“I would like to recommend the National Counselling Society as a great resource for articles and news of upcoming training events. I have attended a course in Manchester which was excellent. (Grow your own practice) I only wish there were more in the north of England. Every time I have needed to change anything on my profile it has been done with speed and excellent communication. I only wish more people could get to know their worth in the field of counselling.”

— Annette Mattingle

“I joined NCS many years ago. I was thinking of applying to another professional body for accreditation, but when I saw how 'wholesome' the NCS application form was I chose to go with NCS. It has been a tremendous support, not only through its very worthy and regular newsletter but also when I have made contact to become fully informed around an ethical issue. My other source of advice was nowhere near as informative or supportive.”

— Carol Haigh

“In my experience, the NCS have always responded very promptly to any requests for information. If they don't know the answer straight away, they go and find out and get back to me – the NCS can be relied on and that really makes a difference.”

— Caroline Nottage

“Being a member of the National Counselling Society has made me even prouder to be a Therapist and consolidated the process of accreditation into meaningful and achievable steps. In contrast to some other associated societies, it makes the members feel part of a community of 'people', rather than another statistical 'tick-box'. I am proud to be a Counsellor and associated with the National Counselling Society!”

— Clive Lubert

“My decision to become a member of The National Counselling Society was due to the fact that not only were my current qualifications considered valuable but also my past profession as a Social Worker. My work as a social worker, both as a generic and family team worker, provided me with a wealth of "coal face" experience that has been invaluable as a counsellor and The National Counselling Society could clearly see the link between the two professions. I am extremely proud to be an accredited member and value the regular contact I have with the Society.”                                                                                                                     

— Heather Morgan - Dip S.W. CQSW, Dip Clinical & Pastoral Counselling. MSC (Acc)

“I am really happy I decided to join NCS. I have recently done a seminar that I would never have known about had it not been for the Newsletter. I find the Newsletters both interesting and informative. I enjoy belonging to an organisation that is supportive without being constantly 'in your face'.”

— Helen Gale

“Joining the National Counselling Society was the best move I ever made, my queries have always been answered quickly and in a simple way. I look forward to the news letters which are also precise and to the point with interesting and useful information.”

— Jane Taylor - JIT Counselling

“I joined the NCS because it regards counselling as a 'vocation' and in my dealings with them over the last two years I have always found the office extremely warm, helpful and friendly. I feel privileged to belong to an organisation which puts its member counsellors and their clients first above the glorification of the organisation itself.”

— June Sime

“I was so impressed with the Professional approach of this organisation that I decided to become an Accredited Member. What I liked most about their approach was the "whole" approach they accepted when applying for membership, which included not only Professional Development and Training Undertaken, but they were interested in all the Personal Development work as well. I feel this is so important in our field when working with the sensitive issues of our clients. Thank you for the opportunity to add this comment.”

— Kathleen Savage

“I particularly enjoy receiving the NCS Newsletter; I’ve found it to be interesting and informative. Thanks for the work that goes into preparing it.”

— Linda Newbold

“Applying for professional membership and accreditation was a very thorough and professional process and I have found since becoming a member that I am immediately sent important announcements and don't have to wait until the monthly newsletter is released. I found the organisation is fair in their assessment of members and they holistically looked at my contributions to the counselling profession. I found too, that contact I have made with the National Counselling Society, my queries has been responded to quickly. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I wished I had changed my professional body sooner and joined The National Counselling Society earlier.”

— Mary Parsons

“Access to latest events and online information, status/reassurance when seeking/servicing clients, a forum for discussion and feedback, access to support services, non-intrusive presence which is both 'there when needed' and 'not' when not, over and above regular newsletters etc. A well run organisation with effective 'background' presence which is much appreciated in most persons' busy lives and an example which other 'support organisations' would do well to follow.”

— Mike Hoinville

“I’ve just recently become a member of the National Counselling Society and have already been approached by a magazine for essential services to promote my business - this wasn’t an area that I thought about but seeing as I have a background in nursing it would be very fitting to offer my services in this line of work as daily I have gone through what these valuable members of staff have experienced. They picked up my details from the Counselling Society webpage.”

— Moira Rowan

“I find the National Counselling Society keeps me up-to-date via regular emails, so if there are jobs, announcements or advice, I get them now, not 2 months later in an environmentally-unfriendly, chunky journal.
Your administrative staff are pleasant and an email response is usually received within hours.
I am delighted to have joined the NCS.” 

— Pam Gully - NCS Accredited Counsellor

“I have been with National Society since 2007. The accreditation system was particularly inspiring for me and the questions were most suited to my style of writing compared to other accreditations which I found very difficult if I was to achieve and enhance my confidence in my practice.
The articles are most inspiring and informative. The authors of the articles show a huge understanding of their own philosophies and techniques, I am always eager to read the newsletter.
The CPD courses are spread around the country, so throughout the course of the year there seems to be a venue I could get to if I wanted. There is a great range of studies and workshops to attend that would be invaluable to any one of us therapists wanting to enhance our practice.”

— Phyllis Holmes

“The National Counselling Society have been supportive and friendly throughout my time with them. I have grown from a student to a full time qualified and experienced counsellor and they have helped me along my journey. The team are brilliant and invaluable. It's well worth being a member.”

— Sally-Anne Aston

“I have been an accredited member of the society for some five years and during that time have benefited from my membership in a number of ways.
I believe that it is essential to be an accredited member of a professional body in order to perform my work as a Counsellor / Mental health practitioner effectively and safely. It has been good to know that, should I ever need it, there exists the help and support of a professional body. I also maintain my membership in the knowledge that it 'is there' - we cannot 'do what we do' unsupported and unrepresented. I also welcome the newsletters and read the articles with interest - when the concerns about registration of counsellors and the HPC and other government initiatives were being discussed, the society was there, in the front line, representing its members and asserting its influence.
I know that I have developed, both professionally and personally, in so many ways since becoming a member, and the open and progressive attitude of the society has been a supportive and reassuring influence on many levels. It is also very good value for money compared to the other professional bodies out there.”

— Simon Hornby

“The website is an excellent source of the latest thinking in counselling. Its articles are concise and always well-written, making them a valuable reference for professionals.”

— Vanadis Ward

“Being a member of the National Counselling Society has been a very positive experience. I was made to feel of value from the start, and received the sort of help in becoming a member that other organisations don't even talk about. I am kept informed on all important issues on counselling and therapy, and have attended an interesting and well organised CPD course which I considered to be of excellent value. I cannot praise the society high enough. Thank you NCS.

— Walter F McCann

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