July 2024

The following is intended as a helpful guide and reflects the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication. Each training organisation & regulatory body has its own selection criteria. We advise you to confirm all information directly with courses and professional organisations (updated: September 2022).

Applicants for the training access us from a variety of backgrounds: usually this includes a qualification in counselling, psychotherapy or medicine or for those new to the field with a minimum of 120 hrs.

Following successful completion of the LDPRT course, you may apply for registration with COSRT, a specialist accrediting body for psychosexual and relationship therapy), or you may lean more generalist accreditation in counselling or psychotherapy (such as with BACP, NCS, NCIP).

LDPRT provides a substantive contribution towards either pathway. To gain access to the Accredited Register (Professional Standards Authority), via one of the more general counselling accrediting bodies, our graduates normally complete a three year pathway (London Diploma plus the NAOS Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy into accreditation with the National Counselling Society (NCS). NCS accredits the London Diploma training; an alternative might be to complete the foundation year plus the London Diploma and to accredit with the National Council for Integrative Psychotherapy NCIP.

Successful completion of the two year LDPRT, taken together with the one-year Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy (www.naos-institute.com) is in total fulfilment of the requirements for NCS accreditation and for the Accredited Register of the Professional Standards Board (PSA)

How long does it take to become a registered member of COSRT?
Please consult the web links below:

Graphic showing routes to qualification as a psychosexual and relationship therapist
The above flowchart is intended as a helpful guide, is subject to change, and reflects the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication.

Links to Key Organisations

The London Diploma for Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (LDPRT)
You are currently on the LDPRT website. The LDPRT is one of the largest approved training providers in Psychosexual, Couples and Relationship Psychotherapy in the UK. It upholds an integrative and non-pathologising approach to the work - psychosexualtraining.org.uk

A highly regarded psychotherapy and coaching training organisation providing a wide range of courses for both individuals and organisations. LDPRT graduates will find the NAOS Advanced Couples Diploma of specific value and interest - naos-institute.com

The three organisations above have some faculty members in common and a common approach of integrative humanistic psychotherapy. They have come together to provide a 3-step training pathway (see flowchart), bringing together psychosexual and relationship therapy and psychotherapy. This may lead to individual accreditation with both PRT and Psychotherapy bodies.

UKCP: United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Professional regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.
See the UKCP website for information on UKCP registration which usually requires a Masters degree or the completion of four years of study which includes research and a dissertation or extended case study, of 8,000 – 12,000 words - psychotherapy.org.uk

COSRT: College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
National professional body, regulating psychosexual and relationship therapists - cosrt.org.uk

CSRP: The College for Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy
A college within the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - csrp.org.uk

BACP: British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Professional regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists - bacp.co.uk

The following is intended as a helpful guide and reflects the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication. Each training organisation and regulatory body has its own criteria for selection. This is intended as a helpful guide. However, we advise you to check the websites of courses and professional organisations, as you should be mindful that lead bodies regularly adjust and change their requirements. The profession continually strives to adjust and manage its regulations in order to offer clients the best service.