For counsellors, psychotherapists and coaches

CPD ~ Training ~ Networking ~ Business Development ~ Employment Opportunities ~ Personal Development ~ Support

Member Benefits

Just £6.99 a month gives you access to all of the following member benefits….. plus more to come!


You will have access to the Onlinevents library along with the CPD Certificates and Learning Log. There are more than 800 hours of CPD resources in the hub with topics on every subject you can think of including Trauma, Anxiety, Supervision, building your private practice and more! And what’s more, all of the CPD provided by Onlinevents is accredited by The National Council of Psychotherapists. This is an amazing opportunity for all of our members, allowing you to complete all your CPD and save you money. Onlinevents has been a leader in providing CPD for therapists for many years now and we are sure you will be very impressed with their range of high quality CPD on offer.

UK Counsellors Directory – Featured Listing

You will be welcome to submit a ‘featured’ listing to our online counselling directory – This will give you an extra online presence and can help to bring you more clients, supervisees and perhaps even training opportunities. Clients will be able to search for you by postcode, modality, fees and more, and you are also welcome to write articles to attach to your profile. When you submit a listing our admin will do some basic SEO work on your behalf, and as you will have a ‘featured’ listing your profile will be bumped to the top of the search results. To see an example of a counselling directory listing click here.

The CTUK ‘Courses’ Hub

In this hub you will find the following courses/CPD, which you can complete in your own time. They all count towards your CPD hours and you will receive a certificate for each. You can click on the image below to see what the courses section of our website looks like. More courses will be added throughout the year.

Course 1 – STEP ONLINE – helping you to make the most of your therapy and/or coaching practice online. Module 1 – Websites. Module 2 – Your brand and you. Module 3 – Getting to grips with graphics. Module 4 – Everything marketing. Module 5 – Content and communication. Module 6 – SEO, Google and analytics. Total CPD hours = 24 plus (this will increase when Modules 5 and 6 are released later in 2023).

Course 2 – ACCESS TO THE NATIONAL COUNSELLORS’ DAY CPD HUB (THEME: SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY) – A thorough introduction to Social and Political Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Here you will learn about topics such as; IAPT and the ‘Uberisation’ of mental health services,  Working with conversation therapy, Why Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity matters in the Counselling Room, Children and Young People – Protecting the Therapeutic Relationship by The National Counselling Society, Dropping the Disorder! Challenging the medicalisation of emotional distress in counselling and psychotherapy…. and many more! Total CPD hours = 18 hours  (At least 6 hours of CPD added yearly).

Course 3 – 7 DAY BLOG CHALLENGE – This blogging course is ideal for anyone who wants to blog but doesn’t know where to start, or for those of you who are blogging but aren’t getting the results you want. You will have full access to the course (usual price £39.99) and you can try Day 1 for free here. Day 1 – Blogging for your ideal audience. Day 2 – Putting YOU into your blog. Day 3 – Content.Day 4 – Blog writing. Day 5 – Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Day 6 – Blog writing. Day 7 – Scheduling, promoting and analysing. Total CPD = 8 hours

Course 4 – BOOST YOUR PRIVATE PRACTICE – 3 DAY CHALLENGE – The next challenge is starting in June 2023. This is a live, practical (workbooks) and interactive course which we will be running x 3 a year, via Zoom. If you are a counsellor or psychotherapist, and you are just starting out or you are already established but are struggling with your private practice, then this challenge is for you. By the end of the 3 days you will feel more focused on your business, more confident, have some of your questions answered and hopefully a spring in your step. Day 1 – Mindset. Day 2 – Business basics & marketing. Day 3 – Implementation and Q&A. Total CPD (per course) = 9 hours. (*The workbooks are already in the courses section for you to complete at any time on your own, we just find meeting up and having the space to really focus and gain feedback from others makes such a difference, hence the live and interactive element).

Click on the image below to take a look!

Image showing a screen shot of the CTUK 'courses' Hub page.

