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Research is central to the future of the psychotherapy profession and a key strategic objective of the organisation. 

The research, communications and policy teams are currently working together to create a new, integrated strategy to help raise the profile of psychotherapy.

Within this, we are currently working towards some key aims which include: 

  1. Ensuring research supports the UKCP’s policy objectives to increase access to psychotherapy.
  2. Improve education about research and promote its importance within the UKCP membership.
  3. Develop an effective system for collating clinical data from our membership.
  4. Combine existing and new research to improve the evidence base for psychotherapy, in order to promote its importance for wellbeing and mental health.
  5. Collaborate with psychotherapy researchers to define and address the needs for future research.

How we will work towards achieving these aims: 

  • Among the UKCP members are many influential researchers. We are working to strengthen connections with our research-active members to support impactful and widespread dissemination of their work, as well as to assist us in our drive to inform policy.
  • Collaboration is essential the UKCP’s research strategy to develop innovative, high-impact research. We are working to enhance connections across the board, including with universities, the NHS and charitable organisations.
  • We will be working within the organisation, as well as collaborating with others to promote the importance of research within training programmes and across the profession as a whole.

Get involved

Connect and collaborate

We are always looking for new ways support our members with research and to connect with non-UKCP academics and practitioners. We are actively seeking to hear more about existing research and to discuss collaborations across all modalities. Our current areas of focus include:

  • New ways of assessing psychotherapy and evaluating its effectiveness
  • Collaborating on, and supporting, studies of effectiveness across therapeutic modalities and client populations.
  • Innovative research investigating the therapeutic process
  • Practice-informed research and research-informed practice

Research Funding

Member research is important to us and we want to ensure our processes are equitable and beneficial to all. We are therefore currently reviewing our research structure and processes for funding member research. As such, we not currently able to offer any research grants. We will update on this in April 2020.

If you would like to get involved or would like to discuss active research projects or proposals, please email