British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

BACPThe 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.

BACP has over 33,500 members who are counsellors and/or psychotherapists who work to BACP standards set out in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

BACP believes it is important that people understand what counselling and psychotherapy is about and what they should expect from the process of therapy. Raising awareness among society is therefore an essential aim for the organisation.

United Kingdom Register of Counsellors

What is the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors?

UKRCP'The Register' was conceived in response to growing public concern. Almost a decade ago the then British Association for Counselling (BAC) and a number of other professional bodies agreed on the need for an unbiased national register of counsellors. Its aim was to:

  • Offer impartial information and therefore, protection, to the general public
  • Advise both insurers and employers in matters relating to competence
  • Recognise good counselling in many appropriate contexts

What is a UKRC registered counsellor?

An independent registered counsellor has achieved accreditation through a recognised UKRC accrediting organisation. Today these are the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland), Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) and the United Kingdom Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP).

A UKRC registered counsellor must:

  • be appropriately trained and qualified
  • work to a Code of Ethics & Practice
  • be subject to a Complaints Procedure

What are the benefits of using a UKRC counsellor?

Using a registered counsellor offers reassurance and a 'hallmark' of good practice. It ensures a support system in the event of misunderstanding within a counselling contract.

The aim of the UKRC is

"To provide the public and others with an understandable specific UK standard that recognises counsellors who offer safe and accountable practice."