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Course 3 - Chrysalis Level 5 Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice (Prof. Dip Psy C.)

Course length: 3 years + AIM Awards Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice 601/2242/0
These are the course's accreditations:


This course will include both Course 1 and Course 2 as part of the syllabus for the 3 years. (Applicants with Level 3 Counselling Skills or similar can complete this course in 2 years by starting at year 2.) Registered successful candidates will achieve an AIM Awards Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice (RQF) 601/2242/0

Choose this advanced course if you wish to become a professional counsellor/psychotherapist and wish to gain, through qualification, a route onto an Accredited Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority. Since its launch in 2012, the Accredited Register programme is the benchmark for counsellors and therapists and can provide public confidence in your services.

This is our recommended course as it fully meets current professional requirements and is the most cost-efficient way to enter our profession. You’ll be able to offer concrete help and appropriate solutions to clients, taking an active role in assisting them to heal and reach their full potential.


  • Become recognised as a registered counsellor and earn a Professional Diploma (Prof.Dip Psy C)

  • Course fully Accredited by the National Counselling Society
    • Join as an M.N.C.S. (Acc) with many membership benefits including eligibility to join the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Meets the entry requirements for the Society’s Accredited Register for Counsellors, recognised by the Professional Standards Authority
  • Registered successful candidates will receive an RQF Level 5 Diploma from AIM Awards
  • A clear and rapid upgrade route to Level 6 (Higher Education) qualifications on passing this course

* subject to terms and conditions


Applicants with Level 3 Counselling Skills or similar can complete this course in 2 years by starting at year 2.

Years One & Two: Previous Modules as per Chrysalis Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory

Year Three: Over 12 weekends, you’ll study the following seven units:

  1. The Humanistic Approach to Counselling
    Includes; Contracting with Clients
  2. The Psychodynamic Approach to Counselling
    Includes; Legal Issues
  3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Integration
    Includes; Difference & Diversity
  4. Understanding Depression; Human Relationships
    Includes; Ethical Issues
  5. Abuse & Addiction
    Includes; Use of Supervision
  6. Personal and Professional Aspects of Counselling
    Includes; Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  7. Counselling Practicum
    Includes; Understanding working in a placement; completing 100 supervised clinical hours

Student Mentions

Don't take our word for it, listen to our graduates. Read testimonials from past Chrysalis graduates of our hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling courses.

"I'm near to the end of my Advanced Diploma in Counselling after completing my Hypnotherapy and my Dip in Counselling. My last course has been by far the best and has really given me the chance to explore counselling in depth with a fantastic tutor. I retired from teaching and now have a new rewarding career as a counsellor."

Kate AxfordChrysalis Student

“I wanted to join the National Hypnotherapy Society, as it’s the only hypnotherapy organisation with a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority. I also want to train as a counsellor later on and I want my hypnotherapy training to count as part of that.”

Debbie StewartChrysalis Student

“In the current economic climate, I decided to take the advice of my friends and retrained in a recession”

Sandy MichaelsChrysalis Student

"As a former health professional, I was accepted, last year, to do a Degree in Counselling before realising the impact of the cost of the enormous Fees attached! This lead to my search for related course providers, hence Chrysalis, offering such value. Amazed & wishing I had been introduced to Hypnotherapy earlier as now it completely consumes me."

Mary AnneChrysalis Student

“The Interviewer made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I left the interview feeling confident that Chrysalis is the right choice for me”

Amanda WoodsChrysalis Student

“Getting OFQUAL qualifications means for me these are properly recognised courses, not just privately awarded certificates. The QCF means I can use these qualifications in lots of ways.”

John HardyChrysalis Student


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