the free psychotherapy network

free psychotherapy for people on low incomes and benefits

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 have a counselling service, as do many schools. If you are a student, found out about your in-house counselling service and see if they can help.


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.

Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy – Fairbridge Clinic

020 7272 7013

Trainees and graduates offering low cost psychoanalytic psychotherapy (fees £8 – £18). You will normally be expected to attend the Clinic twice weekly for a minimum of two years.

Area: N19, North London

Arbours Association

020 8340 7646

Low cost individual and group psychoanalytic psychotherapy for students and those on low income/benefits. From £5 to £15. Usually twice weekly sessions.

Area: North London, and other areas

 The Association of Jungian Analysts

020 7794 8711

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

020 8452 9823

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)

0845 838 0829

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

020 7247 6501

Trainees offering reduced fee Gestalt psychotherapy in central London

The Guild of Psychotherapists

020 7401 3370

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


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

020 7431 2693

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

020 8363 2777

Trainees offering low cost short and long term psychotherapy.

Area: N. and S. London

London Clinic of Psychoanalysis

0207 563 5002

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

Area: London and vicinity


020 8579 2505

Trainees and graduates offering low cost and full fee counselling/psychotherapy.

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.
If you would like to find out more about us or to book an appointment, please call the referral service or email in your enquiry.
We will do our best to respond to you promptly.

Pychosynthesis & Education Trust

020 7403 7814

Trainees  offering low cost  counselling/psychotherapy – £10-£15 per session

Area: Mainly London, but other areas possible


Refugee Therapy Centre

020 7561 1587

Trainees offering very low cost psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 2-3 times weekly committment. Inter-cultural service.

Area: Centre is based in North London


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



0131 662 6512

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


Brandon Centre

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.



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)


Community Counselling Initiative

6 free sessions for anyone based in Southport, Merseyside. £6 a session after that. Same rates for groups.

Area: Southport, Merseyside


The Counselling Centre

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

Area: South of Ireland


Counselling Initiatives

020 8815 1962

“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.”

Area: Low cost counselling in Haringey, Twickenham, Ealing and Walthamstow


The Drum

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 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 London Counselling Collective

A not for profit affordable East London Therapy service, offering Individual, Family, and Group Therapy

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.

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 0083

The Farringdon Practice is a psychotherapy practice in Clerkenwell with the aim to provide low cost therapy (£5-£25) by experienced and accredited psychotherapists.

Area: London EC


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

Camberwell: 020 3299 1599; Paddington: 020 3312 1101; Whitechapel: 020 7247 4787

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


Heart of Freedom

07759 723 939

“I offer spiritual counselling to people of all faiths and none for free/donation in Matlock, Derbyshire. Full details on my website.”  Vishwam Jamie Heckert

Area: Derbyshire


Inner City Centre

020 7247 1589

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

Area: London


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


Leeds: directory of voluntary counselling services

web address here


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


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 3326 0434 / 07879 897063

Area: East Croydon Surrey


Phoenix Counselling and Psychotherapy Services

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


Polish Psychologists’ Association

“The main aim of the consultation projects run by PPA since 2007, initially in London and then in other cities in the UK, and open to individuals and couples, is to provide regular psychological support to Polish citizens living in the UK.”


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).



020 8357 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. Referral is via a Health Professional


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


Tavistock and Portman (YPCS)

020 8938 2337

Young People’s Consultation Service. Free, confidential counselling within NHS for 16-30 year olds (up to 4 sessions). Self referral only, by appointment.

Area: London and UK


Trent Counselling Servive

Trent Counselling Service can provide you with counselling that is safe, private and confidential. We will provide you with an opportunity for exploration with a counsellor who will work with you to understand you and your experiences. They can help you to identify useful strategies or changes you may wish to make.

We believe that counselling gives an opportunity to think, to talk in confidence, about difficulties, experiences, feelings, fears, thoughts, anxieties and problems that may be on your mind now or have been in the past.

Area: East Midlands – Nottingham, Derby, Leicester


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

Area: Based in Waterloo, S London

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