Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling 

At a Glance


  • One year part time course teaches practitioners to work in independent practice or as a senior counselling in an agency setting.

  • You need to have completed a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or the equivalent to enroll on this course. 

  • 132 Guided Learning Hours

  • 46 Credits

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

  • Fee £1850  (installments available).


Next Course Starts:

September 2021 - 21 Fridays, fortnightly


9 Places Available


This qualification is designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as self-employed counsellors in independent practice. It also equips learners to take on a senior counselling role in an organisational context 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 that clients may be experiencing.  We will explore attachment disorders, maladpative 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 help you to establish an independent practice, assess clients effectively and explore ideas for 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


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