How to become a psychotherapist

There are two main routes to becoming a UKCP psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor.

If you are new to psychotherapy

You can apply for a place on an accredited training course with one of UKCP’s organisational members. Once you have completed your training with one of these organisations, you will automatically become eligible for UKCP membership.

There are different modalities of psychotherapy and different types of psychotherapy within each modality. If you are thinking about training it is worthwhile looking at them all to see which one fits best with your view of the world and the way you want to work.

If you are already a psychotherapist

If you are a practising therapist but did not train with a UKCP-registered organisation, you can apply for accreditation in order to become a UKCP member. A number of our organisational members accredit practising therapists.

UKCP’s training standards

Training offered by UKCP organisational members must meet our standards of education and training.