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Psychotherapy is available in some areas of the NHS by referral from your GP.
However, there are often long waiting lists to see psychotherapists, so you may want to consider seeing a private therapist.
Mental health specialists, including psychotherapists, already work in some GP surgeries. If there is not one available in your surgery, your GP may be able to refer you to a:
If you are already seeing a psychiatrist or a local mental health team, they may be able to help you get psychological therapy as part of your treatment.
You may also be able to refer yourself for counselling if this is an option in your local area. This means you can go directly to a professional therapist without seeing your GP first.
You can also arrange to see a psychotherapist or psychoanalyst privately.
There is no statutory regulation of counselling in the UK. This means that anyone can practise as a counsellor, even if they have no qualifications or experience.
You can choose a therapist from an organisation with an accredited register.
Your GP may also be able to recommend a qualified psychotherapist in your local area. It is important to be aware that different therapies may be recommended for different disorders.
Different therapies may be recommended for different disorders. It's important to make sure you choose a therapist you're happy with, as a good relationship with them is crucial if you're to get the most out of treatment.
The cost of private psychotherapy will depend on the type of therapy and the individual therapist. Ask how much each session will cost and agree on a price beforehand. Typically, a 50-minute one-to-one session will range from £40 to £100.
In some cases, you may find it helpful to try an online self-help psychotherapy course instead of seeing a therapist.
They're also often available free on the NHS and mean you don't have to be put on a potentially long waiting list before getting treatment.
Read more about online mental health services.