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Counselling for Depression Training



A professional qualification for Person-centred experiential and Humanistic trained IAPT counsellors with 2+ years’ post-qualifying experience 


The course is a 5-day intensive professional qualification programme (though can be taken for CPD) which provides experienced practitioners working in IAPT settings with a nationally recognised training. The qualification enables counsellors in existing posts to solidify their position and enhances prospects for future work.


  • Delivered by experienced counsellors and trainers with specialisms in Person-Centred and Brief Therapy.
  • We have run Counselling Training courses for nearly 30 years and have an excellent reputation evidenced by repeated 100% student satisfaction, including coming top in the country for overall satisfaction in this subject in 2017
  • Study in the historic city of Chichester by the sea in the heart of the South Coast on a beautiful campus close to the city centre with its wide selection of local hotels and restaurants.


UCL who were involved in the development of the Counselling for Depression framework describe it as: 

"Counselling for Depression (CfD) is a model of psychological therapy recommended by NICE for the treatment of depression and approved for delivery within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT). It is one of the therapies recommended in addition to CBT."

The other recommended therapies are: Behavioural Couples Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

CfD is described in the following terms: 

“Counselling for depression is a manualised form of psychological therapy as recommended by NICE (NICE, 2009) for the treatment of depression. It is based on a person-centred, experiential model and is particularly appropriate for people with persistent sub-threshold depressive symptoms or mild to moderate depression.”

Ongoing research indicates that this type of counselling is effective for depression and can produce benefits in 6-10 sessions, although in this model up to 20 may be offered as necessary.


The course covers the following areas:

  • Working within IAPT and how to bridge different values
  • Working with and understanding depression
  • Working with a competence framework
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Principles and values of the Person-centred Experiential model
  • Working briefly
  • Emotions and attachments
  • Using the relationship and assessments and supervision


Most applicants will be funded by their employer, the NHS, and the fee for this is £3050. For self-funded applicants there is a reduced rate of £1525. If you are being funded by your NHS employers, please provide us with details of the person responsible for payment.

The fees include the week-long training, post-course assessment feedback (of at least 4 recordings) and supervision costs related to assessment; supervision provision will be 6 dedicated sessions and a report.


To apply, please complete the Undergraduate Application Form. *Please note, the form is generic and will need the following adaptations:

  • for month of entry tick April; for Level tick Year 1
  • for how you will do the course tick Part-time
  • the qualification to be gained is Cert CfD
  • for Advanced Standing tick No
  • the Academic Record only needs to show a Person-centred/ Humanistic Training qualification more than two years in the past
  • the Employment Record is likely to show ability to gain experience and/ or work with this practice in an IAPT or related service
  • the Personal Statement need only be very short
  • References should be one proposal from your employer or line manager.

Forms can be sent to the department administrator Natalia Lashchenko at, as well as Admissions as detailed on the form.

For more information, contact David Taylor-Jones at or call 01243 816385