Psychotherapy & Counselling


Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2020
  • Future start date: Jan 2021
  • Duration: 5 weeks / 3 months / 1 year
  • Fee: £4,300


* 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 May and one in September.


  • Monday morning, 10:00-14:00 (please note this course is now full)
  • 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) (please note the first cohort of this course is full, please see below for dates of the second cohort)
  • Winter Intensive: January to March (weekend modules only) 
  • Spring Intensive: April/May to August (week and weekend modules)
  • Summer Intensive: July to August (please note this course is now full)

Additional information

One Year Certificate course dates

April 2020:

  • Induction: W/C 20th April 2020
  • Week 1 of teaching: W/C 27th April 2020 

September 2020:

  • Induction: W/C 28th September 2020
  • Week 1 of teaching: W/C 5th October 2020

Intensive Certificate course dates 

April 2020 - week and weekend modules

  • Module 1:  Wednesday 22 – Sunday 26 April
  • Module 2:  Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 May
  • Module 3:  Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 May
  • Module 4:  Saturday 30 – Sunday 31
  • Module 5:  Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 June
  • Module 6:  Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 June
  • Module 7:  Wednesday 1 – Sunday 5 July

Intensive July 2020 five weeks, full-time

  • Week 1: Monday 20 - Friday 24 July
  • Week 2: Monday 27- Friday 31 July
  • Week 3: Monday 3 - Friday 7 August
  • Week 4: Monday 10 - Friday 14 
  • Week 5: Monday 17 - Friday 21

Intensive September 2020, Cohort One - week and weekend modules

  • Module 1: Wednesday 30 September – Sunday 4 October
  • Module 2: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October 
  • Module 3: Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October
  • Module 4: Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 November
  • Module 5: Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 November
  • Module 6: Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 November
  • Module 7: Wednesday 2 – Sunday 6 December

Intensive September 2020, Cohort Two - week and weekend modules

  • Module 1: Wednesday 30 September – Sunday 4 October
  • Module 2: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October 
  • Module 3: Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October
  • Module 4: Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 November
  • Module 5: Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 November
  • Module 6: Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 November
  • Module 7: Wednesday 2 – Sunday 6 December

One Year Syllabus – Module descriptions

Module Title Overview
Module 1 - Therapy before Therapists A look at how religion and philosophy have been used as forms of therapy, together with traditions of moral guidance and advice. The session also explores how the wisdom traditions of spiritualism, shamanism, astrology or mythology have also been used as ways of understanding ourselves and the world.
Module 1 - A Way of Working: An Overview of Humanistic Therapy A general introduction to main themes of this approach, seen in the context of post-war social changes. The session includes a brief introduction to the work of Rogers and Maslow and explores their legacy in today’s counselling practices, including one-to-one sessions, consciousness-raising and other groups, and in the business world.
Module 1 - An Introduction to the Work of Carl Rogers How did Rogers see the human being? This session presents an overview of his life and work, with an emphasis on his therapeutic goals and techniques.
Module 1 - Introduction to Gestalt Therapy: The Work of Fritz Perls An introduction to the life and work of Perls together with an over-view of his basic concepts and techniques. We also explore the picture of the human being his work gives us, and see some current developments of his ideas.
Module 1 - The Body in Humanistic Therapy An introduction to the life and work of Wilhelm Reich, focusing on his ‘energy model’ of human sexuality. We consider some of its social implications, together with more recent developments in bio-energetics and primal integration.
Module 1 - Describing Ourselves: The Fundamentals of Phenomenology How often is our description of someone’s behavior really an opinion of them in disguise? This session introduces key ideas from phenomenology, which can help us to take a more open stance to our own, and others’ experience.
Module 1 - Power, Gender and Race in Therapy We explore some of the different experiences men and women in society today, focusing on the issue of power. How are the social and racial inequalities reflected in the consulting room?
Module 1 - Society, Biology and Reality Are human beings super-computers capable of re-programming themselves to adjust to an objective reality? An introduction to key Behaviourist themes of choice and conditioning, and the relationship of the individual to society.
Module 2 - Facing the Unknown: Consciousness and Unconsciousness Does a part of our mind take decisions and manipulate memories in ways unknown to us? Do we communicate feelings we know nothing about? Do our lives embody psychic patterns that are as old as the human race? These questions are raised by the work of Freud and Jung, and many of their followers. Today we begin with an overview of these ideas.
Module 2 - The Work of Sigmund Freud An outline of Freud’s work, concentrating on his concepts of ego, id and super-ego and their emergence during various described psycho-sexual stages.
Module 2 - Melanie Klein and Object Relations Theory An examination of some modern developments of Freud’s ideas, concentrating on the concepts of Transference and Counter-Transference. We also explore the move from a male to a female perspective of infant development.
Module 2 - The Role of the Group Many human activities are group-based, and often bring out issues that are qualitatively different from one-to-one relationships. Here we shall explore some aspects of the group process from the work of Foulkes and Bion via Sixties encounter groups to current practices. A good opportunity to reflect on your PPD experiences.
Module 2 - The Work of Carl Jung Do human beings still resonate to ancient and symbolic patterns of being, first noted in the legends and mythologies of all cultures? We examine Jung’s concept of the Collective
Unconscious, and follow the development of current Archetypal psychology.
Module 2 - Finding Your Place in Life: the Work of Alfred Adler An early disciple of Freud, Adler went on to found a ‘life-style’ approach to therapy that from the start saw the individual in the context of the world. We explore the work of one of the first therapists to recognise the importance of social and health education, and the child’s place within the family.
Module 2 - All in the mind? The impact of psychobiology Traditionally, psychoanalysis has downplayed the importance of social and physical realities.
However, recent research suggests that many of our early behaviour patterns may have genetic causes, and many mental states may have clear physical correlations. We explore some of these implications for the practice of therapy and counselling.
Module 2 - The Existential Alternative: a Challenge to Psychoanalysis Are we really psychic objects defined by conflicting desires and drives? Existentialism offers a radically different view of the human being, questioning such fundamental concepts as the existence of the self, and asks if we are knowable at all.
Module 2 - Working with Dreams Using psychoanalysis as a starting point, we shall explore different ways in which dreams can be explored. These include the theories of Freud, Jung, Adler, Perls and others.
Module 3 - The Frame in Therapy Different therapeutic needs, aims and goals are explored, together with the ‘boundary’ issues of time, money and confidentiality. We also look at issues of training and registration of therapists through the BACP and UKCP.
Module 3 - The Profession of Therapy A look at the changing role of the therapist, and the nature of training today.
Module 3 - Transcultural Counselling To what extent is the Western model of psychotherapy valid for people whose roots lie elsewhere? The issues this question raises go to the heart of our practice, which we place in the context of different cultural experiences and expectations.
Module 3 - A Spiritual Life For many people, the spiritual experience is an essential aspect of their lives, yet somehow it rarely surfaces in therapeutic discussions. It seems as if therapists are frightened of the one practice that probably more cultures have in common than anything else.
Module 3 - Mental Health and Mental Illness Many ideas about different emotional states are described in the language of medicine, but does that make odd behaviour an illness? We explore some common assumptions about ‘mad’ and ‘normal’ people, and look more closely at how these terms are used within different approaches.
Module 3 - A Matter of Ethics All therapists are obliged to follow some code of ethics, but what is ethical behaviour? The views of philosophers and therapists are often at odds, and different goals can demand widely different responses -can they all be ethical?
Module 3 - Eating, Addiction and Dependency When certain forms of behaviour dominate our lives we tend to call them addictions, and treat them differently from other activities. This week we explore how the concepts of addiction and ‘eating disorders’ are used by various therapeutic approaches.
Module 3 - Putting Theory into Practice In this session we look at a case history from a number of perspectives to see how the theories presented so far might be applied in an actual situation. Both theory and practice sessions are used for this exercise, which will include small and large group presentations.
Module 3 - Working with Loss and Bereavement Our only certainty in life is the fact of death, yet we always seem unprepared for its impact on our lives. The long-term effect of a loved one’s death can leave us shattered, betrayed and angry. How should we work with these possibilities in therapy?

