Do I have a choice of therapy provider outside of the NHS?
Yes! - there are many voluntary organisations providing low cost or free counselling and therapy services, as well as support groups. They may ask you to make a donation according to your means, but no-one is turned away if they cannot pay.
Some, like Triumph over Phobia, are focused on a specific problem, some are aimed at specific types of people, such as Age Concern or The Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Network, and others can help with a wide range of difficulties.
Many therapists work privately. They can be expensive, but some will offer a sliding scale based on your income. Ask about this. Talk to several therapists before you decide which one is right for you.
Make sure they are members of a recognised professional body, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, or the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (see the useful links page of this website for more information).
If you require further information telephone the Sandwell 'Talking Shop' Service on 0303 033 9903 and the Wellbeing Co-ordinator will be able to provide you further information on the above services you would like to access.