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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 after three months of membership - after three months you can access the Members Support Volunteers team.

  • 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.


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


  • disciplinary and grievance procedures

  • complaints processes

  • bullying, harassment and discrimination

Support for Black trainees

  • 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 trainee members of the following organisations:

      - Black Therapy Matters
      - BAATN
      at the rate of £1 per year, per trainee

How to Join


All trainees 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.  


Subscription Costs:


  • Practising therapists - comfortable income: £90 per year

  • Practising therapists - moderate income: £60 per year

  • Practising therapists - low income: £35 per year 

  • Trainees therapists: £12 per year (on proof of training status)

  • ‎Retired therapists £12 per year (on proof of retired status)

  • Unemployed therapist £12 per year (on proof of unemployment status)

  • You can apply to pay a reduced subscription due to your financial circumstances‎. If you choose this option of the membership fee, please email admin: (admin@pcunion.org.uk) proof of your earnings. 

  • Trainees who are also members of the following organisations: - Black Therapy Matters and BAATN pay the rate of £1 per year, per trainee.

  • If you choose a concession option of membership, you will need to email union admin: (admin@pcunion.org.uk) proof of membership (BAATN/BTM) or proof of status (students/trainees/unemployed/retired) that correlates to the membership fee that you are applying for.  


Accessing the Members Support Services

The Members Support Volunteers team service can ONLY be accessed by members who have been a member for at least 3 months. 


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. Set up a standing order using the details below. It is now a requirement to pay via annual standing order except in special circumstances (get in touch).  Please use your NAME as a reference.

  3.  Contact us at admin@pcunion.org.uk to tell us: the date that you set up this standing order, the amount it is for, and the date when the first payment will be made.

  4. Complete the form below - all of the information will be sent to the administrator who will contact you about your application within a week. 

  5. Please, do not complete and send the form unless you have first set up an annual standing order!

Your employment - tick all that apply. I am a...
Payment of subscriptions
Your Practice - tick all that apply

If you choose a concession fee option of membership, you will need to email the union admins (admin@pcunion.org.uk) proof of membership (BAATN/BTM) or proof of status (students/trainees/unemployed/retired) that correlated to the membership fee that you are applying for. Thank you.

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PCU - Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) SURVEY

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