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All CABP members have agreed to abide by the CABP 'Ethical Framework and Principles' and commit to the 'Ethical Guidelines and Code of Practice' which are designed to clarify and expand upon the philosophy embodied in the Ethical Principles.

The following Acrobat/PDF files contain the current Ethics documents of the Association:

CABP Ethical Framework and principles (75KB)
CABP Ethical Guidelines and Code of Practice (126KB)
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The CABP Ethics and Equal Opportunities Committee is a collecting point of information about institutional and individual ethical questions.

For further information and enquiries, or to make a complaint, please contact the EEOC:

CABP Ethics and Equal Opportunities Committee
c/o Michaela Boening, EEOC Chair

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Please note that all enquiries made to the EEOC are dealt with Monday - Friday between the working hours of 9am - 5pm.  On occasion we will endeavour to arrange contact outside of these hours, particularly in case of any urgent occurrence. Enquiries will not normally be dealt with on public holidays, and during the week prior to, and after, Christmas and Easter, and the month of August.  Enquiries will be dealt with as soon as is reasonably possible on our return.


There are different types of membership in CABP:




If you wish to apply for any category of membership of CABP, please contact our Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Your request will then be passed to the Membership and Accreditation Committee, who will ensure that you are issued with the correct form and give you any advice and guidance you may need.




There are several routes to Full Membership and it is, therefore, essential that you are given the correct form to fill in depending on your circumstances.  Full membership may include reaccreditation with UKCP or not, depending on circumstances.




Therapists awarded a Certificate in Body Psychotherapy from an established Body Psychotherapy Training Institute and who are trained and working towards their Accreditation.  These members are covered by the CABP Ethics and Equal Opportunities Committee (EEOC) for a period of four years from award of their Certificate.  They must be in regular supervision with a Body Psychotherapy supervisor recognised by CABP to maintain their Associate Membership.




Anyone who has an interest in body psychotherapy and wishes to maintain that interest through attending CABP events.  Associate Members' work is not covered by the CABP EEOC.


Once your application has been completed, it will be passed to the Membership and Accreditation Committee for approval, on a case by case basis.




For further information regarding joining EABP, please contact our administrator through the contact us page.




For any enquiries regarding joining CABP, please contact our administrator through the contact us page and your query will be passed to the Membership and Accreditation Committee.

The field of Body Psychotherapy emerged originally from the work of Wilhelm Reich and forms a distinct branch of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Contemporary Body Psychotherapy is concerned with the integration of physiological/somatic, emotional, mental, spiritual and social/relational aspects of the individual. It involves an extensive body of knowledge and explicit theories of mind-body functioning which take the complexity of interactions and reciprocal relationships between psyche and soma into account.

Body Psychotherapy approaches share an underlying assumption that we are embodied beings and that there is a functional unity between psychological and bodily aspects of being. Instead of hierarchical relationships between mind and body, we see dynamic correlations between somatic manifestations and psychological processes we observe. Contemporary Body Psychotherapy draws on both humanistic and analytic conceptions and may involve working with touch, movement and breathing. CABP promotes the integration of relational perspectives with body awareness to inform an embodied intersubjective engagement in the therapeutic relationship.

The following articles provide insights into theory and practice of body psychotherapy.

as listed in the Articles of Association:

To promote dialogue and the exchange of professional information among the Members to further their intellectual, scientific, creative and special knowledge and practice.

To constitute the necessary supportive and self-monitoring network of body psychotherapy practitioners, and to provide structures and resources to assist them in maintaining standards of practice as well as supporting their continuing development.

To constitute an accrediting and re-accrediting organisation for body psychotherapy practitioners in the terms of current standards of best practice and to establish a register of accredited CABP psychotherapists and supervisors.

To act as an agency dedicated to promoting and maintaining the professional standards of their practice for the benefit of the general public and to being held publicly accountable for such maintenance of standards.

To provide a forum for communication, co-operation and interaction with other professional bodies active in the field of psychotherapy.

To provide opportunities for members to discuss theoretical and clinical issues and to make publications of clinical and theoretical papers in appropriate professional journals.

CABP is a national accrediting organisation for Body Psychotherapists in the UK. The association provides a professional peer network and a dynamic forum for communication, co-operation and dialogue amongst its members and with the wider field of psychotherapy.

The name Chiron has become associated with an integrative and relational approach to body psychotherapy in the UK. The centaur Chiron symbolises our engagement with the interactive processes between psychological, bodily and transpersonal dimensions which contribute to the organisation of the whole person. The image of the 'wounded healer' associated with the centaur also serves as a reminder of the participative nature of the psychotherapist's role in the therapeutic relationship. From a relational perspective, the therapeutic encounter impacts on, and potentially changes, both participants. If this meeting is to be real, the therapist must bring their vulnerability and humility to the meeting as well as their experience and strength.

CABP is a practitioner-centred association led by its elected members and dedicated to developing and advancing the art, science, and practice of Body Psychotherapy. Founded initially as the "Association of Chiron Psychotherapists" (AChP) in 1988 to support practitioners trained at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in London, the organisation expanded to accommodate psychotherapists from other body psychotherapy approaches as well. Services for CABP members include:

CABP is an organisational member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).



CABP is the National Association of the European Association for Body-Psychotherapy (EABP).


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