The Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory (Level 3) offers an introduction to counselling, underpinned by a Christian worldview and accredited by CPCAB - providing a unique opportunity to study a professionally recognised and accredited course from an integrative Christian perspective.

This foundational counselling training programme is the first part of our level 5 diploma course and offers students an introduction to a number of current treatment methods available, teaches the core counselling skills needed to support others sensitively and ethically, and provides an overview to some of the psychological issues commonly encountered when counselling (E.g. depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders etc).


Qualification level: Level 3
Duration: 15 training days / part-time
Hours: 100 guided learning hours (GLH)
Course day: 15 Saturdays
Time: 09.00 - 16.40
Location: Heart and Mind - Training
Oasis Sixth Form College
1 Kennington Road (Waterloo)
London, SE1 7QP



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The Level 3 Counselling course has proved to be an excellent choice in my life. I had the privilege of learning from highly qualified and experienced professionals in an environment that is an example of a truly healthy community. There is a huge amount of support and care for everyone which facilitates growth both personally and professionally, and staff richly demonstrates the skills they teach. I have enjoyed every minute of this journey.
— Melinda R.


The next certificate course taking place from November 2019 - June 2020

I came with so many questions to the Heart and Mind certificate course, not knowing where it would take me. Now reflecting on the last 6 months I am leaving feeling enriched, hopeful and affirmed on this journey that I am embarking on.
— Martina K.


Total course costs: £1450.00*
Price includes VAT

If accepted on the course we will ask you to pay a deposit fee of £ 500.00 to reserve your place. The non-refundable deposit is payable within 14 days of receiving the acceptance letter and will be deducted from the total course costs.

The remaining course fee is due 30 days before the initial training day. 

There is an option to pay the remaining fee in four monthly direct debit instalments

*The total course fees include the Training Handbook and the registration fee with the validating body CPCAB


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The certificate course exceeded my expectations on every level.
Not only am I being trained to be a professional counsellor, but I am enjoying fellowship with committed colleague students. I am enjoying the challenge of the academic input and encouraged to ‘rise’ to an extraordinary opportunity.
— Philip D.



The course is ideal for anyone seeking to make the first step in training as a professional counsellor/psychotherapist or wishing to be better equipped in supporting others - in a caring profession, pastoral care or volunteer capacity.


Students must be at least 18 years old, able to attain the academic standard required and have a good command of English (written and oral). During an individual interview, applicants will need to show commitment to study at certificate level and the willingness and capacity to develop the personal and professional qualities involved when counselling.

We do not recommend this course to anyone who is currently suffering from severe emotional or psychological difficulties.


Counselling Skills and Process: Understanding the counselling process and using some of the essential counselling skills and strategies available.

Counselling Theory: A brief introduction to some of the current treatment methods used today such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Person-Centred approach etc.

Counselling and Theology: Definition and aims of counselling, how and why problems develop, key characteristics, role and responsibilities of a counsellor

Counselling Issues: A brief overview of some of the common psychological problems faced when counselling such as loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety, abuse, eating disorders, trauma, relationship, marriage, and families etc.

Ethics and Good Practice: Principles of good practice when counselling, accreditation and professional standards and the nature and use of clinical supervision.


The programme consists of 100 ‘Guided Learning Hours’ and students who successfully complete this course will receive a qualification widely accepted.

The certificate course is a Level 3 training accredited with CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body).


We pride ourselves in providing a supportive learning environment. There is a high ratio of staff to students and the training team is available for regular tutorials to discuss taught material and offer guidance for students needing extra help in their learning journey. A comprehensive student handbook outlining the course content, recommended reading, criteria and requirements is made available to each student.


Over the length of the course, students are expected to complete regular course work, keep a number of learning journals, write a learning summary and an essay. A small counselling research project is intended to give a wider awareness into a counselling issue that is of particular interest to the student. It is expected that students will need to invest a minimum of 4 hours of personal study for each training day involving reading, essay writing, and assignment preparation.

I found out about this course from a friend and after checking out the website I felt it was the course for me as the day suited my schedule, it was an integrative approach and was from a Christian perspective. Having now completed the course I can say that it has exceeded my expectations and I have learnt an enormous amount and have developed skills which will take me closer to my aim of becoming a counsellor. I will next be going on to complete the diploma course with Heart & Mind.
— Deborah S.


Kay Lawrence: Kay is a guest lecturer who teaches on Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. Kay is an Accredited Member of the BACP, working in the Private and Third Sectors. Her special interest is working with adults who have survived any form of trauma in childhood. She has lectured on an MA programme in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, as well as nine years teaching on BACP Accredited Training programmes. As a qualified and highly experienced clinical supervisor, Kay has run groups and 1-2-1 clinical supervision for practitioners and for charity personnel. Kay regularly designs and developments training programmes for Charities working with people who are considered marginalised by society, and she has developed a sustainable model for ‘pop-up’ counselling services across corporate, charity and church settings.

The Heart and Mind training team has many years of experience in designing, setting up and delivering accredited professional counselling training. The certificate course is overseen by Michael A Ruegg and Karen Leatherbarrow, assisted by a training team made up of experienced counselling/psychotherapy practitioners. Tutors have been trained in various approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and are accredited with professional bodies such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the Association of Christian Counsellors UK (ACC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Course delivery is provided by the training team and guest lecturers who will be invited to cover specialist topics.


To successfully complete the course, students will need to pass all assignments, complete all course work and have a minimum attendance of 80%.


After successful course completion, students may progress onto our Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling Level 5.


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