Psychotherapy and Counselling Union


All counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists etc are warmly invited to become members of the Union. Members are entitled to:

  • Draw on the union's resources for help with employment issues, complaints, harassment, etc.

  • Join this site and use the members' area, including discussion forum and action groups

  • Join the Union google group

  • Play a part and have a say in the development and organisation of the Union and the campaigns which we undertake.

To become a member fill in the brief form on the union flyer here, compete and return by email or post, and send a contribution by cheque or bank transfer.

Read the Union Constitution. 

Please also download the flyer and distribute it!

Why a Union?

standing up for therapists and therapy

A single organisation working to:

  • bring together counsellors, psychotherapists and other practitioners from every corner of the field, including trainees on an equal basis
  • campaign for true diversity and equal opportunities in the therapy world, and support individuals who are discriminated against
  • campaign to reform IAPT and other ‘therapy-lite’ substitutes, while at the same time supporting IAPT practitioners with their grievances
  • campaign against the use of therapy to get people off benefits and/or back to work
  • change the system whereby starting practitioners have to work unpaid, often with very complex issues and without adequate support
  • campaign to defend and extend the provision of open-ended therapy which is free at the point of contact, and where the client can choose their practitioner and modality
  • support and defend practitioners in disciplinary hearings, and also against bullying and harassment
  • support and defend therapy against attacks from government and media, and against creeping medicalisation
  • Establish a policy and research unit to develop solid positions on a wide range of issues

Do you think we need such a union?

Read the Union Constitution


A warm welcome to the Counselling and Psychotherapy Union from your PCU Executive Committee - Juliet, Jane, Jamie, Phil, Viviane, Richard, Robert and Andrew.

Using this site

For Non-members:

Much of our site is open to all. You can view the Home Page, which you are now looking at, read the Union Constitution, and check out the News Page, without being a Union Member. The Sign Up / Sign In buttons are available to those who have registered as members, or previously as supporters, of the Union, who are then also able to access a members' area.

For Members:

Go to the Sign Up button (top right corner) and create a password and username. You will only need to do this once, after that you can go to Sign In to access to the members' area of the site. 

To become a Union Member see ‘JOIN THE UNION’ and or further information contact

Have a question?


Telephone: 07388 010189

What we offer our members

Individual support and representation with:

  • workplace disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • complaints processes
  • bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • problems with training organisations
  • contract vetting
  • whistleblowing-related problems

(NB: We do not offer specific legal advice: this would mean a large increase in subscriptions, and is widely available elsewhere, e.g. from insurance companies and other professional organisations)

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.

For further information about any of this, please contact us at