Counselling insurance

Specialist cover for counselling professionals from as little as £5 a month

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From over 25 years experience, our specialist insurance for counsellors has been designed to cover a multitude of risks facing working as counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists.

In today's litigious society, allegations of wrongdoing can be made against even the most experienced practitioners. An accusation that a course of counselling has not had the expected results, an accident at your offices or being unable to work for a long time due to illness could have a serious impact on your business.

Our specialist insurance for counsellors can be tailored to cover against such situations and many more.

Arranging your insurance cover online is fast and easy - our simple quote form will collect details about your business and offer you cover that may be of interest. You can buy as much or as little cover as you choose, and have the option to spread the cost of your policy over 10 interest free monthly payments. Cover starts are just £5 a month - get an online quote in 90 seconds now!

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Insurance covers for counsellors

  • Public liability and professional indemnity (professional malpractice) insurance

    Public liability and professional indemnity insurance (also known as professional malpractice insurance) offers comprehensive protection against the cost of defending your business against allegations of professional negligence (such as providing poor treatment to a client) and if unsuccessful, the cost of damages awarded against you.

    In addition, it covers the cost of defending your business (including damages awarded against you if unsuccessful) if someone is injured, or their property damaged, which arises from you going about your business. Examples of claims include:

    • A client alleges that a series of counselling sessions has not had the desired results. They take legal action against you to recoup their loss.
    • While visiting your premises, a client slips on a rug and breaks their wrist. They take legal action against you, seeking compensation for their injury.

    This cover is usually considered essential protection for counsellors against a wide range of claims, and may be a requirement of your industry association. Limits are available from £1m to £5m.

  • Employer's liability insurance

    Employer’s liability insurance covers your therapy business against claims for injury or illness suffered by employees arising from their employment.

    An example of a claim would be:

    • An employee slips on a spillage in a treatment room and injures themselves. They are unable to work as a result and take legal action against you for the injury suffered.

    If you have any employees, even on a part time basis, you are required to have a minimum of £5m worth of employer's liability insurance cover by law. Our policy provides £10m as standard.

  • Directors and officers insurance

    Directors and officers insurance covers the costs of defending you as a director or officer of your company against allegations of wrongful acts and any damages subsequently awarded against you. Limits range from £100,000 to £5m.

  • Portable equipment and office insurance

    Portable equipment insurance covers laptops, mobile phones and portable equipment you use for treatment against accidental damage (including theft) anywhere in the world. If you have your own premises, office insurance covers your office buildings, office contents and computer equipment against accidental damage (including theft) whilst on your business premises.

  • Occupational personal accident

    Occupational personal accident insurance provides a weekly payment if you are unable to work due to temporary total disablement (subject to a 14 day deferment period).

    In the event of loss of limbs, sight, speech, hearing, permanent total disablement or death, a lump sum would be paid out.

    If you work as a complementary therapist and would struggle to maintain an income if you were unable to work following an occupational accident, you should give consideration to this cover.

  • Legal representation and employment disputes insurance

    Legal representation and employment disputes insurance pays your legal and representation costs, together with any award you are required to pay, following an employment dispute. It also pays costs and expenses for certain crisis management, identity fraud, official investigation, corporate manslaughter, pollution, HMRC tax investigation and data protection issues.

  • Cyber and data risks insurance

    Cyber and data risks insurance pays the costs of restoring data and equipment, informing clients, meeting ransom demands and loss of your net profit following a cyber attack. It also pays your legal defence costs and damages you are legally liable to pay to other parties. If you hold confidential information about your clients on computers and other internet connected devices (including the therapies and treatments you provide to them), you should give consideration to this cover.

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Frequently asked questions

  • I treat clients at various locations, including in my home - is this covered?

    Yes. If you treat clients at various different locations - for example, you treat some clients in their home, some in a rented practice room and others in your own home - you will be covered by our policy.

  • Am I covered to treat clients with terminal illnesses (such as cancer)?

    Yes. Our policy provides cover for treating clients with terminal illnesses.

  • What limit of cover should I choose?

    Many clients and industry bodies with regulatory requirements will require you to have a minimum level of cover in order for you to undertake a contract, so it's worth checking this before you arrange cover. If you're unsure, or it's the first time you have arranged cover, give some thought to a worst-case scenario and the likely costs involved in putting your mistake right. We offer a range of limits, so you're sure to find the right cover for your business.

  • Why should I choose Markel’s insurance?

    Markel has over 25 years of experience insuring contractors, consultants and self-employed professionals. We insure over 200,000 micro businesses and are highly rated by our customers at Feefo.com.

    We are a division of Markel International, a Lloyd’s and London market insurer that wrote gross premium totals of $1.2 billion in 2018.

    To talk about your insurance requirements and better understand our cover, call us on 0800 640 6600 or get a quick quote online.

  • How are Markel regulated?

    Markel is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority – details of which you’ll find on the Financial Services Register.

Insure with Markel and enjoy access to unique services for your business

In addition to comprehensive cover, insuring with Markel means you enjoy access to unique services for your complementary therapy business at no additional cost (when the relevant section of cover is purchased).

24 hour legal helpline 24 hour legal advice helpline

When you insure with Markel, you'll benefit from 24/7 telephone access to a qualified solicitor at no additional cost. Expert legal advice can be costly when you're working for yourself and it's difficult to know who to turn to for a trustworthy answer. Whether it's a question on health and safety, employment law, legal structures for your business or how to handle a difficult client, an experienced team of solicitors are on hand day and night to help you with any business-related legal queries. Included as standard with all policies.

Legal hub access Markel Law Hub access

In addition to our 24 hour legal helpline, you'll have access to the Markel Law Hub - an award winning online resource of legal and business guides, templates and content written and created by our team of expert solicitors. Instantly download ready-made contracts, policies, procedures and guidance you can use for your business - without paying any expensive legal fees. Included as standard with all policies.

  Fee dispute service

As every self-employed therapist knows, customers don't always pay on time and chasing unpaid fees/invoices costs time and money. Mindful of the impact this has on your business, we offer our policyholders access to a unique fee dispute helpline operated by one of the UK's leading law firms, who will provide specialist legal guidance and support on fee dispute issues. Included as standard with public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

  Public relations crisis management service

In today's 24 hour news culture, public relations disasters can occur at any time. Having to deal with the press whilst managing a difficult situation can be hugely stressful as well as being a potential minefield. When there is a risk to your business as a result of negative press attention, our specialist public relations crisis management firm, The Counsel House, will work with you to help manage allegations of fraud, injury caused to employees or the public, and official investigations into your company's affairs. Included as standard with public liability and professional indemnity insurance, directors and officers insurance, cyber and data risks insurance and legal representation and employment disputes insurance. 

Cover starting at just £5 a month