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Accredited Training

N E Essex Psychologies NEEP Training

N E Essex Psychologies is an independent training centre based in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.... All courses are accredited, CLASS-BASED and held in small groups with skills practice development and tutor support throughout.  Course fees are fully inclusive of registration and final certification; there are NO additional or hidden costs.  Please note:  Online courses in counselling are NOT recognised within the profession.  

"The Centre Manager 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.  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.  The Certificate and Diploma are designed for anyone looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of counselling skills and mental health.... to change career paths completely, or to enhance counselling skills as part of continuous professional development.  Previous students have secured employment in various therapeutic, mentoring, multi-disciplinary and family support roles, while others have chosen to pursue a higher level career path in counselling.

** Applications now closed for 2023 **

Regulated Qualification Number:  600/0728/X
Next start date:  SEPTEMBER 2024
10am - 1pm - (Saturday mornings; fortnightly)
The Level 2 Certificate will introduce you to using counselling skills, 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.  There is NO requirement to take an Introduction course first and there are no external examinations.  You will however complete an experiential portfolio of evidence as part of the course, which is assessed by the Centre Manager, as well as by Internal and External Quality Assurers.

Course Fee - 2023/2024:  £550

Deposit:  £50

Followed by a single payment of £500

Two interest-free instalments of £250 or,

Regular payments throughout the academic year.
Regulated Qualification Number:  600/0727/8
Next start date:  SEPTEMBER 2024
5.30pm - 9.30pm - (1 evening a week; term time only)
The Level 3 Diploma is a higher level qualification for those wanting to progress towards qualified counsellor status or otherwise.  Due to its academic content, you will be able to bypass the first year of an accredited Level 5 DipHE qualification afterwards or, enrol straight onto a Level 5/6 degree course if you decide to continue towards qualified counsellor status.
The course includes aspects of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework; equality & diversity, personal and people development, communication, interventions and treatment, as well as an in-depth analysis and application of psychological theory through more advanced counselling skills practice sessions.
You will also learn more about using counselling skills within a range of sector areas not limited to Counselling.... including:  Coaching; Criminal Justice; Guidance; Health Education; Mental Health; Teaching; Mentoring and Educational Support; Nursing and Healthcare; Police and Family Liaison and Youth Offending. 

Course Fee - 2023/2024:  £1,650

Deposit:  £150

Followed by a single payment of £1,500 

Three interest-free instalments of £500 or,

Regular payments throughout the academic year.



Please be aware of any learning provider / centre which:

a)  Offers cheap / free Counselling courses online; these are NOT recognised within the profession due to lack of skills practice development, tutor feedback and support;

b)   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.  All it means is - you can join BACP once qualified without taking their multiple choice test first.  That's absolutely all it means;

c)  Cannot (or fails to) address any of your concerns re. SCoPEd or has never heard of it.  SCoPEd is a "competency" framework which has recently been approved (February 2023) by a cohort of membership organisations and has serious implications for anyone contemplating a career in Counselling.


d)  Claims BACP are a "governing body".  BACP is a widely publicised membership organisation ONLY.... and NOT a governing body or regulatory body, as students are often (mis)led to believe.  To date however, BACP have  declined 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:

e)  Insists you must take an Introduction to Counselling course first;

f)  Claims their own courses are the ONLY way to become a qualified counsellor;

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

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

i)  Provides no visual handouts to support learning;

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

"All of the above are examples of questionable teaching, completely misleading information and / or, appalling practice.  If you have any queries at all, 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, please provide details and this will be arranged instead.

Once your completed forms have been returned, you will be invited to meet with the Centre Manager to discuss the course and answer any questions you might have.  Once accepted onto the course, a non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your place, as detailed above.  A further payment will then be required shortly before the start; either in full or part-payment, as arranged. 


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.

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All major bank cards accepted.
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BSc. (Hons)
APAPAL Accred; CCC Reg.


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