Foundation Level

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The Foundation Level is the first stage of the training and assessment process leading ultimately and where appropriate to the Foundation’s Diploma.  This first part is a complete course in itself and can be used for personal development and growth alone.  Participants do not need to go on to the next part of the course and develop as a counsellor. 


NCS Quality mark

Our Foundation Level has been awarded the National Counselling Society Quality Mark.




We currently have a Foundation Level course running, and we are also enrolling for our 2017 and 2018 courses in Cheltenham, and West Dorset/East Devon. Both courses consist of 5 weekends over 5 months starting 30th September 2017.  We then have another course starting March 2018.

Course commencing September 2017  Course commencing March 2018
 Weekend One       Saturday/Sunday 30 September/1 October 2017  Weekend One        TBA
 Weekend Two      Saturday/Sunday 04/05 November 2017  Weekend Two        TBA
 Weekend Three   Saturday/Sunday 02/03 December 2017  Weekend Three     TBA
 Weekend Four     Saturday/Sunday 06/07 January 2018  Weekend Four      TBA
 Weekend Five      Saturday/Sunday 03/04 February 2018  Weekend Five      TBA


The Cost of the Foundation Level is £700. (Early Bird Discounts and instalment plans available).

For full details and terms of acceptance contact  email:

The Foundation Level

The Foundation Level is mainly devoted to understanding Emotional Therapeutic Counselling and exploring the techniques it uses.  It includes communication and listening skills, resistance and reluctance, blocks to self-disclosure, anger, guilt and shame, fear, pain, addictive behaviour, the therapeutic relationship, confrontation, validation of emotional experience, healing the inner child, bereavement, hurt and loss, dreams, visualisations and imagery.

It involves workshops, lectures and discussion.  Students expect to work individually, in pairs and in groups of different sizes.  Students are encouraged to keep a personal journal.  They are required to keep a working record, in which they chart their progress through the course and in which they can incorporate their notes and numerous handouts.

Students who have completed the Foundation Level but who do not wish to continue training as therapeutic counsellors, may be invited to become Friends of the Foundation.  For those who wish to continue training, an assignment and book reviews will be produced and assessed.   Progression to Diploma level training is by successful completion of this work and subsequent invitation to proceed.