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Introduction to Counselling


Our 5-week Introduction to Counselling course located in Essex is a perfect way to find out more about the skills and knowledge counsellors need and discover if this rewarding and challenging career is right for you. The course will introduce you to basic counselling skills, the theories behind them and will help enhance your own communication skills too.

This 5 week course is aimed at those who are wanting to learn about the basics of counselling. This course is interactive, informative and engaging. In every session you will be able to take part in activities and discussions to learn more about counselling.

Our highly experience and qualified counselling tutor will guide you through the 5-week course, ensuring you have an instructive and enjoyable introduction to counselling.

It is ideal for those who are considering becoming a counsellor or for those who are curious about the subject. It is also for those who would like to learn more about themselves and others.

Session One: Is a gentle introduction to the course and the topics you will cover. Discover more about how you and others learn and absorb knowledge. Find out what effective communication is and how to improve your skills and finally the importance of reflection in counselling.

Session Two:  All counsellors work to an ethical framework which outlines the responsibilities of a counsellor. Learn more about this, the role of a counsellor and what happens when the Ethical Framework is breached.

Session Three: Counselling skills are based on three main psychological theories. Meet the first beginning with the fascinating theories of Freud and a brief introduction psychodynamic theory.

Session Four: This week you will be introduced to the second theory and how this is used in counselling. You will have the opportunity to try it for yourself!  You will learn about the work of Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers and the Humanistic and Person Centred way of working.

Session Five: This final session looks at the third theories of Albert Ellis (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy) and Aaron Beck (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT).  CBT is currently used widely with clients with depression and anxiety. In the final week you will be able to find out what options are available for your next steps.

This course is for 5 weeks, for 3 hours per week.

9.30am – 12.30pm

The price includes:

  • Highly qualified trainer and counsellor
  • CPD certificate providing evidence of course content and CPD hours
  • All training materials and resources

Rosemary Clark

Rosemary is an experienced and qualified counsellor with a background in clinical care and lecturing. Included in her experience are roles in the NHS including mental health, general health, general practice, sexual health and occupational health.

Rosemary works with NHS staff delivering Stress Awareness Seminars. She is also a counsellor, counselling supervisor, mediator and tutor for NHS staff.

She is passionate about her work and seeks to inspire those who are interested in exploring personal growth and development.

As a qualified teacher, Rosemary has a creative way of imparting new to knowledge to enthuse those who are curious to learn more about themselves and other opportunities.

On successful completion of your Introduction to Counselling course, you may wish to continue to train to become a qualified counsellor.


You can apply for a place on our Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice.

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  1. 5 out of 5


    I have just completed this fantastic taster course with a wonderful tutor, rosemary clark. the pace of the class is ideal and rosemary expertly breaks down the session so that it is informative and fun. it gives you a great introduction into the world of counselling, role play activities really help your understanding in a light hearted way. i would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone. i am so glad that i signed up and met rosemary with her wealth of experience in this field and gained a lovely group of people who i look forward to staying in touch with.

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      Thank you so much Sarah for your lovely comments. So glad you enjoyed the course. Totally agree with you – Rosemary is a truly amazing tutor with a wealth of knowledge!

  2. 5 out of 5


    I have just completed this course. it was really informative.
    rosemary clark is a fabulous tutor, patient, calm and inspirational.
    i learnt a lot about the subject and myself.
    i am now looking into continuing the training to gain a level 4 diploma and become a registered counsellor.
    the small group meant it was easy to bond.
    the relaxed atmosphere made it easy to share and learn, and made the whole experience a joy.

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      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback Rachel. So glad you enjoyed the course. Please get in touch to arrange your interview for your level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice.

  3. 5 out of 5


    I have just completed this course and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sessions were informative and highly interactive so that there was never a dull moment and you were fully engaging in the topic. Rosemary was an excellent and supportive teacher and a pleasure to be Around, as was everyone else I met There. I’m glad I took this course and was sorry to see it end as it was the highlight of my Week.

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      Dear Cavan, thank you for your lovely comment which I have passed to Rosemary. We are so glad you enjoyed your course.
      Kind regards Anne

  4. 5 out of 5


    Introduction to Counselling is a fantastic course for anyone with an interest in Counselling.

    Rosemary Clark is a wonderful tutor – making each session informative, fun and interesting – Rosemary is full of knowledge and easily translates this to her students.

    I found learning how to listen and communicate in different ways not only of benefit to myself but also how to work with others.

    Our class easily bonded together through reflective work and role-play, learning many different aspects of Counselling over the five weeks.

    I would definitely recommend this course and would like to thank Rosemary, Best for Training and my ‘new friends’ for making this five week course so enjoyable.

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      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback Laura, so glad you enjoyed the course!

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