JHD Counselling Services

JHD Counselling Services offers CPD workshops around the UK. They provide Level 1 – 4 counselling training, as well as many CPD workshops. In 2018 they were awarded ‘Outstanding’ via an independent examiner for their NCS Quality Checked Courses. Our members will be able to access the workshops for just £20 – 40 per day. The usual cost to attend is between £80-120. Some of the workshops on offer include; Body image, eating disorders and self-harm, Working with emotional abuse and narcissistic personality disorder, Working with sexuality, Introduction to Gestalt Techniques, CYP mental health and suicide risk – early intervention, Working with grief and loss, Dealing with the responsibility of being a counsellor – intakes/assessments/use of supervision to protect yourself with clients…. and more!


20% off PCCS Books

We are really happy to bring you 20% off all PCCS Books. PCCS Books is an independent mental health publisher whose titles broadly cover three main subjects – counselling and psychotherapy, mental health and madness, and survivor and service user perspectives. To access your 20% discount simply use the code inside the members area. Above is just a sample of well known books published by PCCS Books. You can view the full library here – they have hundreds of amazing books… happy browsing!

1-1 Coaching with our founder – Maria Albertsen

<p>Coworking Days</p>
<p>Every Friday -10am -11.30am</p>
<p>Dates as follows: April 2023 - 21 st, 28th<br />
May 2023 - 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th</p>
<p>*Closed w/b 29th May 2023 for Summer Half Term.<br />
Return Friday 9th June 2023.</p>
<p>There are 15 spaces available each week and booking is essential.</p>
<p>The link to book is in your membership area on the main website<br /><br />
Email: for all enquiries.<br />
You must be a paid CTUK Members Club member.</p>
<p>How it works</p>
<p>We will be coworking online together, a bit like in a virtual office. Each person will have the opportunity to share what they are working on and give/receive feedback, advice and support. We can all work alongside each other in the background and dip in and out as we choose, completing work as we go along.<br />
There is no set program and attendees can choose to discuss any aspect of their work (excluding clinical work).
Hi all, it’s Maria here and I am excited to offer our members regular 1-1 coaching sessions with me.
How does it work?
Your coaching session will be confidential and can be used to discuss anything related to your personal and professional (business) development. This isn’t supervision or therapy, and so we won’t be discussing clients or issues you may take to therapy, but we can talk freely about anything else. It also isn’t advice but is a space to explore what it is you want to achieve in your life/business and to think about what steps you might take to get there.
I will be happy for you to pick my brains and ask me any questions. For example, you might want to ask me about how I have grown CTUK and this members club or how I use social media. You might also want to ask me more practical questions, such as the steps I have taken to build our CTUK Members Club website. I am here for you to learn from, and if I can help you in any way then I will be happy to do so.
About me
I am an experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor with over 22 years of experience working in both the private and public sectors (NHS & Education). I have managed young people’s counselling services and set up and delivered successful school-based counselling services, working alongside charities and statutory organisations. I have experience in business development and marketing for counselling organisations and individual therapists in private practice. I have worked alongside Sir Richard Branson and was the North East Ambassador for Entrepreneurship for Virgin Media Pioneers. And, you might also know that I am the Founder of UK Counsellors (Counsellors Together UK), National Counsellors’ Day and our CTUK Members Club. As you can see I have a lot of experience which I am happy to share with you as best I can.
When and where?
All 1-1 coaching sessions will take place via Zoom and are offered on a first come first served basis, lasting for 30 minutes each. I will be available on two Thursdays of each month, and you are welcome to book in as many sessions as you wish (limited to one session a month). The dates, times and link to book is inside the members area here on this website.
I hope to meet with you soon laughing

CTUK ‘arty’ Socials

TEXT ON IMAGE: CTUK Socials<br />
Chill / Chat / Create<br />
A safe and confidential space to just relax, create (if you want) and chat (if you want) with like-minded therapists.<br />
*shows image of some of the art work we have created at similar sessions in the past.

What is an ‘arty’ social? An ‘arty’ social is our attempt to create a safe space where we can literally get out of our heads and just relax and have some time out together, hopefully creating something nice at the same time. We wanted to run these socials because we noticed, and a lot of you told us, how many of you have been feeling stressed and burnt out of late (not only during but also post Covid-19 pandemic). We know that you all give so much to others and we thought it would be a good idea to pencil in some time that is just for us. We really want these socials to be as informal as possible. Therefore, please feel free to bring anything ‘arty’ you are working on. In the past people have brought clay modelling, painting and decoupage, or something they are writing. But, it’s entirely up to you…… you don’t need to bring anything at all – you might just want to grab a cuppa and come and sit with us, and chat or be silent….. this is all about meeting your needs and doing whatever is best for you 🙂 Every Wednesday 9.30 – 11.00am. 



