Counsellor's Questions


Counsellors UK - some common questions

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.


Why was Counsellors UK founded?

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.


What is different about CounsellorsUK?

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.


What is our vision for the future?

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.


Why should I join CounsellorsUK?

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.


What are CounsellorsUK values?

CounsellorsUK values are based on a commitment to the standards essential for maintaining the reputation and integrity of our profession.

Counsellors UK Values:

  • Alleviate emotional distress
  • We believe our objectives support our ethos which is one of passion for mental health and the safety of individuals who need emotional support during times where issues in their life seem insurmountable
  • To raise awareness of and de-stigmatise mental health issues
  • To promote Counselling and Psychotherapy as an ethical and reputable profession and support the main UK Professional Bodies
  • To support our members and mental health charities
  • To keep standards high within the profession

Why another Counselling and Psychotherapy site?

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.


Why did you choose YoungMinds as your chosen charity?

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.


Are you an elitist site?

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.


Do you recognise all the professional bodies and why do you only list certain membership categories?

                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:

                • Minimum amount of face to face classroom hours - over 300 hours - for some training, this is on the low side and they require at least 450 hours and above
                • Supervised placement - where the counsellor gains experience whilst training, usually not less than 100 hours
                • Regular professional supervision of no less than 1.5 hours per month
                • Personal therapy (usually of at least 30 sessions) whilst training and whenever necessary
                • Requirement of ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) - to keep their skills set current
                • Hold Public Indemnity Insurance