How to Become a Psychotherapist

Course Overview 

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Training with BeeLeaf to become a QUALIFIED PSYCHOTHERAPIST usually takes 2 - 3 years part-time and will require you to successfully complete individual modules of training for award of our BeeLeaf Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy.  For many people the first module will be the Certificate in Skills & Principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy.  As you progress on your professional path with BeeLeaf you will be required to complete further modules of training towards the Diploma, work with clients in supervised clinical practice and engage in personal therapy. 

Training with BeeLeaf to become UKCP REGISTERED & ACCREDITED PSYCHOTHERAPIST usually takes a FURTHER 1 - 2 years part-time and will require you to achieve our Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy.

SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW Frequently Asked Questions. You can also download a diagram from this page showing a typical pathway to qualification and UKCP Registration HOWEVER some modules may be undertaken in a different order from that shown and at different stages. This will be dependent on the existing qualifications and experience of each individual applicant. Email for further details.


If you have no existing psychotherapy or counselling related qualifications the first module of training you will need to complete towards the Diploma is the Certificate in Skills & Principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

If you have already undertaken some appropriate training we may be able to offer you a different starting point on our Diploma depending on your qualifications and experience. Email to find out more. You can also download our APL document from this page.

Throughout your time with BeeLeaf you will be supported by the BeeLeaf Team and be a Member of the BeeLeaf Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy; our Register and network group for our trainees and graduates.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to become a Psychotherapist?

It takes a minimum of 2  years (part-time) to achieve our Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy and qualify as a Psychotherapist.

Following this you may continue your training with BeeLeaf for another year or more for award of our Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy which is required to become a UKCP Registered & Accredited Psychotherapist.

How much does it cost to become a Psychotherapist?

The fees are between approximately *£9000 - £14000 depending on (1) your starting point on the training path and if you we can award you any APL (accredited prior learning) for courses completed elsewhere that we recognise (2) If you choose the discount options available (3) Fees separate and independent of training such as personal therapy, clinical supervision, insurance, organisational membership fees.

*approximate and subject to change. See latest course details for current fees.

What qualifications do I need to become a Psychotherapist?

We are UKCP Accredited so our training is set at Masters degree equivalent. Therefore you need have a first degree OR other demonstration of post-graduate ability. We operate an active Diversity 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.

Where does the training take place?

Most of our training happens face-to-face in Mile End London E3 and is very well served by public transport. There is free parking and pay & display. Because there is such a huge range of accommodation available in London we cannot list them all here! Instead we are happy to offer suggestions according to individual preferences at the time of enrolment. For some of the shorter more theoretical modules there are also webinars that can watch at your own pace and online forums for discussion and learning.

How will my psychotherapy qualifications be recognised?

BeeLeaf is a Member of the Register of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which is a Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

The scheme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public.  Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service.


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 £30 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 £30 application fee.

3. During the interview we will establish the appropriate point of entry onto our training pathway to become a Psychotherapist. Your point of entry will depend on your previous qualifications and relevant experince.

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

5. If your interview is not successful we will let you know and provide feedback.

Contact Us 

If you would like to arrange to talk informally with one of our team on the telephone give us a call on 020 8983 9699.

You can also send your questions by email to

We look forward to hearing from you!