Therapy & Therapists

Going through selective mutism, whether you have it yourself or know someone with it, can be tough. Although therapy isn’t for everyone, it can be a lifeline for those who are lucky enough to find the right type of therapy and the right therapist for them.

Types of therapy

  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – changing your thought and behaviour patterns to disconnect from the anxiety
  • Desensitization therapy – slowly working up to anxiety-producing situations to get used to them step by step. The ‘sliding-in’ technique often used in schools is an example of this

Getting close to horses in equine therapy

  • Animal therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Play therapy
  • Somatic therapy – a holistic approach looking at both body and mind

Making bubbles with play therapy


The aim of this page is to compile a list of therapists and therapy websites who have experience working with people who have SM.

This is going to be an on-going project and hopefully the list will continue to grow. If you are a therapist and would like to be added please email with your details.

Here’s a few websites you might find helpful when you’re researching possible therapy

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory was set up by a team, who through their own experiences, have learnt how the right support can help transform lives. With over 10,000 qualified counsellors listed on the site; visitors are able to find a counsellor in their local area appropriate for their needs. is a site devoted to mental health, self-development and wellbeing, with its own directory of therapists and counsellors.

7 Cups

7 Cups is a free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists and counsellors

Confident Children

Confident Children: Helping children to realise they are braver than they believe, stronger than they seem and smarter than they think

If you’re worried that face to face therapy might be too much at first, it’s worth asking if online therapy is available. Some therapists may also offer a free trial session, so that you can see if it is something that will benefit you.

Not ready to take the leap and start therapy just yet? Have a look at the self-help page (coming soon!) for ideas on a smaller scale

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