Some of the occupations for which UKAHPP provides accreditation are
described briefly below. Additionally, please see the detailed accreditation criteria before
considering applying for accreditation (Full membership).
Someone trained in art therapy, in which creative self-expression is facilitated
by the therapist enabling the client to express him/herself non-verbally
using art materials. This is then likely to be explored verbally with
the therapist helping the client to find meanings and associations for
the art experience. Depending on the therapist's training, the work may
be deepened by using other media or emerging themes or through enactment
using gestalt or psychodrama techniques or through existential analysis
looking at meanings, choices etc in the context of the client's existence.
Biodynamic Massage Therapist
Someone trained in the Gerda Boyesen method of therapy, which involves
gentle massage to help bring out deep feelings and release tension and
Someone trained in bioenergetics, an approach developed by Alexander Lowen
which lays the main emphasis on working directly with the body using massage
and physical stress positions to bring out deep feelings and release tension
and energy blocks.
A psychotherapist who by working directly or indirectly with the body
acknowledges its significance as the embodiment of a greater whole that
includes the client's mental, emotional, spiritual, sexual and societal
Someone trained in one or more of the schools of body therapy, such as
bioenergetics, polarity therapy, postural integration, rebirthing etc,
which tend to take the client into deep emotional or unconscious material
Someone who uses techniques involving the client's breathing in certain
specialised ways which can take the client into deep emotional material
which may be harder to reach by other methods.
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Someone trained to deal with immediate problems and crises which arise,
such as bereavement, a broken relationship, a difficult marriage, a specific
illness like cancer or AIDS, problems with children, alcohol/drug problems
etc. Many counsellors also deal with long-term problems. Counselling can
also be done on a couple, family or group basis. Some counsellors also
use active techniques and give specific advice.
To be accredited by UKAHPP, counsellors must meet requirements which
include training totalling at least 450 tutor-contact hours, and must
have received at least 105 hours of personal counselling or therapy,
have completed at least 3 years' supervised practice at a recommended
ratio, and to have worked after completion of training with at least
three clients for varying duration over a minimum period of two years
and to have a minimum caseload of three clients at the time of application.
(This is a summary of the criteria; for full details see Full
Dance Movement Therapist
Someone trained in Dance Movement Therapy, which uses the body's voluntary
movement to develop creativity, self-expression and a deeper self-awareness
in the client. They are often based in institutions and work with people
with severe problems, either in a group or individual setting.
Someone trained in the therapeutic use of drama, using a range of techniques
(masks, improvisation, role play, text-based work), most commonly working
with groups and often in the public sector, with varied client ranges.
Someone who is trained to organise educational experiences along humanistic
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A psychotherapist who has completed a specialist training and has experience
of working in depth with dysfunctional families who may have major problems.
Someone trained to work in gestalt therapy, an approach developed by Fritz
Perls which emphasises the existential here and now and working with the
mind, body and spirit to access deeper awareness. This approach may be
used in groups and in individual work.
Someone trained to lead groups, usually with limited duration and some
specific focus, such as for people with smoking or eating problems, assertiveness
training etc. Some group therapists also run more long-term groups using
therapeutic techniques (like psychodrama) to work with deep emotional
A psychotherapist with specialist training who can work with deep emotional
feelings in the group setting over a period of time and with highly distressed
clients (i.e. psychotherapy in a group setting) and who has an understanding
and experience of group dynamics.
OD Consultant/Organisational Consultant
Someone with training or skills to work in Organisational Development,
a humanistic way of working with organisations of many kinds which are
interested in change.
Primal Integration Therapist
Someone trained in primal integration, an approach developed by William
Swartley and others, which works with memories of early traumas.
Someone trained in Moreno's approach to dealing with role-playing conflicts
by re-creating them in +a here-and-now controlled group setting.
A psychotherapist trained for at least 2 years in both healthy and dysfunctional
sexuality, who specialises in the treatment of both organic and non-organic
sexual dysfunctions, in group or individual settings.
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Someone who is trained to work in psychosynthesis, an approach worked
out by Robert Assagioli, which emphasises the spiritual or transpersonal
element in therapeutic work and the client's development (different from
the sense of an established religion or that of spiritual healing).
Someone with a specialised, professional and broad-based training and
the ability to work in depth with clients, sometimes for two or three
sessions a week and often over an extended period of time. Psychotherapists
may use a wide range of approaches or may concentrate on one in particular.
Short-term psychotherapists usually specialise in more intense work with
clients but of limited duration.
In accordance with criteria set by the Humanistic and Integrative Section
of the U.K. Council for Psychotherapy, an UKAHPP-accredited psychotherapist
needs to have completed a broadly ranging psychotherapy training course
of at least 3 or 4 years' duration totalling 900 hours of tutor-contact,
to have experienced the sort of psychotherapy s/he is offering to the
same extent and frequency over a period normally of 4 years, to have had
regular post-training supervision of client case-work for not less than
2 years with the same experienced supervisor, and to have worked after
completion of training with at least six clients for varying duration
over a minimum period of two years and to have a minimum caseload of 6
clients at the time of application. (This is a summary of the criteria;
for full details see Full Criteria: Psychotherapist on the following pages.)
Someone trained and experienced in research methods; perhaps in some specialised
area of study.
Someone trained in therapeutic work or counselling, which emphasises the
spiritual or transpersonal element in therapy and in the client's development
(different from the sense of an established religion or spiritual healing).
UKAHPP does not offer accreditation in any membership categories of
therapy or counselling with children (for example, Child Counsellor),
at present. The caseload requirements for accreditation refer to adult
clients, and the case study must be of an adult client. However, in addition
to the adult practice which forms the basis of an application, an applicant
may also have child clients which do not form part of the UKAHPP application
Any person accredited by UKAHPP as a Full member (in any of these or other
categories of membership) is required to be involved in on-going appropriate
supervision or review of their work with others experienced in the field,
and to have professional liability and malpractice insurance. They are
also committed to working humanistically, to continuing their personal
and professional development, and to adherence to UKAHPP's ethical codes
and procedures. Members must apply to renew their accreditation every
Prospective clients are encouraged to make sure that the practitioner
and the therapy offered is appropriate to their own particular needs.