I want to train as a Counsellor and I am not sure what course I should take?

If you have decided to train as a Counsellor we offer psychodynamic counselling training courses from the Foundation Certificate, Diploma Certificate to Advanced Certificate.  This will allow you to join the BACP Register (after either joining as a student or individual member first) without having to pass the Certificate of Proficiency first. You will then be able to apply for Individual Accreditation with the BACP.

If you are uncertain if the career is for you we recommend that you take our part time Introduction to Counselling Course, a 12 hour course over 4 or 6 weeks. This will give you an insight into what counselling is about, the theory behind the different modalities and an overview into psychodynamic skills. There are no assignments set for this course and we run the course across different locations including online in St Albans, Luton, Bedford, Welwyn Garden City and Watford. Please complete the form to find out more.

This is an excellent course to begin building your active listening and communication skills. For further information and to book on to the Introduction to Counselling course, please click here.

(You do not have to have completed the Introduction Course before you start the Foundation Course but it is recommended.)


Once you have qualified as a counsellor or psychotherapist, there are various opportunities open to you. You may choose to work privately or voluntarily or within the NHS or an educational setting.


A professional who wishes to practice counselling should be accredited.  Our Advanced Diploma, (in combination with the preceding Diploma Course), constitutes a course accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and so fulfils the theory hours (but not clinical hours) element of BACP for individual accreditation.

Individual accreditation is only available to current BACP members and enables clients, employers and colleagues to recognise proven and competent practitioners and is awarded to current BACP members who can meet the standard for accreditation.

The standard for accreditation is to have passed training and completed the sufficient amount of hours whilst in supervision needed to be able to practice independently.

For further information, please visit the BACP website.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our courses will be delivered virtually until it is over and when it is judged safe to do so, we will re-open our face to face training. Please check the website for updates as we are reviewing this regularly in line with the government’s guidance.

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 training@counsellingfoundation.org . Thank you for your understanding at this time.