BCPC is a long standing training provider in the South West. It is an educational charity with a constitutional structure whereby the graduates own the organisation, and interact professionally throughout the institution. The Professional Award in psychotherapy is accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the leading body for education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counselling in the UK. There are currently over 500 students and graduates. In 2015 BCPC successfully purchased and renovated a building in the centre of Bath, opposite the Bath Mineral Hospital, where it now provides client services, student training and graduate conferences and events.
BCPC was among the first humanistic therapy trainings to be set up in the Southwest, and was founded in 1984. Our training is of a Humanistic and Integrative approach. The Humanistic traditions honour and believe in the full potential and integrity of all people. These approaches (especially as pioneered by Carl Rogers) emphasise authentic experience, attention to mind, body and spirit, and a real relationship between client and counsellor/psychotherapist.
“Integrative” indicates that at BCPC we bring in other perspectives that are congruent with our humanistic stance. We include various psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theorists in order to give attention to the ways in which early childhood experiences shape each person. These approaches help towards an understanding of how human beings become who they are, and how trauma and deprivation can affect us. Intersubjective perspectives also emphasise how the relationship between practitioner and client can provide a context to explore early experiences and discover new ways of relating.
Since 1990, students can choose a training path of either counselling or psychotherapy, and both are aligned with the original educational intent – a humanistic emphasis on learning experientially that leads to authentic theoretical integration. Our training remains an integration of humanistic and psychoanalytic approaches. Since 1995 the psychotherapy training has also embraced Intersubjective Systems Theory seeing this as the modern expression of the original founders’ intentions.
This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Bath Centre for Psychotherapy, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.
Director contact: Tree Staunton
Office manager contact: Polly Shelton-Lowe