Stage 1 Foundation Level


Early bird booking – download here

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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 (Stage 2).  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. However, we are very pleased that nearly all students do progress to diploma level and graduate to become counsellors.


NCS Quality Mark

Our Stage 1 Foundation Level has been awarded the National Counselling Society Quality Mark and is deemed equivalent to Ofqual level 3.  It is externally moderated to ensure consistency of excellent teaching.




Our next Foundation Course begins March 2010.  The course consists of 5 weekends over 5 months. We have an early bird booking option open until 31st December 2019.     

For full details of the Foundation Couse, how to book your place and how much it costs, downlead here.

Stage 1 – 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 Stage 1 Foundation Level but who do not wish to continue training as therapeutic counsellors, may be invited to become Affiliates 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