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Level 1

Counselling Stage 1 (Evening)


On this course you will cover what counselling is and the elements that are essential in the development of a therapeutic relationship. This will draw mainly from Carl Rogers’ person-centred approach with the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, and his view of self, drawing from existential philosophy.

The stage 1 course will also include the Johari window, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, an introduction to existential counselling and therapy, and the role of unconscious processes. Besides this there will be consideration of professional ethics related to counselling.

The course will involve tutor input, YouTube videos, small group and whole group discussions and experiential skills practice.

Skills covered will include:

  • Active listening
  • Paraphrasing
  • Reflecting
  • Summarising
  • Non-verbal communication

You will need to attend one of our Induction/Interview sessions prior to being accepted on this course. Dates will be posted here by the end of May 2024.

If you think you are in need of counselling yourself, this is probably not the time to be considering a counselling course. If you are experiencing emotional difficulties please contact your doctor for advice, or visit NHS Talking Therapies Services :: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust











    Those interested in gaining counselling skills to use in paid or voluntary work or for personal development and self-awareness.

    Learners must have a good level of spoken and written English. They need sufficient mental and emotional strength and maturity and resilience to be able to participate in each session of the course, which is very experiential as a lot of learning takes place through discussion and practice through role plays.

    Initial acceptance and continuation on the course are dependent on the above criteria being met. You must also attend a compulsory induction prior to the start of this course, details about this will be confirmed before the start of the course.


    Step 1

    Set Up Your Account

    You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

    Step 2


    Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

    Step 3

    Application Review Meeting

    Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

    Step 4

    Accept Your Place

    Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

    Step 5

    What next?

    Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.

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    The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

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