How to Become a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

2018-11-23T14:29:21+00:00June 30th, 2017|Psychotherapy, Training|

Training with BeeLeaf to become a QUALIFIED PSYCHOTHERAPIST with BeeLeaf usually takes a minimum of 2 – 3 years part-time and will require you to successfully complete our individual units of training set at the level of Masters degree equivalent and meet the clinical practice, supervision and personal therapy requirements for award of our BeeLeaf Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Training with BeeLeaf to become a UKCP ACCREDITED PSYCHOTHERAPIST usually takes a FURTHER 1 – 2 years part-time and will require you to achieve our Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy and meet the clinical practice, supervision and personal therapy requirements.

Helpful Summaries


NOTE some units of training can be completed at  different stages over the 4 years to that shown in the diagram. 

Becoming a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist – Summary of Requirements

Course Fees 2019

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For many people the first unit will be the Certificate in Skills & Principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy.  As you progress on your professional path with BeeLeaf you will be required to complete further units of training towards the BeeLeaf Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy, work with clients in supervised clinical practice and engage in personal therapy.

Want to meet us and find out more about Contemporary Psychotherapy and becoming a Psychotherapist? Book on a 2-Hour Taster Session.

If you already have some psychotherapy / counselling qualifications and you would like to find out about using these towards becoming UKCP Registered with BeeLeaf we recommend you look at Becoming a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and refer to our document on accreditation_of_prior_learning.

You may then wish to submit an application for our Advanced Diploma. If then invited for interview we will discuss in more detail your training pathway with BeeLeaf.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to become a Psychotherapist?

It takes a minimum of 2 years (part-time) to achieve our Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy and qualify as a Psychotherapist.

Following this you may continue your training with BeeLeaf for another year or more for award of our Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy which is required to become a UKCP Registered & Accredited Psychotherapist.

What personal qualities do I need to become a Psychotherapist?

Being a psychotherapist is not just about academic or analytic achievement. In your application process we are also keen to assess the personal qualities that are needed to be a safe, effective and sufficiently robust professional. Those qualities include:

A lively and enquiring mind

An ability to experiment and value learning from mistakes as much as successes

Enjoyment of others’ process and uniqueness

Curiosity in situations of “not-knowing”

Desire to develop compassion for yourself and others

Training to be a psychotherapist, and practicing as one, are emotionally and psychologically demanding because the skills and qualities needed to form and maintain therapeutic relationships require a good relationship with our own feelings, thoughts and vulnerabilities. When we engage in experiential learning we need to be able to reflect on our experiences and be open to feedback from our own emotions and from peers and tutors.

The ability to safely hold clients who may at times be distressed, confused and processing uncomfortable feelings, depends on us reaching our own capacity for owning, reflecting and processing our own inevitable emotional challenges. This is part of what makes psychotherapy such a rewarding profession, as long as we continually develop our psychological robustness and awareness.

It is not unusual for people to have come to the profession of psychotherapy through having benefitted from it themselves in managing life’s difficulties and sometimes from having received a mental health diagnosis. This is not in itself a barrier to training, it can enhance your learning and practice, however during your application process we need to consider together whether training could exacerbate existing mental health issues and how this is best managed. If we feel that it is not the right time in an applicant’s recovery to be able to benefit from the investment of time and money in training, we reserve the right to not admit that applicant to training.

How much does it cost to become a Psychotherapist?

The fees for the Diploma and then Advanced Diploma are between approximately *£9000 – £14000 View Course Fees 2019 depending on (1) your starting point on the training path and if you we can award you any APL (accredited prior learning) for courses completed elsewhere that we recognise (2) If you choose the discount options available (3) Fees separate and independent of training such as personal therapy, clinical supervision, insurance, organisational membership fees.

*approximate and subject to change. See latest course details on each course page of this website for current fees.

What qualifications do I need to become a Psychotherapist?

We are a UKCP Accredited Organisational member so our training is set at Masters degree equivalent. Therefore you need have a first degree OR other demonstration of post-graduate ability. We operate an active Diversity Policy, so if you do not have a first degree, contact us to find out how you may be able to demonstrate eligibility through work experience and applied skills.

Where does the training take place?

Most of our training happens face-to-face in Mile End London E3 and is very well served by public transport. There is free parking at weekends and pay & display week days. Because there is such a huge range of accommodation available in London we cannot list them all here! Instead we are happy to offer suggestions according to individual preferences at the time of enrolment. For some of the shorter more theoretical modules there are also webinars that can watch at your own pace and online forums for discussion and learning.

How will my psychotherapy qualifications be recognised?

BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is an Accredited Member of the Register of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which is a Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

The scheme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public.  Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service.