Experience it, feel it, think it, reflect it, theorise it. Our programmes are based on a dialogue between the person-centred approach, located within the humanistic tradition, and psychodynamic perspectives, located within the psychoanalytic tradition.
Our mission is to develop competent, reflective and critically-aware practitioners and researchers who are capable of improving the well-being of their communities and of contributing to our knowledge and understanding of counselling.
We believe effective learning is not just cognitive, but encompasses all aspects of self, including the visceral or embodied, the emotional, and the intellectual. Our approach to teaching and learning is based on this philosophy and encourages and supports students to examine their own experience before relating this to theory.
Students on our programmes are facilitated to explore and develop their capacities to think critically and reflexively, to feel, and to be in relationship.
Students are encouraged to experience, experiment with and integrate insights, values and practices drawn from each perspective, and all courses are taught by tutors who are experienced counselling/psychotherapy practitioners.
Students benefit from a high level of tutor input, including individual tutorials, seminars, lectures and personalised feedback, in addition to having many opportunities to learn from self-reflection and participation in a variety of experiential student groups.