Introduction to Counselling Course

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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.

Course Structure

This 30 hour Introduction to Counselling Course takes place over ten sessions of three hours.  These sessions will occur either on a Monday evening or a Wednesday daytime at BCS.

Course Leaders and Teaching Methods

The course is led by experienced Counsellors and Trainers who 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


This can either be paid in full upon booking a place, or you can pay a £100 deposit to secure your place. The balance of £250 would need to be paid 30 days before the course start date.

Course Dates

Spring 2021: Held face to face in a classroom setting (this may be subject to change) on Wednesdays from 10.00am-1.00pm from 3rd March until 19th May 2021 (Easter break 7th and 14th April)


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