This course provides a basic training in psychotherapy and counselling theory and skills.
It combines academic, practical and experiential components within a supportive and challenging environment.
As well as exploring the main therapeutic theories, you will examine philosophical and spiritual perspectives and cross-cultural approaches.
You will learn about the practical and ethical issues of working with clients in a variety of situations.
Two training options are available:
Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.
The course combines theoretical and experiential components, with skills practice sessions and self-development group work.
Successfully completing this course will enable you to meet one of the main entry requirements for our MA/PGDiploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling.
Direct progression, however, will depend on your academic background and professional/voluntary experience.
Please see the entry requirements for the MA/PGDiploma for further information.
Two training options are available:
The one-year Certificate consists of one four-hour session over three 10-week terms. We have intakes in April and September:
The intensive Certificate follows the same programme as the one-year Certificate, but is offered in a condensed format. There are four intake periods each year:
Sessions last from 10:00-17:00.
September 2016 One-year Certificate course dates:
September 2016 Intensive Certificate course dates:
January 2017 Intensive Certificate course dates:
April 2017 Intensive Certificate course dates:
Modules include, but are not limited to:
18 January 2017
One year certificate:
26 April 2017
18 January 2017
26 April 2017
24 July 2017
For more information on course dates, please contact us at email@example.com.
Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.
Fees January, April and July 2017
Annual tuition fee: £4,050
Registration fee: £100 (non-refundable)
Fees September 2017
Annual tuition fee: £4,100
Previous counselling training or experience is not required, nor is a first degree or its equivalent.
However, life experience, a mature attitude and a capacity for self-reflection are important and necessary qualities. Students with a varied background and experience are welcome.
Admission to the programme is based partly on the supporting documents you send with your application, and partly on an interview with the course leader.
Interviews for the Foundation programme take place on a regular basis throughout the year, and are conducted in groups.
There is no requirement for you to be in personal therapy during this course, but this will become necessary if you pursue further training.
To find out more about and understand this programme, we recommend you attend an open evening.
Step 1 Apply
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:
Step 2 Making an offer
We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.
If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer.* If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.
You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.
* Please note: applicants will be expected to attend an interview before an unconditional offer can be made.
Step 3 Accepting the offer
If you wish to accept the offer:
Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.
Please see here for information on how to pay.
Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award
Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.
The course includes three main components: theoretical, experiential and practical.
Lectures and presentations introduce the basic theories of psychotherapy and counselling, with an emphasis on the existential-phenomenological, psychodynamic, and humanistic/integrative orientations.
You will explore professional issues in counselling and engage in discussion and experiential work relating to various topics.
Experiential exercises relate to the theoretical material presented and the development of listening skills, self-awareness, and giving and receiving feedback.
These sessions introduce the essential skills and techniques of psychotherapy and counselling.
You will participate in group exercises - usually in triads of ‘counsellor’, ‘client’ and ‘observer’ - using material from your own experience.
This is an opportunity to practise psychotherapy and counselling skills and to receive feedback.
Self-development group work
You will work in a small group, with a facilitator. This will be an opportunity to explore your personal and interactive processes within the group, and advance your professional and personal development.
Evaluation is based on assessment of your participation throughout the course and on the successful completion of:
Some classes are delivered in teaching rooms accessed by stairs. If you have a condition that affects your mobility and you require ground-floor rooms, or rooms with lift access, please notify Student Registry as soon as possible. You are also advised to contact the Disability Officer.
Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA
Last updated: 14 October 2016
* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates
The teaching staff are all experienced practitioners and are very engaging. They gave us a thorough, intellectual understanding of each different theoretical approach. There was also plenty of opportunity for group discussion which I enjoyed. The counselling skills sessions I found particularly challenging. They were very intensive; you experience how you would react as a client, therapist, and as an observer.
Find out more about the Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling at open evening.