Advanced Counsellor & Psychotherapist Level 4

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Do you have great ability to listen, communicate effectively, empathise, and engage on a personal level without making judgement?

If so, with this course you could develop yourself further and consider becoming a practitioner who would support individuals who require assistance to overcome problems within their lives.

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About This Course

As a counsellor your job is to help your clients to explore their feelings, understand their situations and make positive changes in their lives. Our Advanced Counsellor and Psychotherapist Level 4 course can help you to intensively engage with your clients and develop a deeper understanding of the expectations of your profession.

From supporting the development of your communication and interpersonal skills, to strengthening your ability to survey differing situations; our online course can help you to recognise the varying stages of severity in each case, so you can devise an appropriate course of action.

Theoretical perspective, personal awareness, experiential focusing, cognitive approaches, behavioural methods, assessment strategies, relationship/family/bereavement/addiction counselling… In just 180 hours, our in-depth course can expand your approaches to therapy; their various types and theories, and their applications, so you can achieve a level of confidence that is certain to enrich the experiences of your clients and the life situations they are facing.

Our course will also explore the regulations of this profession and how trainees and qualified counsellors may be affected.

Course Benefits

Alongside broadening your skillset as both a counsellor and as a psychotherapist, our online course also aims to supply you with the information to set up your own practice.

From handling the financials to informing you of all the regulations you will need to fulfil; by the end of the course you can use the information you have acquired to take your first steps to becoming your own boss.

Compacted into 6 in-depth units, every element of our course is designed to complement your existing practical work as a counsellor, whilst enhancing your skills to a new level of advancement.

This course will:

  • Allow you to explore elements of your job you’ve previously not been involved in.
  • Supply you with the theoretical knowledge to develop your current skills and take on greater responsibilities in your role.
  • Challenge your understanding of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Support you in your mission to explore client feelings, their situations and the changes they need to make in order to achieve a more positive outcome.
  • Improve your communication and interpersonal skills so you can succeed in listening, setting goals and exploring client development.

Course Units

Unit 1: Defining Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Development of counselling and psychotherapy, and their similarities/differences
  • Counselling and psychotherapy in context

Unit 2: Core Values and Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Building client-therapist relationships
  • Competency skills
  • Communication
  • Applications of skills
  • Monitoring generic skills.

Unit 3: Models and Approaches in Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Psychodynamic approach
  • Humanist/person-centred approach
  • Personal awareness
  • Experiential focusing
  • Behavioural and cognitive approaches
  • Using behavioural methods
  • The systems model
  • The psychosocial/life stage model

Unit 4: Counselling Specialities

  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Assessment strategies
  • Skills in CBT, and relationship, family, bereavement
  • Addiction counselling

Unit 5: Psychotherapy Specialities

  • Neuro-linguistic programme
  • Brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Gestalt therapy

Unit 6: Practitioner Strategies

  • Business issues
  • The therapy contract
  • The psychotherapist’s responsibilities
  • Client assessment


Our Advanced Counsellor and Psychotherapist course is assessed based on a series of written assignments that will marked by your personal tutor upon your submission. Over the course of these assignments – which need to be completed within 12 months of your enrolment – you will be tested on your course knowledge, competencies and ability to apply them within a practical setting.

There is no exam to sit. Your certification will be based purely on the outcome of your written assignments.

In addition, you can start this course at a time of your choosing, enabling you to fit it around your current work commitments and responsibilities. Our course is completely flexible allowing you to study at your own pace and on your own terms – all from the comfort of your own home.

Required Knowledge

No previous knowledge is required to enrol onto this course.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive certification from National Institution of Qualifications (NIOQ) and a Learner Unit Summary (which details of all the units you have completed).

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of specific learners or employers. It is endorsed by National Institution of Qualifications, meaning the course has undergone external quality checks to ensure that they are maintained and delivered to an excellent standard.

National Institution of Qualifications are a national certificating organisation. Endorsement of our courses ensures learners have access to high quality materials that cover all learning outcomes, helping them to achieve their potential.


Upon registration you will receive immediate access to your assessments and a comprehensive study guide. In addition, you’ll receive the continuous support of your very own personal tutor as well as access to our student support team who’ll always be on hand to answer all your queries and concerns. No matter your question, you can benefit from their instant support for the full 12 month duration of your course (should you choose to study for that long).

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will be able to practise as a Counsellor and gain insurance to ensure that you are covered when providing your service.

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed Ofqual regulated awarding bodies
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

There are no requirements to have completed any courses or have any knowledge of the subject area to enrol on the course. There is no application process and no questions asked when you sign up, it is accessible to anybody.

Your course will start as soon as you sign-up. You could start your journey of learning today!

This course is an endorsed certification, not a regulated qualification.

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Advanced Counsellor & Psychotherapist Level 4


Leon Bartlett

I was hesitant when starting this course as I thought a level 4 was far beyond my reach, however, upon starting the course I was contacted by my tutor who introduced herself and made me feel immediately like I was in expert hands. She was there throughout the duration of my course for any question I had and provided me with speedy and concise feedback on where I needed necessary improvement. I have just recent finished my course and can honestly say it has been one of the greatest experiences in my life, I have learnt so much and I’m now ready to take my skills into the real world and become a counsellor, for anyone who is having doubts about this course due to it’s level, don’t! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in becoming a counsellor.

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