Certificate in Contemporary Psychotherapy in Practice - Year 2 of Diploma

Course Overview 



This 20-day course (one weekend per month) is the second year of our Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy. It will give you the opportunity to compliment your current professional qualifications and skills as a Psychotherapist, Counsellor or Coach and work towards UKCP Accreditation.

The course is part of our  Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy that will enable you to practice as a Psychotherapist. This course is also one of the requirements for those working towards UKCP Accreditation through BeeLeaf.


23/24 September, 21/22 October, 25/26 November, 16/17 December, 27/28 January 2018, 24/25 February, 24/25 March, 21/22 April, 19/20 May, 23/24 June.


Course Aims 

  • Recognise and utilise the distinct cognitive and emotional processes that make up the structure of both your Client's problems and their problem solving abilities.

  • Work with your Client to develop their relationship to their past, to transform pain and harvest wisdom.

  • Engage your Client in learning the specific life-skills that empower them to strategically address the current issues they face, whether these come from within or from environmental influences.

  • Embrace the human self-balancing system of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forces that combine towards recovery as a natural process. Facilitate organically - by responding to your Client's beliefs, values, resources and experiences that make their recovery path unique to them.

  • Master dynamic linguistic skills that help to unlock the matrices of a problem and create new possibilities for change.

  • Acknowledge and enhance the multi-level communication that occurs ‘consciously' and ‘unconsciously', within an individual and within all relationships, including the sensitive rapport that is the therapeutic alliance.

  • Enable your Client to make use of their natural and cyclical states of changing awareness that supports different kinds of thinking, understanding and healing.

  • Apply these processes to your own life and development, in a warm, active and creative environment, supporting the unique facilitator and human being that you are.


Course Content 

Understanding Contemporary paradigms which integrate the main psychotherapy models, including:


            Person Centered Core Conditions

            Cognitive Somatic Psychotherapies

            Family Systems Therapies

            Gestalt and Experiential Practice

            Ericksonian Psychotherapy, Self Relations and Mindfulness Practice


Engaging the common effective attributes of the different models and their unique strengths is core to an effective practice that is flexible to different client needs and practice settings. This pluralistic ethos is becoming the favoured, evidence based approach of psychotherapy provision.


Applications of these refreshed models, including:

            Case Formulation, monitoring and closure

            Client as Expert

            Relationship as Site of Therapy

            Phenomenological Review of “Transference”

            Rebuilding the Cognitive-Somatic Alignment

            Opening to Emotional Resilience and Acceptance

            Values-Driven Outcome as a guide to Deep Healing

            Repairing the Past-Present-Future Continuum

            Deep modeling of client’s subjective world and mentalization

            Engaging the Client’s Wider System in their change process

            Activating Creative Thinking and Courageous Growth

Preparation towards Clinical Practice

            Utilising Client Process

            Gaining meaningful rapport

            Developing a healing alliance

            Use and awareness of self

            Accessing and Building Client’s Use of Inner Resources

            Holding “stuckness” and “not knowing” as learning stages

            Assessing the structure of a client’s distress and problematic patterns

            Adapting intervention to the client’s unique journey

            Monitoring Change and Feedback towards Client’s Meaningful Outcomes

Personal and Professional Growth

            Individual and Group processes that prepare for professional collaboration

            Focus on personal challenges and release from obstacles to achievement

            Engagement in co-sponsorship of self and colleagues

            The role of the professional therapist

            Your authentic self in the therapy room

            Making therapeutic relationships safe and full of possibility

            Recognising possible areas for specialism

Please note that completion of this Training does not mean automatic acceptance onto our Clinical Practice unit of training as candidates may have logistic or developmental tasks to complete first.

Candidates wishing to progress to Clinical Practice are also recommended to complete “Clinical Essentials” either before during or after attendance of the Intermediate Training. This prepares in practice specifics in Ethics, Human Development and Sexuality and Psychopathology.

Please note that there may be slight adjustments to the syllabus to accommodate changes in Accreditation requirements, Contemporary contexts for the practices of mental health and for specific Trainee needs

Learning & assessment 

This is a classroom based training set at high challenge level within a friendly, safe and supportive environment. The training involves exercises in pairs & small groups, practical demonstrations & theoretical input.Group size is limited to around 8 - 12 participants to ensure maximum support for Trainees. Information rich colourful training manuals published by BeeLeaf are included in the course fee. The assessment procedures are designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills, recognise areas of strength and achievement and receive feedback in areas where you can achieve improvement.

The assessment for the Intermediate Certificate includes:

  • Presentation of a Personal Development Quest Project
  • Ongoing practical assessment
  • Submission of one 3000 word assignment

Your Trainers may also suggest helpful tasks for you individually, to support you in fully capitalising on your talents and goals.

