Report on decline in availability of therapy

A new survey of professional psychotherapists working in the NHS shows that access to long-term psychotherapy is deteriorating and that service users are being required to pay for private therapy.

The report shows that in the NHS and third sector:

  • 57% of practitioners said client waiting times have increased over the last year
  • 52% report fewer psychotherapy services being commissioned in the last year
  • 77% report an increase in the number of complex cases they are expected to deal with.
  • 94% of private therapists report they regularly see clients who feel let down by the NHS

58% of people were unable to get the type of therapy they needed on the NHS.