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Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills


Our Foundation Certificate courses are currently taking place online due to Covid 19 and government advice on social distancing. The training remains highly interactive and experiential; students cover the same curriculum and on successful completion will receive the same award of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about online training. Please email

Are you interested in starting a career as a therapist? Do you want to learn more about therapy and how it works? Do you want to develop your listening and responding skills? Do you want to learn more about yourself and others? Do you want to understand more about relationships? Are you ready to take that first step into a new and exciting world of relationships and relating? This course is for people who are interested in training in counselling and  psychotherapy, those who already use counselling skills in their work, either paid or voluntary, or those who wish to acquire these skills to develop their work potential. The learning gained will enable people to use counselling skills in a variety of settings. Our Foundation Courses are delivered both online and in-building.  Our foundation certificate courses are being delivered in a mixture of on-line and face-to-face due to Covid-19 and social distancing requirements. Please see the details for each intake for details of how the course will be taught.


Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills

Course dates

Mode 1 (October 2021 start)
Mode 3 (January 2022 start)
Mode 4 (April 2022 start)
Mode 2 (June 2022 start)

Programme Manager

Sarah Westlake


WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


Selection fee: £60
Fee: £2,500
Registration fee: £300 (due on acceptance)
Discounted fee: £2,400 (if paid in full before course start)
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This course is for you if you are interested in training in counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy, if you already use counselling skills in your work, either paid or voluntary, or if you wish to acquire these skills to develop your potential.

This foundation level course  provides students with an opportunity to learn about counselling and psychotherapy whilst developing their counselling skills.  Students will learn skills which can be used to go on to counselling or psychotherapy training or can be used in their existing workplace.  In addition to learning counselling skills, students participate in a personal development group which allows them to expand their self-awareness and interpersonal skills.  This course is ideal for anyone who would like to learn new skills, discover more about themselves, or find out whether a career as a counsellor or psychotherapist is for them. Counselling skills training is a prerequisite for many other counselling and psychotherapy training courses.

The course has four different intakes, allowing individuals to choose which best suits them.  Please click the More Information button for detailed information.  Any offer of a place will be for the specified intake only.  If the applicant chooses to decline the place but would like to join for a later intake, they will need to reapply and be re-interviewed.

Mode 1  –  October 2021 Start requires once weekly attendance (30 sessions) over an academic year of three 10 week terms. Each term includes a mid-term reading week. Individuals have a choice of morning or evening sessions. Morning sessions take place on Wednesdays (9.30am – 12.45pm), whilst evening sessions take place on Wednesday evenings (6.30pm – 9.30pm).

Term one of both the Wednesday morning and Wednesday evening sessions will take place online. From January 2022 terms two and three will take place in the WPF Therapy building.

October 2021 Term Dates

Term One     Wednesday 6th October – Wednesday 15th December 2021
Reading week    Monday 8th November – Friday 12th November

Term Two    Wednesday 10th January – Wednesday 23rd March 2022
Reading week    Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February

Term Three  Wednesday 27th April – Wednesday 13th July 2022
Reading week    Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June

Mode 3  – January 2022 – 2022 term dates to follow Starts each January and requires weekly attendance from January to July.  This route begins on either Tuesday 12th January 2021 or Friday 15th January 2021 dependent on the day you choose to undertake the course. Evening sessions take place on Tuesdays (6.15pm – 9.40pm) and will be online, until we are able to move into our training rooms.  The morning sessions take place on Fridays (9.15am – 12.40pm) and will be ONLINE. This route also includes four Saturday modules (10.00am to 4.00pm).

The Tuesday evening sessions of this January 2022 start course will take place in the WPF Therapy building. The Friday morning sessions will take place online.

Term dates

There are 22 sessions between January and July divided into two terms. There are additionally 4 Saturday modules. Please note there is a mid-term reading week in Term 2 when there will be no session. 

Term dates for Tuesday evening sessions
Term 1: Tuesday 12th January – Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Reading week:  Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2021

Spring Break

Term 2: 
Tuesday 20th April – Tuesday 13th July 2021
Reading week: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June 2021

Term dates for Friday morning sessions
Term 1:  Friday 15th January – Friday 26th March 2021
Reading week:  Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2021

Spring Break

Term 2: Friday 23rd April – Friday 16th July 2021
Reading week: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June 2021

Saturday module dates for both days
Saturday 13th February 2021
Saturday 20th March 2021
Saturday 15th May 2021
Saturday 3rd July 2021

Mode 4  – April Start   This route takes place on Monday evenings, 6.15pm – 9.40pm, consists of 30 sessions and begins on Monday 12th April 2021.

