Who we are
We are the leading professional association and a Professional Standards Authority Voluntary Accredited Register for the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy profession in the UK.
We enjoy a reputation for high clinical and professional standards within the counselling and psychotherapy profession and, unlike the other similar organisations, we are purely psychoanalytic in our focus.
Our Member Institutions (MIs) are training institutions and professional associations that include some of the most distinguished bodies in the field with international reputations for the rigour of their intellectual thinking and training.
We accredit the trainings of our Member Institutions, ensuring that they meet our exacting standards. Individuals who qualify from our accredited trainings are eligible to become Registrants of the BPC and appear on our public Register. Registrants must comply with our code of ethics and Continuing Professional Development requirements. We are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
We also ‘kite mark’ several trainings that are psychoanalytic in their formulation but do not, on their own, enable practitioners to appear on our Register. Practitioners completing these trainings can appear on our public rosters. We currently kite mark Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) and Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).
As well as our regulatory role, we advance the knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed therapies in a range of critical policymaking and opinion-forming arenas in the UK.
We also lead debate about the role of psychoanalytic theory and thinking outside of the consulting room. We engage with academia through our Scholars membership category and through events such as our annual ‘Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now’ conference, and our termly magazine ‘New Associations’ that is widely regarded as one of the smartest, liveliest publications in the psychotherapy world.