**Tired of waiting for your NHS appointment? Wish you could afford quality therapy? Need counselling now but struggling financially?**
Wouldn't it be great if someone could offer quality therapy at affordable rates for those who need counselling but simply can't afford it?
Here at Affordable Therapy we aim to do just that.
So, we were thinking, how can we make things easier for you?
Let's charge a flat rate £10 per session for anyone on benefits, and £15 for those “working but struggling”, so money doesn't become an issue.
Let's offer a "no obligation" assessment. You get to ask any and all questions you may have before making any kind of commitment. Together with the assessor, you can decide on the best way forward. No pressure. And if you decide therapy is not for you at this time, you've lost nothing.
Let's have a range of therapists, some older, some younger, some male, some female. Some can work daytimes, some evenings, some weekends.
Because our belief is that good therapy changes lives. The biggest problem is getting over that first hurdle and making that first call.
So please feel free to take your time. If you have any questions, you can always message or email us first.
And - when you're ready - it'll be good to talk...
**Affordable Therapy is for people on very low incomes who are struggling to make ends meet. If you are caught in the “twilight zone” where the going rate of £40 an hour is too much, but you also know you can afford more than £15 an hour, please call Peter Wyatt & Associates on 0781 497 9992. We have a list of therapists available who are willing to work at concessionary rates**
"So how do I arrange therapy?"
The easiest way is to call Laura on 07902 600 125. You can also email us if that's easier.
your name (always a good place to start)
your availability (days, evenings, weekends)
if you prefer a male or female counsellor
a bit about why you want therapy (but only if you want to)
Someone will get back to you the same day to arrange an assessment.
“So how can you afford to offer therapy at these prices?”
Affordable Therapy is for people on very low incomes who are struggling to make ends meet. All our therapists are volunteering their time free of charge, so it is important to us that clients are appropriate for our service.
If you are caught in the “twilight zone” where the going rate of £40 an hour is too much, but you also know you can afford more than £15 an hour, please call Peter Wyatt & Associates on 0781 497 9992. We have a list of therapists available who are willing to work at concessionary rates
"How long will I have to wait to be seen?"
We aim to offer an assessment within a week
“How much will it cost?”
The assessment is £10 (to cover our costs), but if you decide not to proceed at this time, we will refund this to you. Then it's £10 a session if you're on benefits or £15 if you're "working but struggling"
“How do you know I'm not a secret millionaire?”
We believe in trust. You trust us by telling us your stuff. We trust you to pay what you can afford. No questions, no checking up, no asking for payslips. Just trust.
“What happens during my assessment?”
You will be assessed by an Accredited member of the BACP. You get to tell your story, ask questions and explore the options open to you. Together you can discuss the appropriate therapy for you. If you don't fancy therapy right now, no worries. You can always contact us again when you're ready.
“How often should I come?”
It's entirely up to you. Most people choose to come weekly to begin with, but some come fortnightly, or even monthly.
“How long do I have to be in therapy?”
You don’t HAVE to be in therapy at all! Most people find 6-8 sessions is enough, others require more. Experience shows it is often best to review how things are progressing with your therapist at regular intervals. When you feel ready to stop your therapy, just say the word.
"How do I know you won't tell my stuff to other people?"
We are bound by the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can read the Code of Ethics at www.bacp.co.uk. If you have any cause for concern you can contact them directly.
“What happens during the sessions?”
The session belongs to you, so you can choose what happens. It might be a chance to tell your story, it might be focused on how to change. It's entirely up to you.
"How do I know your therapists are any good?"
You will be seen by either a qualified therapist who has chosen to volunteer their time to Affordable Therapy, or by a counsellor on placement during the last few months of their training. To become fully qualified counsellors, the final stage of qualification is to evidence 100 hours of counselling with “real life” clients.
This is why the assessment is so important. We want you to see someone who is qualified to an appropriate level to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Affordable Therapy grew out of my successful face-to-face practice in Southend. My team and I see over 250 clients a month at my clinics in South Essex. However, we are all aware of the long waiting times for NHS therapy. The answer? To offer a parallel service for those who cannot afford standard rates, without compromising on quality.
Qualified counsellors are often happy to do some "pro bono" work alongside their other clients. And we were all trainees once, only needing some first hand experience to formalise our training. By bringing together quality therapists with clients who might otherwise not be able to access therapy, we hope to provide a much needed service while supporting the development of the next generation of quality counsellors.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Sadly, this is the bit where we ask you for money.
Your assessment is free. After that, we have a tiered system of payments depending on your circumstances.
If you are in receipt of benefits: £10
If you are not in receipt of benefits: £15
**Affordable Therapy is for people on very low incomes who are struggling to make ends meet. If you are caught in the “twilight zone” where the going rate of £40 an hour is too much, but you also know you can afford more than £15ph, please call: Peter Wyatt & Associates on 0781 497 9992. We have a list of therapists available who are willing to work at concessionary rates**
Affordable Therapy is subsidised by Peter Wyatt & Associates. If you have any questions, please check out our website, or contact us direct. We're here to help!