Professional bodies such as BACP,
UKCP and HPC ask their therapists (in addition to their membership
criteria) to provide evidence of their competency to practise before
they can be accredited and to provide evidence of continuing professional
development activities (see below) whilst they are accredited members.
is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk
is the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awards Body
(Continuing Professional Development) is a requirement which professional
bodies such as BACP and UKCP make of their accredited therapists.
Each therapist is asked to undertake a minimum number of hours of
CPD activities each year and to send a record of these to their
professional body in order to continue with their accreditation.
is the Health Profession Council which regulates the profession
of Arts Therapists in UK and its protected titles of 'art psychotherapist',
'art therapist', 'dramatherapist' & 'music therapist' www.hpc-uk.org
is the International Society for Mental Health Online. Many of our
ACTO members belong to this www.ismho.org
Professional bodies such as BACP, accept as members, therapists
who have completed some relevant training, are in regular supervision
and who have professional indemnity insurance cover.
Person Centred, Integrative, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) are different ways
in which therapists may work and offer different approaches to your
problem. Some will help you understand why your problem arose, e.g.
by looking at your childhood to see whether things that happened
to you then may be affecting the way you behave today, others may
concentrate on re-framing the way you think about your problem and
yourself. Your therapist will explain the way he or she works if
you ask them.
therapies is an umbrella term which includes counselling, psychotherapy,
arts therapy and psychology. Throughout this website we refer to
a practitioner of any one of these therapies simply as a therapist.
takes place when a counsellor discusses his or her client work (making
sure that client anonymity is protected) with another experienced
counsellor who has undertaken additional training for this work.
The same rules of confidentiality apply to supervision of counsellors.
All ACTO therapists are expected to receive regular supervision
for their online work.
is the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy www.psychotherapy.org.uk