Applications now open for September 2020 NOW FULL

Application deadline 26th August 2020 subject to availability of places

This unit runs every other year. The next course is due to begin September 2022.

This 22-day course (one weekend per month) is a unit 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.

Helpful Summaries

Contemporary Psychotherapy in Practice Course Guide 2020 (includes details of pathway to UKCP Accreditation)

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

What is Contemporary Psychotherapy?

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

If you would like any assistance get in touch using our Contact Form.


Application deadline 26th August 2020 subject to availability of places

Scroll down and click the ‘apply’ button and you will be guided through a secure online application form. Once completed you will be asked to pay the £50 application fee. You do not have to pay this if you have previously enrolled on our Skills & Principles Unit.

If your written application is successful you may be invited to attend an interview with 2 senior members of our team. This is a supportive process during which we establish if this is the right course for you and where appropriate how we may be able to count some of your existing qualifications towards our final qualification.

We will then contact you with the outcome of the interview. Any offer of a place is also subject to provision of satisfactory references.  In the event of your application not being successful your £50 application fee is refunded in full.

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.


22-days starting Saturday 26th September 2020
26/27 Sept, 24/25 Oct, 21/22 Nov, 19/20 Dec, 16/17 Jan 2021, 13/14 Feb, 20/21 March, 17/18 April, 15/16 May, 12/13 June, 10/11 July

This unit runs every other year.

Application deadline 26th August 2020 subject to availability of places

Each day begins with tea/coffee available from 9:30am and training starts at 10am. There are 2 short breaks and one hour lunch break. Each day ends at 5:30pm

How Much?

Application & Interview Fee £50 payable prior to your application being processed (fee not payable if you have previously paid this for another course with us). This will be returned if your application is not successful.

Standard Fee £3,600. Pay deposit of £360 then balance of £3,240 by 10 monthly instalments of £324

Discounted Fee £3,300 when you pay in full before course start date.

What’s Included 

  • 22 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.
  • Membership of Closed Facebook Group

Payment Methods

We accept payment by Paypal, MasterCard, Visa (debit and credit cards).

If paying the normal fee following a payment of £360 deposit, monthly instalments must be made by 10 monthly Standing Order payments.

Payment Terms & Conditions

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Teaching & Learning

Syllabus (to be updated for September 2020)

  • 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.

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, Diversity & Inclusion 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.

Teaching & Learning

  • 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, live practical demonstrations & theoretical input.
  • Group size is limited to ensure maximum support for Trainees.
  • Information rich colourful training materials published by BeeLeaf and additional digital resources are included in the course fee.


Pamela Gawler-Wright, Julie Sale, Mike Shallcross


The assessment for the Certificate in Contemporary Psychotherapy in Practice 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 20 of the 22 days and attendance of the first and 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.

Entry Requirements

BeeLeaf Certificate in Skills & Principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy OR we may accept an alternative training in Psychotherapy, Counselling or Coaching in a compatible modality at an appropriate level that includes a minimum of 120 hours of classroom based training. Contact us to find out more.

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.

Apply for this course

Application Form and Application Fee Payment

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