Public policy

UKCP exists to promote the value of psychotherapy in society. We recognise that the stigma that surrounds ‘mental health’ and being ‘in therapy’ currently stops many people from being aware of the help that is available or accessing the help that they may need.

UKCP is committed to ensuring that the highest quality and range of psychotherapies is made available to all sections of society, regardless of background or status.

Through engaging with governments, parliamentarians, the NHS, NICE (the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence), local commissioning groups and other public bodies, UKCP seeks to bring about improvements in the understanding and availability of psychotherapy to all those who would benefit.

UKCP does this in a number of ways: responding to government consultations, meeting with policymakers, holding events, writing reports and commenting on national issues through the media.

Wherever possible we work with partners in other professional bodies such as the British Psychoanalytic Council and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as patient and service user representative bodies including Mind and N-SUN.

Our public policy work is driven by a profound commitment to greater access to high quality psychotherapies to all members of the public.

Gay conversion or 'reparative' therapy
UKCP has campaigned for some years against gay conversion or 'reparative' therapy. It believes that for a UKCP member to offer or conduct psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling with the express aim of altering 'sexual orientation' is an ethical offence. Read more about our work in this area.