You will have access to a private forum that only our members can see and use. This is a great way to add another level of security when using online spaces – it’s more private than a Facebook group, and you can rest assured that only registered members can see who is using it and what is being posted/discussed. We have several forum ‘rooms’ where you can network, make and seek referrals for clients and/or supervision, use for self promotion, e.g. promote your own courses, trainings, services, etc. and of course build relationships and friendships along the way.



Doodle Downtime

Come and join us on the last Friday of every month between 1.30 – 3.00pm for an afternoon of doodling. Doodle Downtime is ran by the lovely Tracy, a therapist from Glasgow, and is not CPD, therapy or supervision but is simply time out for you to just stop, doodle and chat with like minded people. It’s a form of relaxation and self-care. It’s free to attend, and details on how to book a place are in the members area. Please watch the video to find out more and see examples of our doodles. It’s really good fun!

Supportive Private Facebook Group

When you sign up you will be sent a link to join our private Facebook group. Here you’ll find a lovely group of people all helping and supporting each other. Don’t worry if you’re not on Facebook though as we’ll keep you updated via email and hopefully in the future we may see you at one of our social events or CPD workshops. 

Diploma in counselling children and young people – CPD Standards Office Accredited (Discounted for our members)

About the course

This course is brought to you by Dr Sue Pattison from SPC Online Training Academy. It is CPD Standards Office Accredited, and it contains 8 online modules (126 lessons) to work through at your own pace.

The Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People has all the elements of a high quality course, well grounded and aligned with professional body standards. It is Accredited by the CPD Standards Office and is used widely by major charities, counselling services, organisations and individuals. 

This course enables you to learn competences based on professional body standards to work with children and young people. As an adult trained counsellor or a student, or other psychological therapist, you will be able to use this knowledge to enhance your practice and work safely with children and young people in a range of contexts.

This course is for you if you are a student wanting practice hours from placements with CYP or an adult trained counsellor wanting to extend your practice.

There are 8 modules to complete the course. These are:

Module 1 – Child and Adolescent Development (You can access this for free via this link here)

Module 2 – Communication with Young People

Module 3 – Beginnings and Endings with Young People

Module 4 –  Child Protection and Safeguarding

Module 5 – Ethical and Professional Practice

Module 6 – Risk Assessments

Module 7 – Mental Health and Young People

Module 8 – Contexts and Settings

* there is also bonus advice on ‘next steps’.

You can read more about each module and access further information such as FAQs, here


The course is £360 and CTUK Members Club members get 10% off. You can also pay in 3 monthly installments. (If these options are too much for you right now then CTUK members can complete the course per module – please contact SPC Online Training Academy to discuss).

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to take this course of you are a qualified counsellor with any client group, for example, adults. Or you may be a counselling student wanting to take up a placement with CYP. The course can be used to provide the competences required for placements and a range of settings.


What’s more, when you sign up for any of the course modules you receive 25% off The Handbook for Counselling Children and Young People, published by Sage and co-edited by Sue Pattison. You will be emailed this code when you sign up for the above modules.


About the book – “Expert authors from a wide range of backgrounds bring together the fundamentals of counselling practice with children and young people in this landmark handbook. It covers all your students need to know about theory and practice approaches, the counselling process, and practice issues and settings. This second edition is updated with the latest developments and research in an ever-changing field, and includes new content on:

* Diversity and difference * Mental illness * Safeguarding and risk assessment * Child and young people’s development * Attachment theory and application.

Each chapter includes a chapter introduction and summary, reflective questions and activities, helping trainees to cement their learning. With chapters contributed by leading specialists and academics in the field, this book is essential reading for trainees and practitioners working with children and young people.

About Dr Sue Pattison

(PhD. MA. Dip Couns. MBACP (Accred). Cert Ed. HV.RGN.)

