Taught course

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Regent's University London · Psychotherapy and Psychology

Entry requirements

This is an introductory course, so there are no specific academic or experiential requirements – although if you are planning to apply for further professional training, you should be aware that a first degree or equivalent experience will be required.

Applicants for the Certificate must demonstrate emotional maturity, an ability to reflect on their own lives, and a preparedness to engage with others. Interviews are generally conducted in the form of small groups, although Skype and phone interviews are possible if a candidate is unable to attend at any of the proposed group interviews.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

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

Develop a grounding in psychotherapy and counselling theory and skills – combining academic and practical components in a supportive and challenging environment.

As well as providing a solid background for those wishing to apply for further training, this certificate offers those who already work in the helping professions the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills. You'll build your understanding of a range of theories, with a focus on existential, psychodynamic and humanistic perspectives – though cognitive behavioural approaches are also considered.

You’ll also be introduced to the practical and ethical issues of working with clients in a variety of situations and develop essential communication and counselling skills – examining your own beliefs, assumptions and prejudices in order to help others do the same. Alongside this, you’ll develop your capacity to reflect on your own interpersonal and emotional processes, patterns and experiences.

In class you’ll debate with peers and join simulations, skills practice sessions and self-development workshops (usually in triads of ‘counsellor’, ‘client’ and ‘observer’) – learning to apply academic theory in practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with Regent’s Careers, Enterprise & Industry team to find professional internships and placements.

Successful completion of this certificate will enable you to meet one of the main entry requirements for the MA Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Cert
    full time
    1-3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)20 7487 7625