UKCP colleges are collections of members – organisational or individual – who share a philosophy of psychotherapy. Each college holds standards for education, training and practice that are compatible with UKCP’s generic standards and with the individual college’s philosophy. Colleges are responsible for accepting applicants into full membership of UKCP and all existing members must belong to a college.
Meeting the needs of children and young people in therapy requires specialist skills and knowledge. That’s why we created the College for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapies.
The terms ‘family therapy’ and ‘systemic psychotherapy’ are sometimes used interchangeably.
The College of Medical Psychotherapists was created in partnership with the Medical Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Outcome oriented psychotherapies recognise that clients seek therapy in order to gain beneficial change. Therapist and client work together to develop a shared understanding of what outcomes and values will best assist the client to move toward their better mental health and personal goals.
Psychotherapists in the College for Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy are trained and accredited to work with all aspects of human sexuality and gender issues.
Members of the Constructivist and Existential College believe that each of us creates our individual picture of the world from our own experiences.
All members of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA) believe that unconscious processes shape our behaviour and our lives. Broadly speaking this means that we don’t know as much about ourselves as we think we do.
Members of our Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC) believe in seeing each individual as a whole person including body, feelings, mind and spirit. They aim to work with a full range of influences to encourage clients to develop themselves, their relationship to others and to society.
What distinguishes psychotherapeutic counselling from traditional counselling is the emphasis it places on the in-depth therapeutic relationship jointly created by the therapist and the client. This relationship is a central factor.
The Universities Training College (UTC) brings together a wide range of university-based counselling and psychotherapy programmes. It therefore covers a wide range of psychotherapy approaches and experience.