The Awareness Centre (TAC) Diploma in Integrative Counselling

The Diploma in Integrative Counselling is open to students who have completed The Awareness Centre (TAC) Foundation Certificate in Counselling, or who have satisfactorily completed a Certificate in Counselling with another training organisation.

Being accepted onto the TAC Diploma in Integrative Counselling means you will automatically be offered a clinical placement within the TAC low-cost counselling service in Clapham or Tooting (open-ended therapy) or within the TAC NHS services in Lambeth, Wandsworth or Sutton (6-12 sessions, short-term counselling). Supervision is provided in house for this clinical work.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We will re-open our Training Centre at Clapham in January 2021 and will deliver our courses face-to-face. We will continue to follow guidance from the UK Government, Public Health England the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


The Diploma in Integrative Counselling is a two-year training is based on an integrative, relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy. The methodology combines approaches from the humanistic and psychodynamic models of counselling and psychotherapy, attachment and loss, and working short-term with clients using a solution focused model.

Students will learn how to develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship focusing on both conscious and unconscious motivators. Students will be taught how to develop this knowledge and understanding employing a variety of theories and practices, which will help them to make informed choices about appropriate interventions for the issues that clients present with.

Students will be expected to explore the theoretical assumptions underpinning each of the taught models, and to also identify and develop their own philosophy and approach to counselling which will include cultural, personal and theoretical reflection.

Students will also develop a critical understanding of research in counselling and psychotherapy and be able to incorporate this knowledge into clinical practice.


The content combines humanistic approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, principally the person-centred model, and Petrūska Clarkson’s relational model of psychotherapy contained in ‘The Therapeutic Relationship’, which explores five facets of relationship:

  • the working alliance
  • the transference/counter-transference relationship
  • the developmentally needed or reparative relationship
  • the person to person or real relationship
  • the transpersonal relationship.

The content also focuses on attachment theory, which is a concept in developmental psychology that concerns the importance of “attachment” with regards to personal and psychological development. Research in neuroscience and neurobiology have enormously influenced later contributors in the field of attachment theory – we will examine some of this work to further enhance students’ knowledge and understanding. We will also examine the theoretical understanding and practical application of attachment theory to clinical work around bereavement and loss.

Students will also learn about working with a range of different presenting issues, which will include working with addiction, anxiety and depression, co-dependence, eating disorders and managing risk.

The overall aim is to develop students’ abilities to become skilled practitioners in using the therapeutic relationship, core theory and applied skills to promote change.


The curriculum is taught via theory lectures and seminars. This is supported by therapeutic skills workshops and personal development work. Therapeutic skills are developed in practice groups during the training. Much of the learning will be assimilated via a process of reflection on academic study, the skills practised and personal development activities to help improve self-awareness.

Clinical Practice and Supervision

As part of the course, we provide clinical practice via an ‘in-house’ placement in our NHS and/or low-cost counselling service. This practice is underpinned by clinical supervision, which is again provided ‘in-house’ and is included in the fee for the course. Students are expected to complete a minimum 100 hours of clinical practice as part of the course. The client hours undertaken during your placement with TAC accumulate towards the current minimum 450 hours required to become an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


At the end of the training, students will be equipped with range a skills and knowledge to help them work with a diverse range of clients, presenting with a range of issues. Students may then wish to further develop their training, work within a therapeutic counselling service or progress to independent private practice.

Next Intakes

  • April 2021 to March 2023 – Tuesday and Thursday evenings at TAC Tooting
  • September 2021 to July 2023 – Monday and Wednesday evenings at TAC Tooting

Intake Dates

April 2021 to March 2023. Application deadline 15th January 2021.

September 2021 to July 2023. Application deadline 8th July 2021.


Applicants should have previously completed a training at Certificate level in counselling. Applicants will be assessed on their ability to meet the demanding requirements of the course as well as their potential to carry out clinical work with counselling clients at TAC.

Personal Therapy

Students are expected to be in personal therapy for a minimum of 70 hours during the training.  This therapy should continue until the student has completed their training and their clinical placement with TAC.  Fees for personal therapy are not included in the course fee.

Course Fee

The fee for the Diploma in Integrative Counselling is £8,000, which includes an in-house clinical placement and in-house supervision. The fee can be paid as follows:

Selection Day: £75, a non-refundable fee.

Fee: £8,000.00
Non-refundable deposit: £500
Pay in monthly direct debits spread across the duration of your study, after paying the £500 deposit

If you wish to pay in full ‘up-front’, then a 10% discount of £800 is offered (total course fee £7,200).

For further information, please email our Training Administrator Dan Smith on or call 020 8673 4545.

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