NCPS | FAQs about Individual Membership
  • Are you the same as the NCS?

    Yes - the Society changed our name in 2021. The National Counselling Society evolved into the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society.

  • Can I join the NCPS if I am already a member of another professional body?

    Yes of course – it is your choice to belong to as many professional bodies as you choose. If you are a member of a relevant professional body that holds an Accredited Register then we may be able to offer an equivalent route to register for membership.

  • Can I still join you if I can’t find all of my qualification certificates?

    It is very important that we carry out rigorous checks backed up by relevant evidence when processing membership applications. Contact us to discuss this and we will do our best to help you – for example, you may be able to get alternative proof of your qualifications.

  • How can I become a member?

    To apply for membership please follow this link: Become a MemberThe National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society recognises the experience and skills that each individual can bring to our profession and you will find this in our easy to understand application process. To find out more about membership with the NCPS please visit our Become a Member section.

  • Can I pay my membership fee by cheque?

    We do not accept cheques to pay for membership fees. Membership fees are payable via Direct Debit which is set up when you start the application process. 

  • Can I apply for reduced membership fees when in receipt of benefits?

    Yes, we offer reduced rates of membership for those on a low income – if you are in receipt of state benefit including state pension or unwaged with no personal income (tax credits not included) please select the relevant option when applying. Please note we will require written proof of the benefit which you can supply on your signing up journey. 

  • I want to apply, but don’t have any Public Liability insurance. Do I need this?

    As a registrant of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society, you must have current professional insurance. Although you can choose to use any insurance company that offers appropriate cover the Society has negotiated preferential rates with Howden Professional, Towergate and Balens for all of our members.

    The Society is not qualified to advise on legal matters. We suggest that any queries with regards to legal issues/legal representation are directed to your professional insurance provider or other suitably qualified professional.

  • I want to apply, but don’t have a Supervisor. Do I need one?

    As a registrant of the Society, you must demonstrate a commitment to supervised practice. Supervision should be appropriate to the number of client hours and type of practice essential for the award and maintenance of professional membership. The Society holds a register of qualified and experienced Supervisors whose details are listed in the member's section of the website.

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