Counselling Training

GCS supports you every step of the way in choosing the right training for you – whether that is here with us or elsewhere with another provider. This typically starts with an initial conversation about which course or career pathway is most appropriate for you. It may be an interest in counselling that has attracted you or you could have a listening role in your working life.

Our Introduction to Counselling & Listening Skills course offers a window into the world of counselling and a chance to explore your own personal development. For many this forms the start of their journey to becoming a trained counsellor. Formal professional counselling training continues with The Certificate in Counselling Skills, progressing onto the accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. Unlike many other training providers, our Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling course provides you with a comprehensive training package; we assign you with a clinical placement, as well as providing regular supervision and pastoral care. For those with busy lives, this extra level of support has proved to be highly valued.

People who train with GCS very often decide to continue studying with us, developing further specialisms and taking advantage of our highly acclaimed CPD programme. Some trainees go onto work with us. For those interested in joining our counselling service team, we offer an Associate Counsellor Programme.

The GCS Open Day February 1st 2020: A FREE Event

Who is this event for?

This event is for you if you are interested in:

  • Training to be a counsellor
  • The GCS-Tavistock & Portman Child & Family training courses
  • Joining the Associate Programme or becoming a GCS Counsellor
  • Our Listening Skills Courses or CPD Training Events

Where & when will it be?

Come from 10 am – 1 pm on February 1st to The Old Town Hall, The Shambles, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

What to expect

The GCS Open Day is a FREE EVENT for anyone interested in finding out how GCS can help you develop personally and professionally.  Come along for an informal, lively event where you can meet tutors and current trainees, ask questions and get a feel of how special it is to train with GCS.

On offer are free:

  • Training & Counselling Careers Sessions
  • Talks & Tours of the GCS Training Rooms
  • Refreshments


Although the event is free we are asking people to book. Reserve Your Place: [email protected] or call: 01453 766310

Contact Us

Contact us now via email or telephone ([email protected] Tel: 01453 766 310) if you want to find out more or to make an appointment to talk to someone about your training options. The route to becoming a counsellor can present a great many options and choices, some of which you may not be aware of at the outset. We offer all our trainees a free consultation to openly discuss their hopes, concerns and questions in a fully confidential environment.

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Frankie Campion

Case Study. Frankie Campion (pictured) went from CCS through to Diploma and beyond to Associate Counsellor Training at GCS going on to become a staff counsellor. Read about her experience of studying, and working with GCS: Frankie’s Case Study