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The Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (NLPtCA) was founded just over twenty years ago.  Initially it had been the Psychotherapy and Counselling Section (PCS) within the old member organisation, the Association of NLP (a previous incarnation of the current body).  It is the home of NLP as a standalone therapeutic practice.

Led by James Lawley, an independent organisation was formed in 2001 and sought direct affiliation to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), as a Member Organisation.  This endows NLPtCA with the authority to set the requirements for full accreditation as a psychotherapist within the modality of Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt), accoring to UKCP guidelines.  It also allows for NLPtCA’s representation on the range of UKCP committees and panels.  A candidate who has meet the requirements applies for accreditation, presents the required evidence and the Accreditation Panel accredits accordingly.

NLPtCA is a not-for-profit organisation, run by a hard working voluntary Board with Board Members elected/reelected annually, and serves to promote NLPt practice, support and market its members, and support developing therapists.  Whilst it has no jurisdiction over the delivery of training, it seeks to affiliate with those providers who support its aims and practices.


UKCP is a remarkable professional body which brought together multiple disparate therapeutic modalities under a common administration for national registration and serves to represent these modalities at national and international level with government and other professional associations.

Given its diversity, UKCP is divided into certain key colleges, and NLPtCA naturally resides within the Constructivist College, alongside fellow

Once a psychotherapist attains registration with UKCP, he or she can be listed on the national register and be eligible for consideration for work within the National Health Service and other government agencies like the police, prison service and social services.