Welcome to the website for the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.

In 2013 the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists became the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited under a scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. You can read more about the scheme here.

 

The scheme means that, for the first time, members of the public can choose a counsellor or psychotherapist belonging to a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

BACP Chief Executive, Laurie Clarke, said:

"This accreditation is great news for counsellors, psychotherapists and their clients. By recognising the important role the profession plays in the country's health and emotional wellbeing, it will give our members the status within the health and social care sector that they deserve. At the same time, given the increasing number of practitioners offering counselling services, this new safeguard provides a vital standard of service to help people select the very best counsellor or psychotherapist for them."

The primary purpose of the BACP Register is protection of the public. It may be that you have some questions about this important development and what it might mean if you are thinking of seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist.  You can find more information here. BACP Register also has a service called 'Ask Kathleen', which provides information and guidance about what to do if you have concerns. You can access frequently asked questions and  a video that tells you more about 'Ask Kathleen' here.

If you are a practitioner and have questions about the Register, please contact 01455 883300 or info@bacpregister.org.uk.

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News

  • BACP Board of Governors has decided that all practising members of BACP must be on the BACP Register.  You can read more about it by clicking on the following downloadable leaflet  pdf file BACP Membership & Registration

  • BACP is reviewing its Ethical Framework. For up to date information for registrants and to learn how you can get involved click here: http://www.bacp.co.uk/efc/

  • The Register started auditing its registrants from the end of November 2013. For more information click here.