Counsellor to Psychotherapist (C2P)

Accreditation as Psychotherapist for those who are already UKAHPP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellors

Routes to Accreditation

Three routes are available:

1. For those wishing to attain UKCP registration as a Psychotherapist, within UKCP’s Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC):

Accreditation should be by the Psychotherapist Experience Route, as specified in the Criteria for UKAHPP Full Membership/Accreditation as a Psychotherapist.

2a. To attain accredited Psychotherapist status solely within UKAHPP


2b.To attain additionally UKCP Psychotherapist registration within UKCP’s Psychotherapeutic Counselling & Intersubjective Psychotherapy College (PCIPC)

Paths 2a & 2b are both described in detail in the criteria below and differ only in the requirements of the Case Study.

Note: UKAHPP accreditation as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor already entitles the practitioner to UKCP registration as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor within the PCIPC.

Please note that once registered as a member of UKCP you will be subject to the UKCP Central Complaints Policy and Procedure and not eligible for the UKAHPP’s Complaints Procedure.

Criteria for UKAHPP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellors seeking Psychotherapist Accreditation solely within UKAHPP or with UKCP PCIPC membership

UKAHPP places emphasis not only on formal training but also on the creative use of knowledge gained in training and practice, and qualities of creativity, openness, warmth and maturity.

Applicants must demonstrate throughout the application a capacity to work with clients from a variety of different communities and have the ability to work with issues of difference, including

1) cultural differences as a result of belonging to minority ethnic groups,
2) sexuality and gender differences,
3) work with people who have mental health difficulties and/or are differently abled, and .
4) faith and spiritual beliefs and practice and
5) class and socio-cultural background. They need to demonstrate how they address these and give examples from their practice of how they might work with someone who is different from them.

If their original training was inadequate in these areas they need to demonstrate how they have remedied this deficit since qualifying.



The applicant must have at least TWO years membership of UKAHPP as an Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. To become UKCP (PCIPC) registered the applicant must also have been registered as a PCIPC psychotherapeutic counsellor for at least ONE year.


The applicant must produce evidence of FIVE years post-qualification practice, with at least 800 hours of client work. In the TWO years prior to the application the applicant must see an average of SIX clients per working week with a minimum of 240 client hours per annum.

Psychotherapeutic Orientation

The applicant is required to submit a written piece of between 500 and 1000 words describing their psychotherapeutic orientation, including how it has developed over time. The piece should demonstrate that the applicant’s practice of psychotherapeutic counselling has been broad-ranging, incorporating more than one humanistic school of thought (e.g. Gestalt, Body Psychotherapy, Person Centred, Existential, Transpersonal, Psychosynthesis). The application should show that their practice and supervision has led to a developing ability for critical reflection on the client’s process; the therapeutic relationship; therapeutic approaches used; and the therapist’s own psychological processes.

Theories of Mental Illness

The applicant is required to demonstrate an understanding of the theories of mental illness through the submission of a written account of between 750 and 1000 words. This should be a brief report of time spent working in a mental health environment or an account of typical disorders a psychotherapist might meet in practice.

Research and Evaluation

Applicants are required to demonstrate an understanding of basic research techniques and of the application of those techniques to the investigation and evaluation of psychotherapeutic practice.

Case Study

The applicant is required to submit a Case Study of 3000 to 5000 words, illustrating current psychotherapy-level practice.

2a For those seeking solely UKAHPP accreditation as a Psychotherapist it is permissible, though not obligatory, for applicants to re-submit the Case Study used for their Psychotherapeutic Counsellor accreditation. In this case the study should be revised and/or updated as appropriate, so that the applicant clearly demonstrates good understanding and current use of a psychotherapeutic approach in their work.<

2b  To attain UKCP Intersubjective Psychotherapist registration within PCIPC the case study presented for this application should concern a different client from the one in the case study produced for the applicant’s original accreditation as a UKAHPP Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. The applicant must clearly demonstrate effective use and understanding of a psychotherapeutic approach in their case study.

Guidelines for case studies are available from the members’ area of the UKAHPP website (Case Study Guidelines).


The applicant must show evidence of ongoing supervision and produce a report from their current supervisor which will reflect their competence as a practitioner and readiness for accreditation as a psychotherapist.  The training supervision needs to have been completed at a ratio of 1:6 in each training the applicant has undertaken, evidenced and signed off by the supervisor. Evidence is needed that this was with a UKCP registered supervisor or equivalent.

Therapeutic Executor

It is a requirement that accredited Full members have an ongoing Therapeutic Executor arrangement, for which guidelines are available from the Admin office and in the members’ area of the website

Application procedures

The applicant should download from the UKAHPP website, Members Area, the form:  Application form for UKAHPP Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellors seeking Psychotherapist Accreditation within UKAHPP alone or with UKCP’s PCIPC registration and submit their application as indicated on the form.

For those for whom online application is not possible a copy of the form may be obtained from the UKAHPP administrator and NINE photocopies of the application must be submitted.


Applicants whose written submission is satisfactory will be invited to interview with two members of the UKAHPP Accreditation Committee. Any particular aspects that the Accreditation Committee would like to explore further will be notified to the applicant in advance.