Professional development

Professional Development Courses in London

Special circumstances can require specialist training. Further your knowledge and understanding with these helpful classes that focus on specific, often demanding topics and aspects of therapy.  From working with autism to dealing with addiction, learn how to provide effective counselling in the face of complicated and testing situations, acquiring new skills, knowledge and approaches to use in your professional work.

Who are these courses for?

Due to the specialist nature of our professional development programme, these CPD courses are only open to trained counsellors, counselling trainees studying at Level 4 or above, or employed helping professional such as nurses and healthcare workers. 

If you would like to discuss your suitability for our CPD courses please do not hesitate to call us on 020 7492 2530 (Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm) or email us at counselling@citylit.ac.uk.

If you are not a professional or you are at an early stage in your counselling training (below, or at the start of level 4), we have a range of courses for a more general audience, exploring themes related to counselling, mental health and psychology.  Please visit our general counselling course page to view our wider programme.

BACP Membership tutors

Our tutors are qualified and practising psychotherapists and counsellors with extensive experience, and members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. So, in addition to providing you with top quality counselling tuition, you can also benefit from their working knowledge of counselling practise.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

Got a question? Contact our counselling team on 020 7492 2530 (Monday-Friday, between 9am–4pm) or email counselling@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. Setting up a private counselling practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Delrose Bowes
    Wondering if this is the way forward? Explore the practical, emotional, financial, legal and ethical aspects of private practice and increase your knowledge and confidence. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  2. Group facilitation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Wellbeing Centre

    Tutors:  Dennis Carney
    Learn how to lead groups and develop your facilitation skills through an exploration of group roles, hidden dynamics, facilitator styles, methods of intervention and stages of group development. This course is both experiential and theory based. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  3. Working with Domestic Abuse
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Deborah Winterbourne
    This course covers working with survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse, together with an exploration of whether couples counselling may ever be appropriate in situations of domestic abuse. We'll explore themes such as power and control, typology of perpetrators, affect regulation, risk assessments, safety and ethical considerations. We will also consider legal remedies available for survivors of abuse. Suitable for counsellors, trainees and other helping professionals. 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  4. Working with two chairs
    Course start date:  Mon 8 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dennis Carney
    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.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  5. Introduction to therapeutic writing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 11 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Charmaine Pollard
    Poetry therapy is the intentional use of poetry and other forms of literature for healing and personal growth. Learn how to introduce therapeutic writing into your work, to help people improve their health and wellbeing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
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