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MA Psychotherapy and Counselling

Regent's University London

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Regent's University London

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    JAN, SEP, OCT

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Overview

The MA Psychotherapy & Counselling will give you a broad knowledge of psychotherapy and the work of key historical and contemporary figures. Through a mix of academic work and practical experience you will gain knowledge and understanding of various approaches to psychotherapy. The programme will prepare you for psychotherapy practice by developing your skills in the safe environment of the classroom and by supporting your work whilst you are in clinical placement.

You will be taught a range of theoretical perspectives, covering existential, psychoanalytic, humanistic and integrative approaches. You will be encouraged to discuss, give constructive feedback, and debate current issues in psychotherapy.

The programme will help you develop your individual approach to psychotherapy and counselling, and reflect upon your personal beliefs and prejudices. You will learn to apply your theoretical knowledge and acquired skills in an approved clinical placement under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

At the end of the second year you will choose the pathway to follow on the third year of your studies. You can specialise in integrative psychotherapy via the integrative pathway, or existential psychotherapy via the existential pathway, or you can undertake a significant piece of research in the field via the dissertation pathway.

For those choosing the dissertation pathway there are five days of research methods seminars designed to assist students to complete the dissertation in year three. We encourage our students to publish their work in academic books or journals.

You are required to remain in once-weekly individual psychotherapy with a UKCP registered therapist throughout your training. The Programme espouses a reflexive practitioner approach which, combined with the personal and professional reflection encouraged by the experiential group and personal therapy, promotes a strong professional identity. This enables students to work in a variety of settings such as medical care, research agencies, charities, social services, and private practice.

Upon successful completion of the taught MA Psychotherapy & Counselling, you will be eligible to apply for our postgraduate certificate programme in either integrative or existential psychotherapy, the final stage of your training for eligibility to apply to become a UKCP registered psychotherapist.

Please note that as this is a part-time programme, we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

Methods of assessment

A variety of methods of assessment are used during the programme. These include:

  • Academic essays
  • Case studies
  • Clinical portfolio
  • Dissertation (Dissertation pathway only)
  • Process reports
  • Reflections on skills practice
  • Research protocol (Dissertation pathway only)
  • Seminar presentations
  • Training supervision

Careers

After completing the three-year taught programme, you may wish to progress onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy or Postgraduate Certificate in Existential Psychotherapy, the final stage of the four-year training that leads to eligibility for UKCP registration.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 9,750per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Regent's University London

  • Campus address

    Regent's University London, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Westminster, NW1 4NS, England

Regent’s University London is small and intimate enough to feel like a home away from home.
Close to major tourist attractions including the British Museum and Buckingham Palace, the university is less than an hour from London airports.
Regent's is an internationally-focused university. Students will develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to succeed.

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