The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is the regulatory body for counselling in the UK

Claire McCluskey
M.Sc. B.A. Relate Cert C.C.
Registered Counsellor BACP & UKRC

Coast Road, Rhyl, LL18 3PL
07551 529 386

About the BACP

I have been a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since July 2002, an accredited member since July 2004, and a senior accredited member since August 2010.

The BACP is an umbrella organisation for counselling in the UK.

Most counsellors are registered with it, and many are accredited by it, but this is not a legal requirement.

The counselling profession is now working towards agreement on minimum regulatory standards, as up until now counselling has not been a regulated profession.

At present, accreditation by the BACP is a guarantee that the counsellor has done a thorough training and has many hours of counselling experience under their belt.

The BACP can provide you with a copy of its code of ethics, "Ethical framework", and any counsellor should be happy to tell you about the code they abide by and the complaints procedure of their own professional body (See BACP website for further information).

Source: where information on Counselling and Psychotherapy, regulatory developments and the ethical framework can be accessed.