How much does a psychologist cost per hour?

The simple answer is: it varies.

The cost of seeing a clinical or counselling psychologist tends to be anywhere from £120 – £180 a session (50 – 60mins) in the UK. This can depend on a number of factors such as where you live, alongside what level of training and how many years experience your psychologist has.

What is the average cost of a psychotherapy session?

The cost of therapy varies according to what kind of therapist you choose (a psychologist, a psychotherapist or a counsellor) and also where you live.

When you choose either a counselling psychologist or clinical psychologist you’re choosing a therapist with the highest level of training and expertise.

Whereas a psychotherapist or a counsellor has typically completed a 3 year diploma in counselling, both counselling and clinic psychologists have completed a degree in psychology, followed by a 3 year doctorate i.e. double the training.

So whilst a psychologist might be slightly more expensive than a counsellor or psychotherapist, they’re likely to have a much deeper understanding of the mind (and all it’s wonderful workings!), and therefore take you to where you need to be a lot faster.

How do I find a low cost psychologist?

Until now, it’s been extremely difficult to bring down the cost of high quality therapy. Whilst charging £120+ might sound like your therapist is making a killing, room costs and insurance overheads mean that the psychologist themselves only gets a fraction of what they charge for every session.

Also, psychologists aren’t able to work full working weeks like the rest of us. Good therapy entails full focus and awareness which make 9am-5pm back-to-back sessions out of the question. Session prepping and post-session note-taking also take up a good proportion of the day.

At My Online Therapy, we want to make high quality therapy a possibility for everyone. For us, therapy is just as much about being preventative as it is curative. And we believe the world will be a much happier place when the benefits of good therapy can be enjoyed by everyone – not just a select few.

We know that a big part of this means making high quality therapy affordable. That’s why we set about creating Design My Therapy – designing multiple ways for you to get therapy so you can find a style (and budget) that fits with you and your lifestyle (video session (30 or 50 mins) or live chat (30 mins)).

See below for how this compares.

If money’s tight at the moment, we’ve listed some tips below for how you might be able to bring costs down (and still reap the many benefits of therapy!):

How to afford therapy

  • Choose a shorter session time – by opting for 30 mins instead of 50 mins you still get all the benefits of human interaction, just in a shorter period of time. Bonus? Get therapy during your lunch-break and still have time to get to your nearest Pret.
  • Stagger your sessions – spreading your sessions out e.g. having therapy once every couple of weeks rather than every week can make the cost of therapy a lot more manageable. Whilst this isn’t possible with every type of therapy – some are more frequent, and longer term by nature – it’s definitely worth speaking to your psychologist and seeing whether this is an option.
  • Choose live chat messaging – live chat messaging gives you all the benefits of therapy at a much lower cost. Live chat is especially ideal for people who feel more comfortable expressing themselves over text than face-to-face.
  • Get your priorities in order – many of us are guilty of spending money on things we don’t need. You might find that you can rejig your expenses around a bit to make space for therapy for a period of time. It’s important to remember that good therapy isn’t forever. It’s a short-lived investment that can bring a whole world of benefits to your life. Cutting back on a few things for a period of time should feel like a no-brainer when we look at it like that.

Is therapy worth the cost?

Psychologists are highly trained professionals who have studied long and hard to pick up on subtle cues the rest of us miss. This gives them the unique insight and skill to identify what’s holding someone back – and then also guide them towards reaching their full potential. Add onto that many more years of experience working with people just like you, and you get an idea of how unique the therapeutic relationship is.

There are very few relationships in life where we’re able to get an objective viewpoint. Having close friends is great, but friendships are a two-way street and it’s only natural that there’s also going to be an element of emotional investment to the support we get from our friends.

In therapy, the focus is on you and you only. And because your therapist comes from an objective standpoint, they’re able to see the wider picture in a way that the people close to you can’t.

Therapy comes with a short-term investment, there’s no doubt about that. But it’s an investment in your own betterment; your mental and emotional well-being.

And what could possibly be a more worthwhile investment than that?