How does the referral process work?

The first step is to confirm your details using the contact form below. 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 takes place at the therapist’s consulting room, 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 does 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.e. Southmead, Bath, Central Bristol, Stroud
* Please note that evening appointments may be more difficult to accommodate
* The therapy is offered by trainees at an advanced stage of training and are supervised by senior members of SIP who are approved training supervisors. Intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy is for individuals who are looking for – and can commit to – three times weekly sessions for a minimum of two years.