UKAHPP Membership and How to Join

Membership of the UKAHPP is open to practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds and applications, as well as members of the public, who have a general or specific interest in Humanistic Psychology. The UKAHPP offers a range membership categories and classes catering for different needs.

A. Membership Categories

1. Associate Membership

Associate Members are professionals and members of the public interested in aspects of Humanistic Psychology such as Psychotherapy; Psychotherapeutic Counselling; Medicine; Education; Management; Social Work etc. who do not currently require or qualify for UKAHPP registration or accreditation.

Associate Membership is primarily a non-practice based category of membership open to professionals and members of the public who have an interest in Humanistic Psychology and agree to abide by the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles as applicable.

As this category of membership does not endorse practice, Associate Members are not covered under the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure, they are not included in the UKAHPP ‘Find a Therapist’ website facility and are not permitted to use the UKAHPP logo or their membership status to promote services they may provide.

Associate Members seeking validation for their practice are encouraged to consider other categories of membership as and when necessary.

How to Apply

Please click on the following link for an Application Form or contact [email protected] if you require further information.

UKAHPP Associate Application Form March 2018

2. Ordinary Registered Membership

Ordinary Registered Membership is the entry level of membership for practitioners who meet the advertised criteria for UKAHPP registration as a Humanistic Psychotherapist or Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.

All practitioners whose practice as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor or Psychotherapist is endorsed by the UKAHPP will be included in the UKAHPP register.

All registered members abide by the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles and their practice is governed by the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure and their name can be included in the UKAHPP ‘Find a Therapist’ website facility.

New applicants seeking Full Accredited Membership as a Psychotherapist or Psychotherapeutic Counsellor must hold UKAHPP registration for a minimum of three months prior to submitting a formal application.

How to Apply

Please click on the following link for further details about the registration criteria and Application Form or contact [email protected] if you require further information.

3. Full Accredited Membership

Full Accredited Members have all undergone a rigorous accreditation procedure relevant to their discipline. The current discipline categories of Humanistic professional accreditation are:

  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
  • Supervisor

Full Accredited Members are required to have completed satisfactorily an appropriate training course and to have practised under suitable post-training supervision for at least two years, or have reached an equivalent standard by gaining extensive experience as a practitioner. Full Accredited Members are required to be in ongoing supervision and to maintain a minimum client base. Accreditation lasts for five years after which Full members must show that they continue to meet UKAHPP criteria in order to be re-accredited.

Applicants for Full Accredited Membership who do not qualify for UKAHPP registration must first become Associate Members.

Applicants who are already registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or hold the European Certificate of Psychotherapy should contact the UKAHPP Administrator [email protected] for details of the streamlined application routes.

How to Apply

Please click on the following link for further details about the accreditation criteria or contact [email protected] if you require further information.


4. Affiliate Membership

Psychotherapeutic Counsellors or Psychotherapists accredited with another professional organisation or listed on a PSA Accredited Register may apply for UKAHPP Affiliate Membership.

UKAHPPAffiliate criteria May2017

How to Apply

Please click on the following link for the criteria or contact [email protected] if you require further information.

UKAHPPAffiliate criteria May2017

B. Classes of Membership

The UKAHPP has a number of membership classes that reflect the member’s professional standing within the association. They are a subcomponent of the above categories and their requirements. Special conditions may apply.

1. Members Emeritus

Members Emeritus are Full members aged over 60 who are reducing their practices towards retirement and have client caseloads below that required for Full membership. They are required to have been previously accepted for 5-yearly renewal of accreditation at least twice, and to practice with an appropriate level of supervision and insurance. Some Members Emeritus and Full Members may later become fully retired from practice and maintain UKAHPP membership with Retired Membership status.

This category of membership is now awarded by the Board as ratified at the AGM 2017.

2. Senior Practitioner

A new category of accreditation of Senior Practitioner has been drawn up by the Accreditation Committee  and ratified by the Board. This category of Senior Practitioner (SP) has a threefold purpose. It is intended for those members approaching UK retirement age who may be winding down their practice and/or clinical hours, and also those members who, from health or personal reasons that impinge on their professional lives, may have to reduce their practice and workload. It is a category intended to honour this stage where members may be active still in research, teaching or other areas involving Humanistic practice and philosophy, and have accrued considerable experience in this field. Equally it is to acknowledge practitioners who have been a Full Accredited Member or an Affiliate Member for over fifteen years and are therefore entitled to be known as Senior Practitioners in their field of application.

3. Retired Member

This class of membership is for practitioners who have been registered and or accredited by UKAHPP, they are no longer in practice but wish to continue as a member of UKAHPP.

4. Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life members are members accredited in any of the above classes who have been selected by the membership as having made an outstanding contribution to the practice of Humanistic Psychology and/or to UKAHPP. They are required to conform in every way to the criteria for their category and class of membership.

Child Psychotherapy

UKAHPP does not offer accreditation as Child Psychotherapist, and all caseloads noted in the accreditation criteria refer to adult caseloads, with the following exception. Where an applicant has a mixed child/adult caseload, only the adult caseload may be used as a basis for an application for UKAHPP accreditation.

Counselling Young People

UKAHPP offers accreditation as a psychotherapeutic counsellor where the applicant’s caseload is of young people seen in an institutional setting such as a school – specific conditions must be met.

C. Membership Fees

A full list of current annual membership fees for all classes of membership can be found on the webpage “Membership Fees“.

The UKAHPP membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December. If your application is accepted after 1 August, half the annual fee is payable for that year. Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

Application Deadlines

  • Associate applications may be received at any time.
  • Full Accredited Membership applications are dealt with in stages – the timing of which is given in the application forms.  The initial stages of application for psychotherapist accreditation are assessed by teleconference in order to avoid delay.
  • Full Accredited Membership applications and Affiliate Membership applications must be received at least 4 weeks before a Membership and Accreditation Committee meeting, except for the initial stage of psychotherapist applications.

The UKAHPP Accreditation Committee hold meetings approximately every 4 months in February, June and October.

May 2017