Fees and costs
Our psychotherapy and counselling courses are paid per year on an annual basis.
For Core Theory Year students, this is in one payment before the first training weekend/2-days of the year. For advanced students, a payment plan can be available subject to your circumstances. Any outstanding fees must be paid in full before the end of the academic year.
The current fee is available at: Course fees
As well as the fees payable to us, you also need to budget for associated costs including personal therapy and supervision, ongoing CPD, and conferences.
ECPT is an independent, private training provider specialising in training psychotherapists and counsellors. The academic level of our counselling courses is Level 6 (the same as a bachelors degree), and psychotherapy is Level 7 (the same as a postgraduate degree), however, the courses are part-time and a diploma from us is not a full degree.
A Level 6 or Level 7 ECPT Diploma is sufficient to work in many NHS settings or go into private practice, and makes you eligible to seek UKCP accreditation.
We are an alternative to university for those that want to study part-time, are able to self-fund, and want to gain the practical experience that UKCP and other accrediting bodies and employers are looking for alongside the academic work.
We do not have access to funding through Student Finance
Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of ECPT.
It is important that the psychotherapy and counselling community are representative of the wider community and we encourage applications to enter training from anyone who would like to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy regardless of gender, age, race, sexuality, nationality, or disability.
You can see our full Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion policy at – ECPT ED&I Policy
The Core Theory Year, and advanced years of our 3-year Psychotherapeutic Counselling and 4-year Psychotherapy diplomas run on weekends (from September) or on Thursdays & Fridays (from February).
For the September start, each year group runs one weekend per month from September to June.
For the February start, the mixed group of Core Theory Year students and advanced students runs one Thursday & Friday a month from February to December (no class in August)
The exact dates for each group are published on our website under the ‘Our Training’ tab
We are an Organisational Member of UKCP. We are able to accredit students as Psychotherapeutic Counsellors or Psychotherapists for registration with UKCP.
At the moment (March 2022), we are only able to accredit those students who have done a diploma with us. We are working on protocols so we can accredit external candidates in the near future.
Accreditation consists of working towards a written piece and/or an oral examination. Candidates will need to be an accreditation member of UKCP, attend accreditation working groups and then arrange an assessment with our accreditation panel.
Please send any queries about UKCP accreditation to email@example.com
Yes we do! It is at ECPT UKCP Accredited Therapist Directory and any student with a website membership can access this.
If you would like to be added to this directory please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your UKCP accreditation, a headshot, a bio, and contact details.
Our members website contains important information for our students and members about training, accrediation, and assessment. You need to be an approved member of the website to be able to access this part of the website.
The members website is on a different domain at www.ellesmerecentre.uk
To create a membership, you need to register with the site and select the appropriate membership level. For new Core Theory Year students, this will be Level 1, for example. The admin team will approve your membership and you can now access all the important information you will need throughout your time with ECPT.
If you are no longer a student of ECPT or you wish to take time out, you may want to purchase a membership plan.
Please see our affiliated membership policy at>> ECPT Affiliated Membership Policy
Professional Body Membership Overview
The purpose of this document is to provide information on professional membership throughout your training with ECPT and beyond. Whilst counsellors and psychotherapists are under no legal obligation to become a member of a professional body, membership will mean a member has met certain requirements set by their professional body and must abide by a code of ethics and complaints procedure which can offer assurance to prospective clients. Please read this document in conjunction with ECPT Affiliated Membership policy which provides further information on each level of our membership.
Whilst you are in training you become a member with ECPT. This is free and for the duration of your training. Alongside this membership, you may also decide to join UKCP independently although this is optional. There are two categories of UKCP membership for people in training – student £24 per year and trainee £74 per year (2023-24 price). UKCP define student members as in training but before commencing clinical practice. Once a student begins a placement and begins client work, they are then classed as a trainee member.
If you have completed your training but still have outstanding work or need to build up clinical or personal therapy hours to gain your diploma you will need to upgrade your ECPT membership to level 2 Holding membership until such a time as you have completed all requirements for graduation.
Once you have graduated from ECPT with a diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling or psychotherapy you may decide to work towards your accreditation. If you are building up hours to fulfil the requirements for accreditation you will need to move to level 2 holding membership. If you choose to graduate and not work towards accreditation you would no longer be a student with us, and this means you are not covered by ECPT’s UKCP membership and would need to look at joining a professional body. Unfortunately, you are not eligible to join UKCP until you have completed accreditation as they don’t have a level of membership between trainee and accredited members. ECPT recommend that you join a professional body such as NCPS or BACP in order to support and protect yourself and your client work. Information regarding their membership is available on their websites.
