Taught course

Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling

New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling · New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
DProf by taughtMAPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

You will need to have a good Bachelor’s Degree in any subject. - In addition we require you to have completed an introductory course in psychotherapy and counselling such as the New School’s own Foundation Course.

The standard for an acceptable foundation course is to be the equivalent of our own foundation course, which covers the broad spectrum of counselling and psychotherapy modalities, both in theory and in terms of skills training and lasts for one year, or three terms of 30 hours training each.

It also includes a term on different issues that are dealt with in counselling/therapy and a term that focuses specifically on existential and humanistic counselling/therapy. Quite often people have done a foundation course but this has not included the introductory existential skills base. They may be advised in this case to take the existential term of our foundation course only. This is offered on an intensive basis as well as on Wednesday evenings. - You will also need to show personal suitability for the course.

After receiving your application we will invite you to interview with the Director or Deputy Course Leader of the programme. In this interview we will discuss theoretical, practical, personal and research elements of the programme. An interest in philosophy and evidence of a self-reflective life-style will need to be shown as well. - Students who have previously studied at a postgraduate level may be eligible for advanced standing on the postgraduate programme. This will be discussed at interview but will be assessed formally in the first year of the programme.

Accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling is a joint programme between NSPC and Middlesex University. Successful completion of the doctoral programme leads to the award of a DProf degree by Middlesex University. Successful completion of the DProf also qualifies candidates for full membership of the University Psychotherapy and Counselling Association and thus also for the Universities Training College, which confers eligibility for UKCP accreditation as an existential psychotherapist.

Completion of the full professional doctorate or the MProf (3 years of study) together with further placement and supervision at NSPC (up to 450 hours of supervised practice) qualifies a candidate to apply for accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. In addition the DProf also enables candidates to apply to the supervision recognition scheme of BACP, since the four-year doctoral programme includes one year of supervision and group leadership training.

PGCert, PG Dip, and Masters exits from the DProf programme

It is possible for candidates who choose not to complete the full doctoral programme, to exit after one year with a PG Certificate, two years with an MA (or with a PG Diploma if a research project is not completed), and after three years with an MProf. Satisfactory completion of three years of study, and of 450 hours of supervised psychotherapy practice as part of that course, means that a student is elibible to apply both for BACP and UKCP accreditation.

Information for international students

NSPC is accredited by the British Accreditation Council, an organization recognized by the UK Border Agency, and this means that if you obtain a place at NSPC and need a visa to travel to the UK you are eligible to apply for a Students Visitor Visa.

Qualification and course duration

DProf by taught

part time
96 months
full time
48 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Lindsay van Dijk
+44 (0) 207 435 8067