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We welcome new members and have categories of membership to support individuals whatever stage of their career they are at. We also welcome organisations into membership.

You can join us online

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If you’d like to know more about our membership grades, read our brief introduction to joining us as

You may also be interested in reading about our other categories of membership.

Where to start

If you are new to psychotherapy, the most usual route to UKCP membership is to through an accredited training course with one of our organisational members. Once you have completed your training, you will automatically become eligible for UKCP membership.

There are training courses run in different parts of the country. Check out our training map to find out where they are.

There are different types of psychotherapy – visit our college pages to read more about them. If you are thinking about training it is worthwhile looking at them all to see which one fits best with your view of the world and the way you want to work.

Read more on how to train to be a psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor. While you are training, you may be eligible to join UKCP as a student or trainee member.

UKCP’s training standards

Training offered by UKCP organisational members must meet our standards of education and training.

Joining as a student or trainee therapist

To become a student or trainee member, you must be studying or training with a UKCP training organisation.

Student membership is available up to the point when you start seeing clients or patients under the supervision of your UKCP organisational member. At that point, you should consider becoming a UKCP trainee member.

To learn about the benefits of joining UKCP and find out if you are eligible for student or trainee membership, please visit the relevant pages of this website:

Joining as a psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor

If you have completed your training with a UKCP organisational member, or are already a member of a UKCP organisation, you can apply to join us online.

If you are a practising therapist but did not train with a UKCP-registered organisation, you can apply for accreditation in order to become a UKCP member. A number of our organisational members accredit practising therapists.

You can browse our accrediting organisations

Joining as an organisational member

We have two categories of membership for organisations.

For organisations who train or accredit (or both) psychotherapists or psychotherapeutic counsellors, membership of UKCP is a mark of quality that recognises your organisation’s high standards of training, professional and ethical practice. Becoming a member can enhance the standing of your training courses as well as opening the door to a range of resources and professional networks. Read more about how to join on our organisational member page.

We also have an affiliate organisational membership for organisations that would not normally fit into UKCP’s current structure and that have a parallel purpose. If your organisation has an interest in psychotherapy, psychotherapeutic counselling or psychological therapies and wishes to support UKCP, find out more about this grade of membership on our affiliate organisational membership page.