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Man on laptopOnline Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Online Introduction course is an ideal place to begin for those who want to explore personal development, counselling and psychotherapy theory and basic counselling skills for the first time. 

Courses start in Spring, Summer and Autumn terms. 

Course Details

Key features:

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of counselling. This course will appeal to those who are looking to discover the main theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy used in the UK, to explore their own personal development and to develop basic counselling skills.
  • Ideal for people who cannot commit to a classroom setting or who would like the flexibility of online study.
  • Course material is delivered online, through the Iron Mill College Student Portal. Students are fully supported by the Course Tutor, with introductory videos, written course notes and contact through email and phone.
  • An interactive course, with materials delivered through a combination of PowerPoint presentations, video demonstrations, course material, exercises and a recommended reading list. You will also have access to a comprehensive online library for further reading.


No prior knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy is required for this course.

Applicants should, however, feel that they possess a maturity to reflect on their own development as a person, and should have an interest in and desire to learn about counselling and psychotherapy.

How to apply:

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • A completed Entry Level Courses application form (available to download from 'Download' section of this web page).
  • You will also need to pay the relevant course fees in order to reserve a place on this course (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).

Application documents can be submitted by email to admissions@ironmill.co.uk,, or by post to Iron Mill College, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course once all of the above application documents have been received and the relevant course fees have been paid.

There are three intakes per year; Spring, Summer and Autumn. Students will be able to start the course at the beginning of the next intake. 

System requirements:

To undertake the Online Introduction, students will need access to a computer with internet access, meeting the specifications below.

Operating System:

  • Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later.


  • 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set.
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64- bit) recommended for graphics features Minimum of 3 gigabytes (GB) disk space.


  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 or later.
  • Mozilla Firefox 10 or later.
  • Apple Safari 5 or later.
  • Google Chrome 17 or later.
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Online Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy - £525.00


What our Students Say

"I am glad that I haven't let the opportunity of studying on the Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents pass me by. I am learning so much and thoroughly enjoying the experience. I now feel entitled to call myself a Children's Therapist.”
Cheryl Powell - PQ Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents Student

What our Students Say

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Our tutor was such a delight....and I hope she continues teaching in her wonderfully human, but knowledgeable way."
A. Davey - Diploma in Supervision Graduate
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