Find out more about free psychological therapies on the NHS.
Private counselling If you decide to pay to see a private therapist, make sure they're qualified and you feel comfortable with them. Many private therapists offer an initial free session and lower rates for students, job seekers and those on low wages.
Hflp should ask about charges and agree a price before starting a course of counselling. Charities and voluntary organisations Some charities and voluntary organisations also offer counselling. These organisations usually specialise in a particular area, such as couples counselling, bereavement or family guidance.
You don't need a referral from your GP for an appointment for these services, but you may have to pay a fee to cover the cost of your sessions. Charities that may offer counselling include: Cruse Bereavement Care — for bereavement advice and support Rape Crisis England and Wales — for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused Relate — for relationship advice and counselling Samaritans — for people to talk about whatever's troubling them at any time Victim Support — for victims and witnesses of crime You may also be able to access support groups through your local community, church or social services.
Finding a qualified therapist As counselling involves talking about sensitive issues and revealing personal thoughts and feelings, your counsellor should be experienced and professionally qualified. This means they have met the PSA's required professional standards to practise.
You can find a qualified therapist through the PSA check a practitioner. Other talking therapies As well as counselling, there are many other types of psychological therapies or talking therapies that involve a person talking to a therapist about their feelings or problems.
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