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Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Professional Training In Counselling and Listening

Current Courses



GCS is a unique and special place to train. We are a BACP accredited counselling service with more than 30 years experience of providing training in counselling and listening. If you work in any role where people come to you for support, we have the right training for you and many people find the courses helpful in their personal lives and for self-development.

We offer a wide variety of training courses that will help you develop the qualities of good listening. Our courses are staffed by experienced and accredited practitioners who have expertise in counselling, supervision and teaching and the training we offer in counselling and listening is based on experience and our knowledge of what really works.

Training in Counselling & Listening Skills

Introduction To Listening & Counselling Skills

This course will give you an insight into the world of counselling and listening. You'll work with a tutor and other members of the group to get practice in listening skills, and you'll find out just what is involved in helping another person. It's a great taster course and a good way to find out whether we are the right people to train with. The course content includes:

  • Introducing basic theories
  • Practicing counselling skills
  • Exploring attitudes, values and beliefs about human nature
  • Examining intentions and motivations, both conscious and unconscious

Duration: varies - typically 20 hours of seminars and skills practice.

Entry requirements & application details

No formal entry requirements

Course Fee: £245

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Dates & Venues

Intensive Weekend courses:

STROUD SUMMER WEEK Monday 5th - Friday 9th August 2019 - 10.00 - 15.00 daily LAST 2 PLACES AVAILABLE - PLEASE CONTACT OFFICE TO BOOK

STROUD 10 WEEK COURSE Thursday 26th September – Thursday 5th December 2019 18.00 - 20.00 weekly

CHELTENHAM INTENSIVE WEEKEND Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November 2019 10.00 - 16.00 daily


More Information?

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you can apply online or download our information leaflet below.

Certificate in Counselling Skills

The Certificate in Counselling Skills course provides a valuable training in counselling skills and gives an introduction to the nature of counselling work. It provides the basic skills for those who use counselling skills in their work or wish to work in the field of counselling; it is also designed for those who wish to develop their listening and communication skills.

This course aims to enhance skills, develop ways of understanding patterns of human growth and behaviour and increase self-awareness. The content includes experiential seminar work on counselling skills and attitudes and a self-awareness group.

This course also forms the entry requirements to a part-time professional counsellor training leading to the award of Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.


45 hours of seminars / skills development and practice
45 hours of self-awareness group work
15 hours skills workshops (one Saturday each term)


Entry requirements & application details

No formal academic requirements. Selection is by application form and consultation.

Course Fee: £1449. A non-refundable deposit of £200 will be required.

To apply, please complete our application form using the link below.


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Dates & Venues

Please note we run up to 3 courses each year, daytime and evening, commencing end of September.  These courses are one year part-time (3 x 10 week terms with half-term & holidays fit with Gloucestershire Schools holidays). Applications are now being accepted for:

Daytime Courses

Stroud: September 2019 9.30am to 1.00pm - Wednesday - 25th September 2019 – 1st July 2020

Evening Courses

Cheltenham: September 2019 - 6pm to 9.30pm - Tuesday - 24th September 2019 – 30th June 2020

Stroud: September 2019 - 6pm to 9.30pm - Wednesday - 25th September 2019 – 1st July 2020


More Information?

For further information, please contact us via our Contact page, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01453 766310.

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

This is a well established work-based clinical training which we have provided for over 25 years. The course leads to a professional qualification and provides the clinical and theoretical elements of the training as a psychodynamic counsellor. The course includes theoretical and ontological seminars, tutorial sessions, self-awareness groups, supervision and workshops.

This 3-year training combines theoretical understanding and clinical practice. All trainees on this programme are provided with a clinical placement within GCS's Clinical Service and clinical supervision of this work is an integral part of the course and is provided on site. The Diploma is accredited by BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council).

The course commences end of September each year.

The training programme:

- Includes a clinical placement within our counselling service (avoids the difficulty of trainees finding their
own suitable placement.
- Includes regular supervision of the clinical work.
- Leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a psychodynamic counsellor.

Duration - Three years (part-time) involving:

405 contact hours

189 hours of supervision
45 hours workshops
200 hours supervised client work


All years of the course are held in Stroud

Core Course Times:

Year 1: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Year 2: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Year 3: Monday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

It will be necessary to attend occasional Saturday Workshops. Dates of these workshops are given at the beginning of each year.

Entry requirements:

Applications are open to anyone holding a Certificate in Counselling Skills award or an equivalent course at Level 3 by the start of the Diploma in September. Selection is through application and interviews of suitably qualified candidates.

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Associate Counsellor Programme

The Associate Counsellor Programme is a unique programme for qualified counsellors who work in the psychodynamic or psychoanalytic traditions, designed to further develop a range of skills and capacities that are important in moving towards independent practice or working in an organisation. Applicants should have achieved a Diploma-level qualification with significant clinical experience.

The programme runs for 12 months beginning every September. Successful applicants will become GCS Associate Counsellors and gain invaluable experience working within a well-established counselling service.

