Sara Rourke completed the Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling, and got an immense amount from it. She really liked the teaching style, and so decided to continue her studies at Regent’s.

Nationality: UK
Programme: MA Psychotherapy & Counselling

The School of Psychotherapy is very well respected in the Psychotherapy/Psychology community. Many institutions I have approached for honorary placements, are impressed that as students, we cover so many varying modalities within the discipline.

I believe that the MA provides students with a sound basis on which to help form their identity as a therapist. Most importantly, the department has an open and integrative attitude towards varying theory and techniques, which has afforded me to develop my interests, without becoming dogmatic about orientation. I embarked on the course, with a view to the further pathways that are offered (ADEP and ADIP) in order to progress to specialisation.

A journey of self-discovery

Studying to be a psychotherapist is an incredible journey. I feel that during this formative and life changing experience, it is important to be supported and have access to services that can facilitate your emerging identity as a therapist. I feel that this is a particular strong point of the teaching staff at Regent’s.

I have found that it is a real challenge to experience both intense self-development concurrently with academic strictures. I think the Universities ethos and support system helps with these challenges. This simultaneous challenging journey has also been the most fruitful and interesting.

I am just about to start an honorary role within the NHS. I am very excited to be starting my clinical journey as a therapist, and feel extremely honoured to be able to share in my future clients’ lives. My course leaders and the Careers Service were a great help, from CV writing to potential interview questions through to confidence building. I have heard from many of my peers that the standard of our training at Regent’s helps to open those first important doors.

I have made many like-minded friends during my time on the various programmes I have undertaken at Regent’s. I also really enjoy using the library, as it’s a great place to really be immersed in University life.

Placements in London

For a psychotherapist, studying in London opens many doors for you in terms of access to fantastic placements, with clinical experience and supervision, second to none. We have access to events where those involved in different theoretical orientations meet, as well as many other interesting talks. It is a level of access and experience you just cannot find anywhere else in the world.

As a student, we are taught by staff that are at the cutting edge of research and journal writing. They are very active within the Psychotherapy community in general. This means that they are always very knowledgeable, not only with historic and established ideas, but also new and developing nostrums within this constantly evolving field. The students are a fantastic international mix, which creates a really exciting vibe.

Great work of the Careers Service

I have attended very valuable group sessions, with a leading psychoanalyst. This was facilitated through the Careers Service, which provides excellent support in readying me for entering the workplace as a clinician. I will be attending a one-to-one session later in the term, for some further advice. The Careers Service is very proactive in providing that extra service that I have not received at any other academic institution. Any problems or worries I have encountered, I have been supported at every part of the way.

I am hoping to work in the NHS, and perhaps establish a small private practice after I gain more experience. I would also like to perhaps look in to being published academically. Further in to my future, I would also like to help teach this subject, after I have received such fantastic teaching at Regent’s, I feel this is important for the future of the field.

The matrix of factors that contribute to training as a psychotherapist, are challenging and almost indefinable. The teaching staff do an excellent job, through a mixture of experiential, theoretical and skills training, to support and inspire students in the journey of becoming a therapist.