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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) membership is the hallmark for high standards of training, professional and ethical practice. It demonstrates to potential clients and employers the standards of training and practice achieved, and opens the door to a range of professional services and networks.

We welcome applications for membership from both eligible individuals and organisations.

If you’re already a member of UKCP and wish to change your membership category, please contact our membership team.

Training New to psychotherapy?

The most usual route to UKCP membership is through training with one of our member organisations. Once you've completed your training, you’ll automatically be able to apply for UKCP membership. While you're training, you may be able to join UKCP as a student or trainee member.

Accreditation Already qualified?

If you have already completed training on a course not accredited by us, one of our accrediting organisations will be able to assess your qualifications and experience against our standards and requirements.

Our categories of membership

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Are you studying for a UKCP-accredited qualification in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling at one of our training organisations? If you haven’t started seeing clients yet, you can become a UKCP student member for only £24 a year. 

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Are you completing a UKCP-accredited training course leading to a psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling qualification? Working towards your practice hours, supervised by one of our organisational members? UKCP trainee membership could be the perfect next step.

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Are you a qualified psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor with high professional standards? Or a recent psychotherapy graduate in search of recognition for the work you’ve put into your training? You could be eligible for UKCP full clinical membership.

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Is your current work moving away from clinical practice and towards teaching, supervision, or other psychotherapeutic roles? Then you might qualify for our full non-clinical membership.

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Retiring from a fulfilling career like psychotherapy can be daunting. We know that your interest in the human psyche and in helping others doesn’t end when you wind down your practice.

UKCP retired membership enables you to remain connected to your profession and continue supporting the promotion of psychotherapy.

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Do you have an educational or professional interest in psychotherapy, but you aren’t in clinical practice yourself? Our non-clinical affiliate membership is designed for you.

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Join online

Eligible students, trainees and qualified psychotherapists or psychotherapeutic counsellors can now join online.

Membership for organisations

We also have two categories of membership for organisations.


UKCP membership is a mark of quality that recognises your organisation’s high standards of training, professional and ethical practice. Becoming an organisational member can enhance the standing of your training courses and give your team access to a range of resources and professional networks.

Affiliate organisations

As an affiliate organisation, you’ll be listed on our website (below) and your organisation can state that you are affiliated to UKCP in your printed or electronic publications.

Find out if your organisation is eligible for UKCP membership.

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