Therapist qualifications

Is Your Therapist As Qualified As They Say They Are?

by Dr Emma Gray - 3rd July, 2012

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the government as the treatment of choice for a range of mental health problems including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder).  In many cases the evidence has proven it to be more effective in alleviating symptoms and with longer lasting results than medication, the traditional way of treating mental health problems and the one often advocated by busy GPs with limited funding and resources.

However, despite recent initiatives by the government to improve the public’s access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) the majority of those who could benefit from it are left sitting on lengthy NHS waiting lists or at the mercy of undertrained therapists in the private sector.  The British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP) is the professional body responsible for regulating the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and accreditation with them represents the gold standard in training, experience and skill. Anybody can pay to be a member of The British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies but only the most skilled practitioner are awarded accredited status. Currently there are less than 3,000 accredited members of The British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies in the UK meaning that the majority of therapists offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), especially in the private sector which remains largely unregulated, are not actually qualified to offer this treatment and in doing so are putting their patients at risk of more severe and enduring problems.

At The British CBT & Counselling Service all Psychologists have extensive training in and experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and are either accredited with The British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies or are supervised and receive ongoing training by a senior Psychologist who is. This means that at The British CBT & Counselling Service you are guaranteed the best treatments by the most qualified professionals. This is borne out by the data collected from our ongoing evaluation of our treatments and feedback from our patients (for more information see our Testimonials page).


If you are suffering with any of the issues discussed in this article and would like to seek professional help then you may find our page about Mental Health problems useful.

Dr Emma Gray

Dr Emma Gray

I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleagues once described me as a natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.

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