New BACP Register

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) register is the first psychological therapists’ register to be accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to parliament.

The new register has been vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means that members of the public will now be able to choose a counsellor or psychotherapist belonging to an approved register.

BACP Chief Executive Laurie Clarke said "The 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 BACP recommends that registered member status is the minimum standard individuals should seek when looking for a therapist.

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