Who we are
We are an innovative counselling and psychotherapy service dedicated to making therapy accessible across the UK. We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) which is a type of social enterprise. This means that our primary purpose as an organisation is to offer a service to our community. Any profits made are invested back into the services we offer to ensure that you get the best possible outcomes from your therapy.
What we can offer
We are particularly pleased to offer long term therapy within our services as this is often not available without paying high prices. As well as offering a great service to our clients we also act as a placement provider for local Counselling and Psychotherapy training providers. We offer a supportive and friendly environment in which trainees can hone their skills as they build their required hours for qualification. We offer in-house supervision as well as low-cost training workshops.
Edinburgh – Our 2nd Location
The UK Counselling Network has joined forces with Physis Scotland, We will offer low cost counselling at their offices in Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh on a Thursday from 9am till 2pm and Friday 10am 4pm
Drighlington Health Hub opened in September 2018 as a centre to support the holistic health and well-being of our local community with services including Yoga & Tai Chi alongside Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The low-cost counselling service started in January 2019, originally expecting to provide support to local people in our village and the surrounding area. Since launching the service it has become well known for providing excellent support to clients and the service has grown rapidly.
In response to Covid-19, they launched an online service that began to reach people across the country. This prompted their change of focus to prioritise and expand the low-cost counselling services including the change of name to the UK Counselling Network CIC. The service was originally the dream of founders Sally Benson and Nathan Gould. Sadly in October 2022, Nathan sadly and abruptly lost his life to cancer. Starting Drighlington Health Hub was their way of giving back to the local community. To continue that innovation and clinical excellence, we are extremely privileged to welcome Allan Todd to the Team. The rest, as they say, is history in its making.
The UK Counselling Network CIC is growing year on year and we have recently recruited Sally Edmondson who has taken on an administrative role. Our clinical placement team is currently made up of over 116 therapists plus a large growing bank of qualified therapists. We are pleased to have a growing team of in-house Supervisors who support our therapists through their placement journey also. In addition, we have Jason Hutton as our superb accountant.
Sally Benson Director, Therapist, Group Therapist & Trainer
Sally Benson MBACP is a qualified therapist and Group work practitioner with the Institute of Group Analysis. She has also developed and delivered training for over 20 years. Sally is highly committed to ensure that the overall service provided is of an excellent standard and oversees the Operational aspects of the UK Counselling Network. Sally is committed to ensuring its future expansion and on-going development to meet the needs of its growing client base throughout the UK.
Allan Todd Director, Psychotherapist, Group Therapist and Trainer
Allan Todd MBACP practices in both person-centred counselling, psychoanalysis and is also a qualified Group work practitioner with the Institute of Group Analysis. He has a depth of experience in training and development & extensive experience of working in a variety of third sector and charitable mental health organisations. Allan is committed to both the growth of the organisation and the development of its valued staff team as well as the provision of excellent services to its clients and partner organisations.
Sally Edmondson Qualified Counsellor and Placement Co-ordinator
Sally is a qualified person-centred counsellor and placement co-ordinator with the UK Counselling Network CIC. She has spent a number of years as a risk analyst and has a keen eye for detail and assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of business key controls. She will be fulfilling a vital role with the UK Counselling Network as the organisation continues to expand.
Alison Cutt Qualified Counsellor and Contracts Administrator
Alison is a qualified person-centred counsellor and has been a valuable member of the contracts admin team at UKCN since 2022. Alison has years of experience in HR and she is responsible for administering our work with the NHS and our Employee Assistance Programs.
Lisa Glover Qualified Counsellor and Administrator
Lisa is a qualified person centred counsellor and part time administrator. She has many years of secretarial and administrative work from a variety of settings. She is also a songwriter for The Swansong Project, where she works with with the bereaved to write songs about loved ones as well as people at the end of life who wish to leave a song as a legacy.