Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many therapists (including SIP's Area Representatives) are unable to accommodate face-to-face sessions until further notice. In the interim, we will continue to offer initial consultations remotely (i.e. via a phone call or video conferencing software) but feel it's important to note that we may not be able to provide an idea of wait times for referrals to a therapist for ongoing sessions at this time.
SIP is a membership organisation for self-employed psychotherapists. All members meet the professional standards established by the British Psychoanalytic Council.
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 (also referred to as an Area Representative) 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 will take 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 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.
Are SIP therapists seeing patients face-to-face?
As our Members are self-employed, they will be following the official advice issued by BPC. The latest advice issued is:
The easing of social distancing measures from 4th July offers the potential to return to face to face sessions, however government still advises that every reasonable effort should continue to enable working remotely as a first option and people who can work from home should continue to do so.
Registrants who decide to open their consulting rooms are required to assess whether they can implement current government guidance to contain the spread of Covid-19. The devolved governments are managing the easing of lockdown’s restrictions at a different pace than England however the following guidance applies to all registrants when the possibility of returning to face to face work is available.