Friday, 7 May 2010

UK psychotherapists attempting to avoid state regulation

Thousands of psychotherapists are considering adopting new job titles to avoid government regulation of their profession.

Some will drop the title of psychotherapist or counsellor and describe themselves instead as "Jungian analyst", "psychoanalyst", "body therapist" or "humanistic therapist" instead.

Some 3,000 psychotherapists have signed a petition objecting to regulation by the government's Health Professions Council (HPC), which already regulates and disciplines other groups with registered titles, such as psychologists and arts therapists.

The mass defiance has split the profession and deeply troubles some members. It also angers and disturbs those who have suffered abuse at the hands of psychotherapists and their supporters...