May 2022

Trainees on the London Diploma access the training from a variety of backgrounds (a minimum would be 120 hrs of foundational counselling training, such as the London Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, or equivalent, or to already possess a qualification in counselling, psychotherapy or to have qualified and have experience from a related field e.g. social work).

Following successful completion of the LDPRT course, you may apply for registration with COSRT, a specialist accrediting body for psychosexual and relationship therapy), others may lean into more generalist accreditation in counselling or psychotherapy (such as with BACP, NCS, NCP) albeit perhaps wanting to focus in their work on sex and relationships as one focus of several. LDPRT provides a substantive contribution towards either pathway. To gain access to the Accredited Register (Professional Standards Authority), via one of the more general counselling accrediting bodies, our graduates normally complete a three year pathway (London Diploma plus the NAOS Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy into accreditation with the National Counselling Society (NCS). NCS accredits the London Diploma training; an alternative might be to complete the foundation year plus the London Diploma and to accredit with the National Council for Psychotherapy NCP.

Successful completion of the two year LDPRT, taken together with the one-year Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy ( is in total fulfilment of the requirements for NCS accreditation and for the Accredited Register of the Professional Standards Board (PSA)

How long does it take to become a registered member of COSRT?
Please consult the web links below:

Graphic showing routes to qualification as a psychosexual and relationship therapist

Links to Key Organisations

London Foundation Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy
The London Foundation Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a training course specifically designed to provide an introduction to counselling & psychotherapy skills and theories. This course is supported by the LDPRT and also endorsed by NAOS.

The London Diploma for Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (LDPRT)
You are currently on the LDPRT website. The LDPRT is one of the largest approved training providers in Psychosexual, Couples and Relationship Psychotherapy in the UK. It upholds an integrative and non-pathologising approach to the work -

A highly regarded psychotherapy and coaching training organisation providing a wide range of courses for both individuals and organisations. LDPRT graduates will find the NAOS Advanced Couples Diploma of specific value and interest -

The three organisations above have some faculty members in common and a common approach of integrative humanistic psychotherapy. They have come together to provide a 3-step training pathway (see flowchart), bringing together psychosexual and relationship therapy and psychotherapy. This may lead to individual accreditation with both PRT and Psychotherapy bodies.

UKCP: United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Professional regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.
See the UKCP website for information on UKCP registration which usually requires a Masters degree or the completion of four years of study which includes research and a dissertation or extended case study, of 8,000 – 12,000 words -

COSRT: College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
National professional body, regulating psychosexual and relationship therapists -

CSRP: The College for Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy
A college within the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) -

BACP: British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Professional regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists -

The following is intended as a helpful guide and reflects the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication. Each training organisation and regulatory body has its own criteria for selection. This is intended as a helpful guide. However, we advise you to check the websites of courses and professional organisations, as you should be mindful that lead bodies regularly adjust and change their requirements. The profession continually strives to adjust and manage its regulations in order to offer clients the best service.