Chrysalis Diploma

Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice (Prof. Dip Psy C.)

Registered successful candidates will achieve The Prince’s Trust Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice 603/6873/1.

Choose this advanced course if you wish to become a professional counsellor/psychotherapist and wish to gain, through qualification, a route onto The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society, an Accredited Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority.

Since its launch in 2012, the Accredited Register programme is the benchmark for counsellors and therapists and can provide public confidence in your services.

This is our recommended course as it fully meets current professional requirements and is the most cost-efficient way to enter our profession. You’ll be able to offer concrete help and appropriate solutions to clients, taking an active role in assisting them heal and reach their full potential.

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Course Benefits*

  • Become recognised as a registered counsellor and earn a Professional Diploma (Prof.Dip Psy C).
  • Course fully Accredited by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society.
  • Join as an M.N.C.S. (Acc) with many membership benefits including eligibility to join the Royal Society for Public Health.
  • Meets the entry requirements for the Society's Accredited Register for Counsellors, recognised by the Professional Standards Authority.
  • Registered successful candidates will receive an RQF Level 5 Diploma from Prince's Trust.
  • A clear and rapid upgrade route to Level 6 (Higher Education) qualifications on passing this course.
  • 118 Guided Learning Hours in year 3 (Total for 3+ year course is 306 Guided Learning Hours)

* Subject to terms and conditions

Study Methods

Practical classroom work; Chrysalis VLE; Practice Groups; Homework assignments; Reflective Journal; Formally Supervised Placement; Focus on practical work with no final exam.

Supervision & Placement

This course requires 100 hours of supervised practice on an approved external placement, please note that there may be additional supervision fees dependant on placement.


Course Length:

3+ Years*


Level 5 Diploma

Courses Studied:

Level 3 Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Introduction to Counselling Skills, Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory, & the Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice

Course Price:

All course Pricing

From 119.84/pm


Our Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice course is a three-year course.  It incorporates the Level 3 Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Introduction to Counselling Skills and the Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory as the first two years of the syllabus. Learners successfully graduating from this course will receive The Prince's Trust Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice (RQF). This is a professional practice qualification enabling you to apply for registration with the National Counselling Society, and to set up professional practice and apply for employment as a counsellor. Entry to this course is only through successful graduation from the Chrysalis Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory. After completing years 1 and 2, your year 3 syllabus Is covered by eight components taught across 12 classes:

  • Key Models Incorporated Within The Pluralistic Approach 1: The Psychodynamic Approach Evaluating main contributions to the development of Psychodynamic counselling, with a focus on drive theory and Object Relations theory. intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship dynamics are explored, including those occurring within the therapy room. Understanding of conducting safe and ethical supervised practice is further explored.
  • Key Models Incorporated Within The Pluralistic Approach 2: The Humanistic Approach Reviewing key models within this approach and exploring further the process of therapy and personal growth and developing further understanding of the core conditions. Reflecting on supervised practice and key aspects of boundaries, practicalities, and contracting with clients.
  • Key Models Incorporated Within The Pluralistic Approach 3: Cognitive Behavioural Approach Building on knowledge of these approaches and methods alongside developing self-awareness and reflection on aspects such as the impact of diversity and difference on the experience of therapy.
  • Understanding Depression & Human Relationships Reviewing therapeutic and medical models of depression and gaining knowledge of treatment for depression in the UK, including the role of counselling and psychotherapy. Risk assessment is considered in detail. Exploring relationship models to include the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship regardless of approach used, and the importance of professional codes of ethics.
  • Abuse And Addiction Exploring issues of abuse, addiction, eating disorders, and self-harm in detail along with how these may co-exist. The ethics of working with clients experiencing deeper issues are considered including counsellor level of competence and when referral or specialisation best supports the client. Learning requirements of supervision in more detail and various formats and models related to supervision.
  • Personal And Professional Development Understanding the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and reflecting on own personal and professional growth throughout the course.
  • Counselling Practicum Undertaking a placement with a suitable agency to gain 100 supervised clinical hours within the guidelines and policies of a professional counselling organisation. Evaluating and reflecting on own clinical work on a regular basis to experientially understand the work of counselling.
  • Evaluating The Use Of Evidence In Counselling Practice Evaluating the contribution of research studies to the practice of counselling with a focus on different types of studies from randomised controlled trials to the significance of the case study in the development of new ideas and approaches to counselling.
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