Why Choose Heartwood?


At Heartwood we believe strongly in offering courses which are in line with the latest professional requirements. This is why our our Foundation in Counselling is Quality Checked and our Advanced Diploma in Counselling is NCPS Accredited by one of the UK’s leading membership bodies, the NCPS (The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society).

Our Advanced Diploma in Counselling – NCPS Accred (Level 4 equivalent) course also meets with NCPS and BACP requirements for student membership and students are encouraged to apply for student membership status.

Students on our Level 4 equivalent training are able to apply for NUS/Totum membership, which gives a wide range of discounts and offers.


Heartwood is an established centre for the training of counsellors. Heartwood has been training people to become counsellors since 2004.

The tutors have a wealth of experience behind them, and know what is required to make the course enjoyable, accessible and supportive. Many of our graduates have gone on to establish successful careers in counselling working for a wide variety of organisations, including the NHS, Young Devon, HM Prisons, Police, occupational health, private practice, Counselling 4 Carers, local schools, universities, CAMHs and more.

Many of our graduates tell us that our courses have been life changing for them!

There are many colleges offering counselling training and a wide range of courses on offer. It can be daunting to choose which would be the best place to study.

At Heartwood, we believe that what makes us stand out from the rest is the support we offer to our students. We take the time to help each student with their specific learning requirements.

You will receive as much help as possible to ensure you reach your goal of gaining great counselling skills and to go on to fulfil your potential to be the best counsellor you can be.

Highest Standards

The training we offer is of the very highest standard. Our courses are externally verified and our reports are always full of praise for the delivery of our courses.

Level 4 equivalent trainees can apply to become student members of the NCPS and BACP.

We continue to receive excellent verification reports and maintain well above average targets for student achievement.

Personal Touch

Our training is:

• Professional
• Creative
• Enjoyable
• Uniquely Designed
• Offers Personal and Professional Development
• Accredited
• Meets current legislation and requirements
• In line with current professional requirements for membership (NCPS and BACP)