Sue has had a long career working with adults, children, young people and families in practice and an academic career at the Universities of Durham and Newcastle and presently with Arden University. She has written Diploma and Degree courses for universities in counselling, psychotherapy and clinical supervision as well as bespoke courses for organisations, including school counselling training for the EU. She has trained counsellors, psychotherapists and supervisors in Kenya, Hong Kong, South Africa and Turkey. Her work includes examining counselling and supervision courses at Universities such as Cambridge, Keele, Manchester, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Teesside. She was Joint Chair of the Children, Young People and Families Division of BACP for many years, and a supportive member of Counsellors Together UK. She has a busy counselling, supervision and training practice in Darlington and the South of France. You can read more about and contact Sue here.


Wow… what a list of member benefits! And all for just £6.99 a month!

Membership costs just £6.99 per month!

That’s right! For just £6.99 a month you get access to everything above!


 Still not convinced? Scroll down to read some of our member testimonials.

If you’re ready to join us simply enter your details below. You can opt to pay using a credit or debit card, or via PayPal. £6.99 will be taken from your account each month. You can cancel at any time by logging into your Members Area. You will receive an email containing your log-in details and further instructions to access the benefits above when you sign up.


Being a part of the CTUK Members Club not only gives great access to a huge amount of affordable CPD, and other perks, such as a free listing in the directory, but most importantly, the low cost membership fee allows CTUK to continue doing an amazing job on behalf of Counsellors by promoting our services and ensuring our fair treatment within the industry.

Jackie Donelan Counselling - CTUK Member


CTUK is the best membership club for counsellors and psychotherapists that I joined. There are so many benefits with access to CPDs and workshops being just a few to mention. More Importantly I feel part of a members club that support and cares for you. A members club at only £6.00 per month, amazing value and I would highly recommend it to all therapists. Thank you CTUK.

Ilse Leenders, I-Cope Counselling Services - CTUK Member.


Even though I have only been a member for a short time. CTUK has helped me find myself even more and has given me a voice as a Counsellor and helped stand up for Counsellor rights. This has also helped me with my knowledge and awareness within the field that I wasn’t taught in the classroom.

Garon Sheppard Therapy - CTUK Member.


CTUK is the only option for counsellors looking to be affirmed in their work by real-world remuneration, professional standing and high-quality CPD support. Having researched all membership options, CTUK felt like the only body that worked with me and for me as a hard-working professional.

Aurora - CTUK Member


Be sure to check out the CTUK members club, It has loads of great stuff going on. A fantastic support group, access to some great free training and a great directory. I really can’t recommend it enough. By the way be sure to look out for the free prize draws!

Steve Healey, Nurture Counselling & Psychotherapy - CTUK Member.


I’ve recently joined CTUK. There is a pool of excellent business resources we can use as a member and a diversity of training at a discount price, plus regular networking meetings to attend and much more.

Sarah Thorpe - CTUK Member.


I found the co-working days extremely supportive and helpful in developing ideas for my counselling business. The input from Maria was great as she is very knowledgeable about many aspects of launching or developing a sole trader counselling business. The small intimate groups allowed us to feel safe and comfortable to ask questions in the group. For example, I got some valuable feedback about potential logo designs for my website, including what might be off-putting for some clients, which I hadn’t considered before. Having been part of the pilot project for this, I will be returning again as there is always more to learn and new and diverse people to meet & work with, which makes for a worthwhile, enriching experience in terms of sharing resources, knowledge, experience, and gaining a referral network. An invaluable experience, indeed! Thanks Maria for hosting this great opportunity!

SBC - CTUK Member.


Feels like home at CTUK, a place to just be. A place you can get as involved as you have the energy for or that you can just happily scroll through the pages nodding away.

Carole Howells - CTUK Member.


The coworking session was fantastic, thanks so much to Maria, and team. If anyone has been wondering whether to join, please do, it was so useful and a great way to connect.

Kathryn - CTUK Member.


A fantastic opportunity to create a space for focused working alongside others in an online environment in the knowledge that support and feedback is there should you wish to use it. As ever, CTUK, creates a safe and warm environment for you to explore pieces of work – web copy, article ideas, future business plans – in the knowledge you will receive insightful, respectful and invaluable feedback from them and other CTUK members. Thank you!

Vic - CTUK Member.


I would highly recommend going to this (co-working sessions) – it was brilliant. Thanks Maria you are such a generous person. A very motivating session for me. Lovely to meet others too.

