Stage Two: Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Summary of Aims and Objectives

      To equip students with the skills and techniques of the psychodynamic model:  to develop a therapeutic relationship and to respond and interpret appropriately within it.

      To enable students to work with clients towards the goal of psychodynamic counselling:  the resolution of conflicts through insight reached in a therapeutic relationship.

      To inform students of the limits and context of the psychodynamic approach so that they can critically assess the psychodynamic model that is taught as the core theoretical model of the programme.

      To equip students to work as reflective practitioners.

      To enable students to evaluate the theoretical rationale for the body of techniques used in this field and to add to the understanding of what constitutes best practice.

      To enable students to communicate about the subject area.


      Be equipped with the clinical experience and theoretical knowledge to work in agencies as a counsellor

      Have developed an awareness of own patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving and be able to reflect on the impact of this on yourself and others

      Be grounded in the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to work towards individual BACP accreditation as a counsellor

Entry Requirements

Interviews & Fees

There is an interview process for which a non- returnable interviews fee of £75.00 is made. Fees can be paid in full or in installments. Wessex is registered as a learning provider with the Learning and Skills council who award loans for further training.

N.B. Fees

Once you have accepted your place on the course the deposit fee is non-returnable. If you withdraw from the course after the start date the full fees for the course are payable

Wessex Training:

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Course Summary

Course Times

Mondays from 14.00-19.30

3 Terms of 10 weeks

2 Saturday workshops

Course Fees

£2,200 p.a. Monthly or quarterly payments for 2 years.

Cost of supervision and administration/tutorials for any subsequent clinical years.

Course Application

On application form (click here to download)

Interview process for which there is a

non-returnable fee of £75


Westminster Pastoral Foundation (wpf-therapy) Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

BACP Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

Therapy Requirement

Minimum of weekly therapy for duration of training with an ‘Approved Therapist’.

Trainees must be established in their therapy by the start of the course.


Minimum 80% Attendance.

Pass Grade in all written work- 2 Essays per year and one final clinical paper. Satisfactory reports from teaching and supervisory staff.

Minimum 150 supervised client hours.

Placement report/s &Trainee’s self-assessment report


A minimum of two years (in addition to one year Foundation year) and a maximum of four years

Wessex Training:

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling -

Course Content






  • Skills Practice

(to Feb half-term).

  • The Counselling relationship
  • Freud, Jung, Klein.
  • Family perspectives/ culture & Diversity.
  • The British School.
  • Psychopathology.
  • Working in agencies.
  • Readiness to practice criteria met.
  • 4 Essays of 2,000 words
  • Final clinical paper of 4,000 words
  • Seminar Leader reports
  • Attendance

150 hours plus

Personal study


Group supervision with up to three trainees. Maximum of 4 clients by end of Year 2

Skills Assessments

& Attendance. Supervisor’s and


150 supervised hours.

Supervision is provided for 42 weeks per annum.

Process Group

Develop Self-awareness and gain insight into group dynamics and relationships


60 hours




2 x 50 minutes each year


Minimum of weekly therapy for duration of training


Approved therapist.