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BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

The Diploma Course

We think our Diploma course is special and here are some reasons why. Once you’ve read them, we think you’ll agree! Some of these are unique characteristics which we think set us apart from other training providers. 

  • Client work is at the heart of what we do. 
    You will be training in a clinical setting rather than an educational establishment. Supporting people’s mental health is a responsibility and a privilege and our organisation holds this at its core. 
  • Training is in small groups.
    We have a maximum of 16 students in any Diploma year. This ensures that the training team have the time and space to nurture and develop each individual trainee, a responsibility that we take very seriously.
  • Your clinical placement and supervision are provided within Basingstoke Counselling Service and at no extra cost
    This ensures a cohesive and containing experience, as the clinical and training arms of the Service are integrated and work to support each other. It also eliminates a great deal of stress that can be involved in finding a placement!   
  • It takes place over three years.
    We don’t believe in rushing learning. We think it’s vital that we take the time to nurture our trainees, so that they can, in turn, nurture their clients. This is also evident in our requirement of 150 clinical hours, rather than the minimum of 100 required for BACP accredited courses.  
  • Open-ended client work. 
    We also don’t believe in rushing our clients and support them to take the time they need to achieve better mental health by offering counselling with no fixed timeframe. This enables the client to work with their counsellor for as long as they feel is beneficial.  
  • Our training is psychodynamic
    The nature of this modality facilitates our trainees to work at depth with clients, identifying how past experiences influence present behaviours. We also teach our trainees to understand how psychodynamic counselling fits within the larger therapeutic arena and the approach of other counselling modalities. 
  • We believe that personal development is intrinsic to the training journey
    This is a fundamental part of the course structure through personal therapy and experiential learning. This is a challenging, but essential aspect of the training, as separating your own material from your clients’ material takes skill, practise and significant self-awareness. Fundamentally, we believe that in order to join your client on their journey, you need to have done the tour yourself! 
  • Our experiential group runs for the duration of the course
    It is led by a Group Analyst who is not a member of the training team in any other capacity, thus providing the trainees with a safe space to explore themselves and group dynamics. 
  • There are plentiful opportunities to network. 
    All Diploma training takes place on the same day enabling trainees in different years to mix outside of structured learning. We also have other counsellors at the Service, who you will meet whilst undertaking your clinical work and who come together twice-yearly at internal CPD events (offered at no cost to all our trainees and counsellors).  
  • We have high expectations of our trainees.
     As an organisation, we have high levels of passion, enthusiasm and commitment. It is important to us that our trainees reflect these attributes in their professionalism and clinical work.  
  • We have been providing training for over 30 years.
    Our long heritage of delivering rigorous and robust training means that we are well renowned within the counselling community as an outstanding training provider. 
  • The quality of our training team is of paramount importance to us
    We believe that for trainees to receive the best training experience possible, those training them need to be dedicated, highly skilled, experienced practitioners who are passionate about their subject matter. This is why our training team comprises of exactly that, a team of Seminar and Workshop leaders, all of whom have individual expertise yet work together to provide training renowned for its quality and rigour. 
  • You will achieve a Level 5 Diploma qualification.
    This will enable you work as a professional counsellor, either within an organisation or private practice.  
  • To prove all of this, our Diploma is BACP accredited.
    This is a mark of the high-quality and professionalism of the training that we provide. 

The next Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling will commence in September 2022. Training takes place during the day on a Friday at BCS. For full details of the Diploma please download a copy of the Diploma Information Pack.  This information pack includes details of: 

  • Aims of the course 
  • Entry requirements 
  • Course Structure 
  • Training Staff 
  • Course Content 
  • Assessment 
  • Conditions of Participation 
  • Fees 
  • Award of the Diploma 
  • Post Diploma 

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our training programme please contact Marta Shepherd on 01256 843125 or email 

How to Apply

Applications for the BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling are now open. To apply please click on the following link – BCS BACP Accredited Diploma Application Form

Deadline for applications is the 25th April 2022. Please see the application form for full details of the process.

Course Fees

Application Administration Fee – payable on application: £50 payable here

Fee for graduates of BCS Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory: £7195.00

Standard Fee: £7395.00

The Final Word

We understand what a commitment our training is, it is rigorous, challenging and at times all-consuming but it is also often life changing. So, before you make the decision to apply, we thought it might be helpful to hear not only what the BACP Assessors have to say about our course but those who have been on that journey. 

This Diploma is more than just a course! A transformative experience in many ways.

Federica graduated 2021

The training provided by BCS is one that has taken me on an extraordinary journey. I hoped it would provide me with the opportunity to rethink my career, but it has done so much more than that. The weekly seminars have enriched so many aspects of my life, expanding and challenging my thinking in so many different ways. As well as helping me to gain the necessary skills to qualify as a counsellor, the course has honed skills that have powerfully impacted my personal and professional life. The course is challenging, but the tutors provided invaluable support along the way. I can’t recommend it enough for anyone wanting a rigorous and in-depth training to become a counsellor.

Charlotte graduated 2021

This course is well structured, and the content provides valuable opportunities for students’ development and learning, with a significant proportion of intensive learning focused on the development of students’ self-awareness of themselves and the therapeutic process; the assessment process is robust and provides ample opportunity for students to receive on-going feedback throughout the course.  The in-house placement and supervision process is an asset to the course, the protocols and procedures for which, evidence a high standard of ethical and professional practice.  It is evident that the course is coherently designed, delivered and well managed by committed and well qualified staff.  Despite the challenges posed by the onset of Covid-19, staff responded quickly to online teaching and continued the high standard of teaching, experiential learning, and clinical practice. It was clear from student feedback that students are comprehensively supported by a responsive and accessible tutor team, and they encounter a secure and comfortable learning environment. Throughout the visit it was apparent that the tutor team modelled the values which underpin the course philosophy.

BACP Assessors