Postgraduate programmes

Counselling Psychology


This programme offers existential, phenomenological, cognitive-behavioural, and psychodynamic approaches.

Full Time
  • NameCounselling Psychology
  • QualificationDPsych
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Study modeFull time
  • Duration3 years
  • Tuition fees£12,500 *
  • ScholarshipsNo *
  • Next start dateSeptember 2019
  • Future start dateSeptember 2020
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationThis degree is validated by the Open University, UK
  • *For more information please refer to the fees and financial support sections below.

This doctoral training programme aims to develop you as a highly skilled, reflexive psychologist practitioner and researcher.

This programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS), you will study three approaches to counselling therapy:

  • Existential-phenomenological
  • Cognitive-behavioural
  • Psychodynamic

You will gain in depth knowledge and skill in Existential-Phenomenological approaches to therapy which emphasise subjective lived experience and take a holistic, relational view of human nature and its predicaments. Staff at Regent’s have particular expertise in Existential approaches to psychotherapy. Trainees also learn second- and third-wave approaches to CBT as well gaining a working knowledge of psychodynamic therapy.

For the duration of the programme, you will also undertake supervised clinical placements as a trainee counselling psychologist. Throughout your placements you will keep a detailed clinical portfolio that will be regularly reviewed and discussed with your personal tutor.

Your placement may be within:

  • Charities
  • Community mental health teams
  • Drug- and alcohol-related services
  • Eating disorder services
  • NHS psychological services
  • Primary and secondary care settings

You will also produce a piece of original doctoral research, which forms the main assessment at the end of the programme.

The DPsych programme is validated by the Open University, UK and accredited by the BPS for a five-year period. More information about the Open University validation.


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DPsych Frequently Asked Questions

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The DPsych training takes place over three years of full-time study. Each year consists of three trimesters of 10 weeks (including one reading week), with optional workshops, conferences and seminars throughout the year focusing on research and other specialist topics.

Attendance days are Mondays and Tuesdays for first year students, Mondays for second year students and Tuesdays for third year students.

Additional information

Clinical Practice Placement

Throughout your training, you will undertake clinical practice placements for a minimum of one day per week, practising as a trainee counselling psychologist under clinical supervision. Some trainees undertake additional external clinical supervision to support their practice during the course of the training. We provide a variety of workshops and seminars, together with weekly small-group tutorials throughout the year where client material can also be explored and discussed. Detailed placement records and supervisor evaluations are regularly reviewed by your dedicated personal tutor, to support your progress in developing clinical and professional competencies.

A CBT placement and a placement in an NHS setting are two of the programme’s placement requirements to support trainees’ future employability. Trainees are also encouraged to find placements that support existential and phenomenological ways of working throughout their training.

Our trainees work in a wide variety of placement settings, including but not limited to: NHS primary care and Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services; NHS secondary care services; Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs); Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other organisations working with children and young people, for instance in schools; third-sector organisations; psychotherapy departments and independent psychotherapy organisations; substance misuse services; eating disorder services, learning disability services; student counselling services; bereavement and hospice settings; and organisational settings and employee assistance programmes (EAPs).

The programme provides full support for trainees in sourcing and developing their placement portfolio throughout the programme via the personal tutor system and placements function.

Doctoral Portfolio

Your doctoral training culminates in the submission of a three-part doctoral portfolio, which is examined by viva voce.  This doctoral portfolio consists of an introduction; your final third-year clinical practice paper; and a doctoral research thesis of no more than 40,000 words.


Year 1

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches in Counselling Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology Research I
  • Counselling Psychology Research II
  • Counselling Psychology Settings & Contexts
  • Counselling Psychology Theory & Practice
  • Critical Psychopathology
  • Ethical & Professional Issues
  • Existential Approaches in Counselling Psychology
  • Working with Difference & Discrimination
  • Year 1 Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches 2: Third Wave
  • Philosophical & Psychological Perspectives on Human Issues
  • Psychodynamic Approaches in Counselling Psychology
  • Year 2 Professional Practice

Year 3

  • Advanced Counselling Psychology Workshops I: Influencing and Leading
  • Advanced Counselling Psychology Workshops II: Measurement & Evaluation
  • Advanced Counselling Psychology Workshops III: Specialisation & Employability
  • Clinical Seminar: Pluralistic & Integrative Working
  • Doctoral Research Clinic
  • Viva Preparation & Independent Study
  • Year 3 Professional Practice


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Study methods

The DPsych at Regent’s has been commended by the British Psychological Society for its collaborative approach to learning and for its creative, innovative teaching methods. The teaching on the programme is interactive, with workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Contact hours and expected workload

Year One:

  • Teaching sessions from 10:00-17:00 on two days per week
  • Independent study

Year Two:

  • Teaching sessions from 10:00-17:00 on one day per week
  • Independent research, taking around one day per week
  • Independent study

You will attend your clinical placement(s) for a minimum of one day per week for the duration of the programme. You will need to complete a minimum of 450 hours of supervised clinical practice over the three years.

