Counselling and Psychotherapy Distance Learning CourseC206

Are you keen to help people with Psychotherapy? Interested in gaining counselling skills?

This course provides an excellent grounding in psychotherapy and counselling covering subjects like types of counselling, accompany treatments, mental health conditions, common problems, crisis, abuse and trauma.  This course will be particularly useful for those who plan on working in counselling or want to develop their skills in psychotherapy.

The course is split into bite sized sections to make studying as simply as possible, you will also have your tutor to help you every step of the way. So Start Learning now!

Now with 10% off if you pay online - The deduction will be made automatically at the second page of the checkout.  

Course Info

Distance Learning Support


At Start Learning we pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive tutors. Your tutor support will start as soon as you receive your course and will be valid for 12 months. All our tutors are highly qualified with extensive experience in supporting distance learning students. You contact your tutor via email and they are responsible for marking assignments answering your questions and guiding you through the course.

Entry Requirements 


At Start Learning we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.     

Recommended Hours of Study


We recommended you spend approximately 110 hours of your time studying for the Counselling and Psychotherapy course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 2 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 4 hours a week you could complete it in six months.

Course Contents


Counselling and Psychotherapy consists of the following:

Unit 1 - The basics of Counselling and Psychotherapy: What is counselling and psychotherapy? - When is a counsellor not ready to counsel? - Who needs counselling?

Unit 2 - Models and approaches of therapy: CBT – Hypnotherapy – DBT - Drama and art therapy - Psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy – CAT - Person-Centred - Solution focused therapy – EMDR - Gestalt therapy.

Unit 3 - Types of counselling: Addiction – Anxiety – Divorce – Stress - Sexual orientation – PMS.

Unit 4 - Accompanying treatments: Antidepressants - Sleeping tablets - Minor tranquilizers.

Unit 5 - Mental Health conditions: Depression - Eating disorders - Personality disorders – Schizophrenia - Gender identity disorder.

Unit 6 - Delivery of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Individual counselling - Group therapy - Couples therapy - Family therapy - Online counselling - Telephone counselling - SMS text counselling - Video Counselling.

Unit 7 - Listening skills and Validation: Stages of listening - Types of validation.

Unit 8 - How to help someone in a crisis: Suicide - Self harm - Eating distress - Relationship breakdown.

Unit 9 - Common problems in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Supervision - Communication problems - Power and control issues – Aggression - Safety issues.

Unit 10 - Abuse and Trauma: Staying safe - The Law - Sexual offences Act - Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims bill 2003 - Rights of victims – Injunctions – Evidence - Court order - Reporting abuse - Inner child - After abuse - Trauma work.

Unit 11 - Useful strategies: Toolbox - Halting protocol - Writing letters - Feeling safe - Transactional object - Breathing exercises – Mindfulness – Splitting - Projective identification – Stabilisation – Homework – Diary – Boundaries.

Unit 12 - Being a Therapist: Confidentiality - Registration and Accreditation –Insurance - Professional development - Working ethically.

Easy Payment Plan


Full Price is £425

6 Monthly Installments of £70.84

The first installment is paid at time of enrolment with a fee for postage and packaging.

For postage costs click here: Postage & Packaging

Call us on 0800 074 1222 if you would like to set up a payment plan.




At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 4 Award in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Plus a Start Learning Diploma.

Awarding Body Information


NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland



This course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

Language of Course




Q: How does the Counselling and Psychotherapy course work?
The great thing about distance learning is that you can study from home or work, at your own pace and in your own time. You will also have your own professional personal tutor offering unlimited support via email and post, seven days a week. He or she will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you advice as to how to complete the course successfully.

Q: Is there an exam at the end of the course?
No, the course is made up of assignments which you complete and send to your tutor for marking.

Q: Is there a word count for my assignments?
No, there is no specific word count but you have to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the questions. One sentence answers will not be accepted and you will be asked to redo the question and resubmit it.

Q: What happens if I’ve paid for the course but find it unsuitable?
Not a problem. If you return it within seven days, we’ll give you a complete refund, as long as the course is in re-saleable condition.

Q: What are the qualifications required to enrol onto this course?
No Entry Requirements

Q: How long do I have access to the personal tutor service?
The personal tutor service is available for 12 months from when the study materials are received.  At Start Learning we aim help our students to the best of our ability; therefore we are always delighted to answer questions and queries out with the 12 month period.
Q: Do your courses meet the latest syllabus changes?
yes, all our course materials meet any changes and will be updated free of charge if further changes are made.
Q: Is this Counselling and Psychotherapy course paper based or on-line? 
Our Counselling and Psychotherapy course is paper based and comes in an attractive folder. 

Q: I still have questions? / I would like more information?
  If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact Start Learning via email: or call us on 0800 074 1222 or 0141 218 4424.

We look forward to hearing from you.