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Mental Health and Support Services Information

BABCP is a membership organisation for those practising, researching or otherwise interested in behavioural and cognitive psychotherapies. We do not offer a therapy or counselling service. The staff based in our head office are not able to provide individual or emergency support for people in crisis. If you are experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.

How can I get to see a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist?

First step - Discuss the problem with your doctor. They will be able to advise you on access to local resources and refer you on if appropriate.

Many CBT practitioners work in the NHS. However, some areas still have limited resources and may have long waiting lists for treatment. Some practitioners provide CBT privately as self employed therapists or through private clinics. Some may require a referral from your doctor or other health professional but some will accept self referrals.

CBT Register UK

BABCP provides accreditation to those who practise CBT in the NHS and privately. It is widely recognised by health and social care employers, training institutions and health insurance companies. BABCP believes that accreditation is important in protecting the public and raising the quality of CBT. Details of BABCP accredited CBT therapists can be found online.

Please note that other practitioners offering CBT may be registered by other reputable bodies.


As BABCP is not responsible for the advice provided by third party organisations, the following information is provided for signposting purposes only:

Anxiety UK

A user-led organisation, run by people with experience of living with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel. We work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy.

Telephone: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri: 9.30am-5.30pm)
Text: 07537 416905


Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day)

Mind Infoline

Mind provides confidential mental health information services. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday)

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff.

Telephone: 0808 801 0525 (10am-1pm Monday to Friday)


National mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.

Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4pm to 10pm every day)


Private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen.

Telephone: 0800 1111
1-2-1 chat


The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide.

Telephone: 0800 58 58 58
Webchat (5pm to midnight)


PAPYRUS is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Telephone: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07860 039 967


Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Telephone: 0800 470 8090

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