The Princes Trust Level 6 Counselling

Course 4 – The Chrysalis Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Research in Counselling) (H.Dip Psy C.)

Course length: 1 Year In addition to level 5
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Diploma in Psychotherapeutic counselling course information

Successful candidates will achieve an Prince's Trust Awards Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Research in Counselling)

This level 6 diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling course follow on from our Level 5 Professional Diploma which you will need to pass, and cannot usually be applied for directly.

With Chrysalis, you have the opportunity to progress to Level 6 (graduate level) and beyond with a clear and easy progression route that seamlessly builds on your previous work. You can achieve Higher Education level qualifications within 6 months – 1 year of passing your main professional training with us. Sign up for our diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling for your level 6 qualification.

We are pleased to announce we will be running the Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Research in Counselling) commencing online June 2023.

If you wish to apply for the qualification please


  • All the benefits of our Level 5 Course plus:
  • Gain a Level 6 Diploma (H.Dip Psy.C)
  • Undertake an exciting supervised research project of your own
  • Gain a Higher Education qualification on the RQF
  • Prepare yourself for postgraduate studies quickly


Requirements: Successfully completing this course requires the successful completion of Course 3, with which it shares common units. You must be enrolled on Course 3 in order to apply to do Course 4.

Applications for Course 4 from students who have successfully completed an equivalent Level 5 training elsewhere can be considered. Satisfactory evidence of 100 hours clinical practice in the form of supervisors’ and placement providers’ reports will be required.

In addition to Level 5, this course requires you to complete a research project in the field of counselling.

You’ll be provided with the skills you need to carry out research in the counselling field, such as undertaking a literature review and producing a research proposal and you’ll be able to submit an academic research project to gain your qualification.

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

"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

“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

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

Sandy MichaelsChrysalis 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

“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


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