DPsych Counselling Psychology
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.
£13,000 (fee for one academic year. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase)
£2,700 dissertation fee
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
English Language Requirements
IELTS: Overall score of 7.0 with 7.0 or above in all 4 components, or equivalent
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
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.
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
Advanced Existential Approaches to Human Development and Practice
Cognitive Behavioural Approaches 2: Third Wave
Psychodynamic Approaches in Counselling Psychology
Year 2 Professional Practice
Advanced Counselling Psychology Practice, Research and Employability
Clinical Seminar: Pluralistic and Integrative Working
Doctoral Research Clinic
Year 3 Professional Practice
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