What distinguishes psychotherapeutic counselling from traditional counselling is the emphasis it places on the in-depth therapeutic relationship jointly created by the therapist and the client. This relationship is a central factor.
The Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Intersubjective Psychotherapy College covers a range of therapeutic approaches. But whatever their approach, members of the College view human suffering holistically. They look at the client’s mind, body and soul in the context of the person’s circumstances and where they are in their life.
Training as a psychotherapeutic counsellor can be a demanding process. Trainees are stretched to understand themselves at a deeper level. They learn and develop cognitive, emotional, attitudinal and behavioural skills. There is particular reference to learning how to establish and maintain the psychotherapeutic counselling relationship that is so important.
Courses vary in the depth and intensity depending on the model of psychotherapeutic counselling being taught and the level and nature of the actual qualification.
Most courses offer modular training and allow the candidate to progress from basic counselling skills to more in-depth content for those wanting to become a UKCP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor.
Psychotherapeutic counsellors who can demonstrate that they have achieved UKCP standards for adult psychotherapy may be permitted to call themselves psychotherapists.
To achieve the necessary standards for psychotherapy, you must either:
Organisations that train and accredit their own graduates or whose trainings lead to UKCP accreditation.
Each college holds standards for education, training and practice that are compatible with UKCP’s generic standards and with the individual college’s philosophy.