London

Keylink Counsellors

https://www.keylinkcounsellors.co.uk

“COVID-19 has created an immense burden on people who find themselves as Frontline or Key Workers during this difficult time.

This can mean increased risk of exposure to the virus, long hours, high stress levels, few breaks, and meeting distressed people, be they patients in hospitals, residents in care homes, customers in shops, parents in schools, family members in need of personal care, and indeed, dealing with any challenging situation in this pandemic.

We recognise their sacrifice and feel we would like to express our thanks by offering free counselling help to anyone working directly within this crisis.”

Area: National

Leeds Group Therapy

Welcome to Leeds Group Therapy

Leeds Counselling is a charity which provides professional counselling and therapy services. Cost should not be a barrier to people getting the help they need and we operate a fair and reasonable policy with regard to payment for therapy.

The weekly fee for group therapy is £20.00, with those on low incomes or benefits paying less, to a minimum of £5.00. This will be payable monthly, at the start of each month.

Payment can be discussed at the initial consultation with the group therapist

Area: Leeds

Maybe Southwest

http://www.maybe-southwest.co.uk

Dr Sarah Pitt, Director

07941 218 072  maybesouthwest@gmail.com

Area: Bristol area

MEET in Oxford

http://www.meetinoxford.org

07531 195 291

We provide trauma focused therapy in Oxford to those unable to afford private therapy or access appropriate NHS or insurance funded therapy.
We include within our understanding of trauma a wide range of disturbing experiences including trauma arising in armed conflict, road traffic accidents, sexual assaults, childhood abuse (including sexual abuse), bullying and neglect

Area: Oxford area

Meetup Groups

www.meetup.com

Go to the Meetup website and search “mental health”

Metro

https://www.metrocentreonline.org/mental-health

“We provide health, community and youth services across London and the South East”

Area: London and SE

Mind-Growth Mastery

https://www.mindgrowthmastery.org/low-cost-counselling-service

07767 458 137

We believe that therapy should be affordable for everyone who needs it, particularly in these challenging times. We offer a free initial consultation for everyone. If you are unemployed then there is no charge for this counselling service; however if you have the means then we ask for a donation of £2 to £10 per session, to be discussed and agreed with you.”

Area: Epsom/Ewell

The Minster Centre

https://www.minstercentre.ac.uk/therapy/#affordable_therapy

020 7644 6242

20 Lonsdale Road
Queen’s Park
London NW6 6RD

Fees are charged on a sliding scale according to income.

Fees range from £45 – £10 depending on circumstances.

Assessment is £15.00

Mind

http://www.mind.org.uk

020 8519 2122

“Our local Minds support over 280,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

Each local Mind is an independent charity run by local people, for local people. Each is responsible for its own funding and the services it provides, but all are affiliated to Mind.”

Many local branches provide free or very low cost counselling. Ring to find counselling provision in your area.

The Personal Growth And Development Centre

www.thepgdc.co.uk

020 3326 0434 / 07879 897063

Area: East Croydon Surrey

Phoenix Counselling and Psychotherapy Services

Home

0208 844 8543

“Phoenix is a self-funding service, our core mission is to ensure that any one wishing to have counselling can access affordable and accessible counselling at the time of need and our service to open to members of the community and welcomes all ages.”

Area: Based in Feltham, Middlesex

Refugee Therapy Centre

http://www.refugeetherapy.org.uk

020 7561 1587

“Our central purpose is to provide psychotherapeutic help for refugees and asylum seekers, especially children and families of recently arrived refugees who are having problems of adjustment.

The Refugee Therapy Centre offers expertise in the delivery of an integrated and user-friendly mental health service for people who have endured considerable trauma and forced displacement.”

Free and very low fee.

Area: Centre is based in North London. Open to anyone in the UK

Renew Counselling

www.renew-us.org

Offers low-cost counselling/psychotherapy to adults, children and young people in Essex

Area: Essex, centres in Basildon (01268 822 800) and Chelmsford (01245 359 353).

Re-Vision

https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/re-vision-24556

0208 357 8881

Short and longer term counselling for those who are low-paid, unwaged or receiving benefits, self-referral.
Fees start at £10 depending on circumstances.

Area: based in NW London

Safeline 

www.safeline.org.uk

0300 123 2028

Works with people who have ben affected by the traumas that sexual abuse, rape and the associated issues revealed.
Other services offered are ISVA (independent sexual violence advisor) support for those wishing to pursue a case through the court, and a helpline.

Area: Warwickshire and surrounding area

Spiral Centre

http://www.spiralcentre.org/
020 7607 4403
info@spiralcentre.org

Short and longer term counselling and psychotherapy for those on benefits or limited income, self-referral.
Fees start at £10 depending on circumstances.

Area: based in N London

The Stress Project

Website

020 7700 3938

Low cost counselling and complementary therapies for people experiencing mental health problems and living in Islington.

Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships

https://www.tavistockrelationships.org

020 7380  1960

Counselling for couples and individuals having difficulties in their relationships. Payment by contribution on an sliding scale, negotiable

Area: London

Under 25s Counselling and Support Group

under25s@hotmail.com

07988756095

Sharron Adey

Based in Mansfield, E. Midlands, a safe space for young people to explore their, thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a confidential setting. Qualified counsellors and peer to peer groups. Free service

Area: Based in Mansfield, Notts

Wandsworth Association of Psychotherapists

http://www.wandsworthap.co.uk/low-cost-counselling.htm

Area: SW London

Waterloo Community Counselling

https://www.waterloocc.co.uk

Fees from £10 per session

“We also run a Multi-Ethnic Counselling Service which is a free, mother-tongue counselling service for refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants.”

Area: Based in Waterloo, S London

WPF Therapy Kyle Low Cost Therapy Clinic

https://wpf.org.uk/wpf-therapy-open-kyle-low-cost-therapy-clinic/

“The Clinic offers subsidised places for long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy at £25, £15 and £5, for people earning less than £20k, £15k or £10k respectively.”

Area: London

Women and Health

Website

The Counselling and Psychotherapy Service provides long and short-term low-cost individual counselling and psychotherapy and a range of groups for women who are registered with a GP service in the London Borough of Camden.

Area: Camden, London