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I am looking for a psychotherapist. What are the different options available to me?

If you are an adult over the age of 21, the British Psychotherapy Foundation offers three routes to a referral.

1. I would like to contact a therapist directly.

If you would like to contact a therapist yourself, please use our Online Directory:


  • If you wish to contact a therapist directly, please search our online directory. This includes therapists working within greater London and nationally.
  • All therapists listed are members of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, registered with and bound by the Codes of Practice set out by the British Psychoanalytic Council.

2. I think it would be helpful for me to talk to someone before contacting a therapist.

If you would like to have a face to face consultation to think about your psychotherapeutic needs, then you can contact our Clinical Referral Service:


  • Our assessment consultation service leads to referral to a suitable qualified psychotherapist and member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation.
  • We will arrange a face to face assessment with an experienced psychotherapist, where you will have the opportunity to find out more about what psychotherapy entails and whether it is a suitable choice, without any obligation. There is a charge of £75 for this consultation.
  • A psychotherapist will then be recommended, taking into account areas of expertise, your circumstances with regard to travel and financial means, and gender preference if relevant.
  • Psychotherapists in private practice offer varying rates. Fees will be discussed at your assessment consultation and with the psychotherapist you are referred to.

Clinical Services Administrator:

Telephone: 020 8438 2415 from 10-3.30pm  

Email: clinicalservices@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk


3. I would like to see someone more than once a week, but cannot afford a full fee.

If you are seeking intensive psychotherapy at a reduced fee, the British Psychotherapy Foundation offers a limited number of vacancies. Please contact one of our Reduced Fee Scheme Organisers to discuss this further:


  • The bpf offers intensive Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis or Jungian Analysis at a reduced fee.
  • Intensive psychotherapy involves two, three or four sessions per week.
  • You are asked to make a two year minimum commitment.
  • The therapy is offered by experienced trainees at an advanced stage of their training.
  •  Fees range between £5 and £25 per session.
  • The number of available places for intensive psychotherapy at a reduced fee are limited.  If we are unable to offer a vacancy, or if intensive psychotherapy is not suitable, alternative services will be discussed.
  • Please contact one of our Reduced Fee Scheme Organisers if you would like to explore whether this intensive psychotherapy would be an appropriate choice for you:

Gillian Baker – 07464704983
Current vacancies for one female patient in Colchester, one male patient in Kensal Green, and for one male or female patient in Central London

Christina McNicol - 07746 934518
No current vacancies

Sally Rose - 07512 242900
Current vacancies for two male patients in Farringdon and one male patient in West Hampstead *

Mary Ann Reinisch07849 916287
Current vacancies for one male or female patient in Ealing and Southgate, for one male patient in Wimbledon,  and for one female patient in Beckenham. 

Eileen Smith07399 881068
Current vacancies for a male patient in Reading, for one male or female patient in Highgate, and for one male patient in Edgware

Hannah Ward - 0118 9799705
Current male or female vacancies in Oxford and Marlow.

  • If appropriate you will be offered a face to face assessment consultation with one of our experienced senior psychotherapists, to enable a referral.
  • The fee for the assessment consultation is £45. It is sometimes appropriate for you to be invited for two consultations. The cost for two consultations is £60.
    * If you are being assessed for four times weekly psychoanalysis two assessment consultations are required at a cost of £60 for the two.


If you are seeking a referral for a child or adolescent under the age of 21 please contact our Clinical Services Coordinator at louisew@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk for further information.

For further information about our therapy services please contact our Clinical Services Officer on 0208 4382415 or at clinicalservices@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk OR COMPLETE THE ONLINE ENQUIRY BELOW

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