Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy

WPF Therapy
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6 hours
70 GBP excl. VAT
Full time
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Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy

Course description

Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part A Taste of Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Here are some of the questions which are addressed at A Taste of Training.

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist?  What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists?   What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?
  2. What does psychodynamic mean? Isn’t that Freud?  How do I know what model of therapy is right for me?  If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy can I go on to train somewhere else?
  3. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train?  Why do I have to be in my own therapy?
  4. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  5. What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me?  What qualities do I need to have?
  6. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training?  What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify?  What are the professional regulatory bodies?  Why are they important?

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course will be of interest if you want to learn more about counselling, therapy or psychotherapy training and/or you wish to develop counselling skills in your current work.  No previous knowledge is required.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

By the end of the workshop we hope that you will have answers to many of the above questions, or if not, a clear direction.  You will also:

  1. Have a clearer understanding of what a psychotherapy training involves and specifically what is required of you on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.
  2. Have a basic understanding of the psychodynamic model of therapy and how this relates to other theoretical models such as humanistic, CBT and integrative therapy etc.
  3. Have begun to explore how you relate to others and to yourself and why therapy training requires deep, personal work.
  4. Have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in active listening and how these are developed on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.

Training Course Content

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy

We will look at the differences between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling. What are the different models of counselling and psychotherapy and where does psychodynamic psychotherapy sit on that spectrum? We will also explore what we need to think about if we want to train.

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts - Is this perspective for you?

A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

Session 3 - Our Emotional World

We will begin to explore ideas of emotional intelligence and our reflective capacity. What qualities does a counsellor or therapist need and is this really what I want to do?

Session 4 - Communication and Therapy Today

Where does therapy and counselling belong in today’s world? What jobs are there at the end of the training? What will I learn at WPF Therapy and is it the right place for me to begin this journey?

Course delivery details

The course will be taught online using a variety of techniques including discussion in small and large groups and paired exercises. The two days (two 3-hour sessions) will be broken down into 4 segments although there may be some changes depending on the group.

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both.


  • Public: £70
  • Qualified practitioner: £70
  • Trainee: £70

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WPF Therapy

WPF Therapy provides therapy services for more than 400 clients every week at our modern premises near London Bridge. We also provide training and professional courses in counselling and psychotherapy for over 1,000 people every year. We are a charity...

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