Your proposer must be someone who can comment on your current work as a counsellor or psychotherapist. They do not have to be a therapist themselves but should have knowledge of the profession or be qualified or working in a related profession.

Your proposer should be:

  • a responsible person
  • someone who maintains a professional standard of integrity
  • someone who is of good standing within their profession



Karen Lloyd: So when you submit your application form, we ask you to submit two copies of your application form and we also ask you to provide us with a proposal statement. Now unlike the supervisor's report which you get to read, and you send that into us with your application, you don't actually see the proposal statement. This is an independent person who knows you well enough and knows the counselling psychotherapy profession well enough to be able to comment on your suitability for accreditation by the professional body.

So it can't be your current supervisor, however if you have two supervisors in two different settings and only one of them is writing a report for you for the accreditation purposes, the other supervisor could be your proposer. If you work in an agency and you have a line manager who doesn't do any supervision for you, they could be your proposer. It could also be a trusted peer professional that has known you for a number of years or be an ex college lecturer or someone like that. It has to be somebody who has some knowledge of the counselling and psychotherapy profession.


I have more than one supervisor – can I ask a second supervisor to be my proposer if they haven’t already written my supervision report?

If you are working in a two-step like the IAPT service, yes that would be fine.

Would I be able to ask for a proposer statement from one of the GP’s in the surgery in which I work?

Yes if the GPs in that surgery know you well and you have worked there for some time. They are a professional person and could quite easily be your proposer. It's not necessary for the proposer to be a counsellor or psychotherapist themselves.