How to find a private therapist

Without prior knowledge of the talking therapies, it is indeed a daunting prospect for anyone to find a Counsellor or Psychotherapist in Brighton and Hove. There are just so many of us! What is the difference even between a Counsellor and a Psychotherapist or a Psychologist or Psychiatrist for that matter! As for the jargon: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic, Integrative, Person Centred, Relational, Psychodynamic. Where to start? For many people, they are faced with this minefield at a time in their lives when they really need help…..now! So if you are reading this and it feels familiar, I hope to provide a little more help and clarity. First of all, be clear about how much you can afford. This is a harsh reality and does not sit well with the nature of support you seek. It has long been a serious gripe of mine that access to free talking therapies is limited in the UK, both in terms of availability and time allocated. This does mean that many people have to fund their own private support and this can be a costly monthly outlay. There are therapists who offer subsidised, low cost or sliding scale fees and they will generally advertise this fact. Alongside this consideration, you need to consider how much time you are willing to allow for the process of therapy. In general, therapy is most effective when you meet at least once weekly over a period of time and so this does require a commitment. Other initial considerations are around location and availability. How far are you prepared to travel? What time(s) and day(s) are...