Low Cost Therapy & Counselling at HQ Therapy

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HQ Therapy’s affordable Low Cost Therapy service 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

Colin Houlihan: Traine 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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