Talking Therapies

Talking therapies is the umbrella term used for psychological treatments, this can include counselling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) etc. The availability of talking therapies varies a lot and it is a good idea to find out what is available near you.

NHS support

Mind – What is CBT?
  • The NHS offers CBT, this kind of therapy attempts to manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave, it is often an option for people suffering from depression or anxiety, click here to find out more.
  • For you CBT therapy you do not need to have a GP referral, instead you can sign up for your local service here.
  • Mind have also created a useful video that makes more sense of CBT (See video).
  • Improving Accesses to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
    • IAPT is an NHS service only available in England that offers access to psychological therapies. Nationally IAPT services are set a target for an initial appointment to be within 6 weeks from referral.
    • Click here to find out more.


Counselling can help with all sorts of different issues. It can help with positive events such as choosing a direction in life or reaching your full potential. Perhaps you are feeling a ‘bit stuck’ and would value the viewpoint of a counsellor. There may be things from your past that you would like to tackle or there may be things in the present that you want to try and change. Perhaps you are experiencing significant events in your life such as getting married and starting a family, leaving home for the first time or coming to terms with the death of a loved one.

Countryside Counselling

As well as more generalised counselling groups, counselling specific to farmers can also be accessed. This is sometimes preferred by farmers to work with more like minded individuals who may better understand their situation.

  • STRONGHEART Counselling & Training
    • Strongheart specialises in the mental health and wellbeing of farmers.
    • The company is run by Aarun Naik who offers group sessions on mental health awareness, stress management, resilience and mindfulness training. As well as individual counselling.
    • Click here to view the website.
  • Countryside counselling
    • Countryside counselling provides counselling for farmers, giving advice when farmers might need support. Their website (click here) helps with direction to where this support can be accessed, providing a variation of counselling options: home visits, telephone calls and online help.
  • The DPJ Foundation
    • The DPJ Foundation supports people in rural communities suffering poor mental health, especially men in the agricultural sector, they also offer fully funded counselling with qualified counsellors. click here to find out more.
  • “Counselling for farmers”
    • Talking therapy for better wellbeing. Tim Buckingham offers help with anger, anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, relationships, stress and trauma. Via skype, phone or in person near buckingham. 
    • Contact Tim Buckingham (ASIIP DIPLOMA) (MBACP)
  • RABI online wellbeing support and counselling for farming people 
    • Qwell for adults
    • Kooth is tailored to those aged 11-17

Private counselling

  • The cost of private counselling or psychotherapy can vary a great deal. A fee of £40 to £70 per session is common. Some psychotherapists offer a sliding scale so it’s worth enquiring about this. Group therapy is another option which may be cheaper.
  • Ensure if your counselling is private that you are accessing an accredited counsellor. For a list of accredited counsellors and therapists, click here.

Alternatives to therapy

  • Therapy is not always an option for everyone, if you wish to go down a different route whilst waiting for therapy or instead of therapy click here.


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