Applications now open for September 2020

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.

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


Summary of Requirements

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


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

Enrolment Policy


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?

    Central London E3

    Venue surrounded by coffee shops, supermarkets, restaurants, canalside walks and parkland. Several public transport options and well priced accommodation available.

    5 minutes walk from Mile End Tube and free parking on many surrounding streets available on weekends.

    Full details will be issued when you enrol.


    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

    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

    See Here

  • 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, 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.

    Teaching & Learning

    • Tutors:  Mike Shallcross, Olivier Cormier-Otaño, Pamela Gawler-Wright
    • 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.


    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.

  • 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

Apply (£50.00) Application and Interview Fee £50

More questions?

Call 020 8983 9699 or email