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What opportunities will this course give me?

Counselling is a career choice that is continuously evolving; thats why we are pleased to offer our new DipHE Gestalt Counselling qualification for students looking to take the first step towards this fulfilling, impactful career path.

Curated in collaboration with University of Portsmouth, the L5 course teaches students how to use this form of counselling to empower change processes when working with individuals, couples, groups, teams and organisations. You will learn how to use gestalt counselling as a highly effective way of treating a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, addiction, tension and depression, and have the option to top up your diploma to a Bachelors degree with our one-year BSc (Hons) Gestalt Counselling course.

Youll learn how to help people reflect on their current thoughts, feelings and behaviours so they can better understand their current situation. This can help them deal with relationship problems and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress.

This course shares the same first year modules as our DipHE Humanistic Counselling and DipHE Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. As such, you will have the option to switch pathways at the end of year one, if you wish.

Why is this course for me?

The two year course begins with an introduction to the many different forms and layers of counselling. Students will be taught about the varied approaches available to a practitioner so that they can decide which modality is best suited to their skills and personality.

In this first year (Level 4) you will develop foundational counselling skills and explore all the counselling approaches available to practitioners, including humanistic counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). You will become confident in:

• Development of counselling Theory
• Development of counselling skills
• Professional issues for a counselling practitioner
• Personal development

In your second year (Level 5) you will gain a deeper, more detailed awareness of gestalt counselling, including:

• Gestalt counselling theory
• Gestalt counselling skills
• Professional development
• Mental health issues
• Counselling specific clients groups
• Introduction to research methodologies

During the year you will take part in 100 hours of supervised therapy work placement as an opportunity to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice. Youll also complete a module in research methods and ethics in counselling and psychotherapy; this is preparation for any students hoping to move onto the corresponding BSc (Hons) top up qualification.

How will my learning be enhanced?

The programme has been designed to suit a range of entrants; you will be taught using a mixture of didactic and facilitative methods with an emphasis on experiential and student-centred learning. Throughout the course, you will be engaged in both individual and group activities as well as small research and discussion groups.

You will be required to take part in personal therapy throughout the course, as well as register for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) membership; both come at an additional cost, with therapy costing anywhere between £30-£70 per hour and BACP membership at £82 per year. Both will enormously benefit and enrich your learning experience, giving you first-hand experience of the world of gestalt counselling.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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2/3/2023 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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09:15 – 17:00





24+: £6,165.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
UPG1F Eastleigh College 2/3/2023 Thur 09:15 – 17:00 35 £6,165.00 £6,165.00 Apply now

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