BACP Registered - Counsellor - Accredited - British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists - Northern Ireland - NI

Claire McCluskey

M.Sc. B.A. Relate Cert C.C.
Registered Counsellor BACP & UKRC
7 University Street, Belfast, BT7 1FY
belfast counselling

About the BACP

I have been a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since July 2002 and an accredited member since July 2004.

The BACP is the umbrella organisation for counselling in the UK.

Most counsellors are registered with it, and many are accredited by it, but this is not yet a legal requirement.

The profession is now working towards a voluntary agreement on minimum standards, ahead of statutory regulations that are due to be in place by 2008. At present, accreditation by the BACP is a guarantee that the counsellor has done a thorough training and has many hours of counselling experience under their belt.

A counsellor should never exploit the client financially, emotionally or sexually. They should also endorse a commitment to equal opportunities.

The BACP can provide you with a copy of its code of ethics, and any counsellor should be happy to tell you about the code they abide by and the complaints procedure of their own professional body.