Taught course

Counselling Psychology

Teesside University · Teesside University

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Entry requirements

All applicants should have:

  • a good honours degree in psychology (this should normally be a 2.1 or above, although applicants with a lower degree classification and other postgraduate qualifications/experience are also considered)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society
  • relevant therapeutic/counselling training to at least certificate level or equivalent
  • some relevant counselling-related experience is also essential, e.g. as an NHS psychology assistant, an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies face to face worker, a support worker, a volunteer in a non-government agency or paid employment as a counsellor
  • an enhanced check for regulated activity (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check)
  • a commitment to undertake and fund personal therapy and clinical supervision.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme emphasises a reflective practitioner approach, allowing the integration of psychological theory, skills and research alongside a highly developed capacity for self reflection and awareness. The core theoretical philosophy of the doctorate is that of an integrative/relational stance - recognising the primacy of the therapeutic relationship. As such, the course is an integrated programme of study, utilising critical appraisal of psychological theory, practice and research.

The doctorate is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK. Graduates of the doctorate are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01642 342308