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Therapy can take many different forms. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) defines counselling and psychotherapy as ‘umbrella terms that cover a wide range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over the short or long term to help them bring about effective change and enhance their resilience and wellbeing’. You can learn about different approaches to therapy with our free counselling courses. Explore psychology in depth, research autism spectrum disorders and discover when cognitive behavioural therapy (or CBT) is most useful. You can also look at related topics, such as life coaching, emotional intelligence and access the latest thinking on anything from self-discipline to mindfulness. Simply register for your Alison account, select a course and begin. Who knows where your journey of discovery may lead you!

If you’d like to have a better understanding of where you are on your wellbeing journey before taking your first course, why not take our free Workplace Wellbeing Assessment today? The feedback from this short assessment will shine a light on areas where you are doing well, and those you might want to work on.


Starting a Career in Therapy

Do you enjoy listening to people? Are you non-judgemental? Do you care about the health and wellbeing of others? Choose to train as a counsellor and you can help people to open up about their feelings, examine their behaviour or choices, and hopefully, make positive changes in their lives. In this section you will find in demand cognitive behavioural therapy training. CBT is one of the most widely used therapies today and challenges negative thought patterns with the aim of helping people change their behaviour. You will also find courses on psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, where a client suffers extreme mood swings. 

Helping People with Mental Illness, Depression and Anxiety

The most common mental health problems that psychotherapists and counsellors deal with today are depression and anxiety. Both can range in severity from mild to severe and can be short-term or lifelong problems. At their worst, depression can lead to suicidal ideation while anxieties that are not dealt with can eventually result in phobias. Our courses will teach you the different presentations of these conditions, along with potential triggers and the best treatment for depression or anxiety.

How the Brain Works

It is not essential to understand how the brain works to achieve a counselling certification, however, depending on what field of psychotherapy you are interested in, it can be useful. Explore some of the major theories that have shaped psychology and neuroscientific processes today. If you are working with clients who have suffered brain injury or stroke or are in cognitive decline, it may help you to understand how different parts of the brain interact for mental processes such as thinking, learning and decision making.

Child Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders

The number of young people - and adults - being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)  is on the rise in developed countries in particular. Find out about Applied Behaviour Analysis and how it can help children with severe autism develop improved cognitive function. Study the developmental milestones children normally achieve along with diagnostic tools for developmental disorders such as ADHD and Asperger’s. Many neurodivergent clients benefit from counselling, not least to help with anxiety and depression. As a well-informed counsellor, you can play a role in overcoming the stigma which can still attach to ASD. Through these courses, you can also gain an insight into adolescent behaviours and helpful therapies.

Tools to Help People Develop and Grow

Enhance your knowledge of some of the most useful self-help tools available to your clients. While their sessions with you are a vital part of their treatment, the lessons can be reinforced through ‘homework’. Our informative counselling courses online can help them develop their emotional intelligence, work on their self-discipline and move towards their personal goals. You may wish to incorporate some of the teaching and techniques into your own day-to-day dealings with clients.

Stress Management

A little stress can be a good thing but too much can affect clients’ physical wellbeing. Stress is a physical response to a threat whereas the source of anxiety can be harder to discover. However, they can cause similar reactions. Discover how to identify stressors and techniques to support a client who struggles to deal with stress in their lives. 

Alternative Therapies

Take a broad approach to counselling with our alternative therapy section. Master mindfulness and meditation, train your brain for success with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) or how about a spot of colour therapy or sound therapy! 


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