British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Updated Tuesday, 3rd May 2022
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About BACP

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. We exist for one simple reason  counselling changes lives. If you would like further information about us and what we do, please visit

The Open University and the BACP have teamed up and have a course on OpenLearn create, as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The aim of the course is to offer a primer on working online as a counsellor or psychotherapist at a time when face-to-face therapy is neither possible nor safe. Course completion will boost your knowledge and confidence, and will support counsellors and psychotherapists to offer technology-based counselling safely and effectively. Find out more here.

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