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“When my doctor recommended therapy, I thought, ‘how can I afford that?’ I was quoted £55 by one agency, so you can imagine my surprise when a friend recommended St Martin’s for some counselling and told me it was free

St Martin's Counselling & Psychotherapy was established 18 years ago out of a concern that too few people could afford the professional therapy they needed.  With the continued squeeze on incomes in Birmingham, it is more important than ever that we remain true to our original aim or providing free and low-cost therapy.

But contributing to the emotional health and well-being of the city comes at a cost. While we undertake contract work linked to the NHS that partially covers the cost of an initial 8 sessions, and we can offer some longer-term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) free of charge, we receive no funding for other forms of longer-term work. Each session we offer actually costs us over £55.00 to provide. 

Without our commitment to subsidising the service, many hundreds of our clients would be denied therapy, exposing them to mental and physical ill health.

We continue to keep our costs as low as possible by working as efficiently as possible.  Nonetheless, our service depends on revenue from contracted services and charitable donations. Your donations help us to fund the difference, ensuring our services are available to people who need it at the lowest points in their lives.