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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.

Thinking about studying our Counselling: an introduction course? Check out our counselling skills for work and for 'a better you' page.

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

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. Introduction to Gestalt counselling

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    '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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Shamanic counselling: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £95.00

  3. Counselling as a career

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Counselling: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 21 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: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £176.00

  5. Certificate in counselling skills

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KWC - Kean Street Wellbeing Centre
    The Application process is now closed.



    Please note this course is exempt from the City Lit Transfer and Refund Policy.

    The course fee is £1999. If you are unable to pay this upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee, repayable after the course ends. A deposit of £150 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

    For more information, please call Psychology, counselling and personal development on 020 7492 2530.

    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: £1,999.00
    Senior fee: £1,999.00
    Concession: £1,999.00

  6. Counselling introduction: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021 (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.

    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Mindfulness and the person-centred approach

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 May 2021
    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’.

    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

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