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BA (Hons) Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship

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​This exciting contemporary programme will give you a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy. This course is founded on Relational principles that put the quality of the therapeutic relationship at its heart. You will learn about, and integrate into your practice, a range of therapeutic approaches, from person-centred to psychodynamic; as well as developing a holistic and flexible way of working that can meet the therapeutic needs of a range of clients, taking into account mental health needs and cultural influences. The course will also help develop your academic, professional and research skills, and give opportunities for personal development.

This course contains face-to-face elements. We welcome applications from anyone who will be able to commit to these sessions.

As you grow and develop over the four years, your counselling practice will become more informed and aware. This is central to your development as a counsellor, along with your increasing knowledge of theory, practice and self-development.

Learning about yourself is a key part of the course. This enables you to be clear when working with others as you need to understand your limits and attitudes, so they do not interfere with your practice.

This programme is designed to help you grow your therapeutic capacity to work with a range of client needs. It will give you time to embed your personal and professional development, and prepare you thoroughly for a demanding, yet very rewarding, counselling career.

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Key facts

Starts: September 2022

Level: Undergraduate

Length: Four Years (Part-time)

Venue: Westwood Campus

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Student Story

"it's such an experiential course which I've not come across before, with its practice side. It really puts you in that frame of mind of what it's going to be like when you do have your own clients."

Sara, Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship current student