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Training Overview

Training to become a counsellor or a psychotherapist is a long-term commitment. The flow chart below sets out potential training routes at The Counselling Foundation. It has options for students taking their first steps on their training journey as well as opportunities for full professional training.

To find out more book onto one of our Open Days or contact our Training Team on

Introduction to Counselling

Key Information

Course Format: Online

Course Length: 4 weeks for 3 hours per week. 12 hours total tutor contact time.

This online course is a taster course suitable for anyone who is interested in finding out more about counselling training or those in the helping professions who simply wish to enhance their skills. It gives you an insight into the different modalities and a chance to practice core skills including effective listening. It is delivered by experienced, qualified counsellors.

Open Days

Deciding which course is right for you takes time and consideration. Attending our Open Days can help you explore what The Counselling Foundation has to offer so you can feel confident you’re making the best choice.

We have two upcoming free Open Days that you are welcome to book, using the buttons below.

If you have any specific questions about this course, please email and we can arrange for you to speak to a tutor or one of the training team.

Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling

Key Information

Course Format: In person or online

Course Length: 1 year (part time) 3 hours tutor contact time per week


This Foundation Course is a stand-alone course for anyone who wishes to develop psychodynamic counselling and interpersonal skills to support their work or to enhance their life skills. It gives you an insight into the different modalities and a chance to practice and develop core psychodynamic skills. It is delivered by experienced, qualified counsellors.


Psychodynamic counselling is a modality of counselling that focuses on early childhood experiences and how they affect us later in life.

The Foundation Certificate course provides the necessary theory and skills for further psychodynamic training. As a standalone course, it also provides those who wish to develop counselling and interpersonal skills in work based and other settings with skills and knowledge that will support their work. The course covers:

  • Psychodynamic counselling skills
  • Human growth and development theory
  • Working with difference and diversity
  • Personal Development Group

On this course we offer:

  • Personalised teaching with small class sizes
  • A nurturing environment with highly experienced tutors
  • A hands-on approach to learning with a mix of theory, skills practice, and personal development group
Application Process

Application forms for the Foundation Certificate can be found by downloading the link below. It is important, any questions on the application form are answered as fully as possible as suitability is decided based on those responses.

Please Note: Applications can only be accepted by email to We aim to acknowledge receipt of applications within five working days.

The process can take up to four weeks before you are contacted again and notified of the outcome. Within this time, some applicants may be contacted for an interview to discuss their application form in further detail.

Application deadline: Applications for September 2023 now closed.

Course start date: September 2023

Locations: Online, St Albans & Welwyn Garden City

Progression Opportunities
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have gained the necessary theory and skills practice to be considered for a place on our Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
Alternatively, the Foundation course is widely recognised as an access course to many other institutions’ professional counselling training.

For more information on the Foundation Certificate, including locations, times and cost of the course, please see our Training Prospectus below.

If you have any questions regarding training or would like to book a visit, please contact

BACP Accreditation

The Counselling Foundation is itself an organisational member of BACP. We offer a career in counselling with our part time psychodynamic counselling courses.

The BACP accreditation schemes aim to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy. It helps those seeking therapy make an informed decision when choosing a therapist.

BACP course accreditation is recognised by training providers, employers and students as a mark of a high quality, professional practitioner training course. Increasingly clients understand the importance of using a therapist who is professionally trained and qualified, and is a member of a professional body.

Our registered membership represents the minimum level of training and experience that we recommend a client should expect from a therapist.

By choosing a BACP accredited course, you can be sure that:

  • the course content, delivery and assessment meet the highest professional standards
  • the course is mapped to external benchmark standards and curricula
  • the tutor team meets BACP teaching, experience and practice requirements
  • the learning environment and resources are appropriate for high-quality practitioner training
  • the course assessment and moderation are externally assured
  • the course and practice requirements satisfy BACP membership and individual accreditation training requirements
  • the course is subject to ongoing BACP quality assurance

Successful graduates of BACP accredited courses can apply to join the BACP Register directly without having to sit a Certificate of Proficiency.

It is important to note that undertaking an Accredited course will not give an individual Accreditation as a counsellor. Individuals who complete counselling training have to apply for individual Accreditation and go through an Accreditation process.

Joining a recognised professional body, like BACP can benefit both your training and future career, through access to resources, knowledge and networks. It also gives you professional credibility, showing that you are committed to practising competently, ethically and safely and to continuous professional development. If you have decided to train as a Counsellor we offer psychodynamic counselling training courses from the Foundation Certificate through to Advanced Certificate.


In February 2023 BACP, together with its other professional body partners, adopted the SCoPEd framework. This sets out the core training, practice and competence requirements for counsellors and psychotherapists working with adults. Members of BACP will be eligible for alignment in one of 3 columns: A, B or C with the possibility of transitioning to a different column as they undertake further training and gather clinical experience.

Counselling Foundation students who complete the Foundation Certificate and the Diploma will be eligible for Column A (registered membership) once they have completed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.

Counselling Foundation students who complete the Foundation Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma have completed the theoretical part of an accredited course (450 hours), and most of the required clinical hours (300 out of 450 hours). Students will need to complete a further 150 post qualification clinical hours and can then apply for individual accredited membership in Column B.

There is now a transitional period from Feb 2024- Jan 2026. After that new accreditation routes will be published by BACP.

Please continue to monitor the BACP website for further detail. You can also find helpful information including FAQs and more details where you will be represented on the website.

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