Information for the Public

The professional psychotherapists who are members of CCOPPP are also members of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (or an equivalent body). Qualification for membership is based upon the successful completion of a long and rigorous training, to high clinical standards. Members are also subject to ongoing requirements regarding clinical supervision and to continue to develop their professional competence and expertise.

Therapists predominantly work using a psychoanalytic or psychodynamic approach (To find out more about what this means, click here), although they may occasionally also use other techniques suitable to a client’s needs. Therapists work either in the NHS, for a local service provider, in private practice or in a mixture of both. Depending on their training, therapists will work with individuals, couples, families and groups, and with adults, adolescents or children.

For a list of therapists working in your area, and to find out more about them and how they work, click here.

Therapy was a place I could talk about anything, no matter how private or difficult, in confidence, and knowing that my therapist would not judge me, but was there to help me.

Psychotherapist members of CCOPPP must work within the Code of Ethics produced and administered by CCOPPP. This sets out specific requirements about how the therapist must behave regarding their professional relationship with the client, in order to protect both the client and the therapist. Requirements include the need to maintain strict professional boundaries with clients, confidentiality regarding client material, working with honesty and integrity, respect for diversity and equality, as well as the need to have appropriate professional insurance.

Any breaches of the Code of Ethics by a member will be taken seriously by CCOPPP. Where CCOPPP is notified of a complaint about one of its members, the matter is investigated promptly with a view to establishing the facts of the matter and identifying the most appropriate means by which the situation can best be resolved. Provision exists for the informal resolution of disputes with or without the facility for mediation financed by CCOPPP. Where informal resolution and/or mediation is not appropriate and/or fails to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of the complainant, the complaint will be investigated by a team of professionals who will review the case and make an adjudication as necessary.

Where a case is upheld, the therapist will be liable to possible sanctions which may include a requirement for a therapist to cease working for a period to allow for necessary additional training or supervision, and/or suspension of membership of CCOPPP and the UKCP. To find out more, or if you wish to make a complaint, please click here.

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