January 2021

The following is intended as a helpful guide and reflects the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication. Each training organisation & regulatory body has its own selection criteria and these are subject to annual changes. We advise you to confirm that the information you have is the current, up to date information, directly with courses and professional organisations..

In order to become an accredited psychosexual therapist you are required to undertake a course of study which satisfies the requirements of one or more professional bodies responsible for that accreditation.

Successful completion of all elements of the LDPRT allows you to practice as a psychosexual and relationship therapist, though additional experience in supervised practice will be required before you can seek your professional accreditation. For those without prior learning, more specialist or more advanced work requires additional study, typically of one year, in order to meet the more exacting accreditation requirements. We advise that you consult all accrediting bodies websites to look at what is required for registration and accreditation.

The LDPRT satisfies the curricular requirements of COSRT (as well as Middlesex, NCP, NCS) LDPRT endorses the NAOS Advanced Diploma in Couples Course which offers a one year additional training programme to those who wish to apply for registration and accreditation by other bodies such as UKCP, PSB and BACP who do not already have sufficient prior learning.

Graphic showing routes to qualification as a psychosexual and relationship therapist

Links are given at right/below (depending on your browser) for the organisations and courses referenced.

The above chart is an illustration of the steps towards becoming a COSRT accredited Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist via the LDPRT.

Application for COSRT accreditation: please discuss with your clinical supervisor and seek guidance from the COSRT web site.
It should be noted that post diploma requirements are likely to increase, due to changing requirements of the external body.

It is also possible to register with UKCP as a Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapist or Couples Counsellor/Psychotherapist. This means that upon successful completion of the LDPRT and the Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy with NAOS, and having fulfilled the written and clinical hours, according to COSRT guidelines, this may be one of several routes to UKCP registration.

Some graduates will utilise the accumulated credits from LDPRT to add on a Masters dissertation from either Middlesex University or other universities, using a CAT/APEL scheme.

UKCP registration must be applied for via one of the UKCP colleges or member organisations within UKCP such as the CSRP which represents COSRT. There are also some direct registrants routes available.

Once you are working as a member of any of these professional counselling, psychotherapy or PRT bodies, you will be expected to undertake continuing professional development and supervision at the required ratio.