Low Cost Therapy & Counselling at HQ Therapy

Low Cost Therapy London HQ Therapy

HQ Therapy’s affordable Low Cost Therapy service in London offers counselling, psychotherapy and coaching at a discounted rate in Hackney, London E8. Our discounted therapy rates are £15 per session and carried out by experienced trainees who are undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma at the University of East London or a similar qualification elsewhere.

Each counsellor brings with them years of experience from different fields including working with bereavement, children, young people, special needs, corporate coaching as well as a wealth of previous career experience.

Therapy sessions are conducted in the same way as full-paying sessions. All trainees are supervised by the University the trainee attends. Trainee therapists also attend individual clinical supervision.

Trainees are in their last months of training as a qualified and registered Counsellor and Coach with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or United Kingdom Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP).


All of our affordable sessions are confidential and counsellors practice in accordance with the British Association of Counselling (BACP) and Psychotherapy or the United Kingdom Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework.

Confidentiality will only be breached under extreme circumstances, for example, if there is a risk of serious harm to the client or others or when the law requires the therapist to do so.

Our Low Cost Therapists & Counsellors

Marie Yeo: Trainee Psychotherapist & Coach

My name is Marie Yeo. I am a trainee psychotherapist and coach working in the low-cost therapy and counselling service at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, London E8.

I am currently in the final year of a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Coaching at the University of East London and am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The course is integrative, meaning I can draw on a range of theory and techniques as we work together.

I welcome honesty and authenticity from you and will offer the same, bringing myself to each session. I understand this can be scary and even the decision to come to counselling requires courage. Facing ourselves and our difficulties is never an easy task!

To be able to explore overwhelming feelings without feeling judged requires trust to be present and building a strong therapeutic relationship is at the heart of my approach. Together we will explore your difficulties and move forwards towards meaningful change and growth in your life.

I have experience working with a range of issues including:

  • Grief & bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity
  • Family difficulties
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems

Having said this, I believe we are all unique and I work with people not problems. I will offer you a caring, friendly and accepting space to confidentially explore yourself and your difficulties.

Opening up to someone outside of your friends and family can be helpful to see things from a different perspective. The confidentiality and non-judgemental approach offered at the heart of counselling means you can feel free to explore even the most difficult feelings, allowing you to feel seen and heard.

Prior to retraining as a psychotherapist and coach, I worked in the Financial Services industry for 20 years so I am well aware of the pressure of the corporate environment.

I am available to work with both short term and long term clients, face to face or online.

***If you are interested in using low cost therapy please use the contact form below.***

Catherine Lemaitre: Trainee Psychotherapist

My name is Catherine Lemaitre, I am a trainee psychotherapist working in the low-cost therapy and counselling service at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, London E8.

I am currently a doctoral student in existential psychotherapy. Existential therapy involves an attitude of openness and curiosity, care and relatedness.

It emphasises each person’s own experience as unique and strives to help people unlock the skills and resources they have within themselves to face the inevitable difficulties of life.

It is also open to other approaches, when appropriate, such as psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

I can work using the following languages with adults and adolescents during our sessions together:

  • English
  • French
  • Hebrew

My working interests span all types of psychological issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, health-related issues, or simply difficulties in coping with the increasingly unsettling world we live in.

I am also interested in the difficulties faced by migrants and refugees. Having lived in different countries and evolved all my life in multi-cultural environments, I embrace working with clients coming from all backgrounds and cultures.

I have a master’s degree in economics and have worked for twenty-five years in the financial industry.

Working for ten years as the CEO of an asset management company taught me how to coach teams and support employees at different stages of their careers.

I have always had a strong interest in philosophy and psychology, reading extensively on those subjects and taking courses over the years.

I am registered as a doctoral student with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

***If you are interested in using low cost therapy please use the contact form below.***

Colin Houlihan: Trainee Psychotherapist & Coach

Hello, My name is Colin Houlihan. I am a trainee psychotherapist and coach working in the low-cost therapy & counselling service at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, London E8.

Currently, I am in the second year of an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Coaching at the University of East London.

I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, whilst working towards full accreditation in the future. My course is integrative, meaning it incorporates many different aspects of counselling theory into practice.

This allows me to cater to which skills and techniques I use to each individual client, whilst always offering an inclusive, non-judgemental environment for us to work together. Although this is true, I am sure you have read that line before?

For me, the cornerstone of any therapeutic work is creating an honest and authentic therapeutic relationship, based on mutual respect and shared goals. We can achieve this by talking together about you, your life, and where you want it to lead.

I bring myself to each session, as I strongly believe that I cannot expect clients to explore themselves if I am not willing to do the same too.

I have experience in working with a variety of issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Self-image
  • Identity
  • Attachment-styles
  • Lack of self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Sex and porn addiction
  • Coaching

People consider therapy for a number of different reasons; perhaps you have a pre-existing mental health condition, a specific current or historic event you wish to overcome, or it can be as simple as not understanding why you feel like you do? Before we can heal and grow it is important that we first become aware of who we are and what is happening to us. I offer a confidential, inviting, and holding space for us to begin this journey together.

Whether we begin in a coaching or therapy capacity honesty, trust and growth will be woven throughout with a focus on giving you the tools and agency to use this time in the best way for you.

I am available to work with long-term and short-term clients, both online, or face-to-face formats.

***If you are interested in using low cost therapy please use the contact form below.***

Lucy Cronin: Trainee Therapist

My name is Lucy Cronin, I am one of the trainee therapists working in the low cost therapy & counselling service at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, London E8.

I offer a warm and friendly space for you to share and explore the challenges you are currently facing.

Sometimes life can become overwhelming, you may be feeling a bit stuck or lost and not sure where to go from there.

It can be extremely beneficial to talk to someone outside of our normal support system to gain a broader perspective and work through what is troubling you.

Therapy sessions can help you make sense of what you are going through and feeling without judgement. It allows you to focus completely on yourself, to be seen and heard in a caring, empathic space.

I have grown up and worked in many different countries and cultures. We are all different, the way we have been shaped growing up and our experiences in life are all unique to us.

With this in mind, my approach is flexible and adaptable to your needs.

My background in Social Anthropology (people and cultures) led me initially to work for several human rights organisations. As I developed, I felt something was lacking. I wanted to be working directly with people to make a tangible difference.

To this end, I re-trained and set up my own business in personal training and this naturally led me into the world of counselling and coaching.

I take a holistic approach to health and well-being, which incorporates both the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of ourselves as a person to feel good and fulfilled.

I am an integrative counsellor and coach. I am in my final year of a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Coaching and I am a student member of the BACP.

***If you are interested in using low cost therapy please use the contact form below.***

Low Cost Therapy Payments

Payment is by bank transfer and required prior to the first session to confirm your bookings. You will receive an invoice in advance. Bank details can be found at the foot of the invoice.

HQ Therapy operates a 72hr cancellation policy for it’s low cost therapy services, full payment will be required if 72hrs notice is not given. Payment is for 4 counselling sessions in advance (£60).

If payment is not received no further sessions will be booked until payment has been made. If at any point you are struggling financially, please explore your options with your counsellor.

If you miss more than 2 therapy sessions, you may go back on the waiting list for the low cost therapy sessions. Please speak to your counsellor if you are unable to attend sessions on a regular basis.


If you are interested in arranging low cost therapy and counselling sessions, please email us by using our contact form (Please mention that you are interested in low cost therapy when using the form).

Once your information has been received we will arrange an assessment session with you, this is to ascertain individuals emotional needs in order to place you with the appropriate therapist.

We will not place you with a trainee if your needs require a fully qualified therapist. The fee for the assessment is £30.


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