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Choosing a Counsellor Or Psychotherapist

Professionals such as doctors and dentists are expected to provide patients with a quality service and we generally have some idea of what to expect when we seek their help. People receiving counselling or psychotherapy are entitled to just as good a standard of care. However, many intending clients do not know how to find a professional therapist and what to look for.

Professional Memberships

At the moment there are no laws about who can say they are a counsellor or psychotherapist so it is important to check that this person is a member of a professional body such as:

  • The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The above professional bodies require therapists to meet rigorous training standards before they approve them.

All Lewis Psychology practitioners have been awarded professional recognition with their respective professional bodies such as the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health Professions Council (HPC), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This means that your selection of a counsellor or psychotherapist can be based on an informed choice rather than speculation.

What Is The Difference Between BACP Membership And BACP Accreditation?

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) currently have five membership tiers:

  1. Student Member: A student member is likely to be at the start of their counselling and psychotherapy career and also new to BACP. Student membership is available for individuals who are undertaking classroom tuition on a counselling/psychotherapy course that is a minimum of one year full time or two years part time with a supervised placement.
  2. Associate Member: Associate membership is for members who have qualifications that do not meet the specific criteria of the Member MBACP category (category 3 below).
  3. Member: A member will have successfully completed and graduated from a minimum of a one year full time or two year part time counselling/psychotherapy qualification that included a supervised placement. Members are eligible to use of the designatory letters MBACP after their name.
  4. Accredited Member: BACP Accreditation means that your therapist has met strict guidelines regarding their training, clinical hours and regularly meets with a supervisor to discuss their case load. BACP accredited therapists must undergo a minimum number of hours of continued professional development each year and complete several written pieces of work for assessment by the accreditation panel at the BACP. To identify a BACP accredited therapist you must look for the letters MBACP (Accred.) after the therapist's name. Accreditation ensures a high standard of both training and several years clinical experience.
  5. Senior Accredited Member: BACP Senior Accreditation means that your therapist is an experienced, mature and accomplished practitioner in their specialism and that they have continued to reflect and develop since their initial accreditation as a counsellor/psychotherapist. To identify a BACP senior accredited therapist you must look for the letters MBACP (Snr Accred.) after the therapist's name. 

The Advantages Of Choosing A BACP Accredited Therapy Service

An advantage ofchoosing a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Service, such as Lewis Psychology, is that we uphold strict guidelines regarding:

  • Operation (policy, aims and objectives, publicity, staffing, equal opportunities, evaluation and feedback)
  • Management and administration (service structure, community liaison, health and safety, administration and management)
  • Delivery of service (premises, professional conduct)

All organisations are not the same. Lewis Psychology is an award winning practice and the only counselling and psychotherapy service in Wolverhampton to gain service accreditation status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). BACP Service Accreditation demands the highest standards of practice in the counselling and psychotherapy profession and is considered by many to be the highest honour in the field.

You can also be assured that Lewis Psychology therapists are employed by the practice and do not rent rooms. Therefore all staff have had been through a strict application and interview procedure and professional standards are monitored by our Clinical Director.

Qualifications

You will want to ensure that the counsellor or psychotherapist is qualified and has the right qualifications. The best way to do this is to choose a a therapist who is registered with one of the UK leading professional bodies such as the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health Professions Council (HPC), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Practice Location

We are located at Deansgate, 62-70 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4TZ. Deansgate has been refurbished to an exceptionally high specification, it is a landmark property that dates back to the early 18th Century and has retained its period features throughout. We are situated on the ground floor and there is full disabled access at the rear of the building. There is a free onsite car park at the front and rear of the building for up to 82 cars.  

We are based in a prominent location on the A41 Tettenhall Road within the established office quarter of Wolverhampton.  We are approximately 1 mile north west of Wolverhampton city centre, Junction 10 of the M6 motorway is approximately 6.4 miles east and Junction 2 of the M54 motorway 4.5 miles north.

 

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