About UKCP

 

The UK Council for Psychotherapy is the leading organisation for psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK. Alongside offering professional support for our members we regulate the profession and promote access to psychotherapy for all.

At UKCP, we want to see mental and emotional wellness fully realised as a human right. 

Psychotherapy can help us in profound ways, not only in solving immediate issues but in transforming the way we think, feel and behave. It can unlock our potential by improving our relationship with ourselves and with others. This not only benefits the individuals receiving therapy, it also impacts their families, friends, colleagues and communities.

 

Find a UKCP-accredited psychotherapist

If you are seeking therapy, you need to make an informed and safe choice. We hold the UK’s national register of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. It only includes practitioners who meet our exacting standards, robust training requirements and abide by our ethical and professional code.

Our trusted experts work privately, in public health and third sector organisations to offer a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches to the highest standards. They work with children, adults, individuals, couples, families and groups. 

 

Train as a UKCP psychotherapist

If you wish to become a psychotherapist, we validate organisations that offer training or accreditation to become a member of UKCP.

Membership of UKCP is a trusted hallmark. It demonstrates to potential clients and employers the standards of training and practice achieved. It opens the door to a range of professional services and networks.

Alongside professional support for our members we are the leading research, innovation, educational and regulatory body working to advance psychotherapies for the benefit of all.

 

Increasing access to psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a cost-effective and lasting approach to mental wellness.

We want better access to psychotherapy, regardless of background or circumstance. That’s why we are campaigning to make the array of psychotherapies more widely available, and to fund training to widen access to the profession.

We offer a growing bursary scheme and are urging policymakers to fund psychotherapy training.

A vital part of our work is explaining what psychotherapy is to help the public and commissioners make informed choices. Our members regularly appear in the national media talking about therapy’s beneficial role in everyday life. We also partner with other bodies including prestigious universities as well as other sectors to widen engagement on the art and science of psychotherapy.

UKCP is a values-based community of practitioners and staff who are united in their commitment to transforming lives.


 

Our register is accredited

Our register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care under its Accredited Registers programme. The programme was set up to provide assurance on the standards of registers of unregulated health and care occupations.

Accreditation means that we have met the Authority’s demanding standards in the following areas: governance, setting standards, education and training, managing the register, providing information and complaints handling.


 

We are members of PARN

The Professional Associations Research Network (PARN) is a not-for-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector.

As a member of PARN, UKCP is:

  • committed to good practice
  • kept up-to-date on current research
  • part of a network of professional bodies that learn from and share with each other.

Find a therapist near you