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How do I become a counsellor or psychotherapist?

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TheDailyMailisToiletPaper Fri 06-Jul-18 18:45:25

I want to completely retrain as a counsellor. Ideally I'd love to be a psychotherapist but I'm not sure I'd be able to afford the time it would take to qualify. Maybe, we'll see.

But I'd still love to know about both - what sort of training and qualifications are involved, what's the time scale, what sort of money do you make, what should my first step be?


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combatbarbie Fri 06-Jul-18 18:56:45

I've been looking into this, the OU do the courses required if your in England, I live in England but will be returning back to Scotland so am waiting to confirm from the Scottish body if the OU qual will count and if not what distance learning I can do. Part of the course is placement based and I won't be able to do that for another 2yrs.

Have you thought about what type of counselling?

TheDailyMailisToiletPaper Fri 06-Jul-18 19:01:19

Psychodynamic. I've had a bit myself over the years and have a real interest. I really think it's something I'd like to do.

Thanks for the link! I've been looking at the BCAP site too, but I feel a bit overwhelmed with options and routes in. Would be good to get a 'roadmap' from someone who's done it.

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Justtheonequestion Fri 06-Jul-18 19:05:48

I dont know but please do it properly. So many 'psychotherapists' are dangerous through lack of robust training. They also require supervision. Ideally a degree and postgrad imo.

Guiltypleasures001 Fri 06-Jul-18 19:58:22

I did a level 2 helping skills which is a taster over 10 weeks, evening classes at the local,college

Then did a more in depth level 3 at another college in the evening, over 30 weeks
This is the one you need before you are allowed to do the level 4

I then did the higher diploma level 4 in counselling skills which covered psychodynamic psychosynthesis CBT and person centred skills
Very in depth very well respected course, especially the tutors who taught us

Also had to do 100 hrs face to face client work in a placement plus supervision
Plus 50hrs personal counselling both were mandatory. This took two years every tues. Plus two workshop weekends away.

The level 4 qualified me, the course in parts was quite punishing, there's no where to hide at times, from yourself or others

It's very expensive, probably over 10k I've completed a lot of other courses since then, such as disassociation and trauma, connection between IBS fibro and past trauma I could go on

Guiltypleasures001 Fri 06-Jul-18 20:02:12

Sorry forgot to add the level 4 was a counselling and psychotherapy qualification
There's an argument around whether the titles are different, mine was an emphasis on psychodynamic

Money my area 35/40 quid for 50 mins
Rates for unemployed and the emergency services
Must have BACP membership or governing body

TheDailyMailisToiletPaper Fri 06-Jul-18 21:22:21

Very helpful, thank you!

So it took you about three years in total? What's your official qualification? Diploma? Degree?

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Guiltypleasures001 Fri 06-Jul-18 23:50:41


Just over 3 possibly more like 4 mainly due to time between when courses are run etc

I think the higher level diploma is a post grad, the exams were through the ASA
You have to pass an interview to get on the course, its split in to units and you write essays a weekly diary, a process group every week, plus presentations group work, and one on one sessions with the tutors.

It's pretty hardcore, and the process groups I found really hard for the first year
I Think the course now costs about 5,500 and two people were asked to leave
Half way through, because they weren't deemed suitable to be a counsellor.

I am fully qualified to practice as a psychotherapist, I apologise for any Vagueness
I'm seriously menopausal and my memory is currently crap, without digging up the certificates I can't remember the full title of my qualification.

I deal with the more hardcore trauma type cases especially teenagers, I'm not practicing at the moment until I get my knee replacement, and my arthritis paim levels under control. But I still take courses to keep up my CPD

It's a brilliant job, the upside some of my more younger clients are now at uni or travelling the world, the downside I find it hard to chit chat and have shallow on the surface conversations, I constantly read people, so that hampers me socially

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