Half of British psychotherapists turn away patients after cases rise by 10%

poll reveals - as three quarters see decline in patient mental health

Half of British psychotherapists have closed their consulting room doors to new patients due to an unprecedented surge in demand, according to research.

In a poll of 3,000 mental health professionals by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

it was also discovered that there has been a ten per cent rise in the number of over-stretched clinicians compared to last year.

Three-quarters of the therapists polled said they had seen a decline in patients' mental health since this time last year.

Nearly 90 per cent highlighted patients' worries about finances as a key cause of this. Anxiety related to the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine are also factors.

Official guidance from NICE recommends psychological therapy alongside antidepressant medication as the standard treatment for most mental health problems.

verall, the number of mental health appointments rose by just under 15 per cent between 2019 and 2021.