UKCP or United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists is a recognised professional registering body for post graduate psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK.
The UKCP's purpose is to promote the art, and science of psychotherapy for the public benefit; to promote research and education in psychotherapy and disseminate the results of any such research; and to promote (or assist in the promotion, preservation and protection of public health by encouraging) high standards of training and practice in psychotherapy and the wider provision of psychotherapy for the public benefit.

The organization lays out a regulatory framework for training and continuous professional development after qualification. It is made up of 80 member organizations with over 6000 approved psychotherapist. It has a stringent Code of Ethics which all registered psychotherapists work to and an Equal Opportunities and International Practice policy all of which and more can be viewed on their website


In 1971 the HMSO published the Foster Report which recommended legislation for controlling psychotherapy in the UK.
A joint working party was set up and in 1981 and a bill was introduced to the House of Commons to regulate the practice and profession of psychotherapy. It fell at the second reading.
Work continued and in 1990, 66 professional organizations voted to form a voluntary register of psychotherapists. In 1991 it was decided to form a post graduate level profession with specific entry and training criteria and in January 1993 the UKCP, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy was inaugurated.
UKCP continues to work closely with the Government and the Health Professions Council in an endeavour to move closer to a statutory regulatory framework.

The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote and assure high standards in the practice of hypnotherapy. Registration demands good quality training, ethical practice and adherence to our code of conduct.

The BSCH are consistently working to establish essential regulation within the field of clinical hypnotherapy. The work consists of petitioning the House of Commons, communicating with the Department of Health and maintaining a public help line. BSCH are quoted as saying,”It is vitally important that acceptable levels of practice are established for the correct training and independent examination of hypnotherapists. The current system allows anyone to claim to be a hypnotherapist, whether or not they have been properly trained and examined."

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