To be eligible for Assessment and Certification attendance is essential for a minimum of 18 of the 20 days and attendance of the final weekend is compulsory. If you miss more than 2 days due to ill health or unforeseen circumstances arrangements can be made for you to attend the following year.





Mike Shallcross
Mike Shallcross

M.A, MATS, MTh, FCMC, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Mike is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Trainer. Mike has been a Trainer with the BeeLeaf Institute for several years and is renowned for his dynamic training style that is fun, safe and participative. Read more

Olivier Cormier-Otaño
Olivier Cormier-Otaño

OLIVIER CORMIER- OTAÑO is a BACP accredited integrative and relational counsellor, a psychosexual therapist  and a qualified supervisor. He is a clinical associate with Pink Therapy and a teaches on various of their training programmes including their Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy. He also teaches on the Diploma in Psychosexual therapy run by the Centre for Psychosexual Health and for various organisations in UK and France. Read more


Pamela Gawler-Wright
Pamela Gawler-Wright

MSc B.A. Hons., Dip. EHP, Adv. Dip. THP,  UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, Master and Certified Trainer in NLP, Clinical Supervisor. Trainer Member of ANLP, MNCP (Snr Accrd.)
Director of BeeLeaf

Pamela Gawler-Wright is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and has since 1994 been a trainer on many UKCP Accredited trainings across several modalities of training. As Director of Training for BeeLeaf, Pam created the Contemporary Psychotherapy qualifying training as a much needed professional path for today’s psychotherapist. Read more

Entry Requirements 

Psychotherapy, Counselling, Coaching or NLP qualification in a compatible modality at an appropriate level that includes a minimum of 120 hours of classroom based training.

First degree OR other demonstration of post- graduate ability. We operate a very active Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice Policy, so if you do not have a first degree, contact us to find out how you may be able to demonstrate eligibility through work experience and applied skills.

We also have many participants on this training module who have trained to Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer level with other organizations and are converting to a Psychotherapy dedicated training track with UKCP Registration in mind.



Application Fee: £50 payable prior to interview.

Normal Course Fee: £2,950 Deposit of £600 then 10 MONTHLY INSTALMENTS OF £235. 

Discounted Course Fee: £2,700 SAVE £250. Pay in full upon enrolment.

The course beginning September 2018 will be subject to a price increase of £250.

What's included 

  • 20 days experiential face-to-face training
  • Award of Certificate in Contemporary Psychotherapy in Practice upon successful completion of training.
  • Fully comprehensive colour manuals published by BeeLeaf plus extra online resources.
  • Regular feedback.
  • Ongoing assessment & final assessments and certification.
  • Light Refreshments (lunch not included)
  • Student Membership of Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
  • Members only area of Website.

How to Pay 

Standard Course Fee £2,950

Deposit of £600 payable upon enrolment by MasterCard, Visa or bank transfer, followed by 10 MONTHLY standing order payments of £235.

Discounted Course Fee £2,700

Full amount of £2,700 payable upon enrolment MasterCard, Visa or bank transfer.

Payment Terms and Conditions 

Cancellation by you before course start date: Cancellations must be received in writing. If, after confirming your place on the training, you withdraw before the course start date BeeLeaf will retain your £600 deposit. No further fees will be due.

Cancellation by you after course start date: You become liable for all outstanding fees should you decide to withdraw mid-course. Arrangements may be made for you to return the following year at the discretion of the Trainers and BeeLeaf Training Ltd.

Cancellation by BeeLeaf: In the unlikely event of BeeLeaf Training Ltd having to cancel we will offer an alternative date and venue or you may choose to receive a full refund and BeeLeaf would accept no liability for any consequential or indirect loss.

Full terms and conditions are published in the Intermediate Trainee Handbook.



Mile End, London E3 close to public transport.


Detailed instructions will be sent with booking confirmation.

Nearest stations on the London Underground are Mile End on Hammersmith and City, District   and Central lines; and Stepney Green on the Hammersmith and City and District lines.

Transport for London publish interactive maps showing Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and bus information.


Application Text 

1. Complete and submit your Application Form online. After clicking submit you will be asked to pay the £30 application Fee online.  If you prefer you can download and post your application and £50 fee.

2. If your written application is successful you will be invited for an interview (this is a friendly and supportive process). If your written application is not successful you will be refunded the £50 application fee.

3. If your interview is successful you will be offered a place on the course subject to satisfactory references.

Contact Us 

  •     If you would like to discuss any aspect of training with BeeLeaf call us on 020 8983 9699.
  •     Send us an email and we aim to reply within 2 working days.
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