Recognised & Quality Checked by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

Our Certificate in Counselling course will equip you with a good level of knowledge in counselling: a starting point for practice if you're new to the subject.

You'll learn all about the fundamental concepts, including the history of this exciting profession, the different techniques and approaches and how they can be used to help people.  You will also start building your own practical experience and learn useful skills for your personal growth. It’s a great way to experience the profession and decide if counselling is a career you wish to continue with.

This course is recognised and Quality Checked by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society which holds an Accredited Register, recognised by the Professional Standards Authority.

This course allows you to experience the counselling profession and helps you to decide if counselling is a career you wish to continue with.  If so, your approved certificate demonstrates that you have undertaken foundation learning, which makes it easier to take the next step towards a professional career.

Although there are no statutory regulations governing the title ‘Counsellor’ we would not recommend that you would be able to claim yourself to be a competent practitioner by only doing our online course, or indeed any other distance learning course in this field. Our courses are designed to be an introductory step in the process and if you decide you’d like to pursue it as a career; we would advise undertaking a professional level, face-to-face course which gives you the necessary supervised hours you would require to enter this sector. You can achieve this with Chrysalis Courses.

On completion of the course, you will achieve:

  • Chrysalis Online Certificate (Cert. CNS.) Quality Checked by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society
  • Guaranteed interview for face-to-face professional counselling training with Chrysalis Courses held in 30 venues across the UK which offers a route to the Accredited Register
  • 10% Discount on professional training if successful, worth up to £494.60 (Discount is not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions)

Minimum Time to Complete: 4 weeks.

The syllabus consists of 3 modules:

module 1 - introduction and basics

  • A first look at some different counselling approaches.
  • What is the counselling relationship.
  • The counselling environment.
  • Working ethically.
  • Introduction to counselling skills.

module 2 - knowledge building and application

  • Looking at concepts from different approaches - Empathy, congruence, unconditional positive regard, transference, mental defence mechanisms, identification of faulty thinking.
  • Techniques from different approaches - Including The ABC of CBT and the Empty Chair of Gestalt.
  • The beginning and ending of the counselling relationship.

module 3 - cementing skills and where next?

  • Cementing knowledge.
  • Cementing skills.
  • Looking at your self-development.
  • Bringing all the aspects together.
  • Where next?


Upon successful completion of every one of our courses, you will achieve a Certificate or Diploma which (where indicated) is Quality Checked by the relevant professional associations National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) or National Hypnotherapy Society. Some courses (where indicated) allow you to practice straight away.

The Work

Our courses are solely coursework based so students are able to download and print the relevant material to read and then you will be encouraged to complete a variety of tasks. These can be typed either directly onto our Word Processing service or alternatively you can use Microsoft Word to upload and submit your coursework. If you would prefer to receive materials in the post this can be arranged at time of purchase (extra charges apply.)

Each module has a number of difference exercises within it and you are asked to complete every exercise in full before submitting your module for marking. If you are successful in passing, you will receive your results and the next module will become available for you to begin. When you have completed all the modules, you will receive your Certificate.

Time to Complete

All our courses indicate the minimum time you would need to complete them. The main thing to remember though, is that you can take as long as you like to complete your studies *

* Terms and Conditions Apply.

Your own Tutor

When you purchase a Chrysalis Course Online you will be assigned to one of our expert tutors who really know their specialist subject and who has been instrumental in building the content for your course. You can contact them easily for help and advice throughout your course ensuring you have all the support you need to achieve success.

Coffee Shop Forum

Our coffee shop forum is a great interactive tool where students can meet online to discuss their course or simply chat with like-minded people. It provides a support base where you can make friends and feel part of a community – who knows, you could even meet up with your new friend on a professional level face-to-face Chrysalis course in the future!

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