Why train with us?


Our training is exciting and challenging: it is much more than an academic course. Chichester Counselling provides a safe, secure environment for you to be introduced into the fascinating and demanding world of client work.

As one of our students you will belong to a professional counselling organisation. This offers you the opportunity to work alongside a mutually supportive group of counsellors who are at different stages of their career development.

Our training package includes theory, skills, supervision and client work.

Our Diploma training course is accredited by
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


Placements/Clients & Supervision

You won't have to go elsewhere to find clients or supervision. We will select and assess your clients for you and you will be supported by weekly supervision.

For a Prospectus 2019-20 and further details click here.

We specialise in psychodynamic counselling

This aims to bring to the surface, through talking with a skilled counsellor, thoughts and patterns that you may not previously have been aware of, because they were unconscious.

Sometimes painful feelings and memories of past experiences are too difficult for our conscious minds to process - yet they continue to affect our day-to-day lives, leading to repeating patterns of difficulty, in relationships or at work, for example. Psychodynamic counselling can help us unravel and understand these deep-rooted feelings and the defences we often build up, to protect them. These defences (such as humour; over-working; 'putting on a brave face') can often be effective for some time - but they don't solve our real problems, only help suppress the painful parts of ourselves. Understanding these underlying causes begins the journey towards achieving changes in how we feel about ourselves and in our relationships with others.

Which training programme is right for you?


Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Theory and Skills -

Year 1, part time.

A preparatory level course covering basic psychodynamic counselling theory and skills. It is suitable for those wishing to enhance their people & relationship skills, or who are considering further study or entry onto CCS’ BACP accredited Diploma course.

The Certificate course alone does not qualify students for working with clients seeking counselling; for that students would need to progress onto CCS’ Diploma course.

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic) -

Year 1 Certificate plus Diploma years 2 and 3, part time.

A British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited training that provides students with a broad conceptual background in counselling using a combined academic and experiential approach, based on the psychodynamic model, and to a standard adequate to supervised practice with clients seeking counselling, leading to later development of the counsellor to becoming an independent, registered professional.

For full details of both the certificate and diploma download our
Prospectus 2019-20 here

How to apply

Download and complete an Application form Certificate/Diploma and return to our office address with the administration charge (see below).

Selection is by interview.

How much does it cost?

Certificate and Diploma course fees cover all training and group work, Saturday workshops, individual tutorials, rooms for client work, professional indemnity insurance for client work and course materials.

There is a one-off administration fee of £60, payable at the time of application to cover the cost of processing your application.

For fees, please refer to the Prospectus. Fees are revised annually.

A deposit equivalent to one third of the course fee is payable upon acceptance of a training contract.

The balance of fees is due prior to starting the course. There is an option for the remaining fee (after paying the deposit) to be made by monthly standing order over 6 months starting in October and ending in March, incurring an administration charge of £100 (which is added to the monthly standing order amount).

Students who are sponsored by an employer are asked to pay each full year's fees in advance.

Information from the government about funding for learners 19 years or over can be found at 19+ learning loan

Alumni and keeping in touch with Chichester Counselling

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Call us on 01243 789 200 or click here to email.

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