Not just for those looking to pursue a career in counselling

Learning counselling skills is beneficial to any area of life whether for personal development or as a vocation. The Introduction to Counselling course is open to anyone and the skills acquired throughout the course are transferable.

Did you know ‘listening’ is one of the most important aspects of communication?

With as many as one in four people experiencing a mental health ill health each year in the UK, the course provides communication tools to understand, observe, empathise and help to effectively listen to those around us.

This interactive course benefits those who are responsible for others in any role including managers, team workers, teachers, parents and carers.   Whether working in private or public health, nursing, caring, counselling, mental health, teaching, mentoring, guidance, customer services, human resources, management, or pastoral areas.

It may dispel myths and preconceived ideas you may have had about counselling.  You may be inspired to learn more about yourself and possibly look to seek your own therapy.

Virtual course dates coming soon…

We are proud to now offer our sell-out Introduction to Counselling course online via Zoom and will be releasing the dates shortly.

To make sure you’re the first to know, please register your details and we’ll send you the details when they are announced.

We will still be keeping our virtual class sizes small so that you receive the very best learning experience possible, so early booking is as always advisable. If you wish for your employer to pay for you to attend this course, please email us and we will register you on to the course and send them an invoice for the full amount.

What skills will I learn?

  • Enhance your communication skills
    Effectively communicating allows you to understand and be understood by others, and involves listening, speaking, observing and empathising.
  • Active Listening
    Developing active listening skills will help harness inter-personal relationships as well as our ability to influence, persuade, negotiate and avoid conflicts.  Non-verbal communication and body language play an equally important part of active listening.
  • Empathy vs Sympathy
    You will explore the difference between empathy and sympathy and its importance when having conversations with others and in counselling and everyday situations.
  • Personal Development
    You will learn about yourself and the positive impact counselling skills can play. Discover more about self-awareness and experience what it’s like to be in a counselling session, both as a counsellor and as a client.
  • Learn about the role of a counsellor
    The course allows you to participate in practical techniques which help to understand and explore the role of a counsellor or as a someone seeking counselling.  Learn how closed and open questions work and how to respond with reflective counselling skills which can help to facilitate different perspectives on situations.
  • Counselling Skills in the workplace
    Having empathy for others is an important part of relationship building and improving mental health in the workplace.  Being mindful of the thoughts, feelings, and needs of others improves productivity and morale.   There are times in the workplace when you may have to deal with conflict. Although you may not always agree with others’ opinions, it’s important to be open to the experiences and perspectives of your peers, and the best way to demonstrate this is through active listening.
  • Endings
    Endings are something we will all experience and the course explores loss and the impact it can have, not just from bereavement, but from loneliness, isolation, relationships.

Exploring Counselling as a career

You will increase your knowledge and understanding of what is means to be a counsellor.  If you’re unsure which modality of counselling you would like to study in, this course gives you an overview of the different modalities and what training involves before you commit fully which includes psychodynamic, person centred, integrative and CBT.

Course Venues:

Online and when we resume face to face training:
St Albans | Welwyn Garden City | Bedford | Luton | Letchworth Garden City | London (Clapham)

Any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via or join us online for an open day coming soon, information can be found here.

Our student feedback  

“A really interesting, insightful and enjoyable course, thank you!”

“I have really enjoyed the short course, I am so impressed with the standard of teaching”

I found the real life experiences of counselling very informative and the course tutor a great inspiration for moving forward in counselling”

Informative and fun interactive sessions”

Next steps | Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills & Theory ?

The course may inspire you to go on and study our Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills & Theory is a 1-year part time access course which starts in September 2020. It is not necessary to do the Introduction course prior to the Foundation Certificate but recommended.

The academic year will start September 2020 and run to early July 2021 in St Albans, Luton, Bedford, Welwyn Garden City and London but will be delivered online if required.

Applications are now open for the Foundation Certificate. Please send via email as we are unable to respond to calls during this time.

Register for free online open days

Book now for an online open day to get a better understanding of what it’s like to study to become a counsellor, or learn vital communication skills that will help you better support others, professionally or personally.

Through the online meeting platform Zoom, you’ll have a chance to virtually meet and hear from some of the staff, tutors and past trainees at the Foundation, the opportunity to ask questions and to break into smaller groups for discussion.

Wednesday 10th June 
6pm – 8pm   

Saturday 13th June
Two sessions:  10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm


Shortly you will be able to watch and participate in one of our virtual open days to discover more.

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Booking Terms and Conditions:
To reserve a place we must receive your non-refundable registration fee of £50. You will then be contacted for the final balance.
Though numbers for our workshops are limited, it is also necessary to achieve a minimum attendance to make the course viable. In cases where the minimum attendance is not achieved, we reserve the right to cancel workshops; participants will have their fees fully refunded or offered an alternative session.
Late applications cannot be guaranteed a place; however we will endeavour to accommodate you.
Attendance: The first seminar must be attended by all participants who book onto this course.  To receive your Certificate of Attendance you must attend at least 75% of the sessions and must notify your tutor if you will miss a session.
Cancellations: Must be made in writing to  In the event of the facilitator cancelling due to adverse weather/illness/or unforeseen circumstances the participant may choose to be refunded or booked onto the rearranged course or choose another Introduction to Counselling course.
In the event of a cancellation by the participant up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, we will refund the final balance only. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Fees will not be refunded for any cancellations made by the participant less than 2 weeks prior to the start of course.
By booking your place on this course you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.