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Sometimes when we are troubled, we know we have problems but we are uncertain as to what exactly they are or what help is available.

What happens during your initial consultation?

During your initial consultation, an experienced BTC therapist will talk with you about your current situation, your history and whatever is happening that led you to contact BTC at this time. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your preferences, your budget, and your availability for weekly sessions with the therapist.

If you require a specific therapy or have an idea about a therapeutic approach that you feel would benefit you, we encourage you to let us know at the point of booking and again during the initial consultation. This way, the therapist can answer any questions you might have and help you to make an informed choice.

Our Referral Process

After your initial consultation, we aim to contact you within two weeks to inform you of our recommendations, taking into account the complexity of your issues, your availability and your budget. It is sometimes the case that we do not have the necessary expertise or availability to offer the right therapy with an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner; where this is the case, we will do our best to signpost you to alternative services and we will refund the initial consultation fee in full.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer ongoing therapy or counselling unless you are able to attend a regular weekly session at the same time each week. Unfortunately, we are also unable to offer sessions to clients who are not currently living in England. We also require our clients to be registered with a GP.

Please note that we are currently offering initial consultations via video or telephone call.  If you need an in-person initial consultation, please contact us on 01273 626444 or email us on [email protected] .

Here at BTC, most of our therapists are self employed practitioners who meet our professional standards, participate in mandatory training and clinical supervision, and maintain appropriate insurance, DBS certification and membership with professional bodies. Our employed team are listed on our website: Our People - Brighton Therapy Centre and all other therapists are BTC-approved self-employed practitioners.

Once you have decided to work with a therapist, they will talk you through their unique terms and conditions of therapy, including when you will meet and their policies around session cancellations, fees and holidays.

If you have any concerns about how you and your therapist are working, we encourage you to speak to them in the first instance. If difficulties arise, you are welcome to contact BTC, but if the practitioner is not a BTC employee, we will be unable to overrule the terms and conditions that they have in place. However, if you are dissatisfied with the communication between you and your therapist, please contact our Clinical Management Team and they will be happy to discuss the matter with you.  The team can be contacted at [email protected].

Our Pricing

Initial Consultations

The initial consultation lasts up to 50 minutes, and for residents of Brighton & Hove, the standard price is £50.

For residents of Brighton & Hove who are unemployed, receiving state support through benefits or working tax credits, or employed but receiving less than the living wage, the concession price is £15. BTC will contact you after your booking to confirm that you are eligible for this concession.

Initial consultations related to specialist therapy such as children & families or for people living outside of Brighton & Hove, are charged at £70.

If you are booking a standard initial consultation, please ensure you are able to commit to our standard fees for ongoing therapy and that you are able to attend sessions weekly. We are only able to offer low-cost therapy when there are sufficient charitable funds available, and our low-cost initial consultations are made available accordingly. We do not operate a waiting list for this service if you book a standard consultation.

Initial consultations for relationship therapy last 50 minutes and are priced at £90.

The initial consultation fee is paid via our on-line booking system. Please contact the BTC office on 01273 626444 or [email protected] if you need assistance.

Ongoing Weekly Sessions

The costs of ongoing weekly sessions, following the initial consultation, are as follows:


Trainee Practitioner £35
Graduate Practitioner £50
Associate Practitioner £70
Senior Associate / Specialist Service £90
Relationship Therapy (60 min) £90
Relationship Therapy (80 min) £120

Children & Families

Associate Practitioner £70-£90

Group Therapy

Group Psychotherapy Trainee £20
Group Psychotherapy Graduate £25
Group Psychotherapy Associate £35
If you are unable to afford our standard fees, please let us know during your initial consultation as some of our therapists are able to offer reduced rates or you may be eligible for a low-cost therapy place funded by a charitable bursary (see below).

Low Cost Therapy

Brighton Therapy Centre uses the surplus generated from mainstream and business services to fund low-cost therapy for those who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Funds secured from external charitable trusts and other fundraising activity are also used for this purpose.  In addition, all practitioners offer a limited number of low-cost places to make therapy affordable to those in need.  All subsidies are means-tested and are only awarded when sufficient charitable funds are available. Please note, therapy for children and families is not available at reduced rates.


Book Your Initial Consultation

To book your initial consultation choose from the options below. You can then select your date and time and make your payment.
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Adult Initial Consultations

Adult Initial Consultations are also available at full cost for people to whom these criteria don’t apply. Please select the appropriate option on this page to ensure you pay the correct fee.
INITIAL CONSULTATIONS BOOKED HERE TAKE PLACE ONLINE. Please email [email protected] or give us a call on 01273 626 444 if you require an in person appointment.
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Relationships Initial Consultations

Relationships Initial Consultations last 60 minutes and cost £90.
INITIAL CONSULTATIONS BOOKED HERE TAKE PLACE ONLINE. Please email [email protected] or give us a call on 01273 626 444 if you require an in person appointment.
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Low Cost Adult Initial Consultations

Our Low-Cost Adult Initial Consultations are only available to people who live in Brighton & Hove postcodes BN1, BN2, BN3, BN41, BN44 and BN45 and who are:
  • Not currently in employment
  • Receiving state support (such as Universal Credit or Personal Independence Payment)
  • In employment but receiving less than the Living Wage
INITIAL CONSULTATIONS BOOKED HERE TAKE PLACE ONLINE. Please email [email protected] or give us a call on 01273 626 444 if you require an in person appointment.
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Group Therapy Initial Consultations

Group Therapy Initial Consultations are available at both low-cost and full cost too, with the same criteria applying. For Group Therapy Initial Consultations, you will be able to select the appropriate fee later in the booking process.

INITIAL CONSULTATIONS BOOKED HERE TAKE PLACE ONLINE. Please email [email protected] or give us a call on 01273 626 444 if you require an in person appointment.
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Employee Assistance Programme Initial Consultations

Employee Assistance Programme consultations should only be selected if Brighton Therapy Centre has an existing agreement with your employer to fund your therapy sessions.

Some employers offer private medical insurance (PMI) to their employees. In addition to physical health care, some plans offer talking therapies too. If you have PMI, it's worth checking with your provider what cover you have before contacting us. Many plans will ask you to see a therapist within their network, so check their requirements. Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are another benefit some employers provide. EAPs provide advice and support on legal and financial issues, plus counselling (usually limited to six sessions). Again, it's important to check with your provider for details as they too will have networks of therapists and you will be offered a therapist from their list. Once you know the requirements of your PMI or EAP plan, contact us and we will see how we can support you.

INITIAL CONSULTATIONS BOOKED HERE TAKE PLACE ONLINE. Please email [email protected] or give us a call on 01273 626 444 if you require an in person appointment.

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