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We are the Association of Child Psychotherapists

The ACP is the professional body and accredited register for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists in the UK. We have been working to improve the mental health of infants, children, young people and families since 1949.

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The Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists (ACP) is the main professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK and is registered with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). It was established in 1949 and has over 900 members working in the UK and abroad. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is internationally recognised and as strongly evidenced as many of the more common treatment models people may be more familiar with. ACP registered child psychotherapists have completed an NHS child mental health based training which lasts for at least four years. ACP members work with children, adolescents, parents and families, individually or in groups, with a range of complex psychological difficulties and disorders.

Latest News

In this Independent article ACP Member, Rachel Melville - Thomas talks about how parents can spot the signs of depression in children.

In this Daily Telegraph article, ACP Member, Ryan Lowe was interviewed about the value of grandparent-child relationships.