Free Open Days | Discover if counselling training is for you

In light the COVID-19 escalation and in order to keep our staff and prospective students safe we have decided to deliver our open days virtually as an online webinar. Details and more information on this will be with you soon.

Introduction to Counselling 

If you’re unsure if counselling is the right path for you or which modality of counselling you would like to study in, our Introduction to Counselling course gives you an overview of the different modalities to study in, which includes psychodynamic, person centred, integrative and CBT.

These are 12 hour introductory courses delivered over 4 or 6 weeks, providing an accessible and interesting insight to the theory and practice of counselling.  While the course is primarily theoretical, it also develops some awareness of the basic skills in counselling practice, like active listening.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to be able to deliver our highly reputable, sold out courses online. When it is judged safe to do so, we will re-open our face to face training but continue to offer a virtual platform as it has proved a popular option. Please check the website for updates as we are reviewing this regularly in line with the government’s guidance.

Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling

Psychodynamic counselling initially evolved from Sigmund Freud’s theories on the unconscious and the importance of early childhood experiences that go on to shape our present day relationships.  As such throughout the course you will  develop knowledge and understanding about yourself as you delve into the theory of personal development and the underlying principles of the psychodynamic counselling approach.

Application Process  

Application Forms for the Foundation Certificate are open and 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.

We will accept application forms that have been emailed into

Applications can take up to four weeks to process, after which time you will be notified if you have received a place on the course.

If you still wish to proceed with your application, return the acceptance form to secure your place.

Course Details:

Start date: September 2020

Locations:  Clapham, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City, Luton and Bedford.

Times:Morning session: 10am-1:30pm | Evening session: 6.00pm-9:30pm
There are nine groups being delivered across the locations listed above. You will only attend the session you choose on your application

Please note that we are closely monitoring the government’s guidance regarding COVID-19 and there is a chance this course may be delivered online starting in September 2020 and throughout 2020-21 academic year as required. We are excited to embrace this platform and will be also using it to launch our Introduction to Counselling Skills as well as our open days via webinar. We are closely following the BACP guidance and recommendations on this matter. Please check our website for updates.

The Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills & Theory is a 1-year part time access course.  

It aims to provide those who wish to develop counselling skills in work-based and other settings with the skills and knowledge, which will enhance and support their work.

The Foundation Certificate also provides the grounding for further training to become a professional counsellor. Whether you choose to undertake our Foundation Certificate alone or if you would like to continue the journey to becoming a fully accredited counsellor; our Foundation course is the first step.  

We are proud to offer:

  • the opportunity for self-discovery and growth
  • personalised teaching with small classroom sizes
  • a nurturing environment with highly experienced tutors
  • a hands on approach to learning with a mix of theory and role play
  • over 45 years of expertise in anxiety, depression and psychodynamic training
  • and a chance to become a part of a charity that is passionate about promoting positive mental health and gives back to the community with affordable counselling sessions

“The course not only teaches theory and skills but encourages self reflection and growth.”
Pam Firth, Foundation Certificate Programme Tutor

Progression Opportunities  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have gained the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to be considered for a place on our Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

The course may inspire you to go on and study our professional part-time psychodynamic counselling courses which are Post-Graduate and Masters level psychotherapy training programmes which are endorsed and accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Alternatively, it is also widely recognised as an access course to many other institutions’ professional training.

Student Feedback:

Here’s what our 2018 cohort of students said about our course.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the course, my tutors were supportive, professional and have a great depth of knowledge and experience.”

“I found the course excellent and enjoyed it thoroughly.”

“I feel my course exceeded all expectations in delivering the course.”

“A fantastic course tutor and fantastic group facilitator, this course has changed my life, I am so grateful”.

If you have any questions regarding training, please note that we are only able to answer email queries rather than calls currently. If you wish to apply for a course, please send your application form to . Thank you for your understanding at this time.