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How much does Couples Counselling cost?

Average Price
£70 per session

Couples Counselling cost guide

Need a little help working through issues in your relationship? A couples counsellor is the person to turn to. Read our handy guide to find out what you can expect to pay for the service.

What is Couples Counselling? 

Sometimes relationships aren’t always plain sailing. If you can’t work things out between you, then couples counselling can be extremely beneficial in finding a way through whatever challenges you may be experiencing together. 

Your counsellor will hold the sessions with you both present in the room or over video call. Crucially, they will act as a neutral party to get to the root cause of the situation and help you see each other’s point of view. 

Couples counselling aims to help you work together to form happier, healthier habits and ultimately a stronger relationship. Sessions are non-judgemental and confidential and will be held by a qualified professional. 

Couples counselling is also a popular choice for engaged couples, to promote a successful union once they are married. This service is known as premarital counselling.

Couples counsellors can help with a wide range of issues including:

  • Conflict

  • Infidelity

  • Trust issues

  • Blended families

  • The difference in parenting styles

  • Work stress

How much does Couples Counselling cost? 

Couples counselling is something that both of you need to commit to regularly. The first session can usually be extremely cathartic for both sides, but it will take a certain number of sessions depending on the complexity of your issue. 

The benefit of couples counselling is that you do have the option to split the cost between you, making it cheaper than individual counselling if you do so. 

The true cost of couples counselling will depend on your location, the experience of your counsellor and how many sessions you require. Here is what you can expect to pay per session based on average prices. 

Average cost of Couples Counselling
Average cost (per session) £70
Minimum cost (per session)£50
Maximum cost (per session) £150

What affects the cost of Couples Counselling? 

The cost of a therapist can vary depending on different factors which include:

  • Experience of counsellor

  • Location

  • Time of session 

  • Duration of session

  • Whether the sessions are held online or in-person 

Couples Counselling vs. Individual Counselling

Counselling as a whole allows you to discuss any events or worries you are currently experiencing in your life. It could be something that’s happened recently, or past issues that are leaving you feeling stuck in your present life. The aim is to be able to challenge your thinking and be able to develop a much better understanding of the situation to move forward as a happier and more confident version of yourself.

With couples counselling, the focus is very much on your partnership and how you can learn to communicate better and work as a team. Some individual issues will be covered but about how it affects the other person rather than it focusing solely on either party. By the end, you should have a better understanding of each other, and have learned how to deal with future challenges in a constructive way. 

Individual counselling is beneficial when you would like to speak to someone about your partner while they aren’t present in the room. Counsellors can be a great sounding board to help you gather your thoughts and make a clear judgement. You may also wish to attend individual counselling for issues that affect you personally, rather than specific problems within your relationship. Or, if you have left a relationship and require additional support. 

Whichever option you choose, a counsellor is there to guide you without judgement in a safe environment. 

Average cost of Couples Counselling vs Individual Counselling
Couples counselling average cost (per session) Individual counselling average cost (per session)
£70 - £90£40 - £60

Experience 

The cost of counselling can vary depending on the level of training your therapist has. You should make sure that your therapist has the minimum qualifications to practice. There are different types of qualifications for different types of therapists: 

  • Counsellor: Counsellors don’t need a degree, but they should have a diploma in counselling.

  • Psychologist: Psychologists need a degree as well as a postgraduate qualification in an area of expertise. For this reason, psychologists tend to be more pricey. 

  • Psychotherapist: Psychotherapists require an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related field as well as a postgraduate qualification. 

Average cost of a Counsellor based on their experience
Type of Therapist Average cost (per session)
Counsellor £30 - £40
Psychotherapist £50 - £60
Psychologist £90 - £100

How to save money on Couples Counselling

Every couple should be able to access counselling regardless of their financial circumstances. Whatsmore, some counsellors will offer flexibility in their pricing to still be able to help those on a lower income. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep costs down: 

  • Split the cost between you - Not only will it get sessions off to a great start because you are working together, but it will instantly half the cost. If you need a lot of sessions or want to see a top professional, this method will make it much more accessible. 

  • Ask about price packages - If you are booking multiple sessions with a therapist you can normally get a small discount per session. In most cases, you will need multiple sessions with your therapist before you start seeing results. 

  • Ask if your therapist operates on a sliding scale - A sliding scale means that your therapist is willing to charge less per hour based on your income level. So if you’re a student or on a low-wage, you could get your sessions for a lower price.

  • Go online - Therapists sometimes provide their services online, which can be a cheaper alternative to face-to-face sessions. You might find online therapy more comfortable as the session can take place from the comfort of your own home. 

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