This April 2022 start course will take place online.

Term 1:  Monday 12 April 2021 – Monday 28 June 2021
Bank Holidays:   Monday 3 May 2021  and   Monday 31 May 2021

Term 2:  Monday 6 September 2021 – Monday 29 November 2021
Reading week:  Monday 1 November 2021

Term 3:  Monday 10 January 2022 – Monday 28 February 2022
No Reading Week

Mode 2  –  June 2022 Start requires weekly attendance (26 sessions) over two terms; 10 weeks for term one and 12 weeks for term two. There are two Saturday modules per term. Tuesday sessions run from 5pm – 8.30pm – with seminars 5pm – 6.30pm and experiential groups 7pm – 8.30pm. Each Saturday runs from 10am – 4pm.

Term Dates to follow.

This June 2022 start course will take place online.

What former students say

“By the end of the course I had real clarity about what further training to become a psychodynamic counsellor involves both personally and professionally. This course is an excellent step to further training: it offered me a balance of personal challenge, adult learning and reflection with a stimulating introduction to psychodynamic theory”.

“I have a sense of enormous change in myself during this year in every way and being on this course contributed to this. I would not have missed this experience for the world. Thank you”.

“Thought provoking, interactive course. Be prepared to embark on a journey of discovery about yourself and others”.

“A comprehensive and insightful introduction to counselling”.

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Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access course)

January start
7 month duration including 4 Saturday Modules

Course dates

Term 1, 13 January 2022 - 24 March 2022
Term 2, 21 April 2022 - 14 July 2022

Programme Manager

Sarah Westlake


WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


Course fee: £3,600
Registration fee: £300 (due on acceptance)
Instalments: £1,650 x 2
Discounted fee: £3,500 (Full payment before starting)
Selection fee: £60
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This part-time course is for those who have completed a counselling skills course or the equivalent in experience and are interested in training to become a psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist.  It is designed to be a transitional course before embarking on a full training. It may also be that you need to spend more time preparing  and developing your existing skills before embarking on a qualifying course. This challenging, intensive course will enable to develop your use of counselling skills and your knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic theory.

The course consists of theoretical seminars, skills practice seminars and experiential groups. Each session consists of two seminars and one experiential group. The first seminar of the day is theoretical and relevant academic papers are discussed.

In the second seminar students practice counselling skills using role-plays, experiential exercises and video work in relation to the following themes:

  • Working ethically and with setting appropriate boundaries
  • How past experiences affect present behaviour
  • Introduction to Freud, Klein and Object Relations
  • Understanding unconscious and conscious processes
  • Exploring the client’s inner world within their wider social, cultural, racial and familial contexts
  • Attachment Theory
  • Neuroscience

Experiential Group
In group sessions, students will be able to explore feelings and relationships and learn about individual and group dynamics and process. The group provides an opportunity to learn about ourselves and our impact on others. They are conducted by an experienced group analytic psychotherapist.

In addition students are asked to attend a Group Theory Seminar. These are offered on a variety of different dates and times. The seminar provides an overview of group theory and an introduction to group psychotherapy as a model.

This part-time intensive course runs for seven months, starting in January each year. It comprises once-weekly sessions across two terms. and four Saturday modules. The weekly sessions take place on Thursday mornings, 9.30am – 2.00pm

January 2022 – July 2022 – Term Dates (Provisional – TBC)

Term 1 – Thursday 13th January 2022 – Thursday 24th March 2022

Reading week Thursday 17th February

Term 2 – Thursday 21st April 2022 – Thursday 14th July 2022

Reading week Thursday 2nd June

Four Saturday Modules

  1. Saturday 5th February 2022, 10am-4pm
  2. Saturday 12th March 2022, 10am-4pm
  3. Saturday 7th May 2022, 10am-4pm
  4. Saturday 25th June 2022, 10am-4pm
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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - next intake October 2021

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy PDP L1

Course dates

Dates below are for 2021/2022
Term 1, 4 October 2021 - 17 December 2021
Term 2, 10 January 2022 - 25 March 2022
Term 3, 25 April 2022 - 11 July 2022
(October intake) NB Clinical Work 44 weeks a year

Programme Manager (Selection)

Kate Trench


WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


Fee on submission of full application: £185
Fee on submission of APEL application: £200
Fee for Year One - 2021-2022: £6750
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This course is a psychodynamic psychotherapy qualification in once weekly psychotherapy Successful graduates will be able to offer psychotherapy both online and in person.   

