Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt) involves the skilful and ethical application of a constructivist approach to working with others. We believe that each of us creates our individual picture of the world from our own experiences. What we do, what we believe, what we feel is largely dictated by the picture or model we have created. We constantly modify our models in the light of experience. 

Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapists use tools and techniques from Neuro-Linguistic Programming and other therapeutic approaches to help others change their experience by making sense of the world in different ways.

Visit our register of members section to locate a Psychotherapist near you. Browse by name, or location.

Choosing a Therapist lists the questions you may want to ask ANY psychotherapist plus other useful points to consider before entering therapy.

NLPtCA is an Accrediting Member Organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

  • UKCP membership is the hallmark for high standards of training, professional and ethical practice in psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling.
  • NLPtCA offers an accreditation process leading to registration as a Psychotherapist (working with adults) with UKCP.

Yes, Associate Membership of NLPtCA is open to those using NLP therapeutically under supervision, including coaches, counsellors, therapists, etc. Requirements include:

  • Certification as a Practitioner of NLP and other NLP education that leads to a minimum total of 120 hours contact time with a certified NLP Trainer or equivalent. (At least 60 hours must be in person (in the same room), the remainder can be online. Pre-recorded training is not acceptable.)
  • Receive at least 12 hours Supervision per annum with an accredited NLPtCA Supervisor or recognised equivalent (e.g. BPS, BACP), and agreement to work within scope of practice agreed with supervisor.
  • Adhere to NLPtCA Code of Ethics.
  • Have professional indemnity insurance.

Download the application form from the Joining NLPtCA page.

Registration with UKCP is only available with the support of one of its organisational members. 

  • Student Membership of UKCP is not available through NLPtCA as the association is NOT a training organisation with UKCP.
  • Trainee Membership of UKCP is available through NLPtCA for NLPtCA Members in Training who are enrolled in formal psychotherapy training (requires an annual confirmation of training letter from your psychotherapy training school).
  • Clinical Membership of UKCP is available to Accredited Members of NLPtCA who have demonstrated their qualifications and experience meet or exceed UK training standards.

Training as a Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist involves a combination of formal training, clinical practice, supervision and personal development over a period of not less than 4 years. There is no set route for training – NLPtCA welcomes applications for accreditation from applicants who can show they have met the requirements, including:

  • Have a first degree or equivalent
  • Certified NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner (240 hours)
  • Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy Theory and Clinical Practice (80 hours)
  • A Critical Understanding of Psychotherapy Studies (80 hours)
    • Human Development
    • Psychopathology including Psychopharmacology
    • Sexuality and Gender
    • Ethics
    • Research Methods
    • Social Science
  • Knowledge of Other Psychotherapeutic Approaches (40 hours)
  • Other NLPt and related subjects (60 hours)
  • A minimum of 450 supervised face-to-face client contact hours using NLPt
  • Completed 250 hours developing self reflexivity – including a minimum 25 hours of personal therapy

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Yes, NLPtCA offers several classes of membership:

  • Associate Member of NLPtCA is open to those who are certified Practitioners of NLP or Master Practitioners of NLP. In addition, Associate Members may also have completed training in hypnotherapy, counselling and other therapeutic approaches and be working towards meeting the requirements for Accreditation with NLPtCA.
  • NLPtCA Member in Training is open to those enrolled in formal psychotherapy training and aiming to become an Accredited NLPtCA Psychotherapist & Registered with UKCP.
  • Member of NLPtCA is open to those who have completed formal training as an NLPt psychotherapist (500+ training hours in Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy). Members may be gaining clinical practice and supervision experience prior to applying for Accreditation with NLPtCA.

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Yes, recognition from BUPA requires being registered with an appropriate professional body such as UKCP and 3 years post qualification experience – see more details here. Clinical Membership of UKCP is available to Accredited Members of NLPtCA.

Accredited Membership of NLPtCA and registration with UKCP is open to those who have a minimum total of 500 contact hours of training in Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy at postgraduate level over a period of not less than four years and not more than 10 years.

Applicants must have completed all the necessary education and training (500 contact hours), clinical practice (450 client hours) and 250 hours of supervision and self-development.

The NLPtCA accreditation route as a Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist is very thorough, requiring evidence of membership of NLPtCA of at least 12 months prior to an application for accreditation. Accreditation applications are considered once per year in the spring.

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