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N E Essex Psychologies NEEP Training

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

"The Centre Manager and Core Tutor is a practising Counsellor and Psychotherapist.... a qualified and experienced FE Tutor and Assessor for Internal Quality Assurance and also an Independent Clinician for Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews in liaison with NHS England and Essex County Council.  She puts a strong emphasis on self-awareness, lateral thinking and personal development throughout."  

Emotional distress will affect everyone at some stage in life, either through first-hand experience or from its impact on someone else.  These qualifications are designed for anyone looking to develop their knowledge of counselling and mental health.... by examining underlying causes, physical symptoms and ways to support individuals in a professional capacity without becoming overly involved or personally overwhelmed. 


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 because they lack experiential content and skills practice.  Course fees are fully inclusive of registration costs and final certification.  There are NO additional hidden fees.

Regulated Qualification Number:  600/0728/X
Next intake:  SEPTEMBER 2022
10.00am - 1.00pm - (Saturday mornings; fortnightly)
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 - 2022/2023:  £550

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

If you require an alternative payment plan, please get in touch.
Regulated Qualification Number:  600/0727/8
Next intake:  SEPTEMBER 2022
5.30pm - 9.30pm - (Wednesday evenings; 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 - 2022/2023:  £1,650

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

If you require an alternative payment plan, please get in touch.



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.


For those who wish to progress to qualified counsellor status, the Level 3 Diploma means students can move directly to a two-year qualification at Level 5.  This is an important consideration under current proposals by membership organisations (BACP, UKCP, BPC and more recently NCS) to try and re-define a Level 4 qualification to a (mostly) voluntary entry level into counselling based upon their own definition of "competencies".  


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

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 the courses they deliver are the ONLY way to become a qualified counsellor.   This is appalling practice.

g)  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.

h)   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, as well as over-priced.  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.


i)  Claims BACP are a "governing body".  BACP is a widely publicised 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 however, BACP have chosen NOT to issue a public statement to clarify their position when asked to do so in an open letter to membership organisations.  Please see the pdf. links below:

"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."   


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. 

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