Tired of waiting for your NHS appointment?
Wish you could afford quality therapy?
Need counselling now but unable to pay the going rate?
Aged 18 or over?
Wouldn't it be great if someone could offer quality therapy at affordable rates for those who need counselling but simply can't afford it?
Here at Affordable Therapy we aim to do just that.
So, we were thinking, how can we make things easier for you?
Let's charge a flat rate £10 per session for anyone on benefits, and £15 for those working but struggling, so money doesn't become an issue.
Let's offer a "no obligation" assessment. You get to ask any and all questions you may have before making any kind of commitment. Together with the assessor, you can decide on the best way forward. No pressure. And if you decide therapy is not for you at this time, you've lost nothing.
Let's have a range of therapists, some older, some younger, some male, some female. Some can work daytimes, some evenings, some weekends.
Because our belief is that good therapy changes lives. The biggest problem is getting over that first hurdle and making that first call.
So please feel free to take your time. If you have any questions, you can always message or email us first.
And - when you're ready - it'll be good to talk...
“So how can you afford to offer therapy at these prices?”
Affordable Therapy is subsidised by Peter Wyatt & Associates, one of the biggest providers of private therapy in South Essex. We see over 250 clients a month at our practices in Southend and Rayleigh, so we must be doing something right...
*Please mention Affordable Therapy when you call because you will come through to Peter Wyatt & Associates*
"How long will I have to wait to be seen?"
We aim to offer an appointment within a week
“How much will it cost?”
The assessment is £10 (to cover our costs), but if you decide not to proceed at this time, we will refund this to you.Then it's £10* a session if you're on benefits (*you will need to bring proof of benefits) or £15 if you're "working but struggling"
“How do you know I'm not a secret millionaire?”
We believe in trust. You trust us by telling us your stuff. We trust you to pay what you can afford. No questions, no checking up, no asking for payslips. Just trust.
“What happens during my assessment?”
You will be assessed by an Accredited member of the BACP. You get to tell your story, ask questions and explore the options open to you. Together you can discuss the appropriate therapy for you. If you don't fancy therapy right now, no worries. You can always contact us again when you're ready.
“How often should I come?”
It's entirely up to you. Most people choose to come weekly to begin with, but some come fortnightly, or even monthly.
“How long can I be in therapy?”
Most people are offered 12 sessions to begin with, with the option to continue therapy at the therapist's discretion. All our therapists are volunteers so we want to make sure we are utilising their time to the best advantage. On the rare occasions where clients are not engaging with the process, therapists have the option of terminating the sessions. However, if you are working hard and taking full advantage of the opportunity we offer, you are welcome to continue therapy for as long as necessary.
“How do I know you won’t tell my stuff to other people?”
We are bound by the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can read the Code of Ethics here. If you have any cause for concern you can contact them directly.
“What happens during the sessions?”
The session belongs to you, so you can choose what happens. It might be a chance to tell your story, it might be focused on how to change. It's entirely up to you.
"How do I know your therapists are any good?"
You will be seen by a counsellor on placement during the last few months of their training. To become fully qualified counsellors, the final stage of qualification is to evidence 100 hours of counselling with “real life” clients.
This is why the assessment is so important. We want you to see someone who is qualified to an appropriate level to help you.
When you are first contacted, you will be asked a series of questions to make sure that our service is appropriate for you. If you are, or have recently been, under the care of psychological services or psychiatric services, it is in your best interests that we refer you on.
"So how do I arrange therapy?"
The easiest way is to call us on 07902 600 125. You can also email us if that's easier.
your name (always a good place to start)
your phone number (arranging your assessment is easier by phone)
your availability (days, evenings, weekends)
if you prefer a male or female counsellor
a bit about why you want therapy (but only if you want to)
*Please mention Affordable Therapy when you email because you will come through to Peter Wyatt & Associates*
Someone will get back to you within 48 hours and arrange an assessment.