Regulation of counsellors: the changes

Voluntary Registration of Counselling and Psychotherapy

The new Accredited Voluntary Registration (AVR) scheme for health care professions was launched by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) at the end of 2012. This scheme includes counselling and psychotherapy and replaces all former plans for statutory regulation by the Health Professions Council (HPC). See our FAQs for answers to questions relating to the new AVR scheme.