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How do I become a professionally accredited Counsellor or Psychotherapist?

Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck offers a number of routes to become an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist, depending on your current level of experience and training

If you have no experience or training

Does this apply to me?

  • This information applies to you if you are at the beginning of your journey, i.e. you:
    • have not completed any previous introductory counselling courses or counselling related courses (like a psychology degree)
    • do not already work in a relevant occupation (like teaching, social work or nursing)
    • have little or no experience of counselling-related work (e.g. voluntary work)

If the above criteria apply to you, the following option is available:

Certificate (HE) in Psychodynamic Counselling and  Skills in a Psychosocial Framework

If you have some experience or training

Does this apply to me?

  • This information will apply to you if you have some experience and/or training, i.e. you:
    • Have already done a previous introductory counselling course (e.g. Introduction to Counselling at Birkbeck or elsewhere) or counselling related training (such as a psychology degree)
    • And/or work in a relevant occupation (teaching, social work, nursing etc.)
    • And/or have relevant experience in paid or voluntary counselling or counselling-related work

If the above criteria apply to you, the following options are available:

Option 1: Direct entry to year 2 of the Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills

Option 2: Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Practice

  • About the Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Practice
    • Entry requirements: BSc in psychology, or equivalent. Applications will be considered from those with a first degree in another subject, or from those without a first degree, but with relevant professional and/or clinical or counselling-related work experience.
    • This programme will teach you the basic elements of the psychoanalytic method and will equip you with the necessary skills of self-awareness and emotional sensibility that you need to go on to pursue clinical training as a counsellor or psychotherapist.
    • One evening a week.
    • On successful completion of the Certificate you may apply for our professional training: MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Adult, or Children & Adolescents)

Option 3: MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development

If you have more experience and/or training

Does this apply to me?

  • This information applies to you if you are at the beginning of your journey, i.e. you:
    • Have completed 2-year Certificate of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling and Skills in a Psychosocial Framework or the 2-year Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling & Counselling skills or Certificate of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling & Organisational Dynamics or Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Practice or MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development, or an equivalent
    • And/or are qualified in a relevant occupation (teaching, social work, nursing etc.)
    • And/or have relevant counselling or counselling-related work experience

If the above criteria apply to you, you are eligible to apply to directly to  one of our two clinical trainings at Master's level:

Option 1: MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy

Option 2: MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

  • About the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
    • Entry requirements: same as for the MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy but applicants additionally need to have relevant work experience with children and/or adolescents
    • Syllabus and programme design similar to MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, but includes an infant observation and focuses on theory and practice with children and adolescents.
    • Three-year programme, taught during the day (Mondays year 1, Tuesdays years 2 and 3)
    • Students undertake supervised clinical placements in Child and Adolescent settings
    • Programme is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the BPC.