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Often the simplest way of resolving disagreements or concerns is to speak to your therapist to see if they can put things right. A formal complaints process is stressful for both parties, and we therefore recommend that you try to resolve your concerns with your therapist before lodging a formal complaint.
However, if you don’t feel comfortable talking to your therapist about your concerns, you may choose to use UKCP’s formal Complaints and Conduct Process. If you would like to discuss the most suitable options for your concerns with a member of our Complaints and Conduct Team, call 020 7014 9978 or 020 7014 9496.
UKCP’s Complaints and Conduct Process provides a centralised and transparent process for considering complaints or concerns by members of the public and clients about therapists or UKCP. We are able to consider complaints about any therapist who was on UKCP’s register at the time of the incident that led to the complaint, and is still on the register when the complaint is made. We won’t accept a therapist’s resignation from the register once a complaint has been made about them.
We aim to ensure that the therapists on our register:
- have the skills, knowledge and character to work safely and effectively with clients
- behave in a way that safeguards public safety and maintains confidence in the psychotherapy profession.
We will look into cases where there is evidence that calls into question a therapist’s suitability to be on our register. Examples of this include instances where a therapist may have:
- been dishonest
- behaved in a way that causes harm or distress to a client
- breached client confidentiality.
We will also consider complaints about a therapist who is unable to meet our professional standards because of a health problem or a drug or alcohol problem.
- Complaints form – download and complete this form if you would like to make a complaint
- Guidance for making a complaint – guidance for anyone wishing to make a complaint against a psychotherapist
- Guidance for psychotherapists – guidance for psychotherapists going through the Complaints and Conduct Process
- Guidance for being a witness – important information on being a witness in the Complaints and Conduct Process
- Complaints and conduct process – technical information about the complaints and conduct process
- Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct (2009) – the core principles that underpin our members’ practice
- The Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (2019) – this document will be used in conjunction with the Complaints and Conduct Process relating to behaviours which occurred on or after 1 October 2019
- Indicative Sanctions Guidance – to be used by Adjudication Panels and Appeal Panels
- Document Retention Policy – this policy outlines the retention periods relating to complaint work
If you would like to discuss your concerns with a member of our Complaints and Conduct Team, call 020 7014 9978 or 020 7014 9496.