Spring and Autumn Intensive Syllabus – Module descriptions

Module Title Overview
Module 1 - Introduction: Counselling in context
Module 1 - Phenomenology
Module 1 - Being-with-the-Other and the Therapeutic Relationship
Module 1 - Humanistic approaches
Module 2 - Cognitive-Behavioral approaches
Module 2 - Psychoanalysis: Freudian Foundations
Module 3 - Groups Existential psychotherapy
Module 4 - Freud & Beyond
Module 4 - Klein and Object Relations
Module 5 - Psychobiology
Module 5 - Attachment
Module 5 – Gestalt
Module 6 - Madness – Mental health/Mental Illness
Module 6 – Ethics
Module 7 - Loss and Bereavement
Module 7 - Use and Abuse of Power in the Therapeutic
Module 7 - Relationship
Module 7 - The Therapeutic Frame: Theory into Practice
Module 7 - Psychotherapy Integration
Module 7 - Endings

Winter Intensive Syllabus - Module descriptions

Module Title Overview
Module 1 - Introduction: Counselling in Context
Module 2 - Humanistic Approaches
Module 2 - Freudian Foundations
Module 3 - Klein and Object Relations
Module 3 - Freud and Beyond
Module 4 - Psychobiology and Attachment Phenomenology
Module 5 - Gestalt and other approaches
Module 5 - Existential Psychotherapy
Module 6 - Groups
Module 6 - Use and Abuse of Power in the Therapeutic Relationship
Module 7 - Cognitive Behavioral Approaches
Module 7 – Ethics
Module 8 - Integrative
Module 8 - Loss and Bereavement
Module 9 - Madness
Module 9 - Theory into Practice
Module 9 - The Therapeutic Frame
Module 10 - Being with the other in the Therapeutic Relationship
Module 10 - Endings

Summer Intensive Syllabus - Module descriptions

Module Title Overview
Module 1 - Introduction
Module 1 - Therapy in Context
Module 1 - Phenomenology
Module 1 - Power and Knowledge
Module 1 - The Humanistic Approach
Module 2 - Carl Rogers and Person-Centred Therapy
Module 2 - Existentialism
Module 2 - Gestalt
Module 2 - CBT
Module 2 - Group Therapy
Module 3 - Freud: Conscious and Unconscious
Module 3 - Jung
Module 3 - Object Relations
Module 4 - Attachment
Module 4 - The Body
Module 4 - Gender & Sexuality
Module 4 - Loss and Bereavement
Module 4 - Madness
Module 5 - Culture
Module 5 - Ethics
Module 5 - Integration
Module 5 - The Frame
Module 5 - Endings

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 and there is no application fee.

Not received your results yet?

That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

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 [email protected].

  • 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, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

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 

Fees 2020 
Starting April 2020: £4,300
Starting September 2020: £4,400

Tuition Fee Intensive Certificate

Fees 2020 
Starting April 2020:  £4,300
Starting July 2020: £4,300
Starting September 2020: £4,400

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

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Autumn 2020 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

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.


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.

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'I have done all my professional training at Regent’s. I originally chose the Certificate because, of all the equivalent courses on offer, Regent’s was the most comprehensive and well-structured.' Fern Dickson

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