One of the main bodies which oversees the accreditation and registration of counsellors in the UK is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). You can visit their website here.
I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist - this means that I have met BACP's criteria for qualified and experienced therapists, and that I work in accordance with their ethical framework. It also means that you have access to their complaints procedure for your safety and protection. In order to maintain my accreditation I undergo at least 30 hours of professional development each year by attending on-going training and other types of personal development.
I am listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists: you can read more about this register, which has been vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care here.
My specific counselling and psychotherapy qualifications include:
I have written several papers for peer-reviewed academic jounals, for professional counselling journals, as well as chapters for counselling textbooks (Difference and Diversity in Counselling (Palgrave) and The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (4th edition)) , as well as editing a book focussing on counselling within higher education (Mair, 2016: Short-term Counselling in Higher Education: Context, Theory and Practice (Routledge). I currently have a book in press with SAGE exploring mindfulness and student life. I am editor for the BACP journal, 'University and College Counselling'.