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  • FEATURE: The crisis in children’s mental health

    Published: 9 Feb 2018

    During Children's Mental Health Week, UKCP psychotherapist Vanessa McHardy took time to explain the crisis she has seen in children's mental health in schools.  

  • Schools struggle to know what type of mental health support is needed for pupils

    Published: 9 Feb 2018

    For Children's Mental Health Week this week, we partnered with Place2Be, NAHT and BACP to publish a new report showing that: almost half of school leaders have found it difficult to commission mental health support for their pupils over a third of counsellors and psychotherapists who work with children and young people said it was difficult to provide … 

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    Our response to the Department of Health’s consultation on professional regulation

    Published: 23 Jan 2018

    The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) have welcomed the Department of Health consultation ‘Promoting Professionalism, Reforming Regulation’ which closed today. The consultation was an important opportunity to comment on the future of the regulatory environment and the fundamental issue of public protection.   … 

  • FEATURE: In conversation with Michelle Bridgman on all things psychotherapy

    Published: 18 Jan 2018

    Last week UKCP therapist Michelle Bridgman was invited on to BBC London’s Drivetime show and spoke with Eddie Nestor about counselling and the taboos surrounding therapy. Following her appearance we chatted to Michelle about these taboos, when people should seek support and why psychotherapy should be an important part of the overall mental health conversation. Is there … 

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    FEATURE: Here’s why face-to-face interaction could nourish you in 2018

    Published: 12 Jan 2018

    For some January marks the start of a new year full of new possibilities but for others it can be a time of isolation with added pressures and the unknown. UKCP Psychotherapist Julie Dearden suggests that one of the best ways to beat the winter blues is making time to have nourishing face to face conversations … 

  • SECTOR NEWS: Mental health top priority for UK public according to watchdog survey

    Published: 3 Jan 2018

    Access and quality of mental health services are a major priority for the public in 2018, a survey has found. Healthwatch, the consumer champion for health and social care, said mental health topped the list in its annual survey of health and care priorities for third year running. The survey identified the top five issues people want … 

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    SECTOR NEWS: Mental health issues rise among adults with young women most affected

    Published: 14 Dec 2017

    Rates of mental health issues have increased among adults, with over a quarter of young women now more likely to have a problem, a new wellbeing and mental health survey has revealed. The Health Survey for England 2016 found rising levels of mental health issues in both men and women across the country, with those surveyed … 

  • New report launched- Working in the NHS: the state of childrens services

    Published: 13 Dec 2017

    Today the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) have launched a full report of their joint survey of over 3,000 NHS counsellors and psychotherapists on mental health services. We discovered some concerning findings: 84 per cent of NHS psychotherapists, … 

  • Government’s children’s mental health plans: a step forward, but we need a leap

    Published: 4 Dec 2017

    Today the Government launched a draft plan for improving children’s mental health services. UKCP sees this as a step forward, but these plans continue to fall short of what is needed. It includes: Incentives for every school to identify a Designated Senior Lead of Mental Health to oversee mental health and wellbeing. Mental Health Support Teams … 

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    Website maintenance

    Published: 1 Dec 2017

    To improve the way our website works, we're carrying our some maintenance from 10pm on Saturday, 3 December to 12.30am on Sunday 4 December. While we do this, you may notice some loss of functionality on the website. It is possible that this may continue later into Sunday. We hope to keep any disruption to a …