Elaine - CTUK Member.


I’m very proud to be a member of the CTUK members club. I fully support all the amazing work that CTUK are doing on behalf of counsellors and providing us with a much-needed voice. I find the club’s admin team inspiring and I have great admiration for the tireless work they are carrying out on behalf of our profession. The members club provides so much support to us in many practical ways also with it’s help and guidance in setting up in private practice as well as how to create a website. The space that is given to to talk about our own difficulties is so important as well as the various other opportunities to connect with and support each other. The creation of a free counselling directory is a very important new development which will really benefit members who are struggling to juggle all the various costs associated with setting up in private practice and who find this daunting. It also provides us with a high profile way of advertising our services. I’m particularly looking forward to the creation of the ‘therapist’s retreat’ which I believe will provide us with some much-needed respite and an opportunity to connect with other members in person. More than anything, it is wonderful to know that we are not alone and that at the very heart of this club is the best interests of its members without conditions nor agenda.

Christine - CTUK Member.


I do not make much money as a counsellor (and it takes a lot for me to part with some of my very hard earned income) but in the case of the CTUK Members Club I am so glad I did join. Like many of you over the years I have at times felt isolated, undervalued and even despondent in this career I love. CTUK Members Club has given me a sense of a counselling supportive community who passionately want to do all they can to enhance the pay, status and well-being of counsellors. It really gives me hope for a brighter future for our prospects and a true sense that together as one voice, we are stronger.

Mary Francis Counselling - CTUK Member.


CTUK have been incredibly supportive to my practice. Access to training, a place to be heard and a community that has the best interests of the Counselling profession at its heart. Thank you everyone at CTUK for everything you do, I really appreciate your hard work and dedication.

Helen Clarke, Safe Space Sussex - CTUK Member.


I have been a qualified counsellor since 2012 so I was more than a little surprised when for the first time I came across CTUK and all that they offer. I don’t know why they had never entered my radar before but I am very grateful they did. The understanding of the varying aspects of counselling and the highs and lows they bring is second to none. The partnerships that Maria and her team have forged are inspiring to say the least. Where does she get her energy from. Be it poetry or politics where a tag exists for counselling she will find it. The amount of affordable CPD that is on offer via CTUK and their partners is amazing and to many of us who have been prohibited by the cost of CPD courses over the years is an absolute wonder. Thank you CTUK.

Peter - CTUK Member.


Who are we?

The Counsellors Together UK Members Club was set up in August 2019 to help us to fund our campaign work at Counsellors Together UK (CTUK). CTUK is the UK’s largest counsellors’ campaign group and our main aim is to work together to end the culture and prevalence of unpaid work within our profession.

With almost 400 members here in our CTUK Members Club we are excited by the impact this club will have on those therapists who have decided to join us (via our member benefits), the wider CTUK group and the counselling world in general (via our campaign work). Yes, at CTUK, we like to dream BIG!

CTUK has had an amazing few years, influencing policy change and successful campaign work, as well as launching the UK’s first-ever National Counsellors’ Day. We work hard to help counsellors, and all therapists, to be recognised for the brilliant work they do, and to fight to end the culture and prevalence of unpaid work.

However, despite our success, we WANT, no we MUST, do more!

And to do that we need more funding!

Up until recently, we relied on our admin to work on a voluntary basis and also to personally fund the work we do, but this had to change. Our hope is that this paid Members Club will allow us to raise enough money to fund our ongoing campaign work.

Membership is just £6 per month and in return we offer a VERY impressive range of benefits which you can see for yourself above. Plus there is more to come. We are in talks with others about discounts on books, insurance, events, etc. and we expect to keep adding benefits as our CTUK Members Club grows 🙂

If you’d like to join us and become a member of the CTUK Members Club then all you need to do is fill out the form. £6 per month will be taken from the account of the card you pay with, and you can cancel your membership at any time by logging into your Members Area.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for joining us on this exciting journey together. I’m really excited that you have chosen to be a part of it with us, and hopefully, we’ll grow into something wonderful together.

Best wishes and see you in there!

Maria 🙂

*Maria Albertsen – Founder of Counsellors Together UK and National Counsellors’ Day.