The Covid 19 pandemic has caused radical changes throughout our society. At a time of increasing demand for well-qualified therapists, WPF Therapy is pleased to be able to offer an outstanding training in psychodynamic psychotherapy which reflects WPF’s mission to increase the accessibility of high-quality therapy.  

WPF Therapy has reviewed the content and delivery of the programme with a view to providing a training in psychodynamic psychotherapy that will enable graduates to work skilfully with different modes of delivery within a social responsibility framework which works to reduce the inequalities which exist in the provision of mental health services 

Training leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The course is also accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 

  1. Training programme
  2. Programme aims
  3. Programme structure
  4. Course outline
  5. Admissions criteria
  6. Admissions process
  7. Personal therapy
  8. Code of ethics
  9. Open events
  10. Further information

1.   Training programme

The training is mainly delivered face-to-face in groups; part of the training will be delivered online (likely to be Year Three – TBC)

  • Seminar programme includes modules on psychoanalytic theory and its clinical applications, research, social responsibility and mental health. 
  • Clinical placement in WPF Therapy’s Clinical Service including in-house supervision of clinical work, both online and in person. 
  • Trainees attend an experiential group throughout the training. 
  • Trainees have an allocated Trainee Development Tutor throughout their training who is responsible for overseeing their progression across all four years. 
  • Trainees may be required to undergo a mental health placement. 
  • Qualification leads to eligibility to register with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). 
  • Fulfils the training requirements for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)* 
  • Leads to professional membership of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), the graduate body of WPF Therapy. 
  • Opportunity for additional placements to provide assessments and time limited therapy. 
  • Clinical seminars once a month. 
  • Reduced fee on WPF Therapy CPD Programme events. 

 (*Please note that entrants who are Accredited for Prior or Experiential Learning (APEL) onto the third year of the course will only be completing 50% of the accredited four-year course and so cannot be said to be doing a BACP accredited training. This does not apply to those entering the second year and completing 75% of the course. Please see WPF Therapy APEL policy.) 

2.  Programme Aims

To enable trainees to develop a critical understanding of psychodynamic theory within contemporary society. 

To equip trainees with the skills and techniques of the psychodynamic model to work clinically with a range of clients face to face both in person and online. 

To inform trainees of the limits and context of the psychodynamic approach so that they can critically assess the psychodynamic model that is taught as the core theoretical model of the programme. 

To enable trainees to develop a professional identity as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and to work independently as reflective practitioners. 

To enable trainees to engage in the theoretical debates within the subject area and to contribute to its knowledge base. 

To equip trainees with research awareness and the capacity to evaluate and critique research in the field. 

To offer a flexible training which allows for recognition of previous learning experience and the individual learning needs of trainees. 

3. Programme Structure

Trainees proceed to qualification in four years over a part-time course of study and clinical practice. 

The course is delivered through a combination of seminars, experiential groups and clinical supervision.  

The academic component of the training takes place over 30 weeks divided into three terms. 

The clinical component of the training takes place over 44 weeks; clinical supervision runs throughout the year. 

The training begins with a one-week intensive induction. 

There are two alternative routes to qualification 

Mode M 

Daytime Mode Years 1 & 2 Tuesday 9am-6pm; Years 3 & 4 Monday 9am – 6.00pm.   

Mode A 

Afternoon/Evening Mode’ Years 1 & 2 Thursday 1pm-9pm; Years 3 & 4 Friday 1pm-9pm 


You will need to prepare for a gradually increasing time commitment as you progress through the training. This is because you will be building a clinical caseload.  By year 4 trainees are likely to be seeing a minimum of 4 clients per week.  Please note it is not permissible to see clients on your training day.  

