Offers short and long-term low cost counselling, CBT and psychotherapy to individuals and couples, with options for qualified or trainee counsellors. Affordable Talk are based in South Wales, but are offering online and telephone sessions during COVID-19.
Resources: Counselling & Therapy
Ara Gambling Service provides 1:1 counselling for people experiencing problems with their own gambling or that of a family member. This service is available for people aged 18+ living in Bristol, Wales and South West England.
Avon Counselling and Psychotherapy Service are a private talking therapies provider who offer reduced-price therapy to those on a low income or in receipt of qualifying benefits.
BCPC offer low-cost counselling with trainee counsellors to those on low incomes in Bath.
Bath Mind offer a range of services and support to people living in Bath and North East Somerset, including befriending, counselling, community groups, a crisis helpline, and practical support.
Please note that these services are only available in Bath and North East Somerset, and Bristol Mind is a separate organisation offering different services.
Bluebell provides services for all parents, partners and their infants affected by mild to moderate anxiety, depression and other perinatal mental health difficulties, during pregnancy and up to 2 years after birth in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath & NE Somerset and South Devon. Dedicated support is available for mums and for dads, as well as one-to-one and small group support.
The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire who care for family and friends. They offer expert advice, emotional support, telephone counselling, and understanding, and support for child carers. All services are free. CarersLine helpline for carers also available
Grief Encounter provide free, immediate, one-to-one support to children and young people who have been bereaved. Support is also available for parents or carers when a child in the family is being supported.
Hawkspring works to support people who have been negatively affected by drug and/or alcohol abuse. Their holistic approach works to support recovery, and carers, family, and children affected by someone else’s drug/alcohol use.
Low-cost counselling service in Bristol offering counselling with a qualified or student counsellor to anyone over the age of 12.
Kinergy is a specialist counselling agency offering support to anyone aged 18 and above of any gender in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset or BANES who has experiences sexual abuse or violence.
Knowle West Health Association is a community organisation serving people in Filwood, Knowle, and the surrounding areas. Services include free ‘as long as needed’ counselling, and an allotment and kitchen garden.
Counselling and Art Therapy for Children, 1:1 Long term Mentorship and Tuition, Emotional Help Support Helpline – primarily for children affected by SEND / SEMH and mental health needs
Meeting Minds is Bristol Mind’s low-cost counselling service, offering up to 16 weeks of affordable counselling to individuals with mild to moderate mental health struggles.
Meeting Minds LGBTQ+ is Bristol Mind’s low-cost counselling service for people who identify as LGBTQ+. The service is delivered by LGBTQ+ counsellors.
Mothers for Mothers offer a range of perinatal mental health support services. Most of their services, including helplines, one-to-one sessions, and counselling, are directed at mothers, but monthly support sessions are also available for fathers.
Network Counselling offers affordable counselling in a welcoming, safe and confidential space where people can be listened to, accepted and understood. The service is for adults aged 18+.
Nilaari are a BAME-led charity offering culturally appropriate and sensitive support, including talking therapies, direct support, and support groups. Specific projects target women generally, BAME migrant women specifically, and men with complex needs, including those with a history of offending.
Off The Record BANES provide a range of free services for children and young people, including counselling, advocacy, listening support, and targeted support for LGBTQ youth.
Off The Record (Bristol and South Gloucestershire) provide a range of free services for children and young people, including counselling, projects and activities, support groups, and targeted support for LGBTQ youth.
Pink Therapy is an online directory of LGBTQ+ affirmative therapists. Search “Avon” to see therapists in the local area. Please note that this is a directory of private therapists and Bristol Mind does not endorse any individual private therapist.
Relate are the UK’s largest provider of relationship support, providing online support services and counselling.
Safeline provide support to survivors of sexual assault and rape. Online counselling is available, and there is a dedicated helpline for male survivors.
The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy provide psychotherapy across the South West of England. Low-cost psychotherapy is provided through the Training Patient Scheme, which matches clients with therapists in training.
SARSAS provide support, including helplines, counselling, and one-to-one support, to survivors of rape and sexual abuse across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BANES, and Somerset. Support is available for people of all genders.
The Southmead Project provides free counselling and support for survivors of abuse and addiction across Bristol and surrounding areas.
Free individual, group, online, and telephone counselling for UK-based undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Bristol.
SurvivorsUK provide a national online helpline, individual and group counselling for boys, men, and non-binary people aged 13+ who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. They also offer emotional support to men going through the justice system in relation to experiencing sexual violence.
SWEDA offer a range of services for people with eating disorders across Somerset and the surrounding areas, including counselling and support groups.
The Green House offers a range of evidence-based individual therapies (12 to 24 sessions) to children and young people up to the age of 18 who have experienced sexual abuse, living in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset, North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire. All therapies can be accessed pre-trial – i.e., when a report has been made to the police and the criminal case is ongoing. Therapy Services are available at their centre in St Paul’s, Knowle West Health Park and online.
Free counselling /psychotherapy for adults who are facing dying or bereavement, or who have been bereaved in the past two years. For individuals or couples. Group therapy available.
The Swan Project offer low-cost counselling to adults, primarily those suffering from addiction.
The UWE Wellbeing Service offers counselling and mental health support to students of UWE Bristol.
Vine Counselling Services offer affordable, donation-based counselling to adults in North Somerset and Somerset.
The NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provider for Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. VitaMinds offer a range of courses and support for anyone registered with a GP in these areas who is experiencing common mental health difficulties such as Depression and Anxiety problems.
Support offered includes psycho-educational group courses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT), among others.
The service is primarily accessed by self-referral (either online or by phone), although GP referrals are possible in some cases. Services provided by VitaMinds are free of charge.
Wellspring offers confidential help and support to residents of North Somerset who are experiencing loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, stress and anxiety, depression or emotional abuse. Services are available for children and young people (aged 11 – 18) and adults (18+).
Womankind supports women in the Bristol area with professional counselling, group psychotherapy, befriending and a helpline service.