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About Us

We were founded in the early 1980s and were among the first organisations in the UK to offer humanistically oriented professional training programmes.

Metanoia Institute is a well-established educational charity, specialising in the professional training programmes for counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, supervisors, coaches and organisational development consultants.

We are excited to announce that Metanoia Institute has begun the process to be able to award its own degrees. For full details please see Update on our application for degree-awarding powers 

Our Approach to Psychological Therapies

At Metanoia, all our approaches offer a broad basis from which to develop a personal style. We emphasise the importance of developing a sound therapeutic relationship that can support and challenge the client according to the context.

Psychotherapy outcome research and the experience of practitioners in the field, suggest that no single psychotherapy or counselling approach is significantly more effective than any other approach, and all have something to offer the clinician. It is the nature of the problem, the personality of the client and the setting of the therapy, that call for a particular approach.

Increasingly clinicians are required to be flexible and responsive, to the specific requirements of the context in which they work and to tailor the delivery of psychotherapy, to the needs of a particular client within the particular context. In particular, it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship, that is key in determining the success of the therapy.

All our training courses combine a focus on the therapeutic relationship, with a sound and coherent theoretical basis that can be flexible and responsive to client needs.





You can contact our main switchboard on 020 8579 2505 or email info@metanoia.ac.uk. Calls and emails will be directed to the Academic Coordinator who looks after the course in which you are interested.


Graduates from our counselling courses may apply for BACP Accreditation (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) when they have accrued the required post-qualification client hours. Graduation from our psychotherapy courses confers registration with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy).

Graduation from our counselling psychology course confers registration with UKCP, and gives Counselling Psychologist status with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS (British Psychological Society).


You can find out about current employment opportunities on the website’s vacancies section here.


We are excited to announce that Metanoia Institute has begun the process to be able to award its own degrees. 

For students enrolling on degree programmes from autumn 2022, these will be awarded by Middlesex University while we continue our progress towards gaining our own Degree Awarding Powers For full details please see Update on our application for degree-awarding powers 

The Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies (DCPsych Prof), the Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies (DPsych Prof), and the Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Public Works are all joint programmes with Middlesex University.


Undergraduate academic programmes are designated for finance from the Student Loans Company. For full details please visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance.

Post graduate programmes throughout the UK are self-funded.

Details of loans available for professional and career development are available at https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview

A small number of bursaries are available.These are normally awarded to students in the later stages of training.


Our Clinical Development and Placements Officer maintains a database of placement opportunities. Metanoia Institute also offers placements to students within the Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service.

You can find out more via the placements page.