The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a membership organisation, with over 70 training and listing organisations, and over 7,500 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. This is an accredited voluntary register with the Professional Standards Authority.
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.
Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK and is responsible for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good.