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£4,050 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start dateApril 2018 (One year & Intensive)
  • Future start dateJuly 2018 (Intensive)
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationNot applicable

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

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:

  • A one-year certificate course 
  • An intensive certificate course, ranging from five weeks to three months in length

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Two training options are available:

  • A one-year certificate course 
  • An intensive certificate course, ranging from five weeks to three months in length

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

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

Intensive Certificate
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:

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

Sessions last from 10:00-17:00


Additional information

One Year Certificate course dates

April 2018: Week commencing 30 April

September 2018: Week commencing 24 September


Intensive Certificate course dates

Intensive April 2018 - week and weekend modules

Module 1:  Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 April

Module 2:  Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 May

Module 3:  Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 May

Module 4:  Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 June

Module 5:  Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 June

Module 6:  Saturday 30 June - Sunday 1 July

Module 7:  Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 July


Intensive July 2018 five weeks, full-time

Week 1: Monday 23 - Friday 27 July

Week 2: Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August

Week 3: Monday 6 - Friday 10 August

Week 4: Monday 13 - Friday 17 August

Week 5: Monday 20 - Friday 24 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.

Academic Calendar

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.


Assessment structure

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


Students with disabilities

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.

Future opportunities

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.

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:
• Apply using the paper application form

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 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.


One-Year Certificate 

Fees April 2018

Annual tuition fee: £4,134
Advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)

Fees September 2018

Annual tuition fee: £4,200
Advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)

Intensive Certificate

Fees April 2018

Annual tuition fee: £4,100
Advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)

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