Becoming an NLPt Psychotherapist

There’s a need for good psychotherapists right now. To start training as a NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapist you must be certified as an NLP Master Practitioner with 120 hours face to face NLP training (includes both Practitioner and Master Practitioner certification) delivered in a formal training environment by a recognised certified NLP Trainer. Online/distance learning is not acceptable. The courses must have been recognised by the original Association for NLP (ANLP), INLPTA, the Professional Guild of NLP or another NLPtCA recognised association or awarding body. You must also be a Member of NLPtCA in good-standing.

Your journey to become a NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapist is at Masters degree level. It will take a minimum of 4 years from commencement of your NLP Practitioner Training and normally not longer than 10 years from then. A number of qualifications, assessments and supervised client contact hours are required and are explained in the How do I get started? section below.

NLPtCA is an organisational member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) that accredits psychotherapists. This means we share a philosophy of psychotherapy in common with other organisational members of UKCP and especially our own college (Constructivist and Existential College (CEC)). We accredit psychotherapists who come to us with a portfolio of training in accordance with that philosophy and specifically according to a set of formalised standards for education, training and practice recognised by the UKCP. Read more about Becoming Accredited and a UKCP member below.

    Patty Everitt is an accredited      Neurolinguistic                              Psychotherapist and UKCP        Member

“My journey in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) started over 10 years ago and culminated in achieving a Diploma in Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy in 2014. In 2017 I was accredited by the Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (NLPtCA) and became a UKCP Accredited Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist in the same year. Most recently I have completed my Certificate in Clinical Supervision.”  Read more… 

How do I get started?

Starting any career development journey requires forethought and planning. Especially so for an extended period of personal and professional development involving training, academic study, personal psychotherapy, supervised practice, reflection, and practice supervision.

The “big chunk” steps in the journey towards becoming a Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist are…

Key points about NLPt training…

§  Requires certification as an NLP Master Practitioner

§  Training is at Masters degree level

§  Involves a minimum of 2 years study within 4 years of starting NLP Practitioner training

Becoming Accredited after your training

Once you have fulfilled the training requirements to become a Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist you could consider becoming accredited by NLPtCA.  Accreditation by NLPtCA demonstrates that you are practicing psychotherapy to robust professional standards and are committed to excellence in clinical practice.  It also allows you to apply to become a UKCP Registered Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist. 

To apply to become an Accredited NLPt Psychotherapist you will need to have been a paid-up member of the NLPtCA for a minimum of 1 year. You must also inform our Accreditation Registrar that you intend to apply for accreditation at least one year in advance of your intended application submission date. Early contact with the Accreditation Registrar is a good opportunity to confirm the annual accreditation submission deadline.  Letting your Supervisor know that you intend to apply for accreditation gives you both time to work together to understand what is required from you and from your Supervisor. Being prepared will help the accreditation process go smoothly.

Our Accreditation Procedure is comprehensive. You can read more about it on the Application for Accreditation page and in our NLPtCA General Guidelines. In essence there are three main documents to submit, each of which has its own detailed guidance:

·         the Accreditation Application Form completed by you

·         the Supervisor’s Assessment Report completed by your NLPtCA recognised Supervisor

·         the Trainer’s Assessment Report completed by an “eligible” trainer [criteria for an “eligible” Trainer is defined in the guidance].

Even if your journey to accreditation may seem challenging at times, remember that NLPtCA is here to help you.   Contact the Accreditation Registrar at if you have any questions or if you are unsure of anything.  The Accreditation Registrar will always be there to answer your technical questions on procedure and accreditation requirements.

A little more on Supervisors

Research (Sloan et al., 1999) cites that the important characteristics of a supervisor are perceived as:  the ability to form supportive relationships, having relevant knowledge/clinical skills, expressing a commitment to providing supervision, and having good listening skills.  In this research supervisees viewed their supervisor as a role model, someone who they felt inspired them, whom they looked up to and had a high regard for their clinical practice and knowledge base. 

Even though this research was in the context of clinical supervision for nurses, we suggest that these research findings can be generalised to supervision in other contexts such as psychotherapy and coaching. It’s therefore really important to do thorough due diligence when engaging a supervisor to take you through your psychotherapy training journey.

Becoming a UKCP member

Once you’ve become an Accredited Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist you can apply to become a member of the UKCP and be listed on their register of psychotherapists.  We can advise on the process for this.

We hope this guide has given you a sense of what’s involved in becoming a NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapist.

We really wish you well in your career as a psychotherapist and look forward to maybe meeting you at the next NLPtCA members’ event!

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