When you decide that you are ready to start the process towards gaining accreditation with UKCP, you will need to become a level 3 Accreditation member with us and will need to maintain this level of membership throughout the process until you gain accreditation.
Full Clinical Membership
Once you have gained UKCP accreditation you will need to remain a member with ECPT for a minimum of 12 months following your accreditation. When your membership renewal is due you would need to move to Level 4 CPD and Reaccreditation membership. Once you gain accreditation you also become eligible to register with UKCP as a full clinical member. This requires a separate membership and fee – please see UKCP website. Please be aware that if you decide not to join UKCP separately you will not be listed on the therapist directory on the UKCP website.
Once accredited with ECPT, you may decide to remain a member with us and complete your reaccreditation at 5 years and so would continue to renew your membership with us annually. Alternatively after 12 months following your accreditation with ECPT, you may decide that you wish to become a direct member of UKCP and would be eligible to apply to become a UKCP direct member. You would need to maintain your ECPT membership until UKCP direct members accept your application. If you are not a member with us at the time of your application, UKCP will not accept you as a direct member. Please be aware that by becoming a direct member with UKCP, you would lose the benefits of ECPT membership. You would also complete your 5 year reaccreditation process with UKCP. Please see ECPT reaccreditation handbooks for details of how to apply for UKCP direct membership or contact UKCP membership directly.
ECPT have two levels of membership for anyone wanting to offer supervision to our students. If you are a fully accredited member and become a supervisor, you will need to upgrade your membership on renewal to level 5 Accredited Member/Supervisor level. For supervisors who have not gained UKCP accreditation with ECPT, they would join level 6 Associate Supervisor membership level. It is important for students to ensure any supervisor they choose to work with whilst gaining qualification and accreditation with ECPT hold membership with us in order to be able to count hours. If you are not sure, please contact our admin team for verification.
We run regular open nights throughout the year. Some are online, and some are in the centre. Please check out our Open Nights page for more information
If you would prefer to come in your own time, please call or email and a private tour in office hours can be arranged. We would love to meet you and discuss more about training to be a counsellor or psychotherapist with ECPT.
Yes we do – our latest prospectus can be viewed at: Ellesmere Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Prospectus
Here you can also watch videos of talks with current and past students and our Core Theory Year tutor Anita Holland.
If you have any further questions about our UKCP accredited psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling courses, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us
If you have a complaint about any aspect of your experience with ECPT, please check out our Complaints Policy for what to do next – https://ellesmerecentre.co.uk/complaints-procedure/
Yes we do! We have two centres in Hull, one on Beverley Road HU5 and one on Holderness Road HU8
You can rent any of our therapy rooms by the hour, by the day, or on an ongoing exclusive basis
Find out more about our rooms at >> Therapy room hire in Hull
Please contact the admin team to arrange a viewing on 01482 450000
Are you coming to us for a training day or for a therapy session? Please note that we have two sites – one on Holderness Road in Hull and one on Beverley Road in Hull. Please check which centre you need to be. Most of the training is run at Holderness Road but we do sometimes do the odd session at Beverley Road. Therapy sessions can be held at either site. If you’re not sure, please contact your therapy provider.
861 Holderness Road, Hull
Our postcode is HU8 9BA
We are situated on Holderness High Road at the top of Ellesmere Avenue opposite Kingston Wesley Methodist Church.
We have a car park on a first-come first-served basis. On training days, please use the church car park and collect a parking pass from the noticeboard. Please avoid parking where it will impede local residents.
We have a cycle park. Please bring your own lock.
There are lots of bus services up and down Holderness Road and we have bus stops very close by. We recommend the 56 or 57 run by East Yorkshire Buses but there are many more which will go that way.
267 Beverley Road, Hull
The postcode is HU5 2ST. The Beverley Road centre is pretty much opposite Beverley Road baths.
There is a car park to the rear on a first-come first-served basis. Go round the back of the Tesco, up the tenfoot, and to the very bottom. Parking is unrestricted on the nearby side streets, and up to two hours free parking on Beverley Road itself, but please check the signage.
We have a cycle park to the rear – please bring a lock.
We have bus stops very close by and there are numerous frequent services which go up Beverley Road run by both East Yorkshire Buses and Stagecoach. The 4, 6, 7, 8, 121, 122 and X46/X47 services go this route from Hull city centre.
For disabled access, please access the building from the front where there is an accessible ramp.