Counselling Courses in London

Whether you want to explore counselling as a personal interest, would like to train to become a counsellor, or are already working in the profession and are looking for CPD to develop your professional skills, there's plenty of courses to choose from at City Lit. We offer a range of part-time counselling courses, including evening classes, daytime and weekend courses.

Please note: applications for our Certificate in Counselling Skills (level 3) and Diploma in therapeutic counselling: integrative or person-centred pathways (level 4) will open on Monday 1 April 2019.

Thinking about a career in counselling? Read a Q&A with City Lit tutor Delrose Bowes.

Got a question? Contact our counselling team on 020 7492 2530 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

  1. Using art in therapy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Some experiences are beyond words. Using expressive arts, learn how to help your clients explore and process difficult emotions and experiences through drama, music, movement, poetry, art and masks.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Introduction to Gestalt counselling

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Lose your head and come to your senses', recommended Fritz Perls, founder of the Gestalt approach. The emphasis is on being fully present in the here and now using role play, movement, body awareness and more.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Shamanic counselling: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how the ancient practice of shamanism relates to modern psychotherapy and neuroscience. Explore how shamanic counselling uses the power of altered states of consciousness to resolve trauma and aid self development.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £95.00

  4. Counselling as a career

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Thinking of becoming a counsellor? Wondering about gaining a counselling qualification? In this short workshop, you will find out about training and jobs in this field and gain a clearer idea of whether counselling training is for you.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Counselling: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 18 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enhance your personal skills, learn more about yourself and take your first step in counselling training on this primarily experiential course, underpinned by the theory of the person centred approach.

    This course is exempt from our usual refund and transfer policy, therefore if you change your mind and would like a refund you must request this at least 3 week before the course is due to start. We charge an admin fee of 20% (minimum £10) per refund processed. We will not give you a refund for this course if we receive your request less than 3 weeks before the course starts or once the course has started.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £176.00

  6. Certificate in counselling skills

    Certificate in counselling skills

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The application process for PC310 starting in January 2020 is now open. To request an application pack, please email counsellinglevel3@citylit.ac.uk. The application process will close at midday on Friday 8th November 2019. Please note that the last time you will be able to request an application pack will be at 12pm on Thursday 7th November 2019. After this time no more application packs will be sent out.

    The course fee is £800, plus an upfront fee of £1199 payable at the time of your enrolment.

    If you’re unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the cost, repayable after the course ends. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

    If you’re unable to pay the upfront fee, you can talk to our Information, Advice and Guidance team who will advise you on other financial support available. You can contact the Advice and Guidance Team by phone on 020 7492 2500 or by email: advice@citylit.ac.uk

    For more information, please call Psychology, counselling and personal development on 020 7492 2530.
    Full fee: £1,999.00
    Senior fee: £1,999.00
    Concession: £1,999.00

  7. Mindfulness and the person-centred approach

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Carl Rogers writes of a 'way of being' in a therapeutic relationship that is healing. Mindfulness is the practice of ‘being present’ to ourselves. In this workshop we will explore the complementary nature of these ‘arts of being’.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Counselling introduction: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 22 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Extend your use of counselling skills and personal development in this highly experiential course. Further explore the person-centred approach and examine issues of ethics, good practice, diversity and difference. You will need to have completed a 30-hour counselling introduction (with a minimum of 70% attendance) within the last three years. Prior to enrolling, contact the department on 0207 492 2530 for authorisation.

    This course is exempt from our usual refund and transfer policy, therefore if you change your mind and would like a refund you must request this at least 3 week before the course is due to start. We charge an admin fee of 20% (minimum £10) per refund processed. We will not give you a refund for this course if we receive your request less than 3 weeks before the course starts or once the course has started.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Introduction to Jung - Carl Jung

    Introduction to Jung

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is Jungian therapy really about? How has it developed since the days of Freud and Jung? Delve into the work of the founder of analytical psychology during a day of theory, discussion and activities.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. An introduction to the unconscious

    An introduction to the unconscious

    New
    Course Date: Fri 3 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the history and theory of the unconscious, and develop an awareness of your own unconscious through dreams, self reflection, free association and mindfulness in a safe, confidential space.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Working with Eating Disorders and Self-Harm in Private Practice

    New
    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists already in private practice or planning to set up a practice in order to help practitioners identify clients who may be at risk and to develop specialist skills and knowledge. The course will cover theoretical and medical approaches to understanding possible causes and methods of treatment for these problems as well as providing an integrative structure for working safely and effectively with eating disorders and self-harm in private practice. Students will also learn to distinguish between clients at serious risk who need to be referred on for care with a specialist multidisciplinary team and those who can benefit from individual or group work in private practice.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £108.00

  12. Introduction to psychodynamic counselling

    Course Date: Fri 8 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will take you from Freud through to the present day, demonstrating a more relational experience for the client. Examine the unconscious, the presenting past and issues in early development.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Introduction to psychosynthesis

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An experiential exploration of psychosynthesis using theoretical input, creative exercises and group sharing. The emphasis of the class is on creating a safe environment to explore personal material in depth.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

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