COSCA: Overview


COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)      
Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy
a voluntary organisation and Charity Registered in Scotland No. SC018887 and a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in Scotland No. 142360.

COSCA’s Vision:
A listening, caring society that values people’s well-being.

COSCA’s Aims:
As Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy, COSCA seeks:
To advance and support all forms of counselling, psychotherapy, and the use of counselling skills
To promote high quality counselling supervision and continuing professional development for all individuals and agencies delivering counselling services and education in Scotland.

COSCA’s Core Values:
COSCA believes that every client has a right to:
Be able to make informed choices about counselling and psychotherapy services
Have access to an assured quality service
Have access to a suitable complaints procedure

COSCA believes that every counsellor, psychotherapist and user of counselling skills in Scotland should:
Adhere to an established ethical framework for good practice in counselling, psychotherapy and counselling skills
Be an individual/organisational member of an appropriate professional body
Have appropriate training
Have easy access to a full range of professional support

The COSCA Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority

Information and Help:
COSCA provides information and help with:

  • Counselling, psychotherapy and counselling skills
  • Finding a counsellor/psychotherapist
  • Counselling services
  • Ethics/Complaints
  • Finding a training course
  • Validation of courses
  • Finding a supervisor
  • Accreditation as a counsellor/psychotherapist or trainer
  • Vacancies in the counselling/psychotherapy field
  • Counselling/research events
  • Recognition Scheme for Organisations
  • Research/COSCA Scottish Voluntary Sector Counselling Practice Research Network

How do I make a complaint?
Write to:
The Chief Executive,
COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)
16 Melville Terrace
FK8 2NE.