We have many testimonials to share with you from Counselling Training Liverpool, here are just a snapshot.
"This course was well structured and varied in order to maximise learning in the use of counselling skills and the understanding of counselling theory. Although the main focus was on the person-centred approach, there was also opportunity to learn from other counselling models. The course made use of different approaches to learning including large and small group sessions, skills practice, workshops and a residential weekend, all of which helped students to learn in a variety of ways.
The requirements of written assignments were made clear by the tutors and support and feedback was provided whenever it was needed. The tutors were always willing to offer individual help and guidance when asked.
The personal development of students was a vital part of the course and this was fully supported by the tutors, who helped to provide a safe and encouraging environment for this growth to take place. There was an atmosphere of acceptance and openness in the sessions which was facilitated well by the tutors.
Overall I found this course to be both challenging and rewarding and know that I have grown personally through it as well as achieving the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills!"
Honor Allen (Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2013 – 2014)
The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills Course I attended last year exceeded my expectations.
When I applied for the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills Course, I did not know what to expect other than that I wanted to study counselling and become a qualified counselor. Once on the course I was very pleasantly surprised and delighted. It exceeded my expectations!
I