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Applying for one of our Courses

Deciding to train to be a psychotherapist or counsellor (please see our counselling courses too) is often a big life decision. This decision can feel all the more daunting because of the range of different approaches from which to choose. At the Metanoia Institute, we run regular open evenings/ mornings to offer you the opportunity to come and find out a little bit more about our courses and whether counselling or psychotherapy is the right career path for you. To book onto one of these open evenings please click here

Before you can join one of our psychotherapy or counselling courses, you will need to attend our Certificate in Therapeutic Skills and Studies. This course will help you to begin to develop some of the skills that you will need as a psychotherapist as well as help you to decide with approach might suit you best. The course has several different start dates; please click here for a course leaflet and details of how to book a place. If you have taken a similar course elsewhere, please contact the course administrator to discuss whether the course you have taken can count as equivalence.

COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING - Our counselling programmes are all validated as undergraduate degrees by Middlesex University and are also BACP-accredited as fully approved counselling qualifications. Our psychotherapy programmes are all UKCP-accredited as fully approved psychotherapy qualifications and are validated by Middlesex University as post-graduate degrees. Click the links below, to view the course description and leaflet:

* BSc (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling

* BSc (Hons) Person-Centred Pluralistic Counselling (Advanced Practitioner)

* Diploma and MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications

* Diploma and MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy

* Diploma and MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy

* Diploma and MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy

* Diploma and MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy


Metanoia Institute has begun the process to be able to award its own degrees. This will not affect students starting in 2022. Please see here for further details

Validation by Middlesex University of Metanoia’s counselling and psychotherapy courses means that you are a student of both institutions but you enrol at and attend Metanoia for your programme of study. As Metanoia is recognised as a HEFCE alternative provider, (see the Quality Assurance and Course Accreditation section below) once you become a student of Metanoia, you will be eligible to apply for and buy a NUS extra card which allows you over 200 UK student discounts.

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS - Once you have decided which programme you feel is right for you, you may need to book onto and attend an introductory workshop. Details of workshops can be found in the link to ‘Introductory Workshops’ on Metanoia’s website. You can submit a full application for the course at the time of booking for the workshop, or you can submit your application afterwards. Please be advised, though, that our courses fill up quickly and applications are processed in the order we receive them, so it is advisable not to wait to submit your application unless you wish to use the workshop experience to check whether this is the right course for you.

The introductory workshop serves as an opportunity to find out more about the course, the approach, and the way that we train at the Metanoia Institute. It also serves as the first part of the interview process, in that we are interested to see how you relate to the theory, how you interact with others, and how able you are to explore your own process non-defensively.

INTERVIEW – Following a successful introductory workshop, you will be invited for interview. Interviews are held in small groups or individually (depending on when you apply), and are conducted by a different tutor from the one who ran the introductory workshop. You will be asked to complete some forms in advance and to bring these with you, and much of the interview will revolve around questions arising from these. The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Wherever possible we inform you whether you have been successful or not on the day. If you are unsuccessful, we will give you detailed feedback about what you might need to do if you wish to reapply at some later stage. Please see our Admissions Policy and Criminal Convictions Policy.