Introduction to Counselling Course

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Basingstoke Counselling Service is taking the evolving coronavirus pandemic seriously and we’d like to reassure you that the health, wellbeing and safety of our clients, team and those attending our courses is of paramount importance to us.

This course is now running online in a live interactive format

Under times of increased stress we often need to improve our empathy and awareness in dealing with others’ feelings, this is especially true now.

Are you:

  • thinking about a career in counselling and psychotherapy but not sure if it is for you?
  • wanting to gain greater self-awareness and understanding of yourself?
  • looking to develop your helping skills in a professional or voluntary role?
  • interested in knowing more about the origins and types of counselling?
  • wanting to develop skills for self-reflection?
  • hoping to gain more understanding of your professional and personal relationships?
  • looking to understand more about what counselling training involves?
  • wishing to take the first step in a progressive training journey as a counsellor?
  • wishing to support those close to you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Basingstoke Counselling Service’s Introduction to Counselling is the course for you, begin your journey of personal growth here.

Completion of an Introduction to Counselling course prior to applying for the Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory is recommended but not essential.

Entry Criteria

The course is open to everybody and no formal qualifications are required.

Key Course Objectives

  • To provide an understanding of what counselling is and its origins
  • To provide a safe environment for self-exploration and reflection
  • To develop listening and communication skills
  • To establish some basic counselling skills
  • To demonstrate how counselling skills can be usefully applied to personal and professional relationships.

This 30 hour Introduction to Counselling Course will take place over ten sessions on Monday evenings between 6.30pm and 9.30pm online over Zoom.

Course Structure

The course takes place synchronously online. This 10 week Course will run on Monday evenings between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, from 30th March 2020 until 22nd June 2020 (Easter break 6th/13th April. Bank holiday 25th May).

Course Leaders and Teaching Methods

The course will be led by Julia Charlesworth, Head of Training at Basingstoke Counselling Service and Catherine Butler. Both are experienced Counsellors and Trainers and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. Teaching is through presentations, group exercises, role-play, and group discussions.

Entry Criteria 

The course is open to everybody and no formal qualifications are required.

Course Fee


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