Additional factors  

You will need to factor in study time and time to complete written work.  

For those who do not have voluntary or paid experience in a mental health or community setting you will also need to complete a Mental Health placement.  This involves offering the equivalent of half a day a week over six months in a community or mental health setting. 

All trainees are expected to be in once-weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy for the duration of their training.  

Please note: 

WPF Therapy reviews the structure of the programme every year. Applicants may therefore expect some changes to the programme during their time at WPF Therapy.  WPF Therapy seeks to minimise changes as far as possible so that applicants can plan for their training.   

4. Course Outline

The training has a pluralist ethos within the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic traditions. Trainees study a wide range of theory, from the seminal contributions of Freud, Jung, Klein, Winnicott and Bion to contemporary views of theory and technique. Trainees are encouraged to engage critically with the required reading and to read additionally outside the reading lists provided. 

Working as a psychotherapist in contemporary society requires knowledge and understanding of how different models of personhood and community understand wellbeing and mental illness. The training covers different models of diagnosis, assessment and treatment of mental illness as well as the influence of socio-economics, class, gender, disability, age, culture, religion, race and sexuality on the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and mental health. 

Course content 

  • Level 7 (Masters level) modules 
  • Professional modules (focusing on professional practice) 
  • Experiential groups throughout the training 
  • Individual and group tutorials 
  • Client casework and supervision. (Trainees are not expected to see clients until June of their first year.) 
  • Two compulsory Saturday workshops per year. 
  • Mental Health Placement. (Trainees are expected to complete a mental health placement if they have not already done so.) 


Assessment is continuous and intended to provide constructive feedback. Satisfactory completion of, and attendance at, all compulsory modules is required. At the end of each year a staff committee considers the progress of each trainee and makes a recommendation based on a trainee’s self-assessment, supervisor’s report, seminar reports, written assignment results and attendance. 

Written Work 

Written work is required in each of the level 7 modules, usually an essay of 2,000 words. Trainee seminar presentations may also be required.  

Trainees are also required to complete two clinical essays, the first submitted in Year 3 of the course, the second in Year 4 of the course. These are 3,000 and 3,500 words respectively.  

Clinical Placement 

One of the unique aspects of training at WPF Therapy is that trainees work with clients in the WPF Therapy clinic.  This provides them with an opportunity to be an active member of the clinic and to learn how to work with issues such as safeguarding and risk assessment.  Trainees are expected to use the WPF Therapy online client record management system. 

WPF Therapy places particular emphasis on the clinical aspect of our professional courses. The psychodynamic psychotherapy training provides extensive experience of face-to-face and online practice in the WPF Therapy clinical service. It will involve engaging with a diverse range of clients and presenting issues in open-ended weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy. Trainees may also be able to gain clinical experience of assessment and time-limited work. The clinical experience provides an invaluable opportunity for trainees to develop their skills while under the supervision of experienced practitioners and equips graduates for a broad-based professional practice once training is completed. 

Trainees will have the opportunity to see clients during the day, in the evenings or on Saturdays.  

WPF Therapy trainees require a minimum of 320 client contact hours in order to qualify. A percentage of hours are required to be in person and online. On qualification trainees may have the opportunity of transferring their clients to private practice.  This is subject to the suitability of the client for working in this setting.  There is a transfer out fee payable to WPF Therapy. 

Please note that trainees are not allowed to take other students at WPF Therapy as clients. 

Clinical supervision 

Weekly group supervision is provided for trainees as a compulsory module of the course. Trainees are expected to attend supervision, which runs both during and outside term time, for 44 weeks a year. 

Online learning 

Trainees will have remote access to all WPF Therapy online learning resources and are expected to make use of Moodle, the virtual learning environment, and MS Teams for communication and sharing of resources  

Trainees will receive some teaching online and are expected to undertake some clinical work online with clients of WPF Therapy’s clinic (using Microsoft Teams). 

