Psychotherapists provide talking therapies to help clients manage emotional difficulties, psychiatric disorders, or other matters related to mental health. Counselling is a form of psychotherapy. They may work within a team of other medical professionals. Psychotherapists are not regulated by law, but can choose to join an Accredited Register, which ensures they adhere to good standards of practice.
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 Association of Christians in Counselling and Linked Professions (ACC) is a professional body and registered charity representing Christian counsellors and psychotherapists in the United Kingdom.
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.
The British Psychoanalytic Council is a professional association of the psychoanalytic psychotherapy profession, publishing a Register of practitioners who are required to follow its ethical code and meet its fitness to practise standards.
COSCA – Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy – sets standards for its registrants in the practice of counselling and psychotherapy and is committed to increasing access to counselling and psychotherapy services.
The Human Givens Institute is a global organisation concerned with unifying the most effective forms of counselling and psychotherapy into a truly biopsychosocial approach. It advances all aspects of Human Givens therapeutic practice, including standards, continued professional development and the ethical behaviour of members.
'The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society is a not for profit professional organisation whose purpose is to ensure that all of our registrants are safe, competent and ethical practitioners.'
The National Hypnotherapy Society is a not for profit professional organisation whose purpose is to ensure that all of its registrants are safe, competent and ethical practitioners.
The UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners is a professional organisation, which sets registration and accreditation standards of practice for Psychotherapists and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors with a training in Humanistic Psychology, a holistic approach to therapy, which holds centrally an individual's capacity to draw upon inner resources to give meaning and direction to traumatic and disabling life experiences.
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.