What is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)?

The BACP is the largest professional body representing counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK with over 41,000 members. All members abide by its Code of Ethics. 

BACP definition of counselling

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) definition of counselling is:

"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing."

It goes on to say Why people choose to have therapy:

"Usually individuals choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. Sometimes people can be isolated but at other times, even where an individual has the most supportive family and friends, they can find it difficult if not impossible to explain why, for example' they may be feeling anxious or depressed. Or it may be easier to talk about personal, family, or relationship issues with a person who is independent of friends and family. Other life events which can be very difficult to deal with include bereavement, redundancy, health issues, bullying and so on. However, you do not need to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to have therapy. You may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking balance in your life and spirituality. All of these reasons and more will bring individuals to therapy." (www.bacp.co.uk)

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