The Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy is our highest level of qualification and is required for UKCP Accreditation with BeeLeaf

The Advanced Diploma is made up of components of training as detailed below. This will enable Psychotherapists who hold the BeeLeaf Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy  to achieve an advanced accredited qualification and apply for UKCP Accreditation upon completing the Registration process and evidencing:

  • A total of 450 hours of Supervised Clinical Practice. You are required to have one hour of Clinical Supervision with a Clinical Supervisor for every 6 hours of Clinical Practice with clients. (Clinical Supervisor fee not included in course fee).
  • 100 hours of mental health familiarisation, either within clinical practice or other mental health role.
  • Personal Therapy. You are required to have 48 hours of one-to-one personal therapy with a Psychotherapist or Counsellor who is UKCP Registered (or equivalent) over the 4 year training period, plus 40 hours of one-to-one or group therapy. This is not included in the course fee.
  • Full details for joining the UKCP as a Full Clinical Member can be found on their UKCP website here.

Training for Advanced Diploma

BeeLeaf Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy






* For people enrolling on their first unit of the BeeLeaf Diploma after 1st November 2019

Helpful Summaries

Pathway for people enrolling on their first unit of the BeeLeaf Diploma after 1st November 2019:

Becoming a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist – Summary of Pathway (Updated October 2020)

Diagram-Summary of Pathway

NOTE some units of training can be completed at  different stages over the 4 years to that shown in the diagram. 

What is Contemporary Psychotherapy?

COURSE FEES 2022-2023

Application & Enrolment Policy

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

Pathway to becoming a Psychotherapist for trainees enrolled on any unit of the BeeLeaf Diploma prior to 1st November 2019:
Summary of Requirements

Where, when, how much?


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, some of our training takes place at a spacious venue close to BeeLeaf House London E3 5AX. Nearest tube Mile End. Free parking at weekends. Some training takes place online using Zoom.


Refer to individual training units.

Summer School Units

Working Creatively with Trauma 5 full days in-person 6th – 10th June 2022

Working Effectively with Anxiety & Depression 5 full days in-person 11th – 15th July 2022

Working Successfully with Addiction & Recovery 5 full days in-person 1st – 5th August 2022

* Applied Clinical Hypnosis in Contemporary Psychotherapy 10 days over 5 weekends starts Autumn 2021


Research Methods & Case Study Dissertation Next Course starts January 2022.

How Much?

COURSE FEES 2022-2023


Teaching & Learning

For award of the Advanced Diploma you must successfully complete the following BeeLeaf units in addition to meeting the entry requirements. Please refer to individual units for the syllabus and assessment information.

For UKCP Registration you need to achieve the BeeLeaf Advanced Diploma and meet these UKCP requirements.


Entry Requirements

  • Degree OR equivalent formal or life learning to benefit from BeeLeaf’s policy of 
  • BeeLeaf Diploma OR another Diploma Accredited by UKCP, BACP or equivalent. We will be able to let you know which parts of your qualification fulfill this entry requirement and what BeeLeaf units may need to be completed to fill any gaps for entry onto our Advanced Diploma programme.
  • Successful completion of application form and 

Application & Enrolment Policy

Apply using the online application on this page (including details for payment of £50 application fee).

Personal Qualities

Being a psychotherapist is not just about academic or analytic achievement. In your application process we are also keen to assess the personal qualities that are needed to be a safe, effective and sufficiently robust professional. Those qualities include:

A lively and enquiring mind

An ability to experiment and value learning from mistakes as much as successes

Enjoyment of others’ process and uniqueness

Curiosity in situations of “not-knowing”

Desire to develop compassion for yourself and others

Training to be a psychotherapist, and practicing as one, are emotionally and psychologically demanding because the skills and qualities needed to form and maintain therapeutic relationships require a good relationship with our own feelings, thoughts and vulnerabilities. When we engage in experiential learning we need to be able to reflect on our experiences and be open to feedback from our own emotions and from peers and tutors.

The ability to safely hold clients who may at times be distressed, confused and processing uncomfortable feelings, depends on us reaching our own capacity for owning, reflecting and processing our own inevitable emotional challenges. This is part of what makes psychotherapy such a rewarding profession, as long as we continually develop our psychological robustness and awareness.

It is not unusual for people to have come to the profession of psychotherapy through having benefitted from it themselves in managing life’s difficulties and sometimes from having received a mental health diagnosis. This is not in itself a barrier to training, it can enhance your learning and practice, however during your application process we need to consider together whether training could exacerbate existing mental health issues and how this is best managed. If we feel that it is not the right time in an applicant’s recovery to be able to benefit from the investment of time and money in training, we reserve the right to not admit that applicant to training.

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Application Form and Application Fee Payment

Apply (£50.00) Application and Interview Fee £50

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