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


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


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


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


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)


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


Trainees offering reduced fee Gestalt psychotherapy in central London

The Guild of Psychotherapists


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


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


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


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

Institute of Group Analysis


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


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



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

Mindspace Foundation


01256 423892

“The Mindspace Foundation is a small not-for-profit Community Interest Company in Basingstoke offering affordable counselling to people living in the Basingstoke area and beyond.  We are also a counselling training college and funds generated from our training courses are targeted towards providing affordable community counselling sessions for all, regardless of their financial situation.”

Area: Basingstoke

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


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


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


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

Society of Analytical Psychology 


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



Fees from £5 per sesion

Area: based in Lancaster


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

Better Health


“We offer low-cost counselling to help you make sense of difficult experiences, deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes in your life.

Our counsellors come from a range of therapeutic approaches, but broadly speaking offer therapy under the umbrella of humanistic counselling. This approach focuses on the individual as a whole, encourages people to think about their feelings, and promotes self-development.”

Sessions from £5

Area: 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:


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


tel: 0208 9853570

Fees from £5

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

Chipping Norton Counselling Service

07827 692249

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.


Claremont Project


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

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


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

Area: South of Ireland

The Counselling Foundation

Website here

We provide short or long term counselling with fees starting from £5 per session. We have centres across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and can offer in person or remote counselling.

Email foundation@counsellingfoundation.org for a registration pack.

Area: Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire

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


020 8998 3361

General counselling and psychotherapy for adults 1:1

EACS has around 60 counsellors, mostly in advanced training on
accredited counselling, psychotherapy or doctoral programmes.  Some
continue beyond qualification.  All give their time for free.  Please
call to enquire about booking an initial assessment appointment.

On a sliding scale according to
income: £5 – £40

Area: Residents of London Borough of Ealing.  On
occasion where space allows, we may be able to accommodate those living
in the neighbouring boroughs bordering LB Ealing – please enquire.

East Wing Practice


 07940 937267

Free and low cost therapy

Area: Based in Westbury, Wiltshire: surrounding area

Eden holistic 


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.



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”.

The Empowerment Group

The Empowerment Group is a registered BME led charity in England & Wales and an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  Beneficiaries can access heavily subsidised sessions with one of their qualified BME accredited counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists for culturally appropriate support.

For more information visit: www.theempowermentgroup.co.uk

Face to Face


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


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

Feelings Matter Counselling Service



Low cost sessions are offered to clients who earn £30k or less by trainees and newly qualified therapists from a range of disciplines and modalities.  Clients have the opportunity to have long term open ended therapy online or in person on a weekly basis.  The therapy rooms are currently located in Central Hackney but is easily accessible for clients who live in Haringey, Waltham Forest, Islington and Stratford.  The sessions are charged at £25 per week, those clients who earn above £30k but have low disposable income can still apply.  Clients are asked to commit themselves to at least 4 sessions.  This is an ethical service, all trainees are provided with free supervision and a sessional fee equal to the London Living Wage.

Area: NE London

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.”


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


020 7247 1589

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

Area: London

Keylink Counsellors


“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


Dr Sarah Pitt, Director

07941 218 072  maybesouthwest@gmail.com

Area: Bristol area

MEET in Oxford


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


Go to the Meetup website and search “mental health”



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

Area: London and SE

Mind-Growth Mastery


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


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



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


020 8263 2386 or  0787 9897063

At the PGDC we offer affordable ways of accessing counselling and psychotherapy within the community through our low-cost service if you are on benefits or a low income.

We are integrative counsellors and use various counselling approaches including Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt approaches. We will use the appropriate counselling approach/es to meet your individual needs. We provide support for both short and long-term counselling.

Contact us at info@thepgdc.co.uk

Area: East Croydon Surrey

Phoenix Counselling and Psychotherapy Services

Website here

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


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


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).



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



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

020 7607 4403

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


020 7700 3938

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

Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships


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



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


Area: SW London

Waterloo Community Counselling


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


“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


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