Recommended blog: Are we really improving access to psychological therapies? The Changing Political Environment of Counselling and Psychotherapy

by Julia Evans on January 23, 2013

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About this blog: The changing political environment of counselling and psychotherapy

Quote:  This blog is an invitation to share your experience of the changing political landscape of the psychological therapies in the UK. If you work as a counsellor or therapist in the public, voluntary or private sectors; if you are or have been a client; if you are a provider of psychological services; if you have an interest in the political changes happening in the provision and nature of psychological therapies and support – share your experience and points of view with others here.


▪       do you work as a counsellor/psychotherapist in the NHS? How has your work been affected by recent changes?

▪       what is your experience – positive and/or negative – of IAPT? IAPT plus?

▪       do you have experience of or a view on the NHS  Any Qualified Provider scheme for Primary Care Psychological Therapies?

▪       have your services or funding been cut?

▪       as a client or service user, what has been your experience of being able to get the psychological support you want?

▪       are you involved in providing or wanting to provide low-fee/no-fee counselling?

▪       are you involved as a practitioner in supporting community work, social enterprise, peer-to-peer organisation?

AWRIAPT is hosted by the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a loose gathering of practitioners with a range of backgrounds who share a commitment to diversity, responsibility, autonomy and innovation in the psychological therapies. We  originally came together to campaign against the reductive and authoritarian regulation of the profession through the Health and Care Professions Council.

We continue to campaign for protecting and expanding counselling and psychotherapy in the NHS and voluntary sector, and to resist the imposition of inappropriate models of the practice and evaluation of psychological therapies – for example, the narrow definitions of evidence-based practice prioritised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies  (IAPT) programme.

We are also interested in helping develop new ways of thinking about and working for the psychological dimension of social change, including ways of improving people’s access to their own and each other’s psychological resources, as well as to therapy, counselling and psychological support generally.

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