Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Adherence to the Strictest of Professional Standards

As a training provider, The UK Academy of Integrative Therapy has a responsibility to produce competent and effective therapists;
therefore, the course has been designed in accordance with regulatory guidelines for training set out by The National Council of
Psychotherapists (NCP). To meet growing Government interest in the minimum training criteria for practitioner level courses in
psychotherapy, the following guidelines have been devised:

  • One year full time or minimum of two years part time, (i.e. not less than 900 hours) consisting of:
  • minimum 450 hours of classroom tuition
  • Reading assignments
  • Preparation of reports / theses;
  • Opportunities for group interaction;
  • 100 hours contact/client hours via a supervised placement, In the ratio of 1 hour of supervision for every 8 client hours



The Diploma in Integrative Counselling is accredited by The National Council of Psychotherapists



It is not possible to make a generally accepted distinction between counselling and psychotherapy. There are well founded traditions which use the terms interchangeably and others which distinguish between them. If there are differences, then they relate more to the individual psychotherapist’s or counsellor’s training and interests and to the setting in which they work, rather than to any intrinsic difference in the two activities. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behaviour change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve couple, or group relationships (such as in a family).

Integrative Counselling Diploma Course

In addition to an intensive programme of skills development, the Diploma course relays a thorough understanding of the theoretical frameworks and concepts underpinning different psychotherapeutic approaches. The ethos of the course is integrative, focusing on the following five core models:

  •  Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Phenomenological and humanistic Counselling

Over two years students will combine experiential learning and group discussion, consolidating practical application with relevant theory.

Course Philosophy and Design Philosophy

The course contains a careful balance of theory and process, within a broad, yet clearly defined, framework – providing:

  1. Structured experiences and regular opportunities for observation, practice, feedback (from staff and fellow students), discussion and review.
  2. Opportunities to practice the blend of skills appropriate to the model(s) of psychotherapy being learned — these skills being identified and developed so that students can describe, analyse and utilise them.
  3. A progressive monitoring and assessment of skills development. Teaching and Learning
    The course provides sufficient psychotherapy theory, drawing upon relevant social science disciplines, to enable students to make explicit:
  1. Change and how it takes place;
  2. Models of the person and concepts of the self;
  3. Systems in which we live and the ways in which social, cultural, ethnic, philosophical, ethical and political issues affect these systems;
  4. Self-understanding and personal development as the course proceeds.
Code of Ethics

The United Kingdom Academy of Integrative Therapy course team adheres strictly to the Code of Ethics set out by both the National Council of Psychotherapy (NCP) and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). The course emphasizes and underpins the professional practice and management guidelines set out by the NCP and BACP, adopting an in-depth exploration into moral, ethical, and legal issues


Year 1 – Units

(Please Note: Units 1 and 2 are a synopsis of the given topics; the admissions criteria for this course warrants that students have prior knowledge / experience of these subjects [see admissions criteria] Prospective students who do not have this experience are invited to attend an additional 200 hours of training (60 classroom hrs dispersed over 8 days -see course fees for additional costs)

Unit 1: Counselling Skills and Theory Update

The Structure of Counselling Theoretical Approaches in Counselling Paraphrasing, Summarizing, Reflecting, Guided Discovery through open ended questioning, challenging

Unit 2: Professional and Organisational Issues Update                      
  • Empathy
  • Defining and Maintaining Boundaries
  • Adherence to The Code of Ethics and Practice
  • Moral, Ethical, and legal Issues
  • The Counselling Relationship
  • Confidentiality
  • Transference and The Counselling relationship
  • Ending Counselling Other Clues Referral Clients in Crisis
  • Supervision
Unit 3: Psychodynamic Counselling                                                                
  • Key Concepts
  • Defence Mechanisms
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Psychosexual Stages of Development Object Relations Theory
Unit 4: Gestalt Therapy and Psychodrama                                    
  •  Introduction
  • J.L. Moreno -Psychodrama
Unit 5: Transactional Analysis                                                                  
  • Introduction
  • Ego States Life Scripts Summary
Unit 6: The fragmented Self / Parts Conflict                                  

Synthesizing Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy for utilization in the dissolution of parts conflicts.

Unit 7: Counselling in a Diverse Society

Social, cultural, ethnic, philosophical, ethical and political issues affecting systems.

