Member Associations

The Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in BC is composed of those associations that, in addition to member services, also provide voluntary self-regulation. Many counselling therapists whose clinical practice focuses on particular populations, psychological issues, and practice modalities are also represented at the FACTBC table. Among others, dance therapists, drama therapists, play therapists, and sand play therapists are active members of FACTBC member associations. It is more common than not for counselling therapists to belong to multiple associations, one for their particular area of practice, and another for general practice standards and regulation.

AAPC – American Association of Pastoral Counsellors (BC Chapter)


The American Association of Pastoral Counselors, founded in 1963, represents and sets professional practice standards for over 2000 Pastoral Counselors and 75 Pastoral Counseling Centers.

Pastoral Counseling is a unique form of counseling that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Certified pastoral counselors are licensed mental health professionals who have also had in-depth religious and/or theological education or training. Clinical services are nonsectarian and respect the spiritual commitments, theological perspectives and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs on the client.

The mission of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors is to bring healing, hope and wholeness to individuals, families and communities by expanding and equipping spiritually grounded and psychologically informed care, counseling and psychotherapy.

AAPC Head Office: 703 385-6967

Living Systems (BC): 604 926-5496

ACCT – Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada


At the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists we are proud of our mission: ‘To cooperatively support excellence in competency-based counselling’.

ACCT is committed to ensuring competency for all counsellors, taking into account education, skills, and clinical experience. ACCT is committed to helping forge the future of the counselling landscape in Canada through its active participation with The Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in British Columbia (FACTBC).

ACCT was formed in August 2013 and is dedicated to protecting public access to safe, first-class counselling services, modelling association transparency, promoting an ethical counselling profession across Canada, and building a community of mutual support, counsellor to counsellor, with our Registered Counselling Therapists (RTC), Master Counselling Therapists (MTC) and Registered Counselling Supervisors (RCS).

Head Office: 200 – 1892 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y9

ARCH – Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists


The Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH Canada) founded in 2006, is a Canada-wide accrediting registry for qualified Hypnotherapists and Clinical Counselling-Hypnotherapists.

We are dedicated to promoting the ethical uses of clinical hypnosis in medical, dental, mental health (behavioural), and forensic settings. We are committed to quality care with the utmost respect and absolute positive regard for our clients, and to provide appropriate referrals to treatment within the professional community as the need arises. Our Registered Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapists (RCCH) have undertaken extensive training to meet ARCH Clinical Educational Requirements for Membership.

Phone: 604-221-4435
6248 Main Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5W 2V1

BCACC – BC Association of Clinical Counsellors


The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors was founded in 1988 to provide protection for the public through accountability to a code of ethics and standard of practice; to provide a professional community and ongoing development for members of an emerging profession; and to maintain a vital presence on the professional scene.

Incorporated under the Society Act, the regulatory division is designed to work in parallel with the Health Professions Act, as well as to provide innovations in alternative dispute resolution. Beginning in 1992, all members hold master’s degrees and carry the designation RCC, Registered Clinical Counsellor. The three thousand members of the BCACC are governed by and eighteen-member elected board, as well as an annual Delegate Council.

Phone: 1-800-909-6303
Local to Victoria: 250-595-4448
114 – 2544 Dunlevy Street
Victoria, BC V8R 5Z2

BCAMFT – British Columbia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


BCAMFT was founded under the Society Act in 1981 and is a division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the international association that represents the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy. Our profession takes a specifically systemic approach to mental health care. We believe that clients are best understood in the context of the multiple larger systems (such as family, race, gender and spirituality) that influence them.

BCAMFT’s purpose is to support the MFT profession by facilitating communication with other mental health disciplines and to represent the profession before government and the public.

Our members are identified as Registered Marriage and Family Therapists (RMFTs), reflecting their membership in the Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists in Canada. RMFTs have met rigorous educational standards and have demonstrated their professional competence through hundreds of hours of supervised practice. We work in the workplace, in private and public agencies, in health clinics and other mental health settings, as well as in private practice.

Phone: 778-888-6844 (voicemail only)
349 West Georgia St., Box 3958 Vancouver Main
Vancouver, BC V6B 3Z4

BCATA – British Columbia Art Therapy Association


The BCATA was incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia in 1978. Our purpose is to foster the professional development of Art Therapy in British Columbia. The Association acts as a non-regulated provincial body governing the standards and practice of the profession and its practitioners.

Art Therapists service clients of all ages both in one to one and group settings. We can be found working in schools, hospitals, community mental health programs and in private practice, both as clinicians and educators throughout the province.