You will also be required to remain in once-weekly individual psychotherapy with an appropriately qualified therapist who is registered with a recognised professional body throughout your training, completing at least 120 hours over the three years.

Programme Team

Our growing programme team are HCPC registered practitioner psychologists and portfolio professionals who are actively engaged in a wide range of activities both within and outside Regent's. These activities include working in schools, the third sector and private clinical practice; research and writing; clinical supervision and academic consultancy; external examining for other academic programmes; and public and policy facing work. Please do explore the team’s staff profiles for more information.

Dr Isabel Henton is Acting Head of Programmes; Professor Martin Milton is Professor of Counselling Psychology; Dr Rosemary Lodge is a Senior Lecturer and Research Lead; Dr Andreas Vassiliou is a Lecturer and Professional Practice Lead; Dr Helen Damon is a Lecturer and Placement Coordinator; Selina Goldberg is a Lecturer.

Additionally, we regularly welcome visiting lecturers, guest speakers and staff from the wider Regent's School of Psychotherapy & Psychology who make important contributions to teaching, supervision and examination on the programme.

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Methods of assessment

For your final assessment, you will submit a doctoral portfolio made up of:

  • An introduction
  • A combined clinical case study, profess report and reflection
  • A research thesis (40,000 words)

You will then have a viva voce (oral examination) on your portfolio.

Open University Validation

The DPsych Counselling Psychology programme is validated by the Open University. For more information, please read the Regulations for validated awards of the Open University and the Student's Guide for OU Validated Programmes.

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Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

This programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS) and on completion you will be able to apply for Chartered Membership with them. You will also be eligible for full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP).

This will enable you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Counselling Psychologist. This is a legal requirement of anyone who wants to practice under this title.

In your final year, the programme focuses on leadership, specialisation and employability, to help you secure a successful career. Past graduates have gone on to work as counselling psychologists within the NHS and private practice, as well as becoming practitioners in a range of settings, and academia.

In accordance with the BPS and HCPC standards and criteria for entry, applicants to the programme are required to meet the following entry requirements, which are assessed during the interview and selection procedure.

Academic requirements

  • A minimum of 2:1 psychology degree or above (in exceptional circumstances, such as for individuals who hold a Master’s or PhD degree, we will consider a 2:2 award). 
  • Reasonably substantive experience with face-to-face counselling work or other formal helping roles (e.g., ideally one year’s full-time equivalent though we consider the quality of the experience gained more important than the quantity). 
  • In cases where the applicant has less clinical experience and/or does not have a letter of reference speaking directly to the applicant’s clinical skills, the applicant must have successfully completed a Certificate or Foundation course in counselling skills, or an alternative introduction to psychotherapy and counselling. Please note that Regent’s offers a foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Capacity to undertake doctorate level research, as demonstrated through research experience/knowledge and academic skills as demonstrated in previously completed work.
  • High level of interpersonal skills and self-reflective capacities. 
  • References
  • Graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. [The GBC was previously referred to as GBR (graduate basis for registration). Both will be accepted as proof of appropriate prior training.]  
  • Clear understanding/expression of why training in counselling psychology is being sought.


English Requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for: A completed Undergraduate degree studied in English from a majority English speaking country. IELTS: 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component.

If you are in London, we offer all offer holders a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance to book a test, please contact our Admissions Team. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Next interview date: TBC

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • One letter of reference detailing your professional/clinical experience
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 500-700 word personal statement in support of your application. Please use the following points as guidance for its content: your interest in counselling psychology training, the reasons for your choice of this particular programme, your interest and knowledge of the existential/phenomenological philosophy and its application to therapeutic practice, what you feel you can contribute to this training, and your research interests.
  • A sample of your academic work
  • Evidence of your Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) Confirmation from the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Receive a response to your application 

Your completed application along with all the relevant documentation will be assessed to determine whether you meet our entry requirements. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview day in person (interviews cannot take place over the phone or online).

Shortly after the interview date the Admissions team will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Read our Admissions Policy

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Fees September 2019

Annual tuition fee: £12,500
Thesis submission fee: £2,700


Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000
Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000


What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.


What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

You will also need to budget for various professional and academic activities you will be required to undertake during your studies. These are listed below with approximate costs for each and each may be subject to change:

  • Supervision (if not offered internally or external also required): £40-£60 per session
  • Personal therapy: £40-£70 per session (120 total hours minimum required; 40 per year)
  • Indemnity insurance: £50-£70 per year
  • BPS graduate membership (MBPsS): approximately £135 (some discounts available)
  • Division of Counselling Psychology membership: £12
  • Disclosure and Barring Service: £65-£85
  • thesis printing costs, miscellanea: Variable


When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing


Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to enrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you. Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. 

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