The National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors was founded in 2011 and is a companion organisation to the highly respected Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (www.aphp.co.uk)
It is not simply a register of psychotherapists and counsellors that anybody can join. All our members are:
- Required to show full details of their training and further education in the field of psychotherapy and counselling
- Must be able to show a high level of competence in their craft before they can be registered with us
- Are subject to annual review
- Must demonstrate adherence to a strict code of ethics
- Must carry full professional indemnity insurance specifically for psychotherapy and counselling activities
In addition, our members are committed to Continuing Professional Development in order to maintain awareness of, and competence in, the latest techniques and methodologies available to provide expert care for their clients.
You can find out more about our practitioners in Find a Practitioner.
Variety of Work Methods
Our members are qualified and competent in their chosen area of expertise and you are encouraged to match your needs with their skills. As an individual may have more skills than are documented on this site, it is recommended that you contact them to clarify any queries you may have.
There are very many styles of psychotherapy and counselling, too many to list in detail here. Many people wonder how many sessions they are likely to need and over what period of time; unfortunately, this will depend on so many factors, including how long you have experienced the problem for and your personal 'style', that it's impossible to predict with any certainty. For instance, one of the more modern therapies, BWRT, (BWRT® is the acronym for 'BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®') can sometimes resolve issues in just one session, while at other times you might respond better to a therapy which adopts a different approach which is spread over several sessions.
Most therapists have more than one skill at their disposal and it's always a good idea to speak to several in your area to see who you feel is most likely to provide the help you are looking for. Many pracitioners offer a free assessment session, allowing you to discuss you difficulties without any obligation top embark on a course of therapy or counselling.
Psychotherapy or Counselling
Psychotherapy and counselling are both 'talking therapies' and it is impossible to differentiate between them. They both involve you talking to the practitioner, often more than the practitioner will be talking to you, and both involve helping you to discover and use your own resources to resolve your issues in the most effective way possible. All NRPC practitioners are properly qualified, competent and insured and have to abide by a strict code of ethics (which you can find elsewhere on this site) so you can be confident that the therapy you receive will be both suitable for you and conducted only for as long as you need it.
Here is a brief list of some of the more well-known therapies, with a short descriptions of each:
- CBT: One of the better-known, this is designed to help you change the way you view your thoughts.
- Meridian:Not really counselling, Meridian therapies (energy therapies) often use tapping on acupunture points.
- EFT & TFT Emotional Freedom Technique and Thought Field Therapy: both these are Meridian Therapies.
- Solution Focussed: As the name implies, this seeks the solution for the problem rather than working with the cause.
- Client-centred: Most therapies are client-centered, meaning that the therapy is desiged around your peronality.
- EMDR: This stands for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming' and is excellent fr working with trauma.
- Psychodynamic Counselling: This looks at the ways in which we relate - or not - to others around us.
- Hypnotherapy: Strictly not psychotherapy, though many psychotherapists and counsellors use it effectively.
- BWRT®: 'BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® is very new and can be spectacularly fast in resolving problems.
Most practitioners are not skilled in every single one of those methods listed here (and there are actually a lot more besides) but again, will usually have more than one working method available to them. It might be the case that you are sure you already know which styke of therapy you need, in which case seek the practitiioners on this site who list that among their skills. Otherwise, contact two or three who are within your travelling area and either have a meeting with them or speak to them on the telephone - it is absolutely essential that you feel at ease and confident with your therapist/counsellor if you are to get the results you seek.
If you need to make a complaint
We don't believe you will need to make a complaint at any time, but should you wish to do so it must be in writing and addressed to:
The Complaints Officer, NRPC, 118 Pall Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5ED
We will respond within 7 working days. Anonymous or telephone complaints will not be considered but all written and properly signed complaints will be fully investigated.