Phone: 604-878-6393
Suite 123 at 101-1001 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 4E4

CACCF – Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation


The Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation (CACCF) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1983. The CACCF promotes, certifies and monitors the competency of addiction specific counsellors in Canada using current and effective practices, which are internationally recognized. The CACCF is an active member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium that has over 45,000 certificants. Belonging to this international consortium permits CACCF certification recognition in 13 countries and 41 US states.

Our certifications and professional conduct review process provide public protection for counsellors, employers, regulatory agencies, clients and their families. There is a full line of credentials including Canadian and International certifications.

The CACCF provides its counsellors with a quality, professional, credible and legal certification, offering personal pride and satisfaction. The CACCF gives professional recognition to qualified addiction counsellors through a process that examines demonstrated work competency.

PO Box 408
3773 Carp Road Unit 1
Carp, ON KOA 1L0

CATA-ACAT – Canadian Art Therapy Association


The Canadian Art Therapy Association (Association Canadienne d’Art Thérapie) was founded in 1977 to unite and promote the emerging profession of art therapy in Canada. CATA is the national Canadian voice of art therapy, bringing art therapists together to raise standards and advance the profession.

Our mission is to network and connect members, host a national convention in a different region of Canada annually, support the creation of provincial chapters, and sponsor regional events and workshops.

CATA-ACAT also works to raise professional standards in the interest of public safety and trust by upholding ethical standards for professional accreditation and designation for art therapists, encourages educational standards, publishes a tri-annual newsletter and bi annual academic journal, supports and encourages scientific and arts based research, and provides education and awareness of art therapy to Canadians.

PO Box 658, Stn Main
Parksville, BC V9P 2G7

CCPA – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association


The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national, bilingual organization dedicated to the enhancement of the counselling/psychotherapy profession. CCPA’s 5200+ members work in fields including education, employment, career development, social work, business, industry, mental health, public service agencies, government, and private practice.

Since 1965, CCPA has provided leadership and promotion for the counselling/psychotherapy profession. CCPA develops and cultivates formal and informal relationships with similar health and mental health organizations in Canada and internationally. CCPA offers the opportunity for its members to globally network with counsellors to exchange ideas and best practices, provide mutual support and promote professional development.

Phone: 1-877-765-5565
Email: Barbara MacCallum (CEO)
Website :

CPCA – Canadian Professional Counselling Association


CPCA is dedicated to the recognition of competence and professionalism in counselling and psychotherapy. Founded in 1990, the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association is a national association representing 434 members in British Columbia and hundreds more across Canada who provide mental health services in schools, agencies, and in private practice.

CPCA members hold the credential of RPC (Registered Professional Counsellor) and MPCP (Master Practitioners practicing Counselling Psychology). All members who have received the RPC and/or MPCP designations have met the competency-based criteria for membership and are regulated by the CPCA.

Phone: 1-888-945-2722 (toll free)
Suite 203 – 3306 32nd Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2M6

MTABC – Music Therapy Association of British Columbia


MTABC’s beginnings date back to 1975 and the association was incorporated as a non-profit officially in 1992 under the Society Act of BC. The association’s mandate is to promote excellence in and increase awareness of music therapy practice, education and development in BC.

MTABC serves about 200 music therapists, students and interns, as well as the general community in providing information about music therapy, training, hiring guidelines, and how to find a music therapist. MTABC members hold the credential MTA (Music Therapist Accredited) which is granted by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. MTA’s work in hospital, medical, mental health, school and community settings as well as in private practice.

Phone: 604-924-0046 (voicemail only)

Toll Free: 1-800-424-0556 (Canada & USA) 


PACCP – Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists


Incorporated as a Not-for-Profit association in 2001, the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP) is a national association committed to ensuring that every Canadian has access to clinically excellent, professional, compassionate, and trustworthy counselling and psychotherapy services.

PACCP provides our members with opportunities to develop professionally, clinically, personally and spiritually, continually promotes and maintains the highest professional practice standards, and raises the awareness of mental health issues in Canada and how these issues can be addressed through the varied services offered by our membership.

Through regional branches, our membership is able to connect professionally and ensure accountability through peer support and supervision practices. PACCP ensures the competency of our clinicians by requiring members either be Certified Professional Counsellors (CPC) or be working towards CPC status through qualified supervision. Our members work in a wide range of vocations from private practice, social work, chaplaincy, and many other associated professions.

Phone: 701-204-4284 (voicemail only)
Mailing Address: Box 93, Norquay, SK S0A 2V0

In addition, several professional associations have been recognized as “observer associations”. Any association that represents counsellors or psychotherapists in BC is welcome to apply to become an observer, if not a full member of the Federation, by contacting the chair of the Federation at