Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

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19 March 2022 - 26 March 2022

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: £80

Location: online


This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online over 2 days, 2.5h each day.
Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part A Taste of Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Here are some of the questions which are addressed at A Taste of Training.

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist?  What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists?   What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?
  2. What does psychodynamic mean? Isn’t that Freud?  How do I know what model of therapy is right for me?  If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy can I go on to train somewhere else?
  3. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train?  Why do I have to be in my own therapy?
  4. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  5. What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me?  What qualities do I need to have?
  6. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training?  What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify?  What are the professional regulatory bodies?  Why are they important?

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

By the end of the workshop we hope that you will have answers to many of the above questions, or if not, a clear direction.  You will also:

  1. Have a clearer understanding of what a psychotherapy training involves and specifically what is required of you on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.
  2. Have a basic understanding of the psychodynamic model of therapy and how this relates to other theoretical models such as humanistic, CBT and integrative therapy etc.
  3. Have begun to explore how you relate to others and to yourself and why therapy training requires deep, personal work.
  4. Have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in active listening and how these are developed on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.

Brief Outline 

The course will be taught online using a variety of techniques including discussion in small and large groups and paired exercises.  The two days will be broken down into 4 segments although there may be some changes depending on the group.

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy
We will look at the differences between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling. What are the different models of counselling and psychotherapy and where does psychodynamic psychotherapy sit on that spectrum? We will also explore what we need to think about if we want to train.

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?
A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

Session 3- Our emotional world
We will begin to explore ideas of emotional intelligence and our reflective capacity. What qualities does a counsellor or therapist need and is this really what I want to do?

Session 4- Communication and therapy today
Where does therapy and counselling belong in today’s world? What jobs are there at the end of the training? What will I learn at WPF Therapy and is it the right place for me to begin this journey?

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both.

Target Audience

This course will be of interest if you want to learn more about counselling, therapy or psychotherapy training and/or you wish to develop counselling skills in your current work.  No previous knowledge is required.

Comments from previous Taster Days:

“Thought provoking and fascinating.”
“Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
“Very clear and encouraging.”
“Very informative, both about WPF as well as psychotherapy generally.”
“After much research online I was so confused about the first step into the world of psychotherapy and counselling. This course answered all the questions on my list and many more that I hadn’t anticipated. Expertly laid out with exercises that really help you to help clarify whether this may be the right route for you.”

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting within one year of ‘A Taste of Training’, we will waive the selection/interview fee.  Please note that the selection/interview fee will only be waived if your application is received after attendance at this workshop (not before).

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase –

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