The main motivating force behind the creation of the original body, the Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming (ANLP) was Frank Kevlin. He was a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer and psychotherapist. He wanted ANLP be set up in order to become a member of the UKCP. Sadly he then died from a heart attack. It is interesting that the ANLP had actually been set up with the idea of joining the UKCP and if Frank had been able to influence developments it is likely that the ANLP may have had more of a focus on psychotherapy rather than the more pure NLP focus as it has now.
In 1992 the Counselling and Psychotherapy Section was formed. However, it was the ANLP that had joined the UKCP and as the counselling and psychotherapy aspect was a section of the ANLP, that sub group was unable to join in its own right. In June 1996 the section became a limited company – the Psychotherapy and Counselling Section (ANLP-PCS). This was due in part to there being concern over a conflict arising from the charitable status of ANLP. It was felt that the focus was perhaps more towards working on behalf of PCS members with the general community coming in a close second. In order for the ANLP to keep its charitable status a specific legal entity was formed and gifted to ANLP. This enabled the PCS to discharge its responsibility to the general public through focussing on the development of both Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt) and it's practitioners. Thus the commercial company of Psychotherapy and Counselling Services Limited (PCS Ltd) was formed.
The commercial company had only one shareholder, the ANLP, thereby ensuring that the ANLP would have total control on how the company was run. The ANLP had the power to veto any decisions made by PCS. PCS Ltd. was not a truly democratic organisation, with the directors being appointed by the ANLP. The members of the Executive Committee needed to be recommended to the directors who would then accept them.
After becoming a limited company, a number of members wanted PCS to be more democratic. They didn't want to belong to an organisation that wasn't democratic or seen to be democratic. This process was extremely slow to begin with, where the matter of democracy at committee meetings was always missed being discussed for pressure of time and so time and time again it got deferred.
In January 1999, after having just taken the PCS through the quinquennial review with the UKCP, Lucy Burtt (then chair of the PCS and the UKCP delegate) realised that what came up very clearly in detail with regard to the UKCP was that the PCS Ltd needed to be a truly democratic organisation. Further if PCS Ltd. wanted to be the member of the UKCP it needed to be a democratic organisation. The PCS began to work to this end. Committee members agreed that as the PCS Ltd members do all the work and know what's going on with all matters regarding membership, therapeutic practice and training it would be more logical if PCS Ltd was the member of the UKCP.
This change required a lot of clarifying and negotiation to the guidelines already in existence. Bob Janes and Lucy Burtt went through the guidelines with Marion Brion and various other people with skills in the democratic process. Alterations to the guidelines were made and were accepted by the Executive Committee in April 1999. As a result of that decision PCS was required to have a general meeting of all members separate from the formal PCS AGM - which at that time only required members of the Board. PCS had elections to this Executive Committee and from then began as a democratic organisation.
On the 3rd July 2000 at the Executive Committee meeting a unanimous decision was made that that the best way forward for PCS Ltd was to become an autonomous and democratic organisation. It was felt that PCS members needed to be aware of the situation and the rationale and consulted on the decisions made. It was also evident that the ANLP Board and the Executive Committee needed to be aware of what PCS Ltd. as an organisation was striving towards and that the ANLP and the PCS would mutually benefit from a close working relationship but with the PCS as an autonomous and democratic organisation. A two pronged document to the ANLP Board and Executive Committee and to the PCS members was sent out as a document for consultation outlining all the decisions made and possible ways forward for the PCS.
After this consultation and reviewing the responses the decision was to create a new body. The ANLP made its formal decision to agree the change. Members of the PCS were asked to create a new name for the new organisation. The new name chosen was the Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (NLPtCA).
On January 28th 2002 the ANLP-PCS Ltd was formally wound up at the first AGM of the NLPtCA. After a period of consultation with the membership a full constitution was agreed at the AGM on March 24th 2003 with the following four main aims for NLPtCA:
a) To develop and maintain standards for the practice of Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling interests.
b) To monitor the activities and further the interests of its members.
c) To represent the interests of NLPtCA to other professional and regulatory authorities engaged in the field of psychotherapy and counselling.
d) To promote Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling to a wider public, and to further the use of the techniques, training and practice of NLP and NLPt in personal development.