Personal Development

Please note that students will be expected to keep a journal of personal development throughout the duration of the course; this will be utilized to construct an essay demonstrating how the course contents has impacted on the student’s self awareness and insight


Year 2 – Units

Unit 8: Phenomenological and Humanistic Approaches          

The Meaning of Phenomenology in Relation to Clients
Rogers and the Person-Centred approach
Maslow and Humanism
The Existential Approach

Unit 9: Attachment Theory and The Strange Situation

Introducing the Work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth



Unit 10: The Group Context
  • Introduction
  • How Groups Evolve
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Groups
  • Setting up a Group
  • Stages of Group Life
  • What People Contribute to Groups
  • Theoretical Approaches to Group Work
  • Summary



Unit 11: Couples’ Counselling
  • Unconscious Dynamics of Relationships
  • Transactional Analysis and Couples’ Counselling


Unit 12: Family Counselling

Family Sculpting – Theory and Case Studies


Unit 13: NLP Master Techniques
  • Change Work Skills
  • First order Change (Contextualized)
  • Second Order Change (Across contexts)
  • Design individualized Interventions (Generative and Remedial)
  • Advanced Strategies: detection, elicitation, utilization and installation
  • Quantum Linguistics / Advanced Language patterns


Click below to download Student Handbook and Prospectus 

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Admission Criteria
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent intermediate qualification.
  • U.K.A.I.T. Practitioner Level Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (incorporating counselling Skills).
  • Personal interview with Academy Founder
Continual Assessment

On-going assessment will be made via submission of written and verbal assignments; these consist of six essays (upper word limit 2000), 3 case Studies, an audio tape (assessing counselling skills), and a classroom presentation. In addition, students will be expected to keep a journal of personal development throughout the course which will be used in the final assessment process.

Course Materials

In addition to a required reading list, handouts, audio CD’s and DVD’s will be provided. The handouts will gradually compile a comprehensive manual / portfolio of the course contents.

Course Duration: 2 years part-time study
  • 70 x 3hr sessions of classroom teaching (210hrs) OR  16 weekends (one weekend per month)
  • 900 hrs total study.

Note: prospective students who do not meet the admissions criteria have the option of a further 60 hrs classroom study / 200 hrs total study, which, after completion, will enable the student to enrol on the Diploma course.

Supervised Placement

Students are required to find a placement to practice their skills and must adhere to the NCP guidelines of one hour of supervision for every eight client hours.


Reading List

Counselling Skills and Theory (second edition) – Margaret Hough ISBN: 978-0-340-92701-4
Psychodynamic Counselling in Action Jacobs, M. 1988 , Sage Publications. ISBN 13: 9781412902151
Transactional Analysis Counselling in Action, Stewart, I. 2000, Sage publications
Cognitive Behavioural therapy for Dummies, Wilson and Branch, ISBN 13: 78-0-470-01838-5
Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality, James and Woodsmall, ISBN (10): 0-916990-21-4
ISBN (13): 978-0-916990-21-3


By the end of the course candidates should be proficient in the use of the following range of psychotherapeutic counselling skills:

  • Initiating a counselling interaction (contracting, confidentiality with limitations, time boundaries, organisational requirements)
  • Using active listening skills learned to function competently in the counselling interaction.
  • Concluding each individual session and ending a series of sessions.


  1. Present an adequate understanding of the counselling process, including client assessment and intervention planning.
  2. Show that they understand what is meant by ethical practice and how it relates to their own work.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to anti-oppressive practices and non-discriminatory use of counselling skills.
  4. Articulate their own philosophical approach to counselling to conceptualise case material and the counselling process and to show a deep understanding of an integrative model of counselling.
  5. Reflect constructively on themselves, their own life experiences, and their interactions with others and evidence their own personal and professional growth processes.



Courses are currently held at the following locations:

  • St Joseph’s Retreat Centre, Blundell Avenue, Formby, Merseyside
  • Oakville Avenue, Rhyl, Denbighshire, North Wales
  • Marlborough Road, Tuebrook, Liverpool


Course Fees

Diploma in Integrative Counselling £1280  

A monthly installment plan is available. (for example, £80 per weekend for the monthly course – £80 deposit must be paid in advance)


Paul Henderson BSc. (psychology), Dip (Hyp), MNCP – NLP Master Practitioner / Trainer, Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Life coach, Author.

Ian MacDonald Dip (Hyp), Dip (Couns), NLP Practitioner. Psychodynamic Counsellor / Psychotherapist, Certified U.K.A.I.T. trainer. Ian has a very successful private practice specializing in psychodynamic counselling, hypnotherapy and NLP.

(Please note 2016 course is now full)

Next course commencing February 2017 

2017 Course Weekend Dates  (Venue: Rhyl, North wales)

Feb:  3rd and 4th;  March: 4th and 5th;  April: 8th and 9th;  May: 6th and 7th;  June: 3rd and 4th;

Summer Break

Sept:  2nd and 3rd;  Oct : 7th and 8th;  Nov: 4th and 5th


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