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Professional Bodies

There are a number of professional bodies for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK.

Membership of a professional body can be reassuring for clients for a number of reasons. When a counsellor or psychotherapist is registered with a professional body it means they have reached a certain standard of training and experience, and that they have agreed to follow the code of ethics of the body, and committed to ongoing professional development and training. In addition, most professional bodies offer a complaints procedure for clients who are unhappy with the work of a practitioner.  

Professional Bodies vary considerably in their membership requirements and some have categories of membership, such as ‘associate member’ and ‘accredited member’. All of the counsellors and psychotherapists in our directory include information on their professional memberships, and you can visit the main website of the professional body concerned to find out more about what membership means.

UK professional bodies include:

BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
BASRT – British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
BPC – British Psychoanalytic Council
BPS – British Psychological Society
BABCP – British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
COSCA – Confederation of Scottish Counselling Agencies
NCS – The National Counselling Society
UKAHPP – UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners
UKCP – United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
UKRCP – United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists
ACCPH – Accredited Coaches, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists.

If you are aware of a professional body we have missed, please contact us and let us know.