This course has concessions available

Counselling Bazaar

A general introduction to different schools of counselling, for example, Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Person-Centred. This course is designed for those with a broad interest in the subject, and for those considering having counselling or becoming a counsellor. It is not part of formal counselling training.

Available Classes:

Who is this course for

Anyone who is interested in counselling but doesn't know much about it. What are the different kinds of counselling available? How do I choose what will suit me, either as a client or as a trainee
No previous knowledge or experience is required.

What does this course cover

What is counselling? Who invented it, how long ago, what is it all about? What are the different 'brands'? We will do a whistle-stop tour of Person-Centred and Psychodynamic counselling, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt therapy. There will be a brief explanation of some of the key concepts and a taster experience of the methods associated with each model of the healing relationship. What are NLP and CBT, and how are they different from the other models? How might I get involved with any of it, either as a client or as a trainee? What are the advantages and drawbacks of each approach?
By the end of this course you should be able to understand the differences between the approaches mentioned. Be aware of the key concepts behind each approach. Have some sense of what it might feel like to be a client of a practitioner of the approaches mentioned. Have an opinion as to what kind of counselling you might want to engage with.

What will it be like

Tutor exposition and group discussions. Experiential exercises in pairs and small groups
At the Start: Student Self Assessment
On the Course: Student Self Assessment and tutor feedback
At the End: Student Self Assessment and feedback

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run via the zoom platform, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
If you have a device, find a way to prop it up so you can work and we can see your face.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorder by the tutor for internal education and training purposes.

Writing and drawing materials and an open mind. Willingness to participate in group discussions.
Engage confidently with counselling either as a client/consumer or as a trainee/potential practitioner
Students may want to apply for the Introduction to Counselling course. Tutor to advise

What this course could lead to

Engage confidently with counselling either as a client/consumer or as a trainee/potential practitioner
Students may want to apply for the Introduction to Counselling course. Tutor to advise


I fancied trying something different, so I started Introduction to Counselling 1 day a week. I got totally hooked so then completed the 1-year Certificate in Counselling, and then the 2-year diploma, and soon after got a job as a counsellor at Goldsmiths University!



This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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