5. Admissions criteria

At the time of making an application, applicants must: 

  • Have had at least six months of therapy, ideally psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and maturity. The course is emotionally and academically challenging.  Trainees will be expected to examine themselves and their behaviour on the course and be able to explore personal issues from a psychodynamic perspective. 
  • Already have experience of using counselling skills with individuals in a face-to-face context. This could be experience gained in a professional or formal counselling capacity or in a voluntary capacity in a helping context such as a regular befriending role. 
  • Have successfully completed or be about to complete a basic course in counselling skills of not less than one year’s duration and which is equivalent to the WPF Therapy Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills. 
  • Be personally suitable to train as therapists and to work with clients at WPF Therapy including demonstrating effective use of counselling skills. 
  • Provide evidence of the academic potential to complete the theoretical elements of the course, including written assignments. Normally, applicants should have a degree or equivalent.  Applicants who do not have a degree may be asked to submit a piece of written work for assessment. 
  • Evidence of competency in English (see below) if English is not your first language. 
  • Be able to show appropriate evidence of prior learning and experience for entry into year two or three of the training. 
  • Technological competency in working online and access to appropriate equipment and privacy. 

Admission requirements for Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning  APEL applicants

(please note on your application that you wish to be considered for APEL entry):

Applicants who wish to be considered for entry into a later year of training: 

  • Should work in a counselling centre or equivalent providing psychodynamic counselling. 
  • Have a two-year Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, or an equivalent psychodynamic qualification. 
  • Be currently in approved therapy and have been in this therapy for a minimum of two years. 
  • Have equivalency of client hours compared to end of year one or year two of the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (20, or 120 hours of psychodynamic counselling/therapy respectively) and are able to demonstrate the qualities of a reflective practitioner. 
  • Must be able to supply a reference from their course tutor and/or their work place. 
  • Have proven academic ability to comparable level of the end of the second year at WPF Therapy. We will require a piece of recent written work from the applicant. This is normally a clinical essay including an account of clinical work combined with theoretical understanding. 

Please see our APEL policy for further information. 

Important note for APEL applications 2021 

For the academic year 2021-22 APEL places are limited.  

 This is due to WPF taking steps to reduce numbers in our building in light of the global pandemic and continuing uncertainty. Cohort numbers may change and therefore spaces for October 2021 will be under constant review. Successful APEL applicants can be put on a waiting list for the Mode of their choice. However, should you go through the selection process with a view to being on a waiting list we will not be able to refund the selection fee if we are not able to offer you a place on the Mode of your choice.    

If you wish to apply for the course via APEL, please contact to get an update on available spaces.  

All successful APEL candidates must attend a WPF Clinic Induction (held online) on Saturday 9 October, 10am-2pm. Clinical work cannot be started without attendance at this induction session. 

Written and Spoken English

Please note all applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.  These are the qualifications in English regarded by WPF Therapy as an acceptable minimum level of competence:

  • British Council IELTS at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band (see
  • GCSE grade C
  • Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade C (with no less than ‘weak’ in any band)

6.   Admissions process

The admissions process consists of:

  • Full Application form, including a personal statement.
  • A current CV
  • Group interview
  • Individual interview
  • References

We expect that it will take up to six weeks, from the date of your first interview to a decision being made about an offer to you of a place on the course 

There will be up to five other applicants in each group interview.  Group interviews will take place on Zoom. 

Interviews for this course take place throughout the year and there is an intake each October. 

Please note, the offer of a place on the training is exclusive to the intake applied for. Applicants are not able to defer their place to a later intake and must repeat the selection process if they wish to re-apply at a later date 

Individual interview

  • The individual interview usually takes place in the consulting room of an experienced clinician associated with WPF with whom the interview is arranged for a mutually convenient time. During the current health crisis all interviews are taking place online. The timing of this interview is arranged directly with the therapist. 
  • This is a personal interview about your self-awareness. We are also looking for a flexible and empathic approach to a diverse range of people and will be assessing your suitability to work with clients from the WPF Therapy clinic. 

Once we have received a report from your individual interview, you will be invited to attend a group interview. 

Group interview

The group interview will provide:

  • An opportunity to discuss your present experience in a helping or counselling role and your psychodynamic understanding of that experience;
  • An opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to use counselling skills with empathy and sensitivity;
  • A taste of group supervision.
  • An opportunity for you to learn more about the course and to ask any questions you have about training at WPF Therapy.

Reports are received from each stage of the process and will be reviewed by the selection committee.

Trainees are expected to disclose any personal circumstances that may impact on their capacity to complete the training and/or clinical work with WPF Therapy clients. If any such issues arise whilst on the course trainees are expected to disclose any issues with their tutor.

7.   Personal therapy

Applicants must have had at least six months of therapy, ideally psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, before applying for the training. Applicants do not have to be in therapy at the time of application but, if offered a place on the course, will be required to have started a minimum of once-weekly therapy with a WPF-approved training therapist by the course start date. 

WPF Therapy Guidelines for Therapy and a list of WPF Therapy training therapists is available from the training department. 

Therapy Advisors

WPF Therapy allocates a therapy adviser to each trainee. A therapy adviser is an experienced training therapist who functions as a special consultant to trainees in order to refer them to a suitable therapist. If you are not established in a suitable therapy at the time of application, it is strongly recommended to consult with their therapy adviser to seek help with this very important step. The therapy adviser will charge a fee of £45 for this consultation. A therapy adviser will be available to you throughout the duration of your training. 

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS) 

Completion of a form listing any unspent criminal convictions forms part of the application procedure for this course. This information will not necessarily prejudice your application. A DBS Check is required for all those who will be seeing WPF Therapy clients. This is to be completed as soon as the offer of a place has been accepted. 

8.   Code of ethics

Trainees on the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy are expected to comply with the WPF Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. On graduation they are expected to become Professional Members of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, which is WPF Therapy’s graduate body.   

Trainees are expected to supply information regarding their online presence and to take personal responsibility that their online profile is accurate. 

WPF Therapy reserves the right to extend or terminate training. 

9.   Open events

WPF Therapy holds regular Taster Days and Open Events where you can find out more about the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in an interactive and informal environment. Information on upcoming events can be found on the events page of our website. 

10.  Further information

Further information and application forms are available from 


Post-Qualification Certificate in Supervision

Course dates

Term One, 13 January 2022 - 24 March 2022
Term Two, 28 April 2022 - 7 July 2022

Programme Manager

Stephen Crawford


WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


2022: £3,050
Selection Fee: £60
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Next Intake – January 2022

This course is offered online on Thursday mornings.

WPF Therapy was one of the first training organisations to develop a supervision training in 1985. Over the years it has developed its unique training in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic supervision in which theoretical understanding and clinical practice are linked.

This qualification is offered to experienced psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to train as supervisors of one to one psychotherapy or counselling. Applicants may also be integrative trained counsellors and psychotherapists who work psychodynamically and are interested in developing skills as a supervisor from a psychodynamic perspective. It is a two term, part-time post qualification certificate.

Who is this course for?

Applicants are required to be at least 3 years post-qualification with at least 500 hours of clinical practice (some of which may have been completed during training). This course is open to psychodynamically trained counsellors and psychotherapists and integrative trained counsellors and psychotherapists who work psychodynamically.

When and where does it take place?

This course takes place on Thursday mornings online (Microsoft Teams or Zoom depending on group size) from 9.30am – 12.40pm.  There will be no in building attendance for this course.  Applicants must have good broadband access, a private place for attending sessions, and technological competence to engage online.

There is a seminar and a supervision of supervision group which take place over two terms of ten weeks (i.e. 20 sessions).  Applicants will require a supervision placement and will need to complete 20 hours of logged counselling supervision for award of the Certificate.

Supervision of Supervision

WPF Therapy does not hold clinical responsibility for supervision work presented in supervision of supervision.

Presentation and participation in the supervision of supervision group is a central part of the course and course participants are required to supervise and present a minimum of two individual supervisees, or one group, for 20 hours of supervisory practice during the course. The supervision of supervision is from a psychodynamic perspective.  The work supervised and presented must be work with psychotherapists/counsellors treating individual adult patients, over the age of 18 years, and working within a psychodynamic, integrative or humanistic frame. We recommend that at least one supervisee is seeing an open ended client.  The supervision should normally take place in face to face meetings, at least fortnightly, although weekly is recommended. Supervising colleagues, friends or others with whom professional boundaries would be compromised is not appropriate.


 For award of the Certificate:

  • A minimum of 80% attendance at 20 seminars and 20 supervision groups (i.e. 60 hours contact time).
  • Self-assessment and assessment by the supervisor of supervision. Informal peer assessment.
  • 3000 word essay demonstrating an understanding of the theory and practice of supervision from a psychodynamic perspective.
  • Minimum 20 hours of logged counselling/psychotherapy supervision practice.
  • Completion of a reflective journal is recommended but not assessed.

How much does it cost?

£3,050 (Non-refundable registration fee of £100 plus two termly payments of £1,475).  You will be invited to an interview with the Programme Manager.  Interviews take place on Microsoft Teams.  You will need to pay a Selection Fee of £60 by bank transfer prior to the interview.

Please note that if you are required to attend additional supervision of supervision after the two terms in order to successfully complete the course there will be an additional fee due.  This can sometimes be required if you have not met the requisite hours or if it is decided that you need more time to develop your supervision skills before award of the Certificate.  A  fee will also be charged if you are asked to rewrite and resubmit your essay.

What will be covered?

 Course Outline will include – amongst other areas (in line with BACP Guidelines) 

  • The supervisor in context
  • Building the supervisory relationship
  • Assessment in supervision
  • Basic Concepts in Supervision – Contracts, Boundaries & Money
  • Unconscious Processes and the Supervisory Triangle
  • Transference, Countertransference and the Reflection Process
  • Group Dynamics in Supervision
  • Defences and Resistances in Supervision
  • The Supervisory Frame
  • The Internal Supervisor

 Entry Requirements

 Applicants must: 

  • be experienced psychodynamic counsellors who have completed a Diploma in Counselling through a BACP Accredited Training or have a Diploma in Counselling and are eligible for BACP Accreditation qualified in individual work.
  • or be psychotherapists eligible for registration by UKCP (CPJA Section) or BPC qualified in individual work.
  • or be Integrative Practitioners or Counselling Psychologists with a strong psychodynamic strand qualified in individual work and holding appropriate professional registrations (UKCP, BACP).
  • will normally have had a minimum of 2 years psychodynamic or psychoanalytic therapy with a psychotherapist registered with BPC or UKCP (CPJA Section).
  • be providing, or be in a position to provide, supervision to a level appropriate to their qualification for more than one counsellor or psychotherapist, either individually or in a group.

Please note all applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English. These are the qualifications in English regarded by WPF as an acceptable minimum level of competence:

  • GCSE grade C
  • Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade C (with no less than ‘weak’ in any band)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills (English) with a pass grade (Not for Primary Education).
  • Key Skills Level 2 in Communication with a pass grade (Not for Primary Education).
  • British Council IELTS at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band (see

WPF Therapy may require proof prior to the offer of a place.

Applicants should submit:

  • an initial application form
  • a Curriculum Vitae, including details of their training as a psychotherapist or counsellor, their experience of personal therapy, and their current professional registrations
  • a statement giving details of their previous and present experience of providing supervision to counsellors or psychotherapists
  • a statement giving reasons for applying at this time for training in supervision
  • information on your proposed placement/supervision practice for the course
  • Reference from a supervisor

Selection will be based on an online interview.

The selection process cost is £60 which is non-returnable.


Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Course dates

11 session course
Session 1: The development of the mind and the inner world: primitive mechanisms, 25 September 2020
Session 2: The development of the mind and the inner world: separation and integration, 30 October 2020
Session 3:Pathological organisations of the personality, 27 November 2020
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 18 December 2020
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 29 January 2021
Session 6:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 26 February 2021
Session 7:Envy and the death instinct, 26 March 2021
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 30 April 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 28 May 2021
Session 10: Difference, 25 June 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 23 July 2021
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Study group leader

David Smart


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10 sessions in total: £275
Per individual session: £25
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This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

How could Kleinian perspectives help you in your practice? Perhaps you’ve looked at the work of people like Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner and Ron Britton in training. Coming back to these with greater clinical experience allows you to explore what they offer in more depth – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-2021 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic publication, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings and support engagement with them.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  1. A deeper understanding of projective and identificatory processes in work with clients.
  2. A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  3. Greater clarity about where you stand in relation to key theoretical and ethical issues.
  4. An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to British Object Relations.

There will be a different paper for each session. The programme centres on readings from key figures in the Kleinian tradition – Freud, Segal, Rosenfeld, Bion, Money-Kyrle, Meltzer, Joseph, Steiner, Britton. We will think about the issues raised in the readings in relation to participants’ clinical experiences and dilemmas.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent on booking. WPF gives participants electronic access to texts.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include “Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education’, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to applicants who can attend the whole course.

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Certificate in Clinical Assessment Skills

Participants must complete all 3 days of the course to receive a Certificate for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Course dates

Day 1, 13 February 2021
Day 2, 20 February 2021
Day 3, 13 March 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm

Course Leader

Cate Lyon


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Qualified Practitioners: £450
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £400
WPF Therapy Trainees: £350
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This course will take place online, via Zoom.

The psychodynamic assessment can be “one of the most momentous days of [a client’s] life.” (Coltart 1986).

The first meeting between assessor and client can be highly charged. The skilled assessor must quickly engage the client in a complex and emotional encounter which may surprise, disturb or disarm. The quality of the assessment meeting and the skill of the assessor form a crucial part of the process of beginning and its emotional impact often resonates well beyond the encounter itself.

Sound assessment skills are crucial to effective clinical practice. However, professional trainings can often give insufficient time and focus to developing understanding of the assessment process.

The aim of this course is to understand the importance of the assessment as essential to good beginnings, to gain an overview of some theory and practice of clinical assessment and an understanding of the emotional impact of the assessment encounter, and its transference implications, to develop skills in assessment interview technique, facilitating brevity and depth, psychodynamic formulation and approaching the assessment report.

Day 1: Introducing Assessment: Saturday, 13th February 2021

This day will introduce some key clinical concepts and attitudes for sound psychodynamic assessment. Participants will consider the impact and influence of the assessment encounter and a range of assessment skills including the conduct of the psychodynamic assessment interview, the maintenance of an evaluative/therapeutic balance, making a recommendation and considering limits. All content will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 2: Assessment – Essential Skills: Saturday, 20th February 2021

This day will build on learning and skills from Day 1. Participants will explore a range of assessment techniques including approaches to initial contact, risk assessment and management, psychodynamic formulation skills and writing the assessment report. All practice will be considered in terms of providing formal clinical assessment in organisational settings and in private practice.

Day 3: Live Assessment Supervision: Saturday, 13th March 2021

Participants on this day will engage in a live supervision of clinical assessments presented by course participants who have volunteered to conduct an assessment following Day 2. This day will consolidate learning from Days 1 and 2 and enables both presenters and participants to engage fully in the assessment process through live supervisory discussion.

Please note: Those wishing to volunteer to present an assessment on Day 3 should ensure they are in a position to do so and have secured permission from their organisations where necessary. Assessments can only be conducted at WPF Therapy Clinic by participants who are currently WPF Honorary Assessors and with the prior agreement of their supervisor

Comments from previous participants:

  • “The pace and sensitive attention to detail at each level of the assessment process felt just right.”
  • “Invaluable information for both experienced and inexperienced assessors.”
  • “Cate communicated a sense of pleasure in carrying out assessments. I enjoyed her relaxed but erudite style.” 
  • “The course was very well balanced – theory, insight, practicalities.”

Course Leader
Cate Lyon is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. Cate is Counselling Lead in NHS Primary Care (IAPT). She has a specialist interest in brief therapeutic encounters, working at pace and depth. Cate practices and supervises in Private Practice. Cate teaches and trains extensively in the field and consults in these roles in a range of public and private organisations.

Course requirements

The course will be helpful to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists who are interested in developing their understanding and technique in clinical assessment. This course is psychodynamic in orientation although practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend. You must be currently engaged in clinical work in order to be eligible to attend this course. This is a course which focuses on being able to practice conducting an assessment and ideally, you should be in a position to carry out assessments in your work. Participants who volunteer to conduct and present an assessment for Day 3 must be qualified practitioners or in supervised honorary placements with permission to conduct an assessment. We will need volunteers to present on Day 3. If you are interested in volunteering to present please indicate your availability to do so and ensure that you can make arrangements to conduct an assessment.

Please Note:
Those wishing to volunteer to present an assessment on Day 3 should ensure they are in a position to do so and have secured permission from their organisations where necessary. Assessments can only be conducted at WPF Therapy Clinic by participants who are currently WPF Honorary Assessors and with the prior agreement of their supervisor.

Participants must complete all 3 days of the course to receive a Certificate for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 4th February 2021.

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