Psychology & Counselling Courses in London and Online

We have a long-standing experience in offering a wide range of psychology, personal development and counselling courses. Courses range from introductory to professional levels of training and our experienced tutors are committed to personal and professional development themselves. Every year we introduce new courses, ensuring that there’s always something different to try.

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

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

The application process for the Certificate in Counselling skills (level 3) is now open and the Fast Track course begins in January. To request an application pack please send an email to counsellinglevel3@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) - Steven Hayes

    Acceptance and commitment therapy for healthcare professionals

    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has two major goals: acceptance of experience that is out of personal control and taking committed action towards living a valued life. Explore this mindfulness based approach through practice, theory and discussion in relation to personal and professional issues. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Psychology of Resilience

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A brief introduction to the increasingly relevant topic of Resilience, in both life and the work. Much is heard about resilience and the ability to “bounce back”, but what do the Psychologists say about the subject?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £61.00

  3. Focusing: accessing your inner knowing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Focusing is a powerful process of inner knowing and transformation devised by Eugene Gendlin, a colleague of Carl Rogers. Explore how it can help access intuitive gut knowing. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. An introduction to the unconscious

    An introduction to the unconscious

    Course Date: Fri 26 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Counselling: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 7 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 3 main theoretical approaches in counselling.

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. Group facilitation

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills in leading groups through this exploration of facilitator styles, group roles, interventions, stages of group development and hidden dynamics. Experiential and theory based. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

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

    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £108.00

  8. The role of attachment in counselling

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Early relationships play a key role in how we relate to others for the rest of our lives. Discover how attachment theory helps us to understand individual patterns of relating for client and counsellor and the impact on the counselling relationship . This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees. It is not aimed at people seeking help for the specific course subjects.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  9. Psychology of Change: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Change is a constant in our lives and psychology offers a great deal of help in understanding how we navigate it, understand it and harness it’s power. The course is intended for anyone interested in the subject from a professional or personal perspective.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. Counselling introduction: advanced

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 5 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Extend your use of counselling skills and personal development in this highly experiential course. 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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Introduction to psychodynamic counselling

    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. Psychology of addiction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are some people susceptible to addiction? How do substances affect our central nervous system and emotions? How do you understand different addictions, ie sex, eating or computers? How is addiction treated? Discover the answers to these and other questions by looking at addiction - from disease theory to the more recent bio-psychosocial theory.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Working with two chairs

    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this technique derived from Gestalt therapy to help your clients explore inner conflicts and let go of haunting issues from the past. Experience the power of this two chair technique by trying it out for yourself.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Psychology of Shame

    Psychology of shame

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    As a social emotion shame can have crippling effects on individuals, in particular those who've experienced prolonged and complex trauma such as sexual or domestic abuse. This course is suitable for counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees, as well as those with an interest in the topic.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Working therapeutically with masks

    Course Date: Mon 17 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore your inner self, thoughts and feelings through mask creation and expression. Unveil and work with hidden

    aspects of yourself to help you attract more of what you desire and become more authentic in your relationships.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

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