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Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling

Our exciting new Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling short course explores the nineteenth-century psychoanalytic roots of contemporary psychodynamic therapy. The course looks at the lives and contributions of the main thinkers, situating the theories within their historic frame of reference. By considering clinical case material you will be invited to compare the experience of Freud’s patients with the needs and expectations of twenty-first-century clients. This thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating course draws on art, literature, music and film as a means of situating psychoanalytic theory within its social and cultural context.

Watch our short Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling video to find out more. 

There are no formal entry requirements for this 30-hour non-assessed course. It can be taken alone or alongside any of the other short courses: Basic Psychodynamic Counselling Skills; Introduction to Counselling; Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychosocial Studies. The four courses can be taken in any order.

Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling takes place at Birkbeck, University of London, on more than one occasion during the year. Please see below for details. 

For queries or waiting list enquiries please email

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Sat 08-Feb-20 10am-4pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSPA114N0AAA

First class: Sat 16-May-20 10am-4pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSPA114N0ACC

This class has already started. You can no longer enrol on this class.