Please find below a list of professional and governing organisations that UKTG members are required to belong to. Every counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist and psychoanalyst registered on the UKTherapyGuide has their qualifications checked and ratified. They all operate within the strict ethical guidelines set out by the appropriate governing bodies. Each therapist will adhere to the code of ethics and principles set out by the following organisations.
UKCP is a membership organisation with over 75 training organisations and over 7,000 individual practitioners. UKCP is a member of the National Register of Psychotherapists; these are psychotherapists qualified to work with children and young people and psychotherapeutic counsellors. All practitioner members have to meet exacting standards and training requirements.
BACP is the largest governing body for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK. Their mission is to enable access to ethical and effective psychological therapy by the setting and monitoring of standards, and their vision is towards an emotionally healthy society. They promote and provide education and training for counsellors and/or psychotherapists, working towards a view of raising the standards of counselling and/or psychotherapy for the benefit of the community.
The Society and its members develop, promote and apply psychology for the public good. It enhances the efficiency and usefulness of psychologists by setting high standards of professional education and knowledge. The BPS covers all areas.of psychological research and practice.
UKAHPP is a professional membership and accreditation organisation for counsellors, therapists and humanistic practitioners in related fields. It is an association, run by and for its members, providing practical support and ethical codes which all members subscribe to. There are a range of different membership classes, with accreditation as one option. It can also accredit individuals who have trained elsewhere.
The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is the professional body for the substance abuse field and works to improve standards of practice across the sector. It is part of NAADAC, registered charity (1075222).
The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)is a multi-disciplinary interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy.
The British Psychoanalytic Council (Former name: British Confederation of Psychotherapists (BCP)) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member institutions which are training institutions, professional associations in their own right and accrediting bodies. Individual psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapists are members of these organisations and are ‘registrants’ of the BPC.
The COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) validated course aims to provide a general introduction to the skills of counselling.
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct of the 12 healthcare professions that it regulates, including orthotists and prosthetists, and hearing aid audiologists.
Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) was established to identify, develop and maintain professional standards of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy. IACP work promotes best practice and the development of the profession as well as safeguard the public. As a registered Charity (CHY 6615) representing over 3,700 members, IACP is the largest Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in Ireland.
The National Counselling Society (NCS) was first set up in 1999 by a group of counsellors, psychotherapists, hypnotherapists and psychologists.
Child and adolescent psychotherapists also play an important role supporting other professionals who work with children and young people, including teachers, social workers, youth workers and other mental health professionals. They do this through training, supervision and consultation.
ACC is a professional body set up in 1992 to facilitate quality counselling, psychotherapy, care and related training. It is passionate about maintaining and raising standards of excellence for these pulic services.
The Britich Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) is a dynamic organisation and art therapy is growing profession. In the UK, Adrian Hill and Edward Adamson helped to pioneer art therapy in the 1940s and 50s. Strongly anchored in visual art practic, the art therapy profession has since developed and evolved from a primarily psychoanalutic, psychodynamic model to include other approaches such as mentalization-based treatment, mindfulness, dyadic parent/child, cognitive analytic art therapy, etc.
AFT, the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, is a registered charity working to benefit the public by promoting effective family therapy and systemic services and high standards of professional training and practice.
The main function of the APCP is to act in the best interest of professional practice, and to try to ensure professional standards in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy and through that to protect the public through the establishment and maintenance of these standards.