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Counselling Skills



Counselling is the interactive technique we use when working with clients who need some help in working through their emotions and memories associated with events in their lives. It is particularly helpful to have good counselling skills when clients are trying to change behavioural patterns or to work their way out of addictions. The essence of counselling is that the healer reflects back what the client is saying in ways that help the client to look at issues from different angles and to work out the how, why, what, where and when of the cause of problems, to recognise the impact they have had on subsequent life and behaviours, and to work out ways of achieving a better life ahead. The healer does not take over and advise the client what to do, apart from maybe letting the client know what external help is available to help with the healing and recovery process, but works in empathy with the client to help the client work things out for his/herself.  The added value that the healer gives is knowing from training and experience how to reflect back to the client and having techniques to help the client to look at issues from all angles.       


Although there is an introduction to Counselling Skills in the early chapters of my training manuals, this is at a very basic level and is aimed at getting some simple interaction going between healer and client as part of the healing process.


Some healers might wish to devote the focus of their work to helping people break severe addictions such as substance abuse  or to more traumatic events such as rape and child abuse, all of which will require advanced counselling skills. Some healers might like to obtain additional qualifications to help them to take their healing work into mainstream organisations such as the National Health Service.  Other people who will be good healers might feel a need to build up their confidence when dealing with clients and some good training in counselling will help them. Whatever the reason, it might be a good idea for some healers to be trained professionally in counselling skills.


My experience with the energies is that the best healing is done when the healer and client are working together and with the client fully engaged in the healing process. The more the client is able to get to root causes and emotions and to understand their subsequent behavioural patterns, the deeper the energies seem to go and the faster the turn around. Sometimes, though, the client just needs an external catalyst to be able to get a better focus on issues or somebody away from family and friends who they can talk to openly and with whom they can explore how they feel about situations. Good counselling skills help with all of this so are valuable tools for the healer to have in his / her toolbox.


This page is listed within the External Training section of the website to try to give people some ideas on what they might be able to do about taking some training in counselling skills. It is not meant to be a comprehensive resource so I would advise undertaking your own research as well. It is orientated towards people living in London but there might be a few useful pieces of information for people living elsewhere within the UK.  


This page was originally posted on 30th September 2007 and was updated on 23rd November 2009. Full information about some of the courses listed below was not available at the time of update so it is possible that some of the content of this page is out of date.    






What is Counselling?


Visitors to this website who are not sure what counselling is about might like to go to the following websites where there are some good explanations about counselling. Because healing sessions are usually one on one between healer and client, the focus on this page is one to one counselling rather than other forms of counselling such as group discussion.


Georgia State University



Cancer Research UK








Accreditation / Awarding Bodies


There are a number of accreditation or awarding bodies in the English education sector. They assess the quality and levels of courses offered by training organisations and institutions. The level of accreditation of a course can be an important factor in obtaining employment with employers and institutions in the healthcare sector. Please click here to read more about accreditation.






Professional Bodies


The two following professional bodies might be useful sources of advice and guidance on where you might be able to take your counselling and healing work and to give guidance on what sorts of courses might be suitable for you.


United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP),



British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy









Below is a indicative sample of counselling skills courses that I was able to find on the internet. This is not intended to be a definitive list but just a way of showing what sort of training is available. Both full time and part time learning is available. If you are in full or part time employment, evening classes are available.


The lowest cost courses seem to be offered by colleges within the State education system or by educational charities. Private teaching organisations can be very expensive. 


If you spend some time browsing on the internet, you will be able to find many other colleges offering counselling skills courses. 


Although it is possible to take distance learning courses in counselling, I have not included any on this page. This is because I feel that counselling is something best learned face to face with a professional teacher. The counsellor’s body language and body skills are important and a supervisor will be able to give guidance much better if he / she can see you physically when practicing rather than interact with you by distance. Also, if you are in a physical class, the class members will practice on each other and you can work with the energies you are learning together with your classmates when they undertake counselling practice with you on whatever you might need to clear from within yourself.     



1. The College of North East London


The College of North East London

High Road



N15 4RU



Introduction to Basic Counselling (CPCAB Level 2 accredited)  

50 hours in class over a ten week period, cost around £138 plus an examination fee of £36.



2.  Lewisham College


Lewisham College

Lewisham Way





Introduction to Counselling

Part time day or evening, 2.5 hours per week , 12 weeks, cost around £170 plus an annual college registration fee of £50.


Counselling Skills CPCAB Level 2 Certificate

Part time day or evening , 12 hours per week , 24 weeks, cost around £265 plus an annual college registration fee of £50.


Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3

Part time day or evening , 10 hours per week , 36 weeks, cost around £415 plus an annual college registration fee of £50.



3. Mary Ward Centre


Mary Ward Centre

42 Queen Square





Introduction to Counselling – 30 hours over 6 weeks. 

Part time day or evening on Thursdays. £104


Counselling Certificate – 150 hours over 30 weeks. Level 3.

Part time day or evening on Thursdays. £658




4. Middlesex University Summer School


Middlesex University Summer School

North London  



Foundation Counselling Skills and Theory

3 weeks full time   £390



5. West Thames College


West Thames College
London Road




Introduction to Counselling CPCAB

Evenings  -  30 hours over 10 weeks - £200


CPCAB Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3

One evening a week for 1 year -  £555


Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative): Advanced Diploma CPCAB  Level 4

Part time 2 evenings a week or 1 day a week for 2 years - £2,300



6. Southwark College


Southwark College

Various Southside locations



Counselling Skills & Studies Cert (Levels 2 and 3) CPCAB.

3 hours a week for 30 weeks.  Cost £550


Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4) CPCAB

6 hours a week for 34 weeks.  Cost £1,350








Date of original posting : 30th September 2007

Updated : 23rd November 2009