If you are ready to embark on a course which gives you the essential theories and skills involved in becoming a counsellor, then our Foundation in Counselling (Level 3 equivalent) is for you. The training offers you a direct route onto our Advanced Diploma in Counselling – NCS Accredited (Level 4 equivalent) in Counselling.
The course is 12 sessions of experiential, creative training days, one day per week or one weekend per month over 6 months in central London or Devon.
This course is also available nationally online, evening classes take place on one evening per week over 19 weeks (plus one full day Saturday class).
No prior experience is required, as this course is a comprehensive and complete foundation into counselling.
This course has been Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS). This course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor.
Suitable for people engaged in a caring or therapeutic role, anyone working in a people focused environment or anyone interested in counselling skills, the course attracts people with diverse professional and personal backgrounds. It offers the opportunity to enhance further career and life skills, and can be a stepping stone to accessing counselling and therapeutic professions.
A 12 day course, running one day a week or one weekend per month over 6 months.
Next course in Regent’s Park, central London:
- Next weekend course starts: to be announced
- Next weekday course starts: to be announced
This course is also available in nationally online, evening classes take place on one evening per week over 19 weeks (plus one full day Saturday class).
*Our classroom based courses will be delivered via our exceptional virtual learning environment when required during Covid restrictions*
A course that is Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society, you will learn how to create a safe space for counselling and a range of therapeutic skills and techniques to explore client issues.
This course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor.
This course is suitable for people who are looking to start our Advanced Diploma in Counselling – NCS Accred (Level 4 equivalent). Please contact us to discuss this further.
This course will be beneficial for anybody working in the caring profession. It will give you important skills which are of great value in your life as well as the workplace!
A perfect place to begin if you are looking for a change in career path!
This course is available to study either in central London or Devon.
Heartwood’s experienced tutors deliver the professional weekend training in central London and Devon.
The London venue is situated in the heart of the peaceful Regent’s Park – a unique location ideal for counselling training in the capital.
Find out where we are.
In all our venues students have access to outdoor and indoor light and warm recreational space.
Heartwood, Devon, is situated on the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate, just on the outskirts of Totnes in the South Devon countryside.
Please click on the below link to view and download the course calendar for upcoming courses:
Next Weekend/Weekday course: to be announced
No prior knowledge or experience required to enrol on this course.
There is no requirement for an interview, however we are always happy to show people around our beautiful centre, if you would like to come and visit us just let us know.
Level 2 is not a requirement to join this course.
Applications welcome over the age of 19yrs.
No prior profession or academic attainment is required.
The Foundation in Counselling (Level 3 equivalent) course furthers our understanding and knowledge of ourselves and counselling concepts, theory and skills.
Heartwood’s theoretical approach presented on the course is both Integrative and Holistic. We will look at integrating models, techniques, theories and a range of modalities that suit the individual client. Whilst working on developing relationship skills which will aid therapeutic work.
We will cover a range of approaches including Gestalt Therapy, Person Centred Therapy and Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
We will work with the full perception of the client, their world from their eyes, adapting our methods to accommodate our client’s needs and working with the way a client’s problems may present as:
- Thoughts – fixed beliefs or negative ideas, old messages (introjects).
- Emotions – grief, anger, sadness, regret, guilt, shame.
- Physical – panic attacks, insomnia, eating disorders, self-harm.
- Spiritual – hopes, dreams, aspirations, purpose.
This course further develops counselling, communication and listening skills through the following client centred practices; effective questioning and working at an appropriate pace, managing silence, active listening and minimal encouragement prompts, paraphrasing and summarising, attentiveness and rapport building, empathetic listening, checking for understanding and focusing.
- Drama Triangle
- Self-awareness development – experiential exercises
- Therapeutic skills and interventions
- Techniques to explore client issues
- Create a safe space for counselling – setting clear boundaries
- Personal & professional conduct and creating a therapy contract
- How people gain support
- Holding emotional space
- Deepening congruence and becoming authentic in relationships
- Exploring challenging emotions
- A minimum of 85% attendance on tuition days
- Completion of learning journals
- Completion of course assignments
- Demonstration of practical skills throughout
- Active participation in experiential aspects of the training
We create a supportive learning environment here at Heartwood and will guide learners through their studies.
Full course fees are £995
Your place is secured when we receive your application form and deposit of £395 (non-refundable)
- The outstanding balance of £600 can then be made in full before the course start date.
- A monthly payment plan is available at £155* for 4 months. *(This includes a monthly administration fee of £5.00 for instalment payments).
What Students Say
“It was over too quickly, the tutor was wonderful and really supported me. I have met some wonderful people on this course who are also going onto the level 4 course with me, I can’t wait, I am hooked!”
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