Counselling & Psychotherapy


Counselling deals with helping people overcome emotional and professional challenges in their lives, from career planning, relationship problems, stress, and health issues. Some forms of counselling may also help clients cope with serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, physical illness and trauma. Counselors help people to evaluate themselves, accept responsibility for their actions, and make good choices for their future. The relationship between counselor and client is built on trust and understanding.

Counselling is a broad field including various forms of emotional as well as professional support including: academic advising, art therapy, coaching, psychotherapy, career counselling, psychiatry, school counselling, social work, and others.

This is by no means the same as Psychology, which is a science of how people think, feel, behave and learn. Careers in psychology tend to take place within more of a medical framework. Psychologists use treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy, which identifies and challenges unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, and tools like psychological testing to inform strategies for therapy. While counselling help people tackle problems positively by helping to clarify issues, explore options and develop strategies. Counselors are experts in listening and helping people achieve their personal goals; They don’t tend to do diagnosis or provide assessments, but they will support people with mild to moderate symptoms of mental illness.

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms, so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing. Issues helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety.

This is a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy designed for the entry level; to give learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles. It provides students with the core skills to understand and apply the basic concepts of counselling, together with the skills and knowledge required to facilitate a helping relationship.

Who is right for this Certification?

This qualification is for:

Those starting the first level of training as a professional counselor

Those who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or helping roles

Those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development


This qualification could lead to employment or increase employability for those whose role is to support others in e.g., health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, other helping roles.

It provides additional skills for those already in employment, likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement.

In the US, Entry-level counselling positions generally start around $37,000 annually, but the room to grow both in terms of salary and professional experience in this field is unlimited.

In the UK, starting salaries for counselors are in the range £19,000 to £27,000 a year. Experienced counselors can earn up to £30,000 a year and managers of Practices or projects can earn £40,000 or more.

If you are self-employed, you charge a fee for each session with a client, which can be between £35 to £70 an hour. You may not have a regular income.

Benefits of Certification

A course in counselling will teach you different communication techniques and the situations to use them in to improve your communication in the workplace. Plus, you will learn coping mechanisms that you can employ for yourself to help you deal with situations and experiences you encounter.

This course will teach you how to…

  • Work within professional limits
  • Maintain boundaries
  • Communicate empathic understanding
  • Work to the helpee’s agenda
  • Develop your self-awareness
  • Use listening and responding skills
  • Give and receive feedback to develop counselling skills

Course Outline & Duration

This program runs for a 15-weeks duration. 100-hours contact Lecture hours and 100-hours field work/practicum.

Course curriculum covers…

Basic Counselling Skills

Concepts of Counselling and the use of Counselling Skills

Introduction to the philosophy and the historical development of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Types of Counselling: Directive and Non-Directive

The Counsellor’s Qualities and Role

Counselling Goals

Introduction to Counselling Skills

Confrontation in Counselling

Influencing Skills in Counselling

Body Language in Communication

Counsellors and Psychologists

Basic Human Development

Attending and Responding Skills

The Ethical Framework underpinning a counselling approach

Importance of Self-Awareness and Personal Growth

Coping with Change

The Counselling Questionnaire

Dealing with Anger and Stress

Dealing with Loss, Grief, Guilt, Depression, PTSD, Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH) and Suicide tendencies

Cultural and Cross-Cultural Issues

Legal and Ethical Situations in Counselling

The Importance of Counselling Supervision

Counselling and Psychotherapy Case Studies

Counselling Modalities

Introduction to Counselling Theory

The Psychodynamic Approach

The Behavioral Approach

The Person-Centered Approach

The Cognitive Approach

The Pastoral Approach

The Counselling Process

Basic Counselling Skills

Core Skills of “The Skilled Helper”

Communicating with Telephone and E-Counselling

Entry requirements

Basic requirement is a WAEC, GCE, NECO or its equivalent; 5 credits are compulsory to include English Language as a mandatory subject.

No previous training or experience is required to undertake this course.

Accreditation and Membership

The International Association for Counselling (IAC) is an International Non-Governmental Association (NGO) with United Nations consultative status (ECOSOC, WHO, UNESCO, and ILO). IAC advances the development of counselling in order to improve people’s lives and well-being.

Complementary Therapists Accredited Association. CTAA is an independent accreditation company

The Counselling Association of Nigeria is a National Professional body of trained, registered and Licensed Counselors. It draws membership from all Educational Institutions, Prisons, the Health Sector, Schools, NGOs, Rehabilitating Centers, the media, Government Agencies, Individuals, Religious groups etc.


The cost of this course is 250,000NGN TOTAL PACKAGE (includes school polo shirt, textbook, handouts, practicum/field work experience and job placement assistance).

A payment plan is available for those who need it:

Registration Fee – 10,000NGN

1st Installment – 150,000NGN

2nd Installment – 100,000NGN

Award Criteria:

Upon completion of the course requirements, successful students will be awarded the Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Should the criteria not be met, one or more of the following options may be instituted:
• A Certificate of Attendance may be awarded
• The student may be required to re-write the final exam or an essay or essays (up to a maximum of two re-writes).


31st January 2023


Lecture will take place at our training center in Buena Vista Estate, Lekki on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm.

Lectures are provided by highly skilled and experienced clinical psychologists, therapist, Doctors (psychiatrists), Physiologist and Psychotherapist.

Class attendance is mandatory for all students, lectures are interactive as well as practical.