The first step is to book an initial therapy session. If you would like to start the process, please go to our website to purchase one initial session. Availability and selection of a particular therapist is not offered at this initial stage, but if you have a particular request, please let us know. Please note that The School of Life does not offer therapy services directly. Rather, The School of Life facilitates appointments with licensed, independent therapists. Any therapist/client relationship is between you and the Therapist.
We are unable to reserve initial session dates until we receive confirmation of purchase for an initial session. If, at any point, within 6 months of your purchase, you realise we cannot offer you a suitable initial session date, we will of course refund you for the full amount of the initial session.
The School of Life Psychotherapists are all fully qualified and highly trained. They come from a range of backgrounds and of course, personal fit will vary, but our psychotherapists have a shared ethos and similar way of working. At the initial stage, you will be allocated to one of affiliated therapists. If you do have a specific request, or would strongly prefer a male or female therapist, please contact us. Preferences and requests can also be discussed during the initial session. The therapist you see for your initial session may recommend specific therapists depending on suitability.
All psychotherapists affiliated with The School of Life are listed here (within our Faculty members). They are also registered and accredited with either the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the British Psychoanalytic Council or the British Psychological Society (BPS), or other professional bodies depending upon their jurisdiction of practice and licensure. Therapists also meet regularly with other The School of Life therapists for continual professional development and to ensure best practice.
Our affiliated therapists offer therapy sessions Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm (start of the session) or Saturday. If you can make yourself available during these hours, it is very likely that one of our therapists will be able to see you for an initial session.
For ongoing therapy, you might be invited to join a waiting list. If you have very specific appointment requirements, such as wanting an exact evening slot, you might need to wait several weeks or months.
Soon after completing the purchase of an initial session, you will receive an automated email with information about our psychotherapy service.
You will then be allocated to a therapist for the initial session. The therapist will contact you directly, within one week, via email, to arrange a time for your initial session. Please make sure you periodically check the email address you entered at checkout, including your junk folder.
During the initial session you will have the opportunity to disclose any topics you might want to bring to therapy with a skilled therapist as well as questions and concerns.
We suggest a weekly commitment from the client; fortnightly therapy sessions are not offered.
If you are experiencing difficulties and feel you will benefit from seeing a therapist urgently, we advise you to seek help through services that offer emergency support. If you think you have a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911 (US) or 999 (UK) or go to the nearest open clinic or emergency room. We try our best to accommodate requests, but it might take a few days to find a date that suits both your and your therapist’s schedule.
Our therapy sessions take place online using video conferencing. Your therapist will confirm all the arrangements with you in advance.
The therapists’ availability changes quickly. If you would like to be offered an initial appointment slot, please book an initial session through our website, so a therapist can contact you directly to find the best time.
The therapist for your initial session will aim to contact you within one week of receiving your booking confirmation. Clients are usually seen for the initial session within one or two weeks after being contacted by the therapist, depending on your scheduling requirements (please note that certain slots are in high demand, therefore it could take a bit longer to offer you an appointment if you require a certain time / day).
If you and the therapist for your initial session both agree that ongoing therapy might be appropriate, there may be a delay in arranging an ongoing appointment slot, as there is generally a high demand on the service.
The initial fee is £100 (or EUR/ USD equivalent) for individual sessions, and £130 (or equivalent) for couple & other relationships therapy. The fee for ongoing therapy is agreed with your therapist as part of an agreement between you and the therapist.
Currently, we do not offer discounts for any of our therapy services.