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Join PCU

"Respect for All recognises the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union as an appropriate body to represent and negotiate on behalf of PCU members who are professionally involved with RfA as volunteers, trainees or self-employed counsellors.” 

- Alix Otten, Respect for All

PCU offers all members support with: 


  • Members Support access only after three months of membership 

  • workplace disciplinary and grievance procedures

  • complaints processes

  • bullying, harassment and discrimination

  • problems with training organisations

  • contract vetting

  • whistleblowing-related problems

  • PCU does not offer legal advice or legal representation as it is widely available elsewhere from insurance companies and other professional organisations. 


PCU has affiliated with Truth Legal who offer preferential No Win, No Fee agreements in personal injury, clinical negligence and professional negligence claims. Truth Legal also offer some No Win, No Fee employment law representation at reduced rates to PCU members. Reduced rates are also offered to non-No Win, No Fee work.


Group support with:


  • organisational dysfunction

  • threatened closure of trainings and organisations

  • issues of discrimination, difference and diversity


A voice in:


  • collective decision making within the Union

  • identifying and carrying through campaigning issues

  • communicating with other members through the Union google group.




In addition, PCU offers trainees support with training & placement: 


  • disciplinary and grievance procedures

  • complaints processes

  • bullying, harassment and discrimination 

That in the light of the lack of support for Black Trainees within our profession, and the generally agreed understanding that economic and structural discrimination is likely to disproportionately affect trainees from the Black, African, Asian and other POC communities in the UK, that PCU in its commitment to inclusion, and to addressing structural discrimination accepts into membership Psychotherapy and Counselling Trainees who are also members of the following organisations:
- Black Therapy Matters
at the rate of £1 per year, per trainee

How to Join


All trainee and qualified therapists: counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and psychological and wellbeing practitioners etc are warmly invited to become members of the Union. Please ensure you read the Union Constitution.  




  • Practising therapists: £60 per year

  • Trainees, retired and unemployed therapists: £12 per year

  • Members may also apply to pay a reduced subscription if their circumstances require it.

  • Please note, the Union requests a full annual membership payment for those seeking immediate support from the Union.


The process to join:


  1. Set up an annual standing order payable to: Account name: 'Psychotherapy and', Bank name: Unity Trust Bank plc, Sort code: 60-83-01, Account no:20357063; please use your name as a reference.

  2. Send us an email admin@pcunion.org.uk with a screenshot of your standing order confirmation.

  3. Complete the form below - all of the information will be sent to the administrator who will contact you about your application within a week. Please, do not complete the form unless you have first set up an annual or monthly standing order!

Your employment - tick all that apply
Payment of subscriptions
Your Practice - tick all that apply
I confirm



The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU) wants to meet the aims and commitments set out in its equality policy. This includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010.

To do this we are building a statistical picture of the demographic make-up of the Union membership. We think this will begin to inform our efforts in taking action as a Union to ensure we are representative of the make-up of our profession as a whole.

The Union seeks your help and co-operation, however, filling in this form is voluntary. We are encouraging self-identification, and where there are boxes, please tick all that apply. We are also providing the option to add more details in the 'other' box at the end of each question plus of course the option not to answer if you don't wish to or it's not relevant.

We understand and respect that this is personal sensitive information and we want to reassure you that it only be used for statistical purposes. Individual members will not be able to be identified. 


Finally, we ask that you only complete this once! The link below will take you to an anonymous page and won't reveal your identity.


Once you complete the form you need to come back to this page to click submit for your membership form.

Thanks for completing the membership form!

We aim to be in touch within a week.

If you are having issues submitting the form, please email admin@pcunion.org.uk