When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Course Code K23HSSD08A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Unlock the transformative power of effective communication and supportive guidance with our Introduction to Counselling course. Designed for those curious about the art and science of counselling and experiential learning, this short course offers a comprehensive overview of foundational counselling principles, skills and techniques. Embark on a journey to develop essential counselling skills such as active listening, empathy, and effective communication. You will be able to immerse yourself in practical applications through engaging role-playing exercises and case studies, where you'll have the opportunity to apply newfound knowledge in realistic scenarios. This course provides a safe and interactive space to foster self-awareness, encouraging personal growth and reflection. Whether you're considering a career in counselling, or simply interested in enhancing your interpersonal skills, this course lays the groundwork for a deeper understanding of human connection. While the course is not accredited, it offers valuable insights into the field of counselling and is suitable for individuals interested in exploring basic counselling skills for personal development, further training in counselling/psychology and/or entry-level roles.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the foundational principle of counselling
  • Develop core counselling skills, including active listening and empathy
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Gain an introduction to different counselling approaches


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Emphasis is on learning through experience and classes are held in-person at our North Kensington centre. There will be exercises in pairs, in threes, small groups and the large group. There will also be tutor input and handouts provided. You'll be asked to keep a reflective learning journal as a way of reflecting on yourself and learning throughout the course. Towards the ned of the course, you will complete written work that is relevant to your learning and suited to your level of study.

    Entry requirements

    This is a beginners course. No previous qualification or experience needed. It is an introductory unaccredited course equivalent to Level 1

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This is a course for beginners. A good command of written and spoken English will benefit you in order to take part in class discussions and complete written tasks. Participants are asked to come willing to draw on their own experiences and be open to the diverse views, perspectives and experience of other students. You will need to be a fluent speaker of English, be able to listen and respond to others and take part in discussions. To be considered for the next level you have to be willing to complete a comprehensive piece of coursework and read recommended texts.

    What you need

    Laptop/tablet/iPad with a fast and reliable internet connection. You will need to download MS Teams in order to join your class and access learning materials. There are no other costs, but you will require a notepad and pen if you wish to take notes.

    What you can do next

    Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Accredited Course).