Child therapists are mental health specialists who focus on children's needs, providing counselling and other forms of therapy. They are not subject to statutory regulation, but can apply to join an Accredited Register, which ensures that they are committed to good standards of practice.
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a membership organisation and registered charity holding national registers for psychotherapists, psychotherapists qualified to work with children and young people and psychotherapeutic counsellors.
The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) is a professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK. The ACP is responsible for training and practice standards for its members and provides information to the public about child psychotherapy.
The BAPT works to relieve the needs of children, young people and adults suffering emotional and behavioural difficulties by promoting the art and science of Play Therapy and promoting high standards in the practice of Play Therapy.
Play Therapy UK exists to further the good practice of therapeutic work with children. This includes improving children's wellbeing as well as alleviating behaviour and mental health problems.