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BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists

The BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists is a public record of therapists who have met our standards for registration.  These standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to our Ethical Framework.

 The BACP Register was established in 2012 and was the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.  An independent body accountable to Government, the Authority was set up following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to oversee health regulators such as the General Medical Council. It developed the accredited register scheme to quality assure registered practitioners working across a range of social care settings.

The main purpose of the Register is to protect the public and help you find a therapist you can trust. It aims to reassure clients, employers and the general public that a BACP-registered practitioner adheres to high standards of proficiency, professionalism and good practice. 

Information for clients

If you are thinking about seeing a counsellor or therapist, you can find out more about what to expect or check whether a practitioner is registered.

Our 'Ask Kathleen' service also provides information and guidance about what to do if something goes wrong, or you have any concerns about your therapy or therapist. We have a proven Professional Conduct Procedure and welcome any feedback from the public.

Information for BACP members

All practising members must join the Register. 

  • If you are an Individual Member you have 24 months from the date of joining this membership category to become registered.
  • If you are one of the few remaining MBACP or Accredited / Senior Accredited members who has not yet registered, you must take action to join the Register before your next renewal date or your BACP membership will end.  

Student members are not eligible to join the Register until they upgrade to an Individual Member.

Find out how to join the BACP Register.

Information for Registered Members

Find out about renewing your RegistrationSupervision, CPD and Audit requirements and other information related to your Registration.

If you have any questions about the Register or the registration process, please contact us.