An Introduction to Counselling Skills



Key Information

This introductory course,  is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use counselling skills and more about themselves. If you are considering a career in counselling this course is a good taster to see if you want to go further and will help prepare you for taking a Foundation/ intermediate Course in Counselling.


About the Course

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and helpfully with people who are distressed or simply need a listening ear. These are skills that can be useful at work and in your personal life. You will practice basic counselling skills and  learn about :

  • The skill of ‘active listening’ – being with a person, and at the same time being able to step back.

  • The ‘core conditions’ – the ability to be with a person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

This course focuses on an experiential style of learning. Central to counselling skills practice is the idea that to understand the experience of another  you have to first understand our own. The course is structured so that students learn not only from what is taught, but also by actively engaging in exercises. Much of the learning is in small groups and  students are encouraged where appropriate to share and reflect on their own experiences.

Course Content

Each class session is made up of three parts: theory, practice and self development – a structure which reflects a central idea in counselling that you need to understand the concepts, develop your counselling skills, and to become more self-aware.

Course Leader

Belinda Smith - Qualified Counselling Tutor 

Who Is It For

This Introductory Course is open to anyone interested in:

  • Finding out more about what Counselling is.

  • Using Counselling Skills at work or in private life

Entry Requirements

You do not need any particular qualifications or work experience to attend this course

However undertaking counselling training at any level can be a demanding process so the following personal qualities will help :

  • An Openness to form and maintain relationships with others.

  • The ability to engage in experiential learning.

  • A willingness to work with difference

  • The capability to develop empathy

  • The ability to reflect on experiences.

  • An Openness to feedback from tutors and peers



Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of attendance.


£260. The fee is payable before the start of the course and is non-refundable.


Winter over 9 weeks: Monday 3rd Febuary 2020 – Monday 30th March 2020, 6pm – 9pm

Spring week long intensive: Monday 30th March – Friday 3rd April 2020, 10am – 4pm

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