Our popular Introduction to Counselling courses running throughout the year are open to anyone interested in obtaining and learning how to use counselling skills in any area of life whether personal or professional. It would benefit those working in private or public health, nursing, caring, counselling, mental health, teaching, mentoring, guidance, customer services, human resources, management, or pastoral areas.

This is a 12 hour introductory course (over either 4 or 6 weeks), providing an accessible and interesting insight to the theory and practice of counselling.  While the course is primarily theoretical, it also develops some awareness of the basic skills in counselling practice.

It is ideal for those looking to gain self awareness, considering a change of career to counselling or working in a role where skills for active listening and dealing effectively and in a helpful manner with difficult or distressed people are required. It can also help parents and carers acquire powerful yet underestimated tools needed when being responsible for others.

You will get a good grounding in key topics in counselling, including its cultural and historical origins, different theoretical orientations and the vital role of the counselling relationship.

The course provides an introduction and can be followed by the Foundation Certificate which starts in September 2017. It is not necessary to do the Introduction course prior to the Foundation Certificate but recommended.

Please see the PDF below for further information on the course. Early booking is advisable. If you wish for your employer to pay for you to attend this course, please call us and we will register you on to the course and send them an invoice for the full amount.


“A really interesting, insightful and enjoyable course, thank you!”.  

“I have really enjoyed the short course, I am so impressed with the standard of teaching”.


Cost: £225 (Eventbrite booking fees apply)


Luton | Tuesday 6.45pm – 8.45pm | 6 June – 11 Julyevent brite button
(12 hour class over 6 weeks)


Bedford| Tuesday 10.00am – 1.00pm | 6 June – 27 Juneevent brite button
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)


St Albans | Thursday 6.00pm – 9.00pm | 8 June – 29 June event brite button
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)


Welwyn Garden City | Thursday 10.00am – 1.00pm | 8 June – 29 Juneevent brite button
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)


St Albans | Thursday 10.00am – 1.15pm | 6 July – 27 Julyevent brite button
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)



We update our website regularly with new dates are venues for our Introduction to Counselling courses.

New dates and venues coming soon for autumn 2017.



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Join our next free Open Day on in either St Albans on  24th June 2017 or in Bedford on 10th June 2017

The open day provides a great opportunity to speak to our course tutors about the courses we offer, understand the route it takes to become an accredited counsellor, and ask any questions you may have for the Training Team.

Please click on the Eventbrite link to register your free space.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the training team on 01727 86 85 85 option 3.


Bedford | 10 June 2017





St Albans | 24 June 2017





Or to speak to us with any questions you may have, please fill in the below form or contact The Training Centre team on 01727 86 85 85 (option 3).

Booking Terms and Conditions:
To reserve a place we must receive your non-refundable registration fee of £50. You will then be contacted for the final balance of £175 no later than two weeks before the start of the course.
Though numbers for our workshops are limited, it is also necessary to achieve a minimum attendance to make the course viable. In cases where the minimum attendance is not achieved, we reserve the right to cancel workshops; participants will have their fees fully refunded or offered an alternative session.
Late applications cannot be guaranteed a place; however we will endeavour to accommodate you.
Attendance: The first seminar must be attended by all participants who book onto this course.  To receive your Certificate of Attendance you must attend at least 5 of the sessions and must notify your tutor if you will miss a session.
Cancellations: Must be made in writing to  In the event of the facilitator cancelling due to adverse weather/illness/or unforeseen circumstances the participant may choose to be refunded or booked onto the rearranged course or choose another Introduction to Counselling course.
In the event of a cancellation by the participant up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, we will refund the final balance only. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Fees will not be refunded for any cancellations made by the participant less than 2 weeks prior to the start of course.