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

Humanistic Counselling is about the personal nature of the human experience.  Love, creativity, meaning and understanding of the individual human being are all central to this vital and popular form of counselling.  Humanistic psychology is often called the "Third Way"; not about the scientific side of behaviour or about examining our past, but about understanding the fullness of our rich human experience.

The online course in humanistic counselling will enable you to gain a comprehensive understanding of humanistic counselling with the support and guidance of an expert counsellor and tutor.  You’ll learn about the history of this popular method, notable therapists and theories, together with a practical understanding of how to apply the skills in daily life.

If you’re an existing Therapist, you can use this course to add Humanistic Counselling to your therapeutic toolkit or for professional development.

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.

Our Certificate in Humanistic Counselling course provides a good first step towards a counselling career or offers existing therapists a chance to expand their learning through CPD.

Upon completion of the course, you will achieve:

  • Chrysalis Online Certificate in Humanistic Counselling (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 future 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

  • Defining Humanistic Counselling
  • Some misconceptions of counselling
  • Introduction to Carl Rogers
  • Three core conditions
  • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
  • Working non-verbal communication
  • Developing skills in Humanistic practice
  • Helping the client to help themselves
  • Working in the present
  • The organismic self v. Self concepts

module 2

  • Introduction to Abraham Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs
  • Application of Maslow’s theory to everyday life
  • Is Humanistic Theory Idealistic or Realistic?
  • Working with or without techniques
  • Anxiety from the Humanistic Perspective
  • Gestalt’s Four Foundations

module 3

  • The importance of communication
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis (T.A.)
  • Factors which affect each of us – The Four Ultimate Concerns from Existentialism
  • Phenomenology
  • Counsellor’s anxiety
  • Skills of immediacy and challenge
  • Integrating the learning from this course


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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