Introduction to Counselling (Level 2 equivalent)

Our shortest course – and a perfect place to start.

You will learn, and practice, listening skills.  You will discover the importance of personal awareness for counselling work.  This course can help you to decide whether counselling is a career path you would like to take further.

Our Introduction to Counselling (Level 2 equivalent) course has been Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS)

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*Our classroom based courses will be delivered via our exceptional virtual learning environment when required during Covid restrictions*


Begin your journey with our Introduction to Counselling (Level 2 equivalent) course.

If you would like to do a short, experiential course, to find out more about what is involved in becoming a counsellor, then this is the course for you! Perhaps you are already working in a listening capacity and would like to know more about how to support others.  Or perhaps you are curious about counselling and personal development and would like a chance to find out more. If so, you will benefit from this training. This course also has a strong personal development aspect to it.

It is a 6 session course, one day per week.

Suitable for people engaged in a caring or therapeutic role, 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.

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.


Entry requirements

No prior knowledge or experience required.

No interview is required

This course is open to anyone over 19yrs of age, and can be a valuable addition to any CV.

This course attracts people from a range of professions, and no prior academic attainment is required.

Course Details

The Introduction to Counselling (Level 2 equivalent) course is an entry point for those who would like to learn more about Counselling. This course leads to the Foundation in Counselling (Level 3 equivalent) course, part of the progression route for training to become a counsellor.  It is suited to people working in the helping professions and those who want to engage in personal development.

The emphasis is on experiential learning and students will develop self-awareness and reflective practice. This is not an academic course but does require journal writing and the creation of a personal development log. counselling skills taught on this course are underpinned with current theoretical knowledge.

Students are encouraged to explore creatively, in a well held, supportive and professional environment.

Heartwood students have access to outdoor and indoor light and warm recreational space with seating for break times and its own refreshment making facilities.

Weekday Start: To be announced – To register your interest without obligation, please click here

Timing: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Run over 6 sessions, this course introduces students to:

  • The Counselling relationship
  • Counselling Skills
  • Tools and exercise to develop self-awareness
  • Learn about reflective practice
  • Skills practice
  • Learn by ‘doing’ – experiential learning

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Cost: £295 payment in full

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This Heartwood course is a first stepping stone and an introduction to the skills and personal development required for the counselling and therapeutic profession.

This course is a stand-alone course, a first port of call guiding the learner to counselling and therapeutic theories and concepts.  This course has been Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS). If desired learners can go onto further study, and to progress towards Accredited Counsellor status with an Accredited Counselling body.

Heartwood’s theoretical approach presented on the course is 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.

The course encourages a lot of personal development through experiential exercises and development of counselling skills such as Welcoming, Active listening skills, Non-verbal listening skills, Empathy and concepts such as Carl Roger’s Basis for the Relationship.

Material for the course is derived from Gestalt Therapy, Person Centred Therapy and Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

We will explore our personal development with a reflective approach through self-enquiry, self-awareness, observations and feedback. We will learn approaches on how to stay safe when sharing emotions, how to use a life graph, and how to shape to self-gratitude.


The course introduces essential components for developing counselling skills:

  • Theoretical approaches
  • Personal development
  • Ethical framework
  • Communication & listening skills; concepts and practices
  • Difference, Diversity and Inclusion


The course requires the following:

  • A minimum of 90% attendance on tuition days
  • Completion of a learning journal
  • Completion of all course assignments
  • Demonstration of practical skills

What Students Say

“I had a fantastic time on this course, the tutor was so warm and friendly and I loved the chance to be creative and find out more about myself and what it is like to be a counsellor” Maria 2018

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