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How much does a Therapist cost 2023

Average Price
£45 per session

What can I expect to pay for a Therapist?

Want to speak to a therapist but not sure of the cost? Read our handy guide to find out how much your Therapist will charge for group therapy, one-to-one sessions, and more.

What is a Therapist? 

A therapist is a health professional who is qualified to help you to overcome emotional distress by talking through your problems. You don’t need to talk about anything you don’t feel comfortable about.  

Your therapist is there to listen, and to help you understand why you are feeling a certain way. They can also teach you certain habits to create a more positive mindset. Therapists are there to help with a range of mental health problems including: 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

  • Relationship problems

  • Low mood/Low self-esteem

  • Phobias

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder 

Therapists use a range of different techniques to help you overcome your issues, a common one being Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is a talking therapy designed to help you change the way you think and behave as a way to overcome your issues. You might be wondering how to find a therapist? You can find an experienced therapist on Bark.

How much does a Therapist cost?  

Therapy doesn’t improve your quality of life overnight. It is a process that takes time and patience, so it’s important to know just how much therapy is going to cost you if you are going to commit to regular sessions. 

The price of a therapist is impacted by a number of factors. Although there is no fixed rate, a breakdown of average therapy costs based on local UK professionals is given below: 

Average cost (per session)£45
Minimum cost (per session)£35
Maximum cost (per session) £75

What changes the cost of a Therapy? 

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

  • Group therapy vs. individual therapy

  • Experience

  • Location

Group Therapy vs. Individual Therapy

Individual therapy involves the professional working one-on-one with you, whereas group therapy occurs with other people receiving the same therapy at the same time. Although individual therapy means the therapist can solely focus on you, group therapy has its advantages, in meeting people who share similar problems to you. Group therapy is also less expensive. 

If you’re nervous about starting therapy and would rather talk to someone in a private environment, individual therapy may be a better option. An individual session tends to be around 50 minutes, whereas a group session lasts around 90 minutes to accommodate for everyone.

Group therapy average cost (per session) Individual therapy average cost (per session)
£25 - £25 £40 - £45


The cost of therapy 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.

Type of therapist Average cost (per session)
Counsellor £30 - £40
Psychotherapist £50 - £60
Psychologist £90 - £100

How to save money on Therapist Services 

Everyone should be able to access mental health care when they need to, regardless of their financial circumstances. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep costs down: 

  • 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. 

There is nothing more important than your mental wellbeing, so invest in a Therapist with Bark today. 

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