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Our courses (Introductory intermediate)

Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills

Covid 19

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.   The Mode 1 Foundation Certificate course (October 2020 start) will commence online and move back into our training rooms as soon as it is safe and sustainable to do so.   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. Currently all foundation certificate courses are being delivered on line due to Covid-10 and social distancing requirements.


Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills

Course dates

Mode 4 (July 2020 start)
Mode 1 (October 2020 start)
Mode 3 (January 2021 start)
Mode 2 (August 2021 start) POSTPONED TO 2021

Programme Manager

Kate Trench


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


Selection fee: £45
Fee: £2,400 (2020/2021)
Registration fee: £300 (due on acceptance)
Discounted fee: £2,300 (if paid in full before course start)
Selection fee: £45
More about our fees 2020/2021

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Training Administration


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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.

Mode 1  –  October 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).

The next October intake will be in 2020. However, we accept applications throughout the year.

October 2020 Term Dates

Term One     Wednesday 7th October – Wednesday 16th December 2020
Reading week    Monday 2nd November – Friday 6th November

Term Two    Wednesday 13th January – Wednesday 24th March 2021
Reading week    Monday 14th February – Friday 19th February

Term Three  Wednesday 28th April – Wednesday 7th July 2021
Reading week    Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June

Mode 3  – January 2021 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 (6.30pm – 9.30pm) and morning sessions take place on Fridays (9.30am – 12.45pm). This route also includes four Saturday modules (10.00am to 4.00pm).

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 27th 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

Easter 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 2  –  August 2021 Start
START POSTPONED FROM AUGUST 2020. This a more condensed version of the course and will begin in August 2021 and finish in April 2022.   One week full-time attendance (Monday–Friday), followed by three weekend modules and ending with a second week requiring full-time attendance.

Mode 4  – April Start
   This route takes place on Monday evenings, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, consists of 30 sessions and begins on Monday 12th April 2021.

Term 1:  Monday 12 April 2021 – Monday 28 July 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

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, 14 January 2021 - 25 March 2021
Term 2, 22 April 2021 - 15 July 2021

Programme Manager

Kate Trench


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: £45
More about our fees 2020/2021

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Training Administration


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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.

Term 1: Thursday 14th January 2021 – Thursday 25th March 2021
Reading Week: Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2021

Spring Break

Term 2: Thursday 22nd April 2021 – Thursday 15th July 2021
Reading Week: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June 2021

Four Saturday Modules

  1. Saturday 6th February 2021,  10am-4pm
  2. Saturday 13th March 2021,  10am-4pm
  3. Saturday 8th May 2021,  10am-4pm
  4. Saturday 26th June 2020,  10am-4pm
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