How do I become a counsellor?

The first step to becoming a counsellor is to undertake an introductory course or talk to a careers adviser. Our “come and see” days will help you to find out what is involved in becoming a counsellor. You may wish to undertake additional online research to find out about various theories that underpin different college diplomas.

30 Hours Certificate

The next step is to attend a 30 hour certificate level training course or talk to the college to assess your prior learning. We recommend undertaking a 30 hour course. This will ensure that you understand the rigors of the training. Most colleges run this course over a year, however here at Dunamis we run this as a shorter intensive course. To find out more please contact us at

Having completed your 30 hour certificate level in counselling you are now ready to move on towards a diploma which may lead to professional status.

Our come and see days will provide you with the knowledge needed to decide if a career in counselling is right for you.
Undertake an introductory course or talk to a careers adviser to find out more about becoming a counsellor.

A diploma in counselling will typically involve a minimum of 450 direct taught hours
A diploma in counselling will typically involve a minimum of 450 direct taught hours

Diploma Course

The diploma course must involve in-depth training and should reach standards recognised by the BACP.  This should include ethical practice, in depth knowledge of psychological theories and their application, research and skills base training.
A diploma in counselling will typically involve a minimum of 450 direct taught hours plus some written work, supervised trainee placement of 150 hours, personal therapy hours and an end of course examination.

The diploma course you choose will be based on a variety of core models and you may wish to speak to the college about their philosophy underpinning their views on helping people. During the diploma you will be required to under take placement practice of 100 hours, personal counselling and independent study.

The diploma course you undertake does not have to be BACP accredited in order for you to become a professional therapist however, if it is not you will need to take the BACP Certificate of Proficiency to join the register. At Dunamis we will support you to do this.

We will be holding some “Come and See” Days where you can find out more about our next Diploma course, commencing in September 2020. Contact us about our next “Come and See” days.

Who is eligible for the Dunamis Diploma?

Those who have undertaken 30 hours of certificate level training or equivalent. Those who can manage a moderate level of English and numeracy. Our Dunamis Diploma entry requirements can be found here.

What is the BACP?

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK.

Counselling changes not just the lives of individuals, but of families and communities.

Our desire for social justice determines everything we do and guides our relationship with our members and the public, as well as commissioners and government. It’s why we champion the counselling professions as a viable, and increasingly evidence-based choice for people. We know counselling works.


Click here for further information about the BACP’s work, charitable objectives and current strategy.

Why does the Diploma major in morality and ethics?  

We believe that everyone’s morality informs their ethical decision making. It is not our aim that everyone should think alike but we believe that thinking deeply about our values and morality helps guide people in their ethical stance. Dunamis trained therapists recognise that their ethics informs every aspect of their work, we believe it is critical that counsellors must have a clear rationale for their interventions and the values that guide their practice.  

About Dunamis

We are a small private college offering high quality training in creative counselling therapy. This college is run by tutors with a collective counselling experience of over 60 years and tutoring experience of more than 30 years. You can read more about us here.