Retirement (I don't wish)

2013: I will shortly become 65 years of age and, whilst I am still trying to cut down on a lot of the 'political' work that I have been doing in the field of psychotherapy and with psychotherapy associations over many years, I still really love my work in psychotherapy and counselling, am really passionate about it, am still very engaged with it, and really enjoy seeing clients. Fortunately, I am still hale and hearty and still working as a psychotherapist and counsellor, which is what I enjoy: so all is very well!
I also write, edit, publish in the various fields of psychotherapy that I am involved with, and do lots of other things in that line of work.

Whilst the political 'aspect' with various psychotherapy associations has been a major part of my life over the last 15-20 years, and has all been mostly very rewarding (though also very stressful at times), I can only hope that I have given as much as I have received. I have travelled a lot (possibly too much); met some wonderful people; had some great meals with good friends in a variety of European cities; got angry at times; got despairing at times; striven hard and played hard; corrected drafts and texts of numerous documents; and achieved (perhaps) a little in the wider scheme of things. I am still heavily engaged in one project within the EAP: to establish the professional competencies of a European psychotherapist! But ... (politically speaking) that may be it for the moment.


Courtenay Young is 'registered' as a UKCP psychotherapist, through the Chiron Association of Body Psychotherapy (CABP). In the past, he has been very active within the UKCP; in the early days, as a representative of a Member Organisation, on the Training Standards Committee, as a member of the Humanistic & Integrative Section (HIPS), and (for a couple of years) on the Board as UKCP Treasurer. In 2007, he was also UKCP Vice-President (Members Services) for a short while.
You can find out more details about the UKCP from their website, here.


The Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapy is an accrediting organisation for UK Body Psychotherapists. It is also the UK national organisation of EABP (see below). Courtenay Young is a registered member of this association. You can find out more details about CABP from their website, here.


Courtenay Young is accredited by the European Association of Body-Psychotherapy (EABP).  He has been on the EABP Ethics Committee (1993-1995), EABP General Secretary for 6 years (1995-2001), Vice-President, (2001-2002) and President of EABP (2002-2006).  He helped establish 'The FORUM of Body-Psychotherapy Organisations'; the EABP Training Standards; the Scientific Validity of Body-Psychotherapy; the 'Council of National Associations'; the new EABP Membership Criteria and Guidelines; the original EABP website; and the EABP Bibliography of Body-Psychotherapy. He was  made an Honorary Member of EABP at the 2010 AGM in Vienna. He is currently on the EABP-USABP Scientific Research Committee.
More details about this organisation can be found on the EABP website: (


Courtenay represented EABP at the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) meetings for about 12 years until July 2007, and has been on the Governing Board of the EAP, the Training Standards Committee,  helped draft the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP) document, and - in his role as Chairperson of the Statutes Committee - many amendments to the EAP Constitution.  He also established the EAP's 'Statement of Ethical Principles' in 2000 and was Co-Chairperson of the Ethical Guidelines Committee for 5 years from 1999-2004.  He has been awarded the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP). He was elected as Co-Chairperson of the European Training Standards Committee (ETSC) 2006-8; is still a member of this Committee and is currently working on a major project to establish the "Professional Competencies of a European Psychotherapist" ( He has been Co-Editor, and is now the Editor, of the International Journal for Psychotherapy (IJP) (More details about the IJP can be found here). 
More details about this organisation are on the EAP website: (


Courtenay is a founder member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy; has been on the Academic Council; wrote a regular column in their Newsletter "From Across The Pond" and has attended many USABP Conferences (Beveley, MA, 1996; Boulder, CO, 1998; Berkeley, CA, 2000; Baltimore, PA, 2002; Tuscon, AZ, 2005). He contributes regularly to the USABP Journal.
Details about USABP can be found on their website: (


For several years (2004-12), Courtenay has also been a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Details about BPS can be found on their website: (


For 7 years, (1993-2000) Courtenay was a Director of the Moray Association for Mental Health Co. Ltd. and helped found this charitable company and set up the administrative and financial structures to run six projects in Morayshire, involving over 200 people with mental health issues.
Details about MAMH can be found on their website: (


Courtenay was also involved with setting up the New Findhorn Association (NFA) and helped to write the "Common Ground" statement of values; set up some of the Member Organisations; and the membership database; and also the original NFA website.  
Details about the NFA can be found on their website: (

Borders Therapies

Courtenay is also currently involved with re-establishing a group of about 75 Complementary Healthcare practitioners in the Scottish Borders.  
More details about Borders Therapies can be found on their website: (


For about 30 years, Courtenay was involved with the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (AHPP) Sadly, in about 2007-8, there was a parting of the ways.  
Details about AHPP can be found on their website: (