Postgraduate programmes

Psychotherapy & Counselling


Combine theoretical and experiential components with skills practice. A solid grounding for further professional training.

  • NamePsychotherapy & Counselling
  • QualificationCertificate
  • LevelPostgraduate, Professional Development
  • Study modeOther
  • Duration5 weeks / 3 months / 1 year
  • Tuition fees£4,000 - £4,267 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start dateJanuary 2019 (Intensive)
  • Future start dateApril 2019 (One Year & Intensive)
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationNot applicable
  • *For more information please refer to the fees and financial support sections below.

* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *

This programme is ideal for those working in a helping profession who want to deepen their expertise. It is also suitable for those who want to start a career in counselling and need to take their first step.

It offers the chance to learn fundamental counselling skills or build on those you already have. You will be provided with an introduction to a broad range of approaches, and will have the chance to put your learning into practice. It is also the required first step for those who wish to proceed to a professional training and become a registered psychotherapist or counsellor.

You will acquire a broad conceptual background in psychotherapy and counselling theory. This involves studying a range of models, including:

  • Humanistic
  • Existential
  • Psychodynamic
  • Cognitive/behavioural

This is combined with the study of philosophical and spiritual perspectives from a range of different cultures.

You will be encouraged to critically engage with each of these theories and to develop your own approach. This will require you to question you own beliefs and assumptions, and to reflect on your personal emotional growth throughout the programme.

Alongside core counselling skills, you will develop communications skills and consider the various practical and ethical issues of working with clients.


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There are two options for completing the Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling. You can choose to study part time for one year, or undertake a part time or full time intensive programme.

Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

One-year Certificate
The one-year Certificate consists of one four-hour session per week over three 10-week terms. We have two intakes each year. One in April and one in September.


  • Wednesday evening, 17:30-21:30


  • Monday morning, 10:00-14:00
  • Monday evening, 17:30-21:30
  • Saturday morning, 10:00-14:00

Intensive Certificate
This follows the same programme as the one-year Certificate, but is offered in a condensed format. Sessions last from 10:00-17:00 each day.

There are four intake periods each year:

  • Autumn Intensive: September to November/December (week and weekend modules)
  • Winter Intensive: January to March (weekend modules only)
  • Spring Intensive: April/May to August (week and weekend modules)
  • Summer Intensive: July to August (five weeks, full-time)


Additional information

One Year Certificate course dates

April 2019: 

  • Induction w/c 22 April 
  • Week 1 of teaching w/c 29 April 

September 2019:

  • Induction w/c 30 September 
  • Week 1 of teaching w/c 7 October


Intensive Certificate course dates 


Intensive January 2019 - weekend modules only

Saturday - Sunday from 26 January to 31 March


Intensive May 2019 - week and weekend modules

Module 1: Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 May

Module 2: Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 May

Module 3: Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 May

Module 4: Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 June

Module 5: Saturday 8 - Sunday 8 June 

Module 6: Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 June

Module 7: Wednesday 10 - Sunday 14 July


Intensive July 2019 - five weeks, full-time

Week 1: Monday 22 - Friday 26 July

Week 2: Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August

Week 3: Monday 5 - Friday 9 August

Week 4: Monday 12 - Friday 16 August

Week 5: Monday 19 - Friday 23 August


Modules include, but are not limited to:

  • A Way of Working: Overview of Humanistic Therapy
  • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
  • Describing Ourselves: The Fundamentals of Phenomenology
  • Society, Biology and Reality
  • Facing the Unknown: Consciousness and Unconsciousness
  • Putting Theory into Practice
  • Working with Loss and Bereavement

Module descriptions


Study methods

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.

Skills practice
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.

Academic Calendar

Contact hours and expected workload

Each of the intakes will have around 120 hours of contact time. This will be split roughly as follows:

  • 30% lectures and seminars
  • 70% practical exercised in groups

You will also be expected to undertake independent study.

You do not need to be in personal therapy during the programme, nor is there a requirement for you to complete clinical practice hour but you may wish to do so voluntarily alongside your studies.

Teaching staff

All of our teaching staff are qualified, practicing psychotherapists, whose modalities include, humanistic, psychodynamic, integrative and existential approaches. Those currently working on the various intakes are Nishah Dennison, Khalid Deverill, Oliver Frawley, Brigitte Friedrich, Lea Getu, Amelia Jeans, Geri Russo, Jan Sheppard, Andrea Scherzer, Suzanne Schultz and Alex Smith. The Course Leader is Mike Harding.

The staff to student ratio on the programmes is typically 1:8 although this can vary according to enrollment.

Methods of assessment

Evaluation is based on assessment of your participation throughout the course and on the successful completion of:

  • Three pieces of coursework
  • A brief process report
  • An essay about your personal and professional development throughout the course
  • A theoretical paper


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.

Future opportunities

For most of our students, the next step is to take a Master's level programme. Successful completion of this programme will enable you to meet one of the main entry requirements for our MA Psychotherapy & Counselling.

Direct progression, however, will depend on your academic background and professional/voluntary experience. Please see the entry requirements for the MA Psychotherapy & Counselling for further information.

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

  • One letter of academic or professional recommendation
  •  A copy of your CV/resumé
  • A 500-700 word personal statement outlining your background, your reasons for applying, how you feel you would benefit from the programme of study and why you feel you would make a suitable candidate
  • 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

Once your application is complete you will be invited to attend an interview. This is typically in a group format on campus. Shortly after the interview, the Admissions Team will notify you of the decision of your application 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.

Tuition Fee One-Year Certificate 

Starting April 2019: £4,267
Starting September 2019: £4,300


Tuition Fee Intensive Certificate

Starting January 2019: £4,200
Starting April 2019: £4,200
Starting July 2019: £4,200
Starting September 2019: £4,300


Non-refundable advance deposit



What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources.


What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, 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.


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. Please note fees for the Intensive Certificate are due in full.


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 the full programme of study
  • 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
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