University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Based on the principle that mental illness is to some extent the result of repressed negative experience, psychodynamic counselling aims to expose the contents of a client's unconscious to make him or her aware of any underlying psychological conflicts. It places great emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and draws from the work of psychoanalysts such as Freud, Klein, Winnicott and Bion, as well as more contemporary thinkers such as Lacan, Bowlby, Kohut, Mitchell and Benjamin. The PgDip teaches models of both long-and short-term counselling, the 2nd of which is particularly relevant to NHS work and employee counselling schemes. It stresses the importance of developing counselling awareness through practice in workshops and other experiential learning situations, and provides a sound theoretical foundation to the psychodynamic approach. The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore recognised as preparing students for work as a professional counsellor. The university itself is an organisational member of the BACP as well as the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UCPA).

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent (e.g. professional qualification). Applications from non-graduates will be considered but they will be required to produce evidence of being able to study at Master's level. Applicants (normally 25 years old) must successfully complete recognised counselling skills training as a pre-requisite for the PgDip in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling. This needs to be a minimum of 30 hours (normally at level 2), but candidates who can demonstrate an appropriate level of personal and professional experience will be considered. If your counselling skills training was more than 6 years ago then you will need to undertake another course. The course must be face to face (not distance learning) and include theory and practice. For non-native speakers of English:IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Course modules

Introduction to psychodynamic counselling theory: human growth and development; themes in professional practice; psychodynamic counselling workshops; psychodynamic counselling practice 1; psychodynamic counselling practice 2; critical perspectives in psychodynamic counselling; research methods for counselling and psychotherapy.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Falmer Campus Brighton BN1 9PH South East

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