Taught course

Psychodynamic Counselling

University of Essex · Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Entry requirements

  • A diploma or equivalent training in counselling
  • A qualification in counselling from a different orientation or with a different age-group
  • BA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Approaches/Psychodynamic Counselling

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to pursue further training as a psychodynamic counsellor? Are you looking to broaden and deepen your practice?

Taught at our Colchester Campus, this course offers a professional qualification to work therapeutically with children and adolescents. You will gain a thorough theoretical and practical training, including a supervised placement, enabling you to qualify as a counsellor. In addition to clinical training for working with children and adolescents, we also offer the opportunity to study modules which focus on adult therapeutic care.

You will need to have completed our FdA/BA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations (TCTO), our Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling, or an equivalent qualification from another institution. A requirement of the course is that you are in personal therapy or counselling on a weekly basis.

As part of your course, you’re also required to undertake work-based observations and attend a conference. You may incur associated travel costs.

This course provides clinical training for those working with children and adolescents and gives you the clinical experience through placements in agencies such as schools or the NHS (National Health Service).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 719