How to Become a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

2018-06-01T13:56:47+01:00 June 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.

Becoming a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist – Summary


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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.

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 2018) 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.