How Many Psychotherapists Are There…?
According to the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) there are over 7000 registered psychotherapists practitioners in the UK and with non-registered psychotherapists who might or might not be practising, who know how many there are in total in the UK.
We know from a piece of research we did a year or two ago that there were over 200 pyschotherapists within a mile of Harley Street at the heart of Central London´s famous centre for private medical excellence. And it wouldn’t surprise us to know that anything up to half of the 7000 practising therapists are in the M25 area in and around London.
So with so many therapist counsellors, how do you choose the right therapist for you?
This is a good question especially if you know that you need or want therapy and may not have any idea of the various types of therapy available*. When you are in this situation, you may want help with understanding different approaches. And of course this will depend on the issue or issues about which you are concerned. Given that psychotherapy is talking therapy, maybe the best way is to telephone therapists that you may have seen in searches (or better when you have heard about through word of mouth) and have an initial chat about any issues that you want to touch on. Then make your mind up after that chat. Part of any therapy that follows will depend on your trust in your therapist who should be sypmathetic but objective. Always choose a reputable and qualifed therapist to talk to. UKCP psychotherapists have five years training and over 450 hours of client consultation before they can register.
Harley Street has a world-wide reputation for the quality of it’s medical excellence. Read More about Harley Street.
* Please see our Choosing the right psychotherapy counselling page