Student membership

Are you studying for a UKCP-accredited qualification in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling at one of our training organisations? If you haven’t started seeing clients yet, you can become a UKCP student member.

If you’re considering whether a career in psychotherapy is right for you, find out more and read case studies from our members about how they became a psychotherapist. If you aren’t enrolled on a course yet, take a look at our directory of training organisations.


Why apply for UKCP student membership

Our members come from all walks of life, and from a wide range of professional backgrounds, from nursing, teaching, law, marketing, and many more. What they have in common is a desire to help people and an understanding of the life-changing power of psychotherapy.

Becoming a psychotherapist takes drive, determination, and self-reflection. We aim to support you every step of the way. Join our network of respected psychotherapeutic professionals and benefit from their shared knowledge, contribute your voice, and access our resources.

Benefits of student membership

Apply for a bursary to help cover training costs

As a UKCP trainee you may qualify to receive financial assistance through our annual UKCP Bursary.


Increase your visibility and credibility

Be the first to know about our exclusive networking opportunities – including online and regional events, Members’ Forum and special interest groups – and meet other professionals who could become a great source of referrals in the future.


Keep up to date

Stay informed about developments in psychotherapy and mental health with a free subscription of the New Psychotherapist magazine, published three times a year.

Our fortnightly emails will keep you fully briefed on news affecting the profession, updates on campaigns and developments within UKCP.

You’ll also gain access to the video archive of our webinar series, covering member-recommended topics such as structural racism and sexual and domestic violence.


Save money 

You’ll gain access to discounted tickets for our events and conferences. You can also save 20% at Routledge books and receive free global shipping, login into your members areas as access the 'Resources' tab to get your discount. 

How to join

You can apply for your student membership online - download our guide to joining.

You must be attending a UKCP-accredited course with one of our organisational members, leading to a psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling qualification. To confirm your application, we need to verify your details with your training organisation, which could take up to 10 working days.

If you have started seeing clients as part of your training, you will need to upgrade to our trainee membership.

By applying to and renewing your membership, you automatically agree to the student membership declaration/terms and conditions.

For more information, please email our membership team.

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