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Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling 

At a Glance

  • This one-year part-time course teaches qualified counsellors to work in independent practice or as a senior counsellor in an agency setting

  • Requires a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or the equivalent to enrol

  • This course will allow you to deepen your practice with clients and work with implicit aspects of the self

  • 132 Guided Learning Hours

  • 46 Academic credits

  • Course fee - Total course fee is £2,600. A £500 deposit is required when accepted onto the course, the remainder due when the course commences. This can be paid off in full with a one-time payment of £2,100 or with twelve monthly payments of £175

  • Forms part of the CPCAB Open University Foundation Degree progression route

This qualification is designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a self-employed counsellor in independent practice, or to take on a senior counselling role in an organisation, where client assessment, referral and routine evaluation are part of the role.

The course is designed to develop your practice to work with more complex and enduring problems. We will explore attachment disorders, maladaptive schemas, how to work with trauma and using the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for healing. You will be introduced to our own model which informs an integrative and holistic way of working with clients and what they bring.


In addition, the course will explore the requirements of establishing an independent practice such as client assessment and marketing yourself as an independent counsellor.

The course will teach you to:


  • To work safely, legally and ethically as an independent counsellor

  • Work with complex aspects of the counselling relationship

  • Use theory and research to work with client diversity in independent practice

  • Use a coherent approach to respond to the needs of individual clients

  • Work with self-awareness as an independent practitioner

  • Use theory, research and skills within a coherent framework for independent counselling practice

  • Monitor and maintain professional effectiveness as a counsellor in independent practice

We look forward to welcoming you onto the course soon!


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