Learn about the different types of therapy that can be used to help clients. If you are a counsellor or want to be one, this is an indispensible part of your training or professional development. Explain the key principles and applications of different theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, including the theories of Freud, Erikson, Adler, Ellis, Rogers, Beck, and others.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy l: Freud (& Erikson); Jung
  2. Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy ll: Adler
  3. Humanistic/Existential Approaches I: Gestalt Therapy; Fritz Perls
  4. Humanistic/Existential Approaches II: Person-Centred Counselling; Carl Rogers
  5. Rational Behavioural Therapy: Albert Ellis
  6. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Aaron Beck
  7. Behavioural Therapy
  8. Solution-Focused Counselling
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Understand the chief elements of the Gestalt approach, to discuss resolution of problems and to describe different effects and techniques of Gestalt therapy.
  • Explain Albert Elliss views and the evolution of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), the stages involved in developing a rational philosophy of life, and the different techniques used by REBTs.
  • Develop an appreciation of the characteristics of contemporary behavioural therapy and different problem-solving techniques adopted by behavioural therapists.
  • Explain the concept of dream analysis.
  • Explain an object-relations interpretation of the origin of narcissistic and borderline personality disorders.