Voluntarily Regulated Therapists

Because of the Holistic nature of Complementary Therapies, therapist and client tend to create a very personal relationship.  So regardless of what you are seeking complementary therapies for, it is understandable that you would expect to be working with a qualified professional.  Most members of the public, are unaware, though, that Complementary Therapies are completely unregulated in most parts of the world.  This means that there is no regulated standard of education, no one that holds them accountable for disciplinary proceedings – in some countries, Insurance isn’t even a legal requirement!  

Find A Therapy understands that when searching for a complementary therapist, it is important to be assured that they are properly qualified, working to high standards within the industry, and insured – which is why we only list practitioners who have either provided us with proof of at least a minimum level 3 NVQ qualification or, above if relevant for their modality, and insurance cover, – OR proof of registration with a professional body.

Voluntarily Regulated Therapists

Complementary Therapists have the option to self-regulate themselves with a Professional Body, who ensures that they have the relevant minimum qualifications, insurance, holds them to a standard Code of Conduct, and also has a disciplinary procedure should they receive a complaint about a member. Although joining a Professional Body is a commendable choice for a Complementary Therapist, it does not mean they are less qualified if they decide not to join one. 

To find out more information about registration/accreditation visit the professional bodies’ websites below. Each will have information on their requirements.

What is a professional body/organisation?

As it stands, the world of complementary and alternative therapy is largely unregulated, with only a few professions currently subject to statutory regulation.

Because there is a lack of legislation in position to regulate and set standards for complementary and alternative therapies, various professional bodies have set themselves up with a view to self-regulating the profession.

Whilst therapy practitioners are under no legal obligation (with the exception of statutorily regulated professions) to register with one of these bodies, being a member means that a therapist has met specific eligibility requirements set by the organisation and will also mean that they are bound by that organisation’s code of ethics and complaints procedure.

Knowing that a therapist holds an appropriate qualification, has undergone training in the field and will refer patients who require medical care for treatment with a professional are all reassuring factors for potential clients.

Each professional body will have developed its own unique set of criteria for membership, which in most cases will involve proof of a relevant qualification and evidence of training within the field.

In addition to entry requirements, many professional organisations will also require their members to undertake regular ‘Continuing Professional Development’ (CPD), which simply explained is a way for alternative and complementary therapists to track and document any skills gained or learned in addition to their initial training, so clients can see that they are continuing to develop their skill set.

Most professional bodies will provide a range of different membership categories, with the level of training and experience possessed determining which category the member slots into (e.g. Student Member, Associate Member, Member, Accredited Member).

What is a multidisciplinary body?

A multidisciplinary body is a professional body that regulates more than one therapy profession.

For more information about the various multidisciplinary bodies for complementary and alternative therapists, visit our separate page on multidisciplinary bodies. 

Professional bodies include:

The therapists on our website who belong to a professional body will make this clear on their profile page. For further information about some of the key professional bodies within the complementary and alternative therapy industry, please see the list below. 

Whilst we endeavour to keep this information up to date, details about registration are subject to change, so please always visit the professional organisation website for full and current details. 

Acupressure

Acupuncture

Chinese Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture

Alexander Technique

Aromatherapy

Autogenic Training

Ayurvedic Medicine

Bowen Therapy

Chiropractic Treatment

Craniosacral Therapy

Crystal Therapy

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Herbalism

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Western Herbal Medicine

Homeopathy

Colonic Hydrotherapy

Kinesiology

Massage Therapy

Naturopathy

Osteopathy

Physiotherapy

Pilates

Reflexology

Reiki

Shiatsu

Sports Therapy

Yoga Therapy

Multidisciplinary Bodies

This list of professional organisations is not exhaustive, and more can be found on our Useful Resources page. Here at Therapy Directory, we recognise the value of being a member of a professional body, and for those of you who are wary about visiting a therapist, we would suggest choosing a therapist on our site who is a member of a professional body. This way you know they are part of an organisation that offers a code of ethics and a complaints procedure.

How Do I Know If A Therapist Is A Member of A Professional Body?

While all of the Therapists listed on the Find A Therapy Directory have been verified on application to hold a minimum qualification and insurance, Find A Therapy does not hold responsibility for the Therapists that you book with from our Directory. You can learn more about that here and here.

When you see the Find A Therapy Blue Check on a therapist’s profile, it means they are a voluntarily regulated member of a professional body and are subject to that professional body’s Codes of Conduct and the Professional Body’s rules of apprehension

A Therapist might be a member of a professional body that represents one therapy they practice, but not the other.  So, if you are choosing a therapist on the basis of their membership with a professional body, then you are encouraged to ask the therapist if the therapy that they practice and that you are seeking to book is represented by their professional body. 

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