Our popular Introduction to Counselling courses running throughout the year are open to anyone interested in obtaining and learning how to use counselling skills in any area of life whether personal or professional. It would benefit those working in private or public health, nursing, caring, counselling, mental health, teaching, mentoring, guidance, customer services, human resources, management, or pastoral areas.

This is a 12 hour introductory course (over either 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.

With as many as one in four people experiencing a mental health ill health each year in the UK, the course provides the tools to understand and effectively listen to those around us.  These useful competencies of active listening are not just for anyone wanting to become a counsellor, but for managers, team workers as well as parents and carers who require powerful yet underestimated tools when being responsible for others.

How well we listen has a major impact on our job effectiveness, and on the quality of relationships with others.  Developing active listening skills will help improve our productivity, as well as ability to influence, persuade, negotiate and avoid conflicts in any area of life.

You will gain a good grounding in key topics in counselling, including its cultural and historical origins, different theoretical orientations and the vital role of the counselling relationship.

The course provides an introduction and can be followed by the Foundation Certificate which starts in September 2018. It is not necessary to do the Introduction course prior to the Foundation Certificate but recommended.

Early booking is advisable. If you wish for your employer to pay for you to attend this course, please call us and we will register you on to the course and send them an invoice for the full amount.

“A really interesting, insightful and enjoyable course, thank you!”

“I have really enjoyed the short course, I am so impressed with the standard of teaching”

I found the real life experiences of counselling very informative and the course tutor a great inspiration for moving forward in counselling”

Informative and fun interactive sessions”

Each year, we regularly run over 15 sell-out Introduction to Counselling courses across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, including St Albans, Borehamwood, Watford, Bedford, Luton and Welwyn Garden City and most recently we have added Clapham to this list. Please look out for future dates and locations coming soon.

St Albans | Saturday 10.30am – 1.30pm | 6th – 27th October
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)


St Albans | Thursday 6.00pm – 9.00pm | 8th – 29th November
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)


Cost: £250
(Eventbrite booking fees apply)

You can now study Introduction to Counselling in Clapham, South London, click here for details 



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Please fill in the below form with any questions you may have or call The Training Centre team on 01727 86 85 85 (option 3).

Booking Terms and Conditions:
To reserve a place we must receive your non-refundable registration fee of £50. You will then be contacted for the final balance no later than two weeks before the start of the course.
Though numbers for our workshops are limited, it is also necessary to achieve a minimum attendance to make the course viable. In cases where the minimum attendance is not achieved, we reserve the right to cancel workshops; participants will have their fees fully refunded or offered an alternative session.
Late applications cannot be guaranteed a place; however we will endeavour to accommodate you.
Attendance: The first seminar must be attended by all participants who book onto this course.  To receive your Certificate of Attendance you must attend at least 5 of the sessions and must notify your tutor if you will miss a session.
Cancellations: Must be made in writing to training@counsellingfoundation.org.  In the event of the facilitator cancelling due to adverse weather/illness/or unforeseen circumstances the participant may choose to be refunded or booked onto the rearranged course or choose another Introduction to Counselling course.
In the event of a cancellation by the participant up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, we will refund the final balance only. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Fees will not be refunded for any cancellations made by the participant less than 2 weeks prior to the start of course.
By booking your place on this course you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.