Talking therapy and counselling

Explains what talking therapies are, what happens during therapy, how to get the most from therapy and how to find a therapist.

Your stories

How therapy helped me

Kelly writes about her experience of therapy, becoming a therapist and why she fundraises for Mind.

Posted on 11/01/2018

Coming out to my therapist

Of all the times Simon has come out over the years, coming out to his therapists were the most challenging.

Posted on 06/07/2017

On my therapist, who was always there

Brooke blogs on how important it was for to have one person she could turn to throughout her recovery.

Posted on 09/03/2017

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapists

Information and details of accredited cognitive analytic therapy practitioners.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0161 705 4304

Provides details of accredited cognitive behaviour therapists.


British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300

Directory of therapists provided by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Ask Kathleen

Information and details of accredited practitioners.


British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)

Information and details of accredited play therapists.


British Psychological Society (BPS)

0116 254 9568

Provides a list of chartered psychologists.


The Clinic for Boundaries Studies

helpline: 0203 468 4194

Support services for those harmed by a professional in a position of trust.


Counselling Directory

Provides a list of therapists


Cruse Bereavement Care

helpline: 0844 477 9400

Support for anyone affected by a death of someone close to you.

IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies)

Information about local NHS therapy and counselling services, which you can often self-refer to (England only).


Mental Health Matters (MHM)

Provides a counselling helpline and talking therapies in some areas of the UK.


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Information and clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for different conditions, including anxiety disorders.


NHS Choices service finder

Search facility which allows you to look for a health service, including a GP, in your area.


Rape Crisis

Information and support for anyone affected by rape and sexual violence. Counselling is offered in many of their local centres.



0300 100 1234

Support and information for anyone affected by problems around relationships, including offering relationship counselling.


Turning Point

02074 817 600
Provides services for people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.


United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955

A professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. It has an online register of psychotherapists offering different talking treatments privately.

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