UKCP is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.
If you have not yet started training, you can:
- find out how to become a psychotherapist
- use our training map to find your nearest organisational member and details of the course/type of therapy they train in
- attend an open day or taster event held by one of our organisational members
- browse our list of our member organisations providing training in the type of psychotherapy that interests you.
There are many reasons to join UKCP. As well as providing the quality mark for high standards of training, professional and ethical practice, membership of UKCP offers a range of benefits for individual therapists and organisations. By joining you’ll also become part of a network of over 7,800 individual therapists and more than 70 training and accrediting organisations.
UKCP members can be separated into two groups:
- Individual members are the psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors and are found on our registers.
- Organisational members are the professional bodies that train, accredit and help to regulate our individual members.
To become an individual member of UKCP, you must be accredited by one of our organisational members.
If you are a member of, have previously trained with, or are currently studying on an accredited course with an organisational member of UKCP, you should contact them directly about applying for UKCP registration. They will be able to advise you on the most appropriate membership grade for you if you are in any doubt.
You can check whether your training provider is an organisational member of UKCP by clicking here.
If you have completed your training with an organisation not affiliated with UKCP you will need to contact one of our accrediting organisational members. These organisations will look at your qualifications and previous experience and, as long as you meet our standards, approve your application for UKCP membership based on that. However, it might be the case that the course you originally completed was still accredited by one of our organisational members – we recommend checking this directly with your training provider first.
If you are currently training with an organisation not affiliated with UKCP you should ask your training provider whether your course is accredited by an organisational member of UKCP. If it is, you can apply to join us as a student or trainee member through that organisational member. If it is not, you will need to wait until you have completed your training and then join an accrediting organisational member before applying to UKCP as a full clinical member.
If you have not started your training and would like to find a UKCP-accredited course in your area please use our training map to find your nearest organisational member and details of the course/type of therapy they train in.
If you are part of an organisation that is interested in joining UKCP as an organisational member please click here.
If you are not a psychotherapist, psychotherapeutic counsellor or training to become one but still wish to join UKCP in a passive role to support and better understand the profession please click here.
If you have any questions about applying to join UKCP, you can probably find the answer in our FAQ's.
Our membership grades are:
We also have the following grades of membership which are open to UKCP full individual members:
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