We have more than 40 years’ experience in supporting counsellors and psychotherapists, understanding your needs and equipping you to work in a fast-changing world.

BACP membership gives you access to up to date, expert guidance and practical support to help you develop your skills and your practice.

We also work on your behalf to develop and uphold professional and ethical standards and to champion the profession with the public, employers, commissioners and policymakers. We work to raise the credibility of, and confidence in, counselling, ensuring you are recognised for your competence and skills.

Included in your membership subscription

Learning and CPD

Latest professional news and thinking

Our award-winning member magazine Therapy Today is published 10 times a year, bringing you the latest professional news and thinking written by practitioners for practitioners. You can also search the online archive for articles from the last 10 years.

Our international Counselling and Pyschotherapy Research journal (CPR) can inform your practice with high-quality, ethical research. And you can subscribe for free access to the online versions of all seven of our specialist divisional journals.

Networking and events

Network with other members, both online and in person, to share best practice and exchange different professional insights at our free and discounted conferences and CPD events.

And coming soon, you can join our new member-only communities of practice platform where you can connect, collaborate and share your counselling experiences.

Career development

Our competency frameworks will help to you ensure you have the skills and knowledge needed to work in particular settings, or with particular clients.

And, you can use our member-only jobs board to look for new roles and placements to develop your career.

Optional additional subscriptions

For a small additional fee, you can join one of our seven specialist divisions for information and support in specific fields of counselling.

Subscribe to our CPD hub for over 300 hours of online resources and presentations from experts in the field to develop your competence and knowledge.

Registered and accredited members can also subscribe to our directory and advertise your services as a therapist, supervisor and trainer.

Member discounts and services

Working on your behalf

BACP membership demonstrates your commitment to ethical and professional practice, and we work to ensure this is understood and valued by clients, employers and the public.

Our Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists shows that you've met high standards of practice, have robust ethics and are committed to ongoing professional development.

Our Professional Conduct procedure helps give the public confidence in BACP members and protects the reputation of the profession. 

We know that counselling changes lives, and we work hard to promote the profession and create opportunities for our members.

We're developing the research base that demonstrates the effectiveness of counselling, enabling us to make persuasive arguments to policy makers and commissioners for choice, availability and accessibility of psychological therapies.

And we’re working with politicians and decision makers across the four nations to make the case for increased investment in counselling and psychotherapy.