Do you want to qualify as a Psychotherapist?

Our qualifying Diploma is made up of several units of training and clinical practice requirements as listed below. Upon successful completion you may use the title Psychotherapist.  It usually takes 2 – 3 years to achieve the Diploma.

Most people who complete our Diploma then choose to continue for a further 1 – 2 years with their training and clinical practice to achieve our Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy and meet further requirements to become UKCP Accredited.

Helpful Summaries

Becoming a Psychotherapist – Diagram

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?


Accredited Prior Learning Policy (APL)

Diploma Units of Training

* Indicates that APL (Accredited Prior Learning) may be awarded for ONE of these training units and therefore do not have to be undertaken with BeeLeaf.  ** Indicates that APL (Accredited Prior Learning) may be awarded for this unit.

*Certificate in Skills & Principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy Starts April 2020

*Certificate in Contemporary Psychotherapy in Practice Starts September 2020

Ethical Practice Starts May 2020 (Required for enrolment on Clinical Practice & Comparative Psychotherapy Unit)

Diversity & Inclusion Starts 27th June 2020

**Psychopathology Starts November 2020

Clinical Practice and Comparative Psychotherapy  (rolling start) including a minimum of 100 hours of Supervised Clinical Practice (Clinical Supervisor fee not included in course fee. You are required to have one hour of Clinical Supervision with a Clinical Supervisor for every six hours of Clinical Practice with clients).

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.

The Clinical Practice and Comparative Psychotherapy unit of training is distance learning and clinical practice.


Each unit of the Diploma starts at a different time of year – refer to individual units (see above) for dates.

How Much?

The total training fees for the units of the Diploma can be downloaded using the above links and will vary for each individual depending on (a) if you choose to pay the discounted upfront fees available and (b) if there are some units you do not have to do because we have told you your existing qualification in that subject can be counted towards our Diploma instead (APL). These are marked with an * in the above list and on the summary that can be downloaded using the above links.

All Diploma training fees PLUS fees such as personal therapy, supervision, and professional liability insurance can be viewed and downloaded here.


Teaching & Learning

  • At BeeLeaf, we believe that to work flexibly and ecologically, it is not enough to merely digest the content knowledge of the various techniques and procedures that make up a practitioner’s  toolbox.
  • We believe in a process oriented learning environment that supports the development of your communicational and reflexive skills as a practitioner. By the time you have completed a BeeLeaf course you will have developed practical skills that can be practiced within a whole variety of contexts.
  • The variety of teaching methods used on our psychotherapy courses serve to support as many different learning styles as possible.​
  • Whilst time is given to inspirational and clarifying ‘chalk and talk’,  you can be sure that live demonstrations and practical exercises are the core of the experience and contribute to making this a warm, fun and friendly environment in which to acquire your new skills.
  • A combination of deductive and inductive learning assures that learning is an “inside-out-outside-in” process that combines absorption with discovery and exploration.
  • Colourful training manuals published by BeeLeaf serve to enhance and enrich the learning experience that is unique to BeeLeaf.
  • Some of the teaching happens online as part of our blended approach


Certificate in Skills & Principles of Contemporary Psychotherapy

  • 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.Assessment is ongoing and includes:
    • Presentation of a Personal Learning Portfolio
    • Practical assessment within a group
    • Written home study assignments. We recommend you allow about 3-6  hours per week.

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

Certificate in Contemporary Psychotherapy in Practice

  • 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.

CLINICAL ESSENTIALS: Ethical Practice, Human Development & Sexuality, Psychopathology

There is no formal assessment for each of these units however participants will be expected to watch a series of recorded webinars and video clips and engage in short self-guided activities. 90% attendence of the course is required for a certificate of attendance.

Clinical Practice and Comparative Psychotherapy

  • Attendance and participation in Skype Group Tutorials, therefore you will need access to the internet.
  • Successful completion of 4 written assignments, each of 3000 words plus 3 case studies.
  • Successful completion of a minimum 100 hours of Supervised Clinical Practice in accordance with processes and guidance provided in the manual for this unit.
  • Attendance of Clinical Supervision at a rate of 1 hour of Supervision to 6 hours of Clinical Practice.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of application form and interview PLUS 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 your work experience and applied skills.

See our Application & Enrolment Policy HERE

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

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