The Northern Ireland Counselling Forum came into existence to fulfill the need of a representative body for the counselling and therapeutic communities in Northern Ireland.

The Forum has members from across the professional bodies, counsellors, students and supervisors. This need developed from the DHSSPS Counselling Review and the forthcoming registration and regulation for the Counselling Profession. We held our first meeting in February 2003.

The NICF was formed to promote quality standards within the counselling and therapeutic communities. Our purpose is to efficiently represent the practical needs of the counselling profession in Northern Ireland including lobbying, networking and representation to statutory and professional bodies.

We welcome contact from all who wish to offer their input and support to achieve this purpose.


  • To raise public awareness of counselling
  • To be a common voice for the counselling community in Northern Ireland


  • To promote and develop professional standards and research related to counselling
  • To be an influence in policy making at all levels concerning counselling


  • To promote and support professional standards of training and development for counsellors
  • To raise awareness of accreditation for counselling in Northern Ireland