Not just for those looking to pursue a career in counselling

Learning counselling skills is beneficial to any area of life whether for personal development or as a vocation. The Introduction to Counselling online course is open to anyone and the skills acquired throughout the course are transferable.

Did you know ‘listening’ is one of the most important aspects of communication?

With as many as one in four people experiencing a mental health ill health each year in the UK, the course provides communication tools to understand, observe, empathise and help to effectively listen to those around us.

This interactive 12 hour course held over either 4 or 6 weeks benefits those who are responsible for others in any role including managers, team workers, teachers, parents and carers.   Whether working in private or public health, nursing, caring, counselling, mental health, teaching, mentoring, guidance, customer services, human resources, management, or pastoral areas. We limit numbers to a maximum of 12 on each course to ensure the best learning experience.

It may dispel myths and preconceived ideas you may have had about counselling.  You may be inspired to learn more about yourself and possibly look to seek your own therapy.

New 2022 dourse dates available to book
Introduction to Counselling courses in person and online via Zoom.

ONLINE Introduction to Counselling £285 (plus Eventbrite booking fee)

Online Thursday evenings | 20 January – 10 February: 6pm – 9pm | 4 week course

IN PERSON Introduction to Counselling £285 (plus Eventbrite booking fee)

St Albans Tuesday evenings | 1 February – 1 March: 6pm – 9pm | 4 week course

ONLINE Introduction to Counselling £285 (plus Eventbrite booking fee)

Online Thursday evenings | 3 February – 3 March: 6pm – 9pm | 4 week course

ONLINE Introduction to Counselling £285 (plus Eventbrite booking fee)

Online Saturday mornings | 26 February – 19 March: 9am – 12pm | 4 week course

IN PERSON Introduction to Counselling £285 (plus Eventbrite booking fee)

Bedford Thursday mornings | 3 March – 24 March: 10am – 1pm | 4 week course

ONLINE Introduction to Counselling £285 (plus Eventbrite booking fee)

Online Friday mornings | 11 March – 1 April: 10am – 1pm | 4 week course

Further dates available to book soon…



What skills will I learn?

  • Enhance your communication skills
    Effectively communicating allows you to understand and be understood by others, and involves listening, speaking, observing and empathising.
  • Active Listening
    Developing active listening skills will help harness inter-personal relationships as well as our ability to influence, persuade, negotiate and avoid conflicts.  Non-verbal communication and body language play an equally important part of active listening.
  • Empathy vs Sympathy
    You will explore the difference between empathy and sympathy and its importance when having conversations with others and in counselling and everyday situations.
  • Personal Development
    You will learn about yourself and the positive impact counselling skills can play. Discover more about self-awareness and experience what it’s like to be in a counselling session, both as a counsellor and as a client.
  • Learn about the role of a counsellor
    The course allows you to participate in practical techniques which help to understand and explore the role of a counsellor or as a someone seeking counselling.  Learn how closed and open questions work and how to respond with reflective counselling skills which can help to facilitate different perspectives on situations.
  • Counselling Skills in the workplace
    Having empathy for others is an important part of relationship building and improving mental health in the workplace.  Being mindful of the thoughts, feelings, and needs of others improves productivity and morale.   There are times in the workplace when you may have to deal with conflict. Although you may not always agree with others’ opinions, it’s important to be open to the experiences and perspectives of your peers, and the best way to demonstrate this is through active listening.
  • Endings
    Endings are something we will all experience and the course explores loss and the impact it can have, not just from bereavement, but from loneliness, isolation, relationships.

Exploring Counselling as a career

You will increase your knowledge and understanding of what is means to be a counsellor.  If you’re unsure which modality of counselling you would like to study in, this course gives you an overview of the different modalities and what training involves before you commit fully which includes psychodynamic, person centred, integrative and CBT.

Any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via 

Our student feedback  

“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”

“The Introduction to Counselling course exceeded all my expectations. The teaching was fantastic and the content was pitched at just the right level and with sufficient depth to be thoroughly worthwhile. There was a really good relationship between the group that worked just as well online as it had in the few sessions we met in person pre-lockdown. I didn’t feel that anything was lost because the training wasn’t face-to-face – the breakout rooms in Zoom meant we could work with partners just as we would have done in person.”

“I’d recommend this course to anyone who either wants to find out whether counselling is for them or to understand more about communicating and how to listen. In fact, if everyone did this course, the world would be a better place!”

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Introduction to Counselling course which I have just completed. The tutor was excellent and I found it very helpful to have an insight into training to be a counsellor”


Next steps | Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills & Theory ?

The course may inspire you to go on and study our Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills & Theory is a 1-year part time access course which starts in September 2021. It is not necessary to do the Introduction course prior to the Foundation Certificate but recommended.

The academic year will start September 2021 and run to early July 2022 in St Albans, Luton, Bedford, and Welwyn Garden City as well as online.



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Booking Terms and Conditions:
To access the course, full payment must be made for the course via Eventbrite.
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 75% of the sessions and must notify your tutor if you will miss a session.
Cancellations: Must be made in writing to In the event of a cancellation by the participant up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, we will refund the course cost or transfer you to another course. 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.
In the event of the facilitator cancelling due to unforeseen circumstances the participant may choose to be refunded or booked onto the rearranged course or choose another Introduction to Counselling course.