DPsych Counselling Psychology

Start Date:
September 2020
3 years, full time

This practical degree, validated by The Open University, will prepare you for a career as a qualified counselling psychologist.

Regent’s DPsych degree promotes a relational and pluralistic stance to therapeutic work, which encourages you to embrace the differences between people and anti-discriminatory practice.

The structure consists of taught academic modules, practitioner training and a doctoral research degree.

You will explore different theoretical models including existentialism, phenomenology, cognitive behavioural therapies, psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy, together with fields such as art and literature, postmodernism, and philosophy.

As part of your training, you will participate in personal therapy once a week. You will also undertake practice placements for a minimum of one day per week. This can be in a variety of settings such as NHS care services, acute mental health services, student counselling services, drug and alcohol services and third sector settings.

Your doctoral training culminates in the submission of a doctoral portfolio, which brings together theory, practice, research and professional development.

The DPsych meets the standards set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Upon successful completion, you’ll be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership of the BPS (CPsychol) and for registration with the HCPC.

You must be registered with both bodies in order to work under the legally protected title of Registered Counselling Psychologist.

Tuition Fees

£13,000 (fee for one academic year. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase)

£2,700 dissertation fee

Entry Requirements 
  • Undergraduate psychology degree with a minimum 2:1 classification or postgraduate conversion programme, or international equivalent Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with BPS Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling (desirable) Substantive experience with face-to-face counselling work or other formal helping roles 

  • One academic reference 

  • One professional reference 

  • Interview

English Language Requirements 

IELTS: Overall score of 7.0 with 7.0 or above in all 4 components, or equivalent

Course Features 
  • Practice placements for a minimum of one day per week

  • Personal therapy once a week

  • Eligible to apply for chartered membership of the BPS (CPsychol) upon successful completion

  • Eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC upon successful completion

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The DPsych is taught over three terms per year. During Year 1, direct taught components run over two days a week. In Years 2 and 3, when placement activities increase and doctoral research begins, teaching occurs on one day per week. There is no teaching in the summer term of Year 3.

Year 1

  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in Counselling Psychology

  • Counselling Psychology Theory and Practice

  • Ethics, Settings and Professional Issues

  • Existential Phenomenological Approaches in Counselling Psychology

  • Working with Distress, Difference and Discrimination

  • Year 1 Counselling Psychology Research

  • Year 1 Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Advanced Existential Approaches to Human Development and Practice

  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches 2: Third Wave

  • Psychodynamic Approaches in Counselling Psychology

  • Year 2 Professional Practice

Year 3

  • Advanced Counselling Psychology Practice, Research and Employability

  • Clinical Seminar: Pluralistic and Integrative Working

  • Doctoral Research Clinic

  • Year 3 Professional Practice

Course Leader 
Dr Isabel Henton


'The practical and professional aspects of the DPsych are incredible. It has taught me how to work reflectively, to sit with tension and vulnerability and to truly be with people.'

Keri Delport, South Africa

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