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Psychologists are concerned with practical problems such as helping people to overcome depression, trauma or phobias, easing the effects of parental divorce on children, helping to stop bullying or making sure people are happy at work.

Counselling psychologists and clinical psychologists help people with emotional or mental health problems, such as depression or schizophrenia. If you are worried about a child who has problems with academic work or behaviour in school, an educational psychologist may help the situation.

Counselling and psychotherapy are talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.Check the directories and web sites listed here to find out about the different levels of membership for each professional body, and what this means.

We have only selected professional bodies with rigorous entry requirements and a complaints procedure. Members must adhere to standards and codes of practice.

Selected professional bodies:

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is a professional body that sets standards for talking therapies and provides information for therapists, clients and the public. Information about counselling and psychotherapy can be found on our website.

British Psychological Society