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Chelmsford Counselling Foundation is a psychodynamic counselling agency accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  The Foundation is long established and has a high reputation in Essex and beyond for its counselling work and in the training of counsellors.  Our training programme has been in operation since the inception of the Foundation and is an integral part of our work, standing equal with counselling in our constitution.

Psychodynamic counselling stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. This training teaches you the skills needed to build an accepting and trusting relationship, encouraging clients to talk about their childhood relationships with parents and other significant people as well as present ones. It also uses similar techniques to psychotherapy, including free association, and interpretation of transference, where feelings experienced in previous significant relationships are projected onto the therapist. An important aspect of the training is increasing self-awareness so you will be required to reflect on your own experiences and relationships, in seminars, experiential groups and personal therapy.

Training – Coronavirus update

We have adapted our training and our 2020/21 courses are going ahead as scheduled, albeit remotely until we are able to return to our training facility in full compliance with government guidelines; and we are now open for applications for our 2021/22 BACP accredited training.

If you are interested in our Training Courses, application forms are available below under the course headings.

Click to download our prospectus: 2021_22 prospectus

Click here to access our latest newsletter: newsletter october_november 2020

Each year of our courses requires attendance one evening per week for three 10 week terms:

Certificate in Counselling Skills (One year, Wednesdays)


Diploma in Counselling Skills (One year, Thursdays)


Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (Two/Three years, Monday (year 1), Tuesday (year 2)) including  clinical placement and weekly group supervision.


Together, our courses form a BACP accredited professional psychodynamic counsellor training. For more details of each course please click on the tabs below.

A summary of course structure and fees can be found here: https://www.chelmsfordcounselling.org.uk/training/training-course-fees/