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How we support our affiliate members

As well as providing practical membership benefits, we work tirelessly to promote understanding of psychotherapy and to increase it as a force for good. We have listened to how important this work is to our members and are investing heavily to increase our campaigning and lobbying work on issues from cuts in services to the way NICE assesses psychological therapies. Our opinions are increasingly sought by the media, politicians, NHS bodies and others.

We campaign to influence national policy on key issues

We continue to fight for access to effective, transformative and long-lasting psychotherapies for all. We work collaboratively to increase our influence and will continue to develop our existing partnerships and make new ones. And our magazine, the New Psychotherapist is sent to MPs, MSPs, Welsh Assembly Members and other influential stakeholders.

Just three examples of our influencing work are:

  • Working with a coalition of professional organisations to secure an unprecedented third revision to the NICE Guideline for Depression in Adults
  • Supporting, alongside partner organisations, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence to produce guidance for therapist supporting clients taking psychiatric drugs
  • Being called to give evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee, a parliamentary select committee, on the mental health of men and boys.

We raise the profile of the profession in the media and work to improve public understanding of psychotherapy

We promote the benefits of psychotherapy to the public through our partnership with Psychologies magazine, our podcasts and social media channels. Our media work has included appearances in outlets as varied as Channel 5 news, the Guardian, New York Times and The House magazine, as well as big circulation consumer press.

And we have forged a unique and exciting academic partnership with Imperial College which includes a public-facing nine-week programme on the history, impact and benefits of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling which we will deliver from October 2019.

We keep you informed

In addition to offering reduced rates on professional conferences and events, we also offer regional events, members forums, psychotherapy clubs and special interest groups – all of which provide superb networking opportunities.

We also keep you informed with news affecting the profession in our regular email updates and our magazine, the New Psychotherapist, which is published three times a year. Each edition of the New Psychotherapist looks at a particular theme within psychotherapy or a topic with a psychotherapeutic angle. It offers members opportunities to share best practice, share developments likely to impact on their practice and encourage spirited debates between members or discuss views on professional practice and topical issues.