Looking for help and support can be daunting. There are so many things to consider but one of the starting points has to be…
What can I afford?
Going for counselling can be a great investment in your future but you need to be able to afford it. This is our guide to help you understand your options if you want to work through how you feel and move towards a better life.
I am going to start with private one-to-one therapy because it is the most flexible and adaptable way of receiving therapy and then move on to the other options that you may or may not be aware of.
The advantage of this is you get to pick a therapist that you feel you connect with and also, you are unlikely to be limited to the amount of sessions, so you can work with that person until you have achieved the change you want in your life.
As Counsellors and Psychotherapists we are trained to help you explore what is happening for you and actually look at what is underlying your feelings so that you can make real lasting change. Most therapy of this sort is done weekly with sessions of 50 minutes to an hour.
This is the most personalised way of working but it has to be funded by yourself, someone who cares about you or the company you work for. Depending on where you live the cost will vary but for some people it is financially out of reach.
If you are interested in seeing a counsellor in your area then always go through accredited bodies that ensure a good standard of training.
Here in the UK, it would be the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy or a site like the Counselling Directory, who insist on proof of qualifications. If you are in another country, search for the main counselling/psychotherapy organisations who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Some counsellors/psychotherapists run groups where issues are worked through together with a small group of other people. This can be a very powerful way of working with emotions. It can be cheaper than doing one-to-one sessions.
Another option is to contact centres that offer one-to-one counselling. They often have a variety of rates available and sometimes they also have very heavily discounted sessions because the therapists are in training.
An example in my area is Life Force, where prices range from £25 to £50 per session for a qualified therapist and £8 for a trainee.
You may have concerns about seeing a counsellor who is not yet qualified but normally they have already had to have done a significant amount of training before they start seeing clients. It is a really good option if you are on a budget.
Both Lyanne and I worked for a year before we qualified where we saw people either free of charge or at as little as £5 (although that was a long time ago for me). You can always ask about the levels of training before you start.
Counselling Training Organisations
You can also look for local counselling training centres and contact them. Sometimes they have facilities where you could see nearly qualified counsellor. Sometimes these placements can be time-limited so check you are happy with the terms.
Locally to us is Colchester Institute, which offers a time-limited set of sessions at minimal cost.
Talk to your doctor as they may know of resources that can help or even provide some. Often these are time-limited but it can be a useful place to start particularly if money is an issue.
Your workplace may be able to offer support or even pay for therapy, so it is worth asking if you feel comfortable doing so.
There are charities (like MIND in the UK) dedicated to helping people with mental health issues and they may have useful information on how to get help.
There are very inexpensive courses available on platforms like Udemy that will step you through different ways of working with or thinking about your emotional state.
Search on the issue you would like to deal with and you will find courses come up. You can also search on the approaches you are interested in, for example, hypnosis or psychotherapy and see what appears.
We have our course “Overcome Anxiety: Join the Anxiety Revolution” hosted on Udemy.
There are lots of online groups through Facebook that are there to support people who struggle with particular issues. These are often closed groups so only members can read what is posted. Once you have joined, we suggest you read the posts and comments to check that it is a supportive place and ideally you would also find one that is proactive too.
We have “The Anxiety Revolution” group on Facebook for those who struggle with anxiety.
There are also other free resources available. Youtube does have some great material if you are selective. If something doesn’t feel right to you then don’t go with it.
Here are some channels we recommend and also our own.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to hear your point of view and am more than happy to answer any questions. I reply to all comments.
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