UK Council for Psychotherapy respond to Government White Paper

The Government has announced plans to introduce statutory regulation for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors.

Lisa Wake, Chair of UKCP states:

‘This decision is a landmark event. The UKCP has campaigned since its inception in 1992 for the statutory regulation of psychotherapy. We are concerned that the Department of Health have not listened to the concerns of the profession that the Health Professions Council is not an appropriate regulator for psychotherapy, psychology and counselling. The HPC is primarily a medical and NHS model of regulation and we consider that the model proposed cannot effectively regulate psychotherapy in its current format. We have presented proposals for a more effective model of regulation that will go further than the HPC in protecting the public and we are disappointed that the Department of Health have ignored this proposal.’

UKCP remains committed to preventative legislation to inhibit therapists who do not meet enforced training and ethical standards and to safeguarding the public against unsafe or rogue therapists.

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) exists to promote and maintain the profession of psychotherapy and the highest standards in the practice of psychotherapy throughout the United Kingdom for the benefit of the public. The online National Register of Psychotherapists only includes psychotherapists who meet the rigorous scrutiny of the UKCP’s Ethical Framework, Accreditation, and Professional Conduct Procedures.

The UKCP is the national umbrella organisation for all the psychotherapies, and is recognised as such by The European Association for Psychotherapy.


Notes to Editors:

Members of the public looking for psychotherapy should contact the UKCP for a list of registered practitioners in their local area. Tel: 020 7014 9955 Email:  

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