As it's World Mental Health day, we encourage our readers to make sure that everyone around them is able to access mental health services with ease and without the fear of judgement.
Book an appointment with your GP to discuss any mental concerns you may be having, your GP service works in conjunction with many mental health services and can refer you to somewhere appropriate.
For stress, depression and anxiety, the NHS offer a FREE service called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). Each Trust has a different name for it but you can google it by typing your local area followed by the word "IAPT" - they offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which works by helping you to understand how your thoughts, feeling and behaviours interact so that you can help yourself to take in external matters in less distressing ways. This service can be accessed via your GP but many also offer self-referral services too!
While it is a great initiative, in congested areas such as London, waiting lists can take months and when going through stressful situations, this may be very challenging to deal with.
Taking this into account, we have compiled a list of low-cost private psychotherapy practices in London:
Offer Long Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, short-term Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Group TherapyInitial Consultation fee is £45, then £20 per session
5. Low-Fee Psychotherapy scheme at the Arbours Association