The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a membership organisation, with over 75 training and listing organisations, and over 7,000 individual practitioners. UKCP holds the national register of psychotherapists, psychotherapists qualified to work with children and young people and psychotherapeutic counsellors, listing those practitioner members who meet exacting standards and training requirements.

UKCP produces publications and runs meetings and conferences to inform and consult on issues of concern to practitioners and support continuing professional development.

As part of its commitment to protection of the public, UKCP works to improve access to psychological therapies, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards, and also deals with complaints against organisational members as well as individual members.


Relate’s vision is a future in which healthy relationships are actively promoted as the basis of a thriving society.
Our mission is to develop and support healthy relationships by:
- helping couples, families and individuals to make relationships work better
- delivering inclusive, high-quality services that are relevant at every stage of life
- helping both the public and policymakers to improve their understanding of relationships and what makes them flourish.
As the country’s largest provider of relationship support, every year we help over 150,000 people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations.

We have over 70 Centres across the country and a network of counsellors working at 600 locations as well as by phone and online

Our services include relationship counselling for individuals and couples; family counselling; counselling for children and young people and sex therapy. We also provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important relationship life stages.
Relate campaigns to see relationship support for children, adults and families at the heart of the social justice agenda. We are members of the Kids in the Middle coalition, a group of national charities and agony aunts campaigning for better services for separating parents and their children.

We are also part of the Family Room group of charities, who share a common voice on family policy.
The quality of response that BACP is able to offer has led the Association to being the prime partner in projects with national and local organisations, bodies and groups.


The British Association for Counselling grew from the Standing Conference for the Advancement of Counselling, a grouping of organisations inaugurated in 1970 at the instigation of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Membership was extended to include individuals when in 1977, with the aid of a grant from the Home Office Voluntary Service Unit, the British Association for Counselling was founded.

In 1978 the headquarters was moved from London to Rugby courtesy of the National Marriage Guidance Council which provided free accommodation to help the association establish itself.

In September 2000, the Association recognised that it no longer represented just counselling, but also psychotherapy. It changed its name to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The change of name also acknowledged that counsellors and psychotherapists wished to belong to a united profession that could meet the commonality of interests for both counselling and psychotherapy.

BACP is the largest and broadest body within the sector. Through its work BACP ensures that it meets its remit of public protection whilst also developing and informing its members. It’s work with large and small organisations within the sector ranges from advising schools on how to set up a counselling service, assisting the NHS on service provision, working with voluntary agencies and supporting independent practitioners. BACP participates in the development of counselling and psychotherapy at an international level.

About WPF Therapy

Based at London Bridge, WPF Therapy sees more than 500 clients each week in our modern, purpose designed centre. We also provide training for about 1000 people each year.

We are a well-established charity, proud of our reputation for high standards and with active membership of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council). Our clinical service is accredited by BACP and our graduates are registered with BPC, UKCP or BACP. Our degrees are validated by Roehampton University.


COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
In its thirty year history it has developed a wealth of experience, helping its members improve and share their professional skills. COSRT offers therapists and other professionals support through training courses, conferences and seminars, access to original research and a highly respected peer-reviewed Journal.