Cognitive Behavioural Therapists UK

A NEW on-line register, CBT Register UK gioves the public access to all accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practitioners in the UK.

As the leading organisations in the CBT field, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the Association for Rational and Emotive Behaviour Therapy (AREBT) have been accrediting CBT therapists since 1994.

In line with government moves to improve access to effective psychological therapies, the two organisations have now come together to form a single CBT Register UK.

It means members of the public who are looking for an accredited CBT therapist will be able to find one within just a few clicks.

More than 1,400 therapists, who are working within the NHS, private practice, or both, are accredited on the new CBT Register UK. This means they have specialist skills and knowledge, having undergone training and supervision to recognised standards.

There has been an increasing demand from the public, health professionals and health care providers for a register which lists fully qualified therapists who have achieved a high level of competence in cognitive and behavioural methods.

BABCP and AREBT say it is vital that members of the public are able to easily and quickly find an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist on-line. The new joint CBT Register UK, with easy to access information, is an essential aid for those seeking CBT for emotional problems or a range of mental health conditions.

CBT, which is supported by extensive clinical research, is recommended as an effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

“This is the first and only definitive and complete register of accredited CBT and AREBT therapists in the country,” said BABCP President, Professor John Taylor.

“Members of the public who are looking for a CBT therapist will be able to go straight to the CBT Register UK which is a specially dedicated website. It is a web-based, one-stop shop for talking therapists.”

“We believe the register will make CBT much more widely available to more people.” said AREBT Chair, Irene Tubbs

“The CBT Register UK gives the public easy access to highly trained and fully qualified therapists, ensuring quality provision.”

More information

1. Together the BABCP and AREBT now have over 7,000 members, including
psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers, occupational
therapists, and mental health nurses.

2. The Government recently announced a £173 million Improving Access to
Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme to improve access on the NHS
to effective talking therapies such as CBT for anxiety and depression
through a series of centres all over the country.