We’ve launched our Therapy talks film to help people understand what therapy is, address some of the myths that surround it and explain how to find a registered therapist.

The four minute feature sees our members Diane Youdale, Lara Waycot and Anthony Davis discussing what therapy involves and what to expect from it.

The film has been released across media and social media to help reach as many people as possible who want to understand more about therapy.

Speaking to a professional therapist can have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing. But it can be difficult for people to take the first step and reach out of support, especially if they don’t fully understand what therapy involves.

We’ve highlighted some of the key information addressed in the film that could be helpful to know if you’re considering seeing a therapist.

What is therapy?

Therapy offers you a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space to chat to a skilled professional about your issues and concerns. Your therapist will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and others. Therapists don’t give advice, but instead will help you find your own solutions. We use the word therapy to cover counselling, psychotherapy and coaching.

What can therapy help with?

People often choose to have therapy because they're experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. Therapy can help with a range of things, including dealing with depression and anxiety, coping with traumatic experiences, stress, and managing harmful emotions and behaviours. You don’t have to be in crisis to seek counselling.

How do you find someone to talk to? 

Although you may be able to see a therapy through your GP or the NHS, from where you work or study, or through charities and voluntary services – you can pay to see a private BACP counsellor. This gives you a wider choice and you may be able to see someone quicker, perhaps for longer. Our therapist directory allows you to search by issue, location and whether the therapist offers online or in-person therapy.

Why choose a BACP member?

Anyone can call themselves a counsellor or psychotherapist, so it’s important you choose a therapist who’s listed on a Professional Standards Authority accredited register – such as the BACP register. Choosing a BACP-registered counsellor gives you an assurance that they meet the standards of proficiency, training and ethical practice you would expect.

Find a BACP member who can help you using our Therapist directory.