The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) is a national charity which has been established for over thirty years. Until recently it was known as the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy (BASRT).
Our 750 members provide sexual and relationship therapy for thousands of people every year who are suffering from very personal difficulties in their closest relationships. COSRT members offer a range of treatments encompassing sex therapy, psychosexual therapy and relationship therapy. These are all talking therapies where an individual or couple work with an experienced therapist to assess and treat their sexual and/or relationship problems. Together they will identify factors that trigger the problems and design a specific treatment programme to resolve or reduce their impact. You can find out more about our therapy from our website www.cosrt.org.uk
COSRT sets and maintains professional standards for the profession, through the accreditation of practitioners, the approval of training courses, a Code of Ethics and Complains Procedure, thus offering protection to the public. We also offer continuous professional development through seminars, conferences and our international, peer-reviewed journal. On our website you can find lots more information including a list of therapists.
We believe in healthy, satisfying and rewarding relationships.
We exist to develop and maintain high standards of professional practice, through regulation, training, research and dissemination of knowledge, to enable sexual and relationship therapists to provide the most effective therapeutic treatments to the public.
Training, qualifications & experience
COSRT has a number of different membership categories. The main categories are listed below.
Senior members of COSRT who have contributed significantly to the profession of sexual and relationship therapy may become a Fellow.
They must be nominated by their peers
Accredited members of COSRT who meet the standards required may apply to become an accredited supervisor.
This category gives members a title that can be advertised. This level of membership gives the highest level of protection for the public as accredited members have met rigorous standards of training and are licensed on an annual basis. They must continue to meet set standards with regard to supervision, minimum practice hours, insurance, continuity of practice and CPD. They sign up to our Code of Ethics and Principles of Good Practice.
This is a broad category of membership suitable for those who practise sexual, couple or relationship therapy who do not wish to become accredited, or who do not yet fulfil the criteria for accreditation. This level of membership is also available to those involved in research related to sexual, couple or relationship therapy, or who have a clinical interest in the field.
To become a general member you must be from a relevant profession. Examples include psychotherapy, counselling, medicine, nursing, social work and psychology. General members sign up to Cosrt Code of Ethics and Principles of Good Practice. Some general members may be preparing to apply for accredited membership. (Applicants for accreditation must have been a general member for a minimum of one year).
Prospective clients are advised that they should check that the qualifications of the General Member meets their therapeutic needs.
Trainee psychosexual therapists may apply to join COSRT as a student member soon as they begin a COSRT approved course.
Those who work in associated professions and have an interest in sexual and relationship therapy may join COSRT as an affiliate member.
This membership category is for those who do not practise as sexual or relationship therapists. They do not sign up to our Code of Ethics and Principles of Good Practice and are not bound by our Complaints Procedure.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
Individual practitioners fees can be found in the therapist listings on our web site
Further information and help can be obtained from:
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
Po Box 13686
Tel: 0208 543 2707
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.cosrt.org.uk
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