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Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression

Our Advanced Certificate in Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression offers professional development for counsellors who are already trained in Person-centred or Humanistic approaches and who have significant clinical experience.


Course overview

CfD is a manualised form of psychological therapy as recommended by NICE (NICE, 20094) for the treatment of depression. It is a form of psychological therapy derived from the Skills for Health humanistic competence framework devised by Roth, Hill and Pilling (2009), which provided the basis for the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for psychological therapists. This modality targets the emotional problems underlying depression along with the intrapersonal processes, such as low self-esteem and excessive self-criticism, which often maintain depressed mood. The therapy aims to help patients contact underlying feelings, make sense of them and reflect on the new meanings which emerge. This, in turn, provides a basis for psychological and behavioural change. You will attend for 7 taught days at the university, complete 80 hours supervised clinical practice, and attend for a minimum of 6 hours of clinical supervision.

Award: AdvCert, CPD
Level: Postgraduate
Delivery: Campus
Study Mode: Part time
Duration: Approximately three months
Campus: Preston
Start Date: Start dates are varied

Entry requirements


  • A diploma in humanistic or person-centred counselling or psychotherapy and evidence of working towards BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist accreditation or equivalent.
  • To be employed or have a placement in an IAPT service to provide CfD.


  • A postgraduate qualification in humanistic or person-centred counselling or psychotherapy.
  • Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they have at least two years’ post qualification experience of providing brief counselling to clients with common mental health problems, particularly depression. This experience will need to be evidenced through references prior to being accepted onto the training.

This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery located in the Faculty of Health and Care

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