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: 


  • 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 

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 or monthly 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 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

If you are having issues submitting the form, please email

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