Affordable Therapy

Affordable Therapy

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**Tired of waiting for your NHS appointment? Wish you could afford quality therapy? Need counselling now but unable to pay the going rate? **

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.

It seems to us, we ask you

  • to come somewhere you've never been
  • to meet someone you've never met
  • to discuss stuff you've never discussed

and all at a time when you can be overwhelmed by

  • anxiety
  • stress
  • depression
  • addiction

In the NHS, the stats are that 25%-35% of all new clients don't show up for their first session. That's one in three people...

It's hardly surprising, is it?

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 free 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...


“So how can you afford to offer therapy at these prices?”

Affordable Therapy is subsidised by Peter Wyatt & Associates, one of the biggest providers of private therapy in South Essex. We see over 250 clients a month at our practices in Southend and Rayleigh, so we must be doing something right...

*Please mention Affordable Therapy when you call because you will come through to Peter Wyatt & Associates*

"How long will I have to wait to be seen?"

We aim to offer an appointment within a week

“How much will it cost?”

The assessment is FREE, then it's £10* a session if you're on benefits (*you will need to bring proof of 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 at 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.

"So how do I arrange therapy?"

The easiest way is to call us on 07982 409 766. You can also email us if that's easier.

Tell us

  • 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)
  • *Please mention Affordable Therapy when you email because you will come through to Peter Wyatt & Associates*

Someone will get back to you the same day and arrange an assessment.

**Peter Wyatt & Associates: proud to be investing in the next generation of quality therapists**

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.

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Accredited register membership

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

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  • Work-related stress
  • It's not the thing, it's the thing behind the thing


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* (You will need to bring proof of benefit)

If you are not in receipt of benefits: £15

Further information

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!

Maps & Directions

Southend-on-Sea, SS0

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


There will be someone available from our team from 9am - 9pm Monday to Friday, plus weekends.

Types of client

Older adults