Course 2 – Chrysalis Diploma

Counselling Skills and Theory (Dip CST.)

Registered successful candidates will achieve a Prince’s Trust Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (RQF) 603/6872/X.

Our unique psychotherapeutic counselling training uses a core model based on exploring the client’s past, present and future, then learning different techniques and skills which will help them heal, resolve their issues and achieve their goals.

Choose this course if you want to make great progress towards becoming a counsellor and be recognised for your therapeutic skills.

If you already have a counselling qualification at Level 3 or equivalent, you can start this course in the second year.

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Course Benefits*

  • Become a Therapeutic Skills Practitioner (Dip CST.).
  • Course Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society.
  • Join as an Associate member with many membership benefits including eligibility to join the Royal Society for Public Health.
  • Stepping stone to the Society's Accredited Register for Counsellors, recognised by the Professional Standards Authority. This is subject to completing further studies.
  • Registered successful candidates will receive an RQF Level 4 Diploma from Prince's Trust.
  • A clear progression path which can lead to professional counselling and Higher Education.

* Subject to terms and conditions

Study Methods

Practical classroom work; Chrysalis VLE; Practice Groups; Homework assignments; Reflective Journal; Study of Skills Practice; Focus on practical work with no final exam.

PLEASE NOTE: Upgrading from this course to longer courses at a later stage is more costly and upgrading may not be possible on courses which are full. Students wishing to take further study should sign up in advance to avoid disappointment.

Course Length:

2 Year


Level 4 Diploma

Courses Studied:

Courses 1 & 2

Course Price:

All course Pricing

From £118/pm


Year One: 10 Classes as per Chrysalis Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Introducing Counselling Skills. Year Two: Over 10 classes, you'll study the following seven components:

  • Foundations of Counselling and Theory Part 1: The Psychodynamic Approach You will explore, on this course, a contemporary framework known as the Pluralistic approach which incorporates different main theories and approaches. The first main approach within this framework is Psychodynamic counselling and you will learn the historic and basic principles of this important approach.
  • Foundations of Counselling and Theory Part 2: The Humanistic Approach The Humanistic approach is a key therapy approach within which sits Person Centred Counselling. The importance of the therapeutic relationship and using the Core Conditions are both explored and practised.
  • Foundations of Counselling and Theory Part 3: The Cognitive Behavioural Approach CBT is widely used and has principles and techniques which can inform a contemporary approach to assisting clients. You will explore the theory and methods of this approach and learn how to bring structure to sessions integrating basic counselling skills.
  • Stress, Anxiety & Self-Defeating Behaviours You will further explore and understand how to establish and maintain a professional boundaried supportive relationship and to provide an environment to ethically support those who are experiencing some common presenting issues.
  • Relationships, Bereavement And Loss You examine how important relationships are in individual development and wellbeing, and you will be introduced to theories of attachment and loss and how to support bereaved clients.
  • Development, Motivation And Goal Achievement You explore methods of working with issues of low motivation, frustration and anger, with deeper reflection on cultural and social differences while building on therapeutic skills.
  • Understanding Evidence Based Counselling Practice You will learn about different types of research studies used to provide evidence for approaches, methods and treatment protocols, with focus on evaluating quantitative and qualitative therapy studies and what we can learn from them.
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