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Aug 2015 by PCI College

Cast Off This Autumn For A New Future

A niggling idea or a long held dream? If you have considered a career in counselling, make this the year you follow the path and see where it takes you.

At a recent mental health lecture, a woman mentioned that she had been thinking about doing a counselling course for some time “It’s always been there” she said, “this sense that I could help people by listening, encouraging them to share their troubles.  Friends have said over the years ‘you’d be a great therapist’ and I’ve half-laughed, half-nodded and not done anything about it. The thing is though, it hasn’t gone away, I’m drawn to the idea that maybe it’s my true purpose.  Now I’ve finally decided to do something about it!”.

You might be surprised at how many of our new students say the very same thing.
For some, counselling is a career they have always dreamed of, a niggling idea that pops its head up every now and again. For others, it is a recent idea, blossoming out of feedback from friends, or learned resilience from a trauma or mental health issue.  In either case, there is the underlying sense that helping others may be their true path to job satisfaction and a fulfilling future.

The commitment required often holds people back; training as a counsellor is demanding on many levels. It means giving up time to attend classes over four to five years; it means juggling family, work and other personal obligations to focus on study, assignments and client work. It means a significant financial investment, travel to class, new people and unfamiliar subjects. It also means significant personal examination and discovery, exploring your own growth and development and understanding yourself, before you begin to counsel others.

One thing is certain however, almost without exception, each person who has taken the steps from contemplation to counsellor has been rewarded with a personal awakening and a bright future.  Graduates talk of “life-changing experience”, “space for self-development”, feeling “energised about life” “confidence and self-acceptance”. The Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy is the first step.  This course for some, is a destination in itself. It opens up an avenue for personal development, examining how we came to be the person we are and exploring our thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions.  If you choose to leave the path at this point, you will have gained much, like Laura Farrell who said “It opened up a new vision for me and allowed me to focus on who I want to be and what I want to believe”.

For those who continue on the road to qualification with the BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, they receive an accredited diploma and an internationally recognised degree validated by Middlesex University. In addition, the personal growth deepens and they gain the skills and knowledge to help others face and overcome their challenges.  This ambition, at the heart of what attracts many people to counselling, is the greatest reward for many counsellors. In the words of Anna de Siún, recent Diploma graduate “Working with clients I am constantly amazed at how much more there is to learn; about myself, the people I meet, and the art of counselling. It is this constant process of learning and evolving that draws me so strongly to this area, and makes me grateful to have had the opportunity to study it.”

This autumn, why not follow that niggling thought in your heart about counselling?  Test the path with the Certificate and if you feel stronger and surer about your destination after that, keep going along the road with the Degree; you never know where the journey will take you!

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did…so throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain


(August 2015)

What our Students Say

“....Very practical.....The course is extremely helpful, I am looking forward to doing more days so that I can really process what I have learned!”
Barbara Reid - Professional Certificate in CBT

What our Students Say

"I found this module extremely informative. I feel that I have gained a huge wealth of insight into childhood / adolescent developmental stages. I feel ready to take on this demanding work".
2012-2013 Student - Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy
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