Finding a therapist

Please note: we do not offer an emergency service so if matters are urgent you should contact your local NHS Emergency Mental Health helpline.

SIP has fully qualified and professionally registered psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapists across much of the South West. Many members are based in Bristol and Bath but we also have practitioners in  Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Whilst we are a small organisation, and cannot always guarantee that our members will have vacancies to take on someone new, we do offer a consultation and referral service that enables individuals to discuss suitability for psychotherapy with an experienced therapist. 

We also have a limited number of be reduced-fee vacancies, predominantly with trainees following SIP’s clinical trainings in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. All psychotherapists in training are mature individuals often with several years of prior training and experience. They are rigorously selected, continuously assessed, and regularly supervised by approved training supervisors to ensure the highest standards. Those interested in working with a trainee should visit the Training Patient Scheme page for more information.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapies offer an intensely personal and emotional experience which can change lives, often in a profound way. We can help you find out what therapy is like, who it can help, and guide you through the process. For a more comprehensive explanation we recommend visitying the BPC’s ‘What is Psychotherapy?’ page here.

Does it work?

The BPC keeps regular summaries of research evidence of effectiveness for both the general and professional reader, please visit the BPC’s Evidence base page here for more information.

How does the referral process work?

The first step is to confirm your details using the referral request form. These details will then be passed on to a therapist who will contact you to  schedule an initial consultation at a mutually convenient time. This consultation serves as a way of learning more about your enquiry and establishing whether psychotherapy is the best way forward at this point in time.

The consultation, which currently takes place remotely, will cost £50, or £30 if you are unwaged or in receipt of benefits, and will be payable direct to the therapist.

If psychotherapy is deemed the best way forward, the therapist with whom you have met for the initial consultation will refer you onwards to a psychotherapist who has the appropriate availability and experience.

How much will therapy cost?

The practical and payment arrangements are organised directly between yourself and your therapist. Typically your therapist would wish to meet with you at least once a week, at a cost of approximately £40 – £60 per session with a fully qualified therapist.

The decision to refer to a therapist in training, if requested, is considered during the initial consultation. If working with a therapist in training is deemed suitable, you can expect to pay approximately £25 per session.

I'm currently participating in a training programme, can you help me find a training therapist?

Unfortunately, due to very limited availability of qualified Training Therapists, we are unable to assist those not enrolled on one of SIP’s own trainings in finding a suitably qualified Training Therapist to satisfy the varying therapy requirements that may be set out by other training providers.

What if I have a complaint?

SIP psychotherapists are bound by the Code of Ethics of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). If you believe that a SIP psychotherapist has broken this Code of Ethics, we encourage individuals to reach out to our office. Alternatively, you can make a complaint through the BPC – please visit the ‘Complaints‘ page of the BPC website for further details.