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Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy


This comprehensive and rewarding course offers you both a stimulating learning experience and an enjoyable introduction to the world of counselling and psychotherapy. The three core modules follow a natural progression from personal development to theoretical approaches and skills practice, while also giving students an insight into counselling and psychotherapy as a profession. You can expect a mix of traditional classroom-style and more hands-on experiential learning, with the opportunity to forge real and often lasting connections with your colleagues. Our classes typically include students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, offering opportunities for rich interpersonal sharing and learning. Indeed, in keeping with the ethos of counselling and psychotherapy, each student’s individual story is respected, and their unique talents encouraged throughout the course.




This course is for those who wish to learn more about both the inner workings of counselling and psychotherapy and themselves as individuals. It will also appeal to those who intend to pursue a career in the field and become an IACP accredited professional or who wish to incorporate counselling knowledge and skills into their current personal/ professional lives.




The course aims to be both intellectually stimulating and useful. The skills and knowledge acquired may be effectively applied to any number of ‘real-life’ situations and professions. These skills may include increased self-awareness and empathy, improved communication and listening abilities, and a range of counselling tools that can enhance interpersonal relationships. Students wishing to pursue a career in the field will also be provided with the essential foundational elements needed as part of enrolment for a further qualification, such as our BSc Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy


Course Details

Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy



Spring Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy -

Applications are now open



Duration: 75 Hours 


Next Start Date: 8th March 2021


End Date: 5th June 2021




In- class: 63 Malone Road, Belfast


Live and online:  You will have an option to attend this course live and online via Microsoft Teams. It is a great opportunity if you can't travel to the venue or if you would like to attend the course from the comfort of your home.


Monday & Wednesday evenings 6.30pm-9.30pm and 1 Saturday class 9.30am-4.30pm will be held on the last day of the course



Due to COVID-19, classes might be delivered online. Online classes are delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.




Our lecturers are doing their best to bring all the interactions that you would have in class to our live classes. You can check some of  the feedback we have received so far below:



Eileen B.-  Autumn Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Cork


"Eileen here from the Certificate course. I just want to say thank you to all at PCI for your continued commitment to your students.


I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with PCI. One of the best things I have done for myself is the certificate course. I am certainly not the same before I waked in the very first Tuesday evening, in that I have been enriched by the learning and have personally grown for the better as a person through becoming self-aware. It has truly been a great help and life-changing!


I am so grateful to you also for how hard you are working to maintain contact with us and finishing out well with us. Two more classes and an assignment and I'm done. It has gone by ever so quickly.


I just wanted to acknowledge your commitment and say thank you.


Have a lovely day,


Aideen N. - Spring Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dublin
"I just wanted to take the time to thank yourself and the college. On Sunday evening we have finished the first module with John Paul. It has been an amazing experience, even though we had to finish the classes online, at no point did the quality or quantity of the course falter, the dedication and commitment of John Paul was second to none. I feel that I can speak from the class and say, he has been amazing with each and everyone of the participants. We have all grown in so many ways and John Paul has been there every step of the way. On Sunday a lot of the assignments were very deep, and even online John Paul could see the emotional rollercoaster I was on taking the time to check in with me on a one to one call. I just wanted to express my appreciation to each and everyone of the staff for the dedication and commitment in setting up these classes, you have all gone up and beyond what would be expected from anyone. So thank you from the bottom of my heart."




Assessment: Assignment based


Applicants should feel that they possess the maturity to reflect on their own development as a person. All candidates are required to satisfy the English language requirement. Candidates whose first language is not English and who are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate may satisfy the requirement through the completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent, on the basis that they obtain a minimum band score of 6, which denotes a very good skill level of English. It should be noted that these are the minimum requirements in English and PCI College may set higher requirements in each case. 

Award: PCI College Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy 


Accreditation: Upon completion of this course, students will be invited to apply to our Middlesex University BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Upon completion of the BSc programme, students will become pre-accredited with the IACP


Booking: To book your place, download the application form on the left of this page when they are available, fill it out and return to us with your deposit. If posting, please send to 63 Malone Rd, Belfast, BT9 6SA. If emailing, please send it to info@pcicollege.co.uk. In the meantime, call us at 01-4642268 or send us a message to the email address already provided for more information.


We also have a Blended Learning Certificate available for those who would like to study at their own pace from home. 



The course is divided into two parts:

·Part 1: ‘Personal development and introduction to counselling skills,’ and

·Part 2: ‘Theories, skills and integration.’



You can expect to learn more about yourself and your inner processes, and how this may inform your everyday life. This is fostered by the lecturer’s creation of a safe, supportive learning environment that encourages and respects your unique journey. You will be introduced to some of the key forefathers and mothers of psychotherapy and will learn some of the essential ‘baseline’ skills of the counselling relationship. You will also have the chance to practice these in a live setting via small group work with your colleagues. Lecturers will be on hand to provide guidance and feedback. As the course comes to an end, time will be given for students to reflect on their individual experiences and consider the group’s achievements together.

Talk to us:
+44 (0) 289 099 7852


Quality Checked by the NCS


PCI College is delighted to announce that its in-class Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy has become the first foundation course of its kind in the Republic of Ireland to receive ‘Quality Checked Training’ status from the National Counselling Society (NCS). This means that the NCS, who are based in the UK, have extensively reviewed and approved the course's content and delivery, deeming it to be worthy of their high standards.


The National Counselling Society was established in 1999 and plays an important role within the profession of counselling in the UK. Their ethos is that counselling is a unique vocation and that this should be reflected in all related policies. They act to protect counselling from inappropriate regulation if they feel it could harm the work of counsellors and the diversity, creativity and range of training options that currently exist within the profession. For more information, please visit the Society's website here.



We also offer a Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy course for those who would like to study at their own pace from home.


What our Students Say

"This course highlighted and revisited some of the areas I have covered before - it has given me the confidence to start actively looking at creative play again...a real breath of fresh air for practical, back to basics ways of working with children & after-all play is child's work."
Sarah-Jane Conneff - Child & Adolescent Counselling Taster Day

What our Students Say

"...Excellent drawing all the concepts of CBT together. Very coherent & aided me tremendously. It was an excellent day and it knitted everything together nicely"
Tiernan Williams - Professional Certificate in CBT
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