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About UKCP

We are the leading organisation for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK.

We exist to promote and maintain high standards of practice of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling for the benefit of the public throughout the United Kingdom.

Our membership includes over 8,000 individual therapists and more than 70 training and accrediting organisations. Our individual members work privately, in public health or third sector organisations offering a wide variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.

We hold the national register of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors which only includes practitioners who meet our exacting standards and training requirements and who agree to abide by our ethical standards.

Read more about our vision, mission and strategic objectives here.

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.

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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.

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Want to find out more?

What is psychotherapy?

How can I become a psychotherapist?

How do I find a therapist near me?

How do I make a complaint about a therapist?