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We live in a world where you can be surrounded by people, but still feel lonely, with nobody to turn to when things get rough. But being heard is an important part of being human. Psychologist, Glen Moriarty saw that there was great power in listening, but he knew not everyone had someone to talk to. He started to wonder. Thanks to thousands of volunteer listeners stepping up to lend a friendly ear, 7 Cups is happy to say, "We're here for you!

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Explains what talking therapies are, what happens during therapy, how to get the most from therapy and how to find a therapist. View this information as a PDF new window. It also has a helpful list of things to ask when arranging an appointment with a therapist.

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Any therapy provided through the NHS should be free of charge. Here are the common routes to access talking therapies through the NHS. Your GP might refer you to a suitable service after speaking to you — that service will then get in touch with you.

See our on talking to your GP for guidance on discussing your mental health with them. Some areas run services which you can contact directly to refer yourself for a talking therapy. Also known as 'psychological services IAPT ' in some places, this is an NHS programme offering talking therapies for common mental health problems, which you can often refer yourself to without going through your GP.

The NHS can be difficult to navigate but it's worth it in the end. Unfortunately it's very common to have to spend time on a waiting list before getting therapy through the NHS. While you're on a waiting list it might help to:. Our on facing and overcoming barriers to seeking help gives more suggestions.

Mind is campaigning to make sure that everyone has access to talking therapies when they need them. You can find out more about what we're doing on our campaign s and see how you can get involved. I've found bits that worked, bits that didn't work, and bits that might've worked if I'd realised I could change therapists.

Now I'm working with a therapist who I really trust and, with her support, my life has dramatically improved. Some community and charity sector organisations may offer free or low-cost talking therapies.

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For example:. See our on seeking help through the third sector for more information. Some charities also provide telephone listening and emotional support services. These are not counselling or therapy, but can be helpful if you need to talk to someone in between sessions. There are many reasons you might consider going private, although it's not an option for everyone because it can be expensive. If you decide to explore private therapy, it's a good idea to look for a therapist using the online search function of a reliable website which only lists therapists who are registered with a professional body.

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See our on private sector care for more information on paying for healthcare. You may find websites offering low cost therapy online. This can be helpful if you're uncomfortable talking to someone in person, or if you have difficulty leaving the house or using transport. But some of these sites might not use professional therapists, so it's important to ask enough questions to trust in the person you're talking to.

See our s on getting the most from therapy and staying safe online for support to feel confident in seeking therapy online.

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It's also important to mention any special requirements or preferences you have. For example, if you'd feel most comfortable seeing a therapist of a particular gender, or who speaks your first language, or has a particular specialism.

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Talking therapy and counselling Explains what talking therapies are, what happens during therapy, how to get the most from therapy and how to find a therapist. About talking therapies How to find a therapist Types of talking therapy Dialectical behaviour therapy DBT What happens in therapy Getting the most from therapy Alternatives to therapy Useful contacts. Toggle Talking therapy and counselling. How can I find a therapist? This explains how to find: NHS therapists Charity and third sector therapists Therapists at your place of work or education Private therapists It also has a helpful list of things to ask when arranging an appointment with a therapist.

Your GP Your GP might refer you to a suitable service after speaking to you — that service will then get in touch with you. Self-referral Some areas run services which you can contact directly to refer yourself for a talking therapy. What if there are long waiting lists?

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While you're on a waiting list it might help to: Ask your doctor to give you a contact to ring to check how long you have to wait. Explore any alternatives to therapy which might help in the meantime.

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Charity and third sector therapists Some community and charity sector organisations may offer free or low-cost talking therapies. For example: Your local Mindlocal Rethink Mental Illnessor local Turning Point branch may be able to offer you talking therapies. Mental Health Matters MHM offers a telephone counselling service and talking therapies in some areas.

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Anxiety UK offers talking therapies for anxiety. There is a fee but they do offer reduced costs for people on a low income.

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Cruse Bereavement Care may offer free counselling services if you have experienced the death of someone close to you. Rape Crisis centres offer counselling to survivors of sexual abuse and sometimes to their families. Therapists at your place of work or education If you're a student — many colleges and universities have a free counselling service.

You can usually access this without going through your academic tutors or GP. See our s on coping with student life for more information If you're an employee — your workplace might offer an Employee Assistance Programme which might provide a limited of free therapy sessions.

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See our s on coping with working life for more information. Private therapists There are many reasons you might consider going private, although it's not an option for everyone because it can be expensive. Before committing to paying for therapy it may be helpful to ask: How much do they charge per session? Do they offer a free introductory session to allow you to decide whether you can work together?

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Do they offer reduced rates for people on low incomes? Do they charge for missed appointments and if yes, how much notice do you need to give them to avoid being charged? Online or digital therapy You may find websites offering low cost therapy online. Was this useful? Tell us more Tell us more.

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If you are in crisis right now and want to talk to someone urgently then you could call Samaritans on freephone. Our s on crisis services have more options. This information was published in June We will revise it in Share this information.

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