Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills & Theory | 1-year part time access course

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.

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

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 are now closed for this academic year. Applications for our next academic year will open in March 2022

Locations: Online, Bedford, Luton, St Albans & Welwyn Garden City

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.