Talking treatments

Explains what talking treatments are used for, what happens during therapy and how to find a therapist.

Your stories

The importance of choice – access to talking therapies

Al blogs for us about the importance of choice and having access to the right talking therapy to suit you.

Posted on 02/12/2013

Life in limbo – waiting for talking therapy

Francesca blogs about the impact of waiting for talking therapy, as part of our We Need to Talk campaign.

Posted on 28/11/2013

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

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

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.

Cruse Bereavement Care

helpline: 0844 477 9400

Support for anyone affected by a death.

IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies)

Information about your local NHS services.

It's good to talk

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

Local Minds

Directory of Local Minds across England and Wales.

Mental Health Matters (MHM)

(0191) 516 3500

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.

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.


This information was published in February 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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