Psychotherapy and Counselling Union


"The impact PCU has had on my life has been significant...More than anything, the union believed in me when at the most difficult points. They have a clear vision and intention and I was supported and protected because of this. They were unconditionally supportive of me as a member...have clear values, to be committed, knowledgeable, and empathic with the confidence to let the work unfold. I cannot thank them enough." - PCU Member 2017

A warm welcome to the Counselling and Psychotherapy Union from your PCU Executive Committee - Juliet, Jane, Jamie, Phil, Viviane, Richard, Robert, Andrew and Victoria.  To contact the union email or call 07388 010189.

PCU - standing up for therapists and therapy

The constitution and purpose of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU) is 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

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

(note: PCU does not offer specific legal advice: this is widely available elsewhere 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  Download the union flyer here to distribute to others.  

Using this site

To join the union - visit the Join PCU - Membership page 

Both Members and Non-members:

Members can access the members areas - forums, calendars and resources:

  • Click the sign up button (top right corner) to 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. 

Download the union flyer here to distribute to others.  

PCU News

Free therapy for Grenfell residents and victims

Dehra Mitchell is organising and co-ordinating free therapy for the residents and victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
He is working with the North Kensington Law Centre to set up a database of therapists willing to offer free therapy for the current situation and on an ongoing basis.
At the moment what is being offered is short-term therapy of 3 sessions with the possibility of drop-in sessions as well.
What would be helpful is if therapists were able…
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The Guild of Psychotherapists are hosting an exciting afternoon of drama and discussion on July 1st, 2017

Venue: Kings College Waterloo Stamford Street London SE1 8WA. Arrive at 1pm performance starts at 1.30pm. Panel discussion until 5pm.

Called The state we are In, Psychotherapy for interesting times,  the afternoon begins with  a vibrant…

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