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 Accredited Training

N E Essex Psychologies is an independent training centre based in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.... delivering  accredited qualifications in counselling theory, practice and mental health.... and listed on the UK Register of Learning Providers.  

"The Centre Manager and Core Tutor is a practising Counsellor and Psychotherapist.... as well as a qualified and experienced FE Tutor and Assessor for Internal Quality Assurance.  She puts a strong emphasis on self-awareness, lateral thinking and personal development throughout."  

All courses are class-based, held in small groups and NOT distance or online learning.... Online courses for Counselling Skills are NOT recognised by ANY professional membership organisation and lack experiential content.... Online courses in Mental Health are much the same. 


CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) are an awarding body regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator.... accredited and nationally recognised throughout the UKBoth the Certificate and Diploma in Counselling Skills represent a thorough academic and experiential journey, which includes actual skills practice.... increasing the potential for career development in a number of sector areas.  The Diploma  also includes aspects of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and involves an in-depth evaluation of core psychological theories. 


For those who wish to progress to qualified counsellor status, the academic content of the Diploma means students can move directly to a Foundation Degree qualification at Level 5.  This is an important consideration under current plans proposed by membership organisations (BACP, UKCP and BPC) to re-define a Level 4 qualification down to a voluntary (i.e. unpaid) entry level into counselling - the main reason why N E Essex Psychologies does not offer a Level 4 course.


For additional information on what else to be aware of - please see "IMPORTANT INFORMATION" below. 

All course fees at N E Essex Psychologies are fully inclusive of registration costs and final certification.  There are NO additional hidden fees.

Level 2 Certificate 
Regulated Qualification Number:  600/0728/X
Next intake:  September 2020 - February  2021
TUESDAYS:  5.30pm - 9.30pm - (term time only)
The Level 2 Certificate will introduce you to using counselling skills in everyday life and work situations, together with the main psychological theories which underpin their use; Humanistic (Person-Centred), Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Theories.  You will also learn the importance of self-awareness and personal development throughout the following mandatory units, eventually taking part in skills practice sessions.  There is NO requirement to take an Introduction course first and there are no external examinations.  You will however be expected to complete an experiential portfolio of evidence, which will be assessed by the Centre, as well as by Internal and External Quality Assurers.... and you will receive full support to do this.

1        Using Counselling Skills

2        Introduction to Counselling Skills theories

3        Diversity and Ethics in the use of Counselling Skills

4        Counselling Skills and Personal Development

Course Fee - 2020/2021:  £550

Paid in full or in two interest-free instalments of £275 

Level 3 Diploma  
Regulated Qualification Number:  600/0727/8
Next intake:  November 2020 - July 2021
THURSDAYS:  5.30pm - 9.30pm - (term time only)   
The Level 3 Diploma is for those looking to progress towards qualified counsellor status via a higher level qualification (Level 5 DipHE or above) or, for anyone wanting to learn how to use counselling skills within a range of sector areas, including:  Coaching; Criminal Justice; Guidance; Health Education; Mental Health; Mentoring and Pastoral Support; Nursing and Healthcare; Police and Family Liaison; Teaching and Education and Youth Offending.  The Diploma also involves an in-depth analysis of psychological theory and practice within the following mandatory units.


1        Developing Counselling Skills

2        Theoretical Approaches in the use of Counselling Skills

3        Working Ethically with Counselling Skills

4        Counselling Skills and Diversity

5        Counselling Skills and Personal Development

The course includes aspects of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework; equality & diversity, personal and people development, communication, interventions and treatment, as well as the application of psychological theory through more advanced counselling skills practice sessions. 

Both courses involve written and practical assignments; gradually building a portfolio of coursework to evidence theory and knowledge; discussions and debates; reflective accounts; group and individual presentations; skills practice; observations and peer to peer feedback.  There are no external examinations.  You will however be expected to complete an experiential portfolio of evidence, which will be assessed by the Centre, as well as by Internal and External Quality Assurers.... and you will receive full support to do this.  

Course Fee - 2020/2021:  £1,650

Paid in full or in three interest-free instalments of £550. 

If you need an alternative arrangement, please get in touch.



Level 2 Certificate 
Regulated Qualification Number:  601/3438/0 
Next intake:  February 2021
DAY / TIME:  TBA (term time only)  

Emotional distress will affect everyone at some stage in life, either through first-hand experience or from its impact on someone else.  This qualification is designed for anyone looking to develop their knowledge of mental health.... and provides an in-depth understanding of frequently "diagnosed" conditions from outside of the medical model; examining underlying causes, physical symptoms and management strategies from the perspective of a practising Counsellor & Psychotherapist.

1        Understanding Mental Health

2        Understanding Stress

3        Understanding Anxiety

4        Understanding Phobias

5        Understanding Depression

6        Understanding Post-Natal Depression

7        Understanding Bipolar

8        Understanding Schizophrenia

9        Understanding Dementia

10      Understanding Eating "Disorders"

11      Understanding ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity "Disorder")

12      Understanding OCD (Obsessive Compulsive "Disorder")

13      Understanding PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress "Disorder")

The Level 2 Certificate is mapped to the Skills for Health National Occupational Standards and the knowledge set for dementia from Skills for Care - which means employers can be assured that staff who complete the course are meeting care industry standards.  It also complements work in other sector areas, such as Criminal Justice; Education; Mentoring and Pastoral Support; Nursing and Healthcare; Police and Family Liaison; Social Care; Teaching and Youth Offending, as well as being of great personal interest to learners who may choose not to use the qualification in any formal way at all.

The course involves building a portfolio of coursework to evidence theory and knowledge; discussions and debates; reflective accounts; group and individual presentations.  There are no external examinations.  You will however be expected to complete a portfolio of evidence, which will be assessed by the Centre, as well as by Internal and External Quality Assurers.... and you will receive full support to do this.

Course Fee - 2020:  £550 

Paid in full or in two interest-free instalments of £275


Please complete the Contact Form at the end of this page and if a place is available, an Application Form and short Pre-Course Assessment will be emailed to you for completion and return.  If you would prefer these forms to be posted to your home address instead, please provide details and I will arrange this for you. 

Once your forms have been received back and an offer of a place has been confirmed, venue details will be provided along with a request for payment shortly before the start of the course.  A range of payment options are available including direct bank transfer, cheque, standing order or debit/credit card via PayPal.  

The Advanced Learner Loan however is NOT available.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION (counselling students only)

Please be aware of any learning provider / tutor who:

a)   Cannot (or fails to) address any of your concerns re. SCoPEd or has never heard of it;

b)   Tells you to repeat a Counselling qualification you already have because it's with a different awarding body or was taken too long ago;


c)    Insists you have to take an Introduction course first. You do not need to do this - it is a waste of time and money;

d)   Expects students to mark their own work against course criteria and standards or, fails to give regular constructive written feedback; 

e)   Uses valuable lesson time to meditate and /or talk about feelings, instead of teaching.... and provides no visual handouts to support learning;

f)  Claims a course is "equivalent to" a recognised qualification and you will receive a "certificate of achievement".  What this really means is.... there is NO accrediting awarding body, NO approved training centre and the courses themselves are NOT actual  qualifications.

g)   Claims a course or training route will lead to BACP accreditation (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).   No course at any level ANYWHERE leads to individual BACP accreditation; advertisements for courses and training routes sold on this basis are hugely misleading.  A BACP accredited course simply means students will not need to take a multiple choice test to join that particular membership organisation after qualifying.... and nothing more.


h)  Claims BACP are a "governing body".  BACP is a private membership organisation ONLY.... and NOT a governing body, as students are often (mis)led to believe.  There are NO governing bodies for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.   To date, BACP have chosen not to issue a public statement to clarify much of the misinformation out there:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/AyanayOpen/permalink/1289013524615246/


"All of the above have been brought to my attention over the years - and some more recently.  All are examples of questionable teaching, completely misleading information and / or, unethical practice.   If you have any queries at all about the above points, please get in touch."   

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