ACAT is the professional body for Cognitive Analytic Therapists. It is a registered charity, which exists in order to fulfil its aims of:
- Educating health professionals and promoting proper standards in cognitive analytic therapy.
- Increasing awareness and understanding of cognitive analytic therapy amongst health professionals, service providers and the public.
It has members throughout the UK, supported by an administrative office in Dorchester. ACAT is a member of HIP College of UKCP and a member of the International Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ICATA). CAT was developed originally by Tony Ryle in order to provide an effective, but accessible, therapy based on ideas from object relations and from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, taking into account the social reality of the lives of vulnerable people. It is a time limited therapy usually of 16 sessions, while 8 sessions can be effective in those with milder problems and 24 sessions may be more appropriate for those with complex difficulties. The early sessions are aimed at a new understanding of the repetitive, problem patterns the client experiences in their relationships, and how these patterns link with difficulties in relationships growing up. This narrative is then presented in a letter from therapist to client, and in a visual diagram or map of the patterns. The rest of the sessions are used to notice the patterns both in the client’s life outside, and in the therapeutic relationship, and to start to develop new, healthier ways of relating to self and others.
Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP) is the professional body for all UKCP accredited Core Process Psychotherapists and Mindfulness-based Psychotherapists.
Membership is also open to trainees of the Karuna Institute (and Karuna Bristol) as well as practitioners who have an interest in mindfulness, meditation and/or mindfulness-based psychotherapy.
The training was established in 1982 and is one of the original mindfulness-based psychotherapy training programs. The approach is underpinned by Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice, along with Western psychotherapeutic techniques.
The professional organisation, the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP), was established in 2001 and became an independent member organisation of HIPC in 2017. It is formed around the fundamental principles of self-responsibility and warm respectfulness of others. There is a deep trust in the healing that arises from the experience of mindful open-heartedness in relationship, which the Association seeks to embody and promote through its structure and activities.
Primarily, ACPP exists to support and promote the practice and guiding principles of Core Process and Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy. The intention is to foster a creative and open engagement with all practitioners, offer relevant and appropriate CPD, ensure adherence to industry-wide requirements and also to ensure ethical best practice by having a robust process for reaccreditation. The organisation also has a web-based forum for members to communicate and its own website https://www.acpponline.net/
BCPC is a long standing training provider in the South West. It is an educational charity with a constitutional structure whereby the graduates own the organisation, and interact professionally throughout the institution. The Professional Award in psychotherapy is accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the leading body for education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counselling in the UK. There are currently over 500 students and graduates. In 2015 BCPC successfully purchased and renovated a building in the centre of Bath, opposite the Bath Mineral Hospital, where it now provides client services, student training and graduate conferences and events.
We were founded in the early 1980s and were among the first organisations in the UK to offer humanistically oriented professional training programmes.
Metanoia Institute is a well-established educational charity, specialising in the professional training programmes for counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and supervisors,
We run full Psychotherapy Clinical Diplomas with an MSc option, in Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person Centred, and Transactional Analysis approaches, and full Counselling Clinical Diplomas with an optional BSc in Humanistic and Person Centred approaches. All our training courses combine a relational methodology, with a sound and coherent theoretical basis that can be flexible and responsive to client needs.
As well as the programmes mentioned above, we have a full CPD programme and post qualification courses, such as supervision, practitioner certificates and doctoral programmes. You can visit our website at http://www.metanoia.ac.uk
UKATA is the largest association and professional body for people interested in and practising Transactional Analysis (TA) within the UK.
Our Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Organisational Consultants and Educators are trained and practice using TA as their modality of choice, and are registered by us.
As a professional body we monitor standards of competence and ethical practise for both trainee and qualified Transactional Analysts as well as offering a range of services for members.
We have a fantastic community of people, ranging from beginners and trainees to highly qualified practitioners supporting the growth of knowledge and TA theory, as well as individual personal development.
For further information about UKATA and forthcoming events and training courses as well as contact with any of our counsellors and psychotherapists please visit: