Counsellors UK CIC was created as we want to ensure that members and users of the site felt confident about how seriously we took 'accessing mental health help' and the professionals whom work within the profession.
All monies paid to Counsellors UK CIC (with the exception of some necessary expenditure, e.g. website hosting, staff to work on the site), is reinvested into the site and also promoting awareness of mental health and the credentials of our members.
There are many different sites, directories and registers out there for the general public to access and try to navigate as there are so many different professional bodies who we support and promote as much as we can. The idea behind Counsellors UK is that there becomes a specific site which lists the majority of the qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK under one roof to work alongside all the professional body registers.
We are keen to work with the professional bodies and mental health charities to raise awareness of mental health issues and eradicate the stigma which still unfortunately can surround mental health issues and those who seek counselling and psychotherapy. Although this does seem to be lessening as the years go on and more and more people are openly talking about it.
We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) and not a limited 'for profit' company.
Counsellors UK is run by Counsellors and Psychotherapists who understand how essential it is for Counsellors and Psychotherapists to have undergone the appropriate training and how the safety of our clients is of paramount importance.
We only recognise the most qualified and reputable counsellors and psychotherapists. With no statutory regulation for the Counselling and Psychotherapy profession means that anyone can set up in practice and this could leave the general public vulnerable, I think we’ve all heard of this and on occasions witnessed first hand how devastating this can be for individuals.
This is also a reason why we have carefully selected the membership categories from the main UK professional bodies who share our ethos on training (including the length of the training), CPD, personal therapy (whilst training and once qualified) and supervision.
Our vision for the future is to become the most trusted site within the UK for the general public to access the best, most creditable and professional help there is available near to their home or work.
We also would like encourage 'potential' new student counsellors to undertake training of a minimum standard (not less than 300 - 450 classroom hours) and therefore ensure that all the reputable colleges and universities are full and the less than reputable courses become a thing of the past.
To be part of a reputable, growing organisation who are trusted for their rigorous checking of practitioner memberships to one of the main UK professional bodies.
Not to mention all the other benefits for your practice, which are coming soon.
CounsellorsUK values are based on a commitment to the standards essential for maintaining the reputation and integrity of our profession.
Counsellors UK Values:
There are many different sites, directories and registers out there for the general public to access and try to navigate, some are free and some charge to be listed, we offer both options and our paid option costs very little in comparison to others at just £49 per year with nearly 5% of that membership going to our chosen charity, YoungMinds. We also personally verify each new member with the professional body and the members category is checked by hand.
We wanted to create a credible, quality, low cost option for all counsellors and psychotherapists to list their practices, in short we felt that a specific site which lists the majority (hopefully all, eventually) of the qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK under one roof would be beneficial to everyone.
This is taken from the piece written for YoungMinds after our first years donation to the charity. It was featured on their website.
“Counsellors UK is proud to sponsor YoungMinds, with money in mental health support for children and young people being so lacking at present, we feel that it is extremely important to ensure we are part of that ‘work’ continuing and are heavily committed to ensuring we continue to support such effort for the foreseeable future.
YoungMinds do such valuable work and are dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and if we can help those children and young people earlier on in their lives with support and counselling, it may be contributory factor in assisting them towards leading a healthy, happy and emotionally balanced adult life.
I would urge people to get behind the amazing work of such a dedicated and worthwhile charity.”
We are keen to work alongside the professional bodies and mental health charities to raise awareness of mental health issues and eradicate the stigma which still unfortunately does surround mental health issues and those who seek counselling and psychotherapy.
Define elite – elite is defined as ‘a select group which is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society’, if you define elitism as the above, then yes we are. However, this is not about social class or other diversities. This is about safety for the general public who at certain times in their life need professional, creditable support from individuals who have trained to a standard which is recognized by the main professional bodies within the UK. We will only list those who meet the professional bodies requirements for certain membership categories and with a particular reference to training.
Training to become a counsellor takes years of time, training and dedication. It is not something that can be learnt online or over long distance learning in totality. There are many factors which make up adequate and creditable counselling training and the team at Counsellors UK have carefully looked over and selected the membership categories which match our ethos of ‘duty of care and client safety first’.
We only recognise the professional bodies and the membership categories which require the most from their members by insisting on a: