Have you got what it takes to become a counsellor?

August 30, 2019 10:00 am Published by

It all begins with the Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling access course…

Studying to become a counsellor provides learning essential life-saving and life-enhancing skills which can help to improve the mental health of those experiencing bereavement, loss, anxiety, depression, disability and other challenging life issues.

The Counselling Foundation are encouraged to see attitudes changing towards the stigma of asking for support with mental health which has been broken down following increased media awareness campaigns. However, there is a surge in demand for counselling as more people including men who now feel comfortable about seeking support through talking therapies.

To address this demand, there has never been a more rewarding time for anyone looking to change career and train to become a counsellor.

Many people choose to diversify careers and the Foundation’s part time access course facilitates flexibility, enabling anyone looking to study alongside their ‘day job’ and family commitments.

The Foundation deliver quality accredited training to over 200 student counsellors each year across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and students in turn volunteer at the counselling charity and other charities to gain valuable experience for their qualifications.

According to Mental Health Foundation statistics, suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49*.  In the UK alone, men under the age of 45 are more at risk of taking their own lives, three times more than women. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.

It is often mens’ reluctance to seek help and support if they are feeling anxious, depressed or are facing life changing events that is one of the contributing factors as to why many men succeed in taking their own lives.  If you compare this with women who are more likely to ask for help when feeling depressed or have suicidal thoughts.

Family break-ups, separations and unemployment can spark fear, loneliness and failure especially in men as they try to come to terms with isolation and financial difficulties.

Female counsellors outnumber male by more than five to one and the Foundation would like re-dress the balance by encouraging more man onto their counselling training programme and consider a career as a therapist.

Robert Cuming, the Foundation’s CEO, said

“As one of the largest providers of psychodynamic training in the South East, the Foundation’s accredited counselling training programme offer expertise, knowledge and relationship skills that make a rewarding career choice that can make a genuine difference to people”.

Applications to apply to study in September 2019 close on 30 August.

Venue locations include, St Albans, Bedford, Luton, Welwyn Garden City and Clapham.

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