At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Women
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


The UKAHPP is a not for profit professional organisation established in 1980 and incorporated as a private limited company in 2000 - Company No. 4041226.

The UKAHPP does not have salaried employees. The only officer in receipt of payment is the association's Administrator who is paid on contractual freelance basis. The UKAHPP is an organisation run by members, its executive function being discharged by an elected Board of Directors, who are responsible for the association's governance, strategic direction and oversight of the association's function.  

The purpose of the UKAHPP is to maintain and administer accreditation and registration procedures and standards for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners, primarily in the field of  Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellors. Humanistic is one of three main psychology paradigms in the UK - the other two being psychoanalytic and C.B.T. As it is becoming increasingly more difficult to access long term therapy in the NHS, demand is increasing in the voluntary and private sectors. The need for robust professional standards  focussed on public protection is essential.   

The association upholds its commitment to public protection through the publication of Ethical Principles and Codes Practice administration through a complaints procedure.

Members help service users by providing a range of talking therapies for a range of mental health issues. Member employment includes the NHS, charities, education, business and self-employment.    

The UKAHPP is a founder member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Its application under the Professional Standards Authority's Accredited Register programme is at the final stage of approval. 



Its objectives are discharged by the following function:

  • Membership Secretary's Office; Accreditation Committee; Registrar's Office; and Ethics Committee.
  • A secondary function of the organisation is to provide Continued Professional Development facilities. 


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