Associate Counsellors will have the opportunity to work with a range of clients and presenting problems. Weekly (42 weeks per year) clinical supervision is provided as part of the programme. Associate Counsellors will also attend a seminar programme that is designed to develop skills and capabilities and increase awareness of what it means to be a professional counsellor.

GCS has extensive experience in working with and supporting counsellors as they work towards professional accreditation. The supervised clinical placement offered in the programme provides an opportunity for Diploma-qualified counsellors to achieve the post-qualification client hours required for individual accreditation by BACP. GCS has been accredited by BPC as a ‘gate-keeper’ of professional standards and is responsible for proposing graduates to BPC for membership. On satisfactory completion of this course associate counsellors will be proposed by GCS to BPC as registrants.

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Accessibility - Unfortunately there are a number of stairs at our Stroud venue so therefore it is not accessible to everyone. Training materials can be made available in Large print if requested.

Booking and Cancellation Policy:

All bookings are provisional on receipt of a booking form/application. A deposit is payable to secure your place. This deposit is non refundable, unless the course is cancelled by GCS. Any balance owing is payable no later than 14 days prior to the training.

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Training in Working with Children, Families and Young People

GCS in collaboration with the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well-being: Multidisciplinary Practice (PTPCGL001)

This award-winning and innovative one-year course will run at GCS in Stroud from September 2018, weekly on Thursday afternoons and monthly on Fridays. It is one of the most popular courses within the Tavistock and Portman training portfolio, whose innovative quality has been recognised internally and externally through winning the Heath Education and North and Central East London (HENCEL) award of "Inter-professional Education and Training programme” and "Trainer of the Year award" 2014". The course is now delivered within a number of regional centres across the UK, such as GCS in Stroud.

Developed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the course was validated by the University of East London in 2010 and 2014 and is now validated by the University of Essex. It interweaves developmental, psychodynamic and systemic theoretical ideas, into a therapeutic practice orientated course.

We welcome all those who work in the field of child, adolescent or family mental health who wish to improve their knowledge and capabilities. You may be in one of the following roles:

  • Counsellor/psychotherapist who wishes to gain more experience in their field
  • Social Worker
  • Health Visitor
  • Nurse / School Nurse
  • Education Professional
  • Child and adolescent primary mental healthcare worker
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CYPS) practitioners
  • Working with children in the voluntary or statutory sector
  • Or working, or wanting to work with children and families

Course outline

  • Theoretical seminars and lectures
  • Infant observation and/or family observation seminars
  • Work practice discussions
  • Experiential groups
  • Personal tutorials

Course time & dates 2019-20

  • Thursdays 12.30 - 18.30,  sessions dates TBC
  • Friday Symposiums 09.30 - 15.30, 7 sessions dates TBC
  • Group Relations Conference, 4 days April 2020 dates TBC (London location)

Dates for the 2019-20 course will be confirmed November 2018.


For more information and details of how to apply please go to: https://tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/training/courses/child-adolescent-and-family-mental-well-being-multidisciplinary-practice-stroud/

The course will take place at Alma House, Stroud or suitable alternative facilities.




Do get in touch if you would like to discuss an application for 2019-20.


New MA Course starting October 2019: Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People & Families (M34G)

This innovative course will equip people to work therapeutically with children, young people and families.  It is also accredited by the The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) through membership of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP).This course will train you to offer therapy based on psychodynamic and systemic approaches, in addition to some other evidence-based treatments such as Mindfulness.This course will equip you academically and professionally for a role that has become increasingly needed in the public sector child and adolescent workforce, child and adolescent mental health service sector, schools and other settings.

In year one you will:

  • study theory on assessment and engaging in psychodynamic therapeutic work
  • attend specialist workshops on adolescence/working in schools/ partake in small supervision groups
  • learn how to approach research
  • have fortnightly individual supervision
  • attend evidence-based practice seminars including mindfulness
  • be in paid or voluntary work placements where you have the opportunity to see children/adolescents for individual psychodynamic psychotherapy

In year two you will:

  • study theory on  psychodynamic therapeutic approaches
  • attend evidence-based practice seminars and systemic workshops
  • You will continue to attend specialist workshops, partake in small supervision groups, have fortnightly individual supervision and be in paid or voluntary work placements where you have the opportunity to see children/adolescents for individual psychodynamic psychotherapy.
This course is for you if you are working in a voluntary or statutory sector setting with children and families. You may be a counsellor, social worker, teacher, psychotherapist, creative arts therapist, child and adolescent primary mental health care worker, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) practitioner, occupational therapist or nurse.


This is a two year Masters programme. Students may exit after one year with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). Please note that students will only be eligible for British Psychoanalytic Council registration as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist working with Children, Young People and Families if they complete the full two years, along with all the required clinical development which may take additional time.

Course time & dates 2019-20

  • Thursday mornings, sessions dates & precise timings TBC
  • Time for clinical placements & supervision
  • Time for weekly personal psychotherapy

To see full details of entry requirements and to apply for this course please visit: https://tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/training/courses/psychological-therapies-children-young-people-and-families-m34g-stroud/





Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Professional Training in Counselling and Listening

2015 Courses

British Psychoanalytic Council

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.