BABCP accreditation is the CBT gold standard, a vital marker identifying good quality CBT therapists.
Why insist your CBT therapist has BABCP accreditation?
The BABCP is the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapists, the lead organisation for the theory, practice and development of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. It signals the gold standard of expertise of a CBT therapist and the quality of the therapy.
Any counsellor, psychotherapist or CBT therapist can be a BABCP member. But achieving accreditation with the BABCP demonstrates that the CBT therapist has met the stringent criteria around qualifications and clinical experience.
The UK regulation of CBT therapists
Finding your qualified, expert CBT therapist in the UK requires some thought because counselling and psychotherapy are unregulated professions.
This means anyone can identify themselves and advertise services as a CBT therapist, not even requiring a one day CBT workshop or ongoing supervision.
BABCP accreditation is the highest gold standard that a CBT therapist can achieve. So, as you’d expect, all therapists across our network, in London and the UK, are BABCP-accredited.
Some of our therapists hold positions with Onebright and senior posts in the NHS or academic institutions where they manage or coordinate specialist CBT therapy services.
What is BABCP accreditation?
As an experienced, accredited CBT psychotherapist, your therapist will have undergone core training as a qualified and registered healthcare professional. So, they are legally regulated professionals. Additionally, with BABCP accreditation, a CBT therapist would have undertaken advanced CBT psychotherapy training at postgraduate level, so they have a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) or MSc in CBT.