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Public policy

We exist to promote the value of psychotherapy within society. We recognise that the stigma that can surround mental health problems and being in therapy may currently prevent people from accessing the help that they need.

We are 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, we seek to bring about improvements in the understanding and availability of psychotherapy to all those who would benefit.

We do this in a number of ways:

  • responding to government consultations
  • meeting with policymakers
  • holding events, writing reports
  • 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 the National Survivor Users Network (NSUN).

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