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 gain 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 2018. 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.

Cost: £250 (Eventbrite booking fees apply)


“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”.


St Albans | Thursday 6.00pm – 9.00pm | January 18 – February 8                   event-brite-button
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)


Bedford | Monday 6.00pm – 9.00pm | February 19 – March 12 event-brite-button
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)


Welwyn Garden City | Thursday 10.00am – 12.00pm | February 22 – March 29event-brite-button
(12 hour class over 6 weeks)


Borehamwood | Saturday 10.00am – 1.00pm | February 24 – March 17event-brite-button
(12 hour class over 4 weeks)



Taking Introduction to Counselling to South London | Spring 2018

Branching out to Clapham, South London, The Counselling Foundation will offer a 12 hour weekday evening course this Spring.


Please check back again soon for additional details of upcoming dates and venues for 2018.



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Please fill in the below form with any questions you may have or call 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 £200 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 training@counsellingfoundation.org.  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.