Become an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist

Are you a qualified therapist, in training, or working towards accreditation? If so, you’ll find that the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme will open up new opportunities for you.

If you’re a trainee (requiring a placement) or newly qualified therapist, the Anxiety UK therapy placement enables you to gain the skills needed to become independent, whilst still under the umbrella of a national charity. Given that this is the time of year when students start looking for placements, please be aware that we are recruiting students, particularly CBT therapists. If you have any questions, please email our Services Coordinator at

If you’re new to private practice, our scheme will enable you to gain valuable experience of working with clients presenting with a wide range of anxiety disorders from agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder through to specific phobias, OCD and health anxiety.

If you’re a qualified therapist, the scheme also gives you the opportunity to become an expert in a particular field – for instance, the provision of therapy for clients from a specific BME community, from the LGBTQ community or from other specialist groups.

Anxiety UK holds the prestigious APPTS accreditation, a programme that works with psychological therapies services in the UK to ensure and improve their quality. APPTS is a joint venture between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and The British Psychological Society.

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”

Criteria for becoming an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist

To become one of our Anxiety UK Approved Therapists, you must meet the following criteria:

Cognitive behavioural therapists (CBT)

You must hold a qualification from a course that has been accredited or is being accredited by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and/or individual accreditation with the BABCP. If you have a CBT qualification (Diploma or above) from a non-BABCP accredited course, you must be working towards BABCP accreditation within 12 months of being accepted as an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist. Alternatively, you must be working towards NCS Accredited Professional Registrant accreditation (MNCS Prof Accred) within 12 months of becoming an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist.

Clinical hypnotherapists

You must hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and be registered with one of the following professional bodies: The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the General Hypnotherapy Register, National Council for Hypnotherapy, UK Council for Psychotherapy or The Hypnotherapy Society.

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Applicants or Anxiety UK Approved Therapists who have completed: Anxiety UK’s CPD 3 day Introduction to CFT training course or An equivalent CPD 3 day introduction course equivalent to the AUK course delivered by a provider recognised by the Compassionate Mind Foundation or An Advanced Clinical Skills training course in CFT from a provider recognised by the Compassionate Mind Foundation or Hold either a PG Cert or PG Diploma in CFT from a provider recognised by the Compassionate Mind Foundation


You must hold a Diploma in Counselling from a course that has been accredited or is being accredited by either the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the National Counselling Society (NCS) and/or individual registration/accreditation with the BACP or NCS. If you hold a Counselling diploma from a non-BACP, NCS or BPS accredited course, you must be working towards BACP, NCS or BPS accreditation within 12 months of being accepted as an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist.

Clinical psychologists

You must hold a BPS-approved Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and be registered with the HCPC, with experience of delivering CBT-based therapy. Membership and /or individual accreditation with the BABCP is welcomed.

We also require the following from all Anxiety UK
Approved Therapists:

  • Copies of Diploma level qualifications as a minimum (or be studying towards one)
  • Proof of professional indemnity insurance annually
  • Proof of professional body membership annually
  • A commitment to a minimum of ten hours of continuing professional development (CPD) per year. This varies between bodies
  • A named clinical supervisor
  • A valid DBS certificate (enhanced version), which is less than three years old and renewed every three years. To download our Disclosure and Recruitment of Ex-offenders policies, please click here.

Benefits of being an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist

As an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

A unique, dedicated Anxiety UK Approved Therapist logo for each modality that you can use on your literature and online marketing materials.


Referrals to members for traditional therapy services (see below). We also provide therapeutic support for a range of partner beneficiaries, enabling you to work with a wide variety of clients/anxiety conditions.


The opportunity to offer support to non-members via our instant access and FAST therapy schemes at market rates.


Access to our Anxiety UK Approved Therapist Membership package at a reduced annual rate of £25 (usual rate £40), with all the benefits of membership - including the quarterly magazine Anxious Times; a subscription to Headspace; and much more!


Access to a range of useful Anxiety UK resources, including risk assessment flow charts, safeguarding protocols, etc.


Access to reduced rates for CPD events and other training opportunities.


Quarterly e-news bulletins, packed with helpful information, case studies and best practice examples.


A significant discount on membership of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (


How to become an AUK Approved Therapist

1. Once you’ve completed the online application form via the link above, paid the £25 processing fee (non-refundable) and submitted details of two referees, we’ll contact you to arrange a telephone interview before proceeding to the next stage.

2. Subject to a satisfactory interview outcome, we’ll ask your referees for references (this usually takes two to three weeks). During this time, you’ll be asked to undertake three short online training modules, which will be emailed to you either before or after your initial interview.

3. Once we’ve received satisfactory references, and all pre-requisite training and relevant paperwork has been completed and submitted to us (and subject to a satisfactory DBS check), we’ll add you to our database of Anxiety UK Approved Therapists. You’ll then be ready to receive referrals.

Registration with ‘governing bodies’

We currently accept applications from the following registered governing bodies:

  • British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)

  • Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

  • General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

  • British Society for Clinical Hypnotherapists (BSCH)

  • National Council for Hypnotherapists (NCH)

  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

  • The National Hypnotherapy Society (HS)

  • National Counselling Society (NCS)

  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP)

  • National Register of Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists (NRHP)

Governing bodies often have an ethical framework that they expect members to adhere to when practising their discipline. Membership enables clients to know that therapists have been checked and have met certain quality standards. It also offers therapists the opportunity to become accredited, as a further recognition of their knowledge and experience.

How does the referrals process work?

Anxiety UK provides therapeutic support through the following routes:

Member referrals:

Members of Anxiety UK can apply for our discounted rated therapy services at a cost based on their household income. We’ll conduct the necessary checks and allocate them to a therapist based on their needs and preferred location.

Tier prices are as follows:

Tier Income bracket Fee per session


Under £10,000









£50,000 and above


Student Living Independently



The client will make three payments (the first, second and last sessions for counselling or CBT) or two payments (the first and last sessions for hypnotherapy) as a donation to Anxiety UK. If you’re a qualified therapists, all other sessions are paid to you at the allocated rate.

Partnership referrals

We also provide support for a number of partnerships, which are for a set number of sessions and are all paid to the therapist at a fixed rate.

How many referrals will I get?

Our therapy services work on an on-demand basis, so we can’t guarantee the number of referrals or forecast the demand in any given area. However, we operate a very flexible system if you reach capacity or are unable to take referrals for personal reasons.

For more information

If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0161 226 7727 or email

“I enjoy working for AUK. It’s good you do the checks you do to make sure I am competent. This is very important, to ensure that clients get a good service, I also think the FAST service is a good idea too.”

“Anxiety UK is a charity that has continually provided unequivocal support for both clients and therapist suffering from anxiety. As a professional therapist working for Anxiety UK, I can say that I have benefited myself from having brilliant use of technological assets to assist me with my work, approachable staff, frequent and meaningful communication that, in my mind, places the charity as one of the best around.”

Traditional acupuncture

We also offer traditional acupincture as an alternative to talking therapy. If you are an acupuncturist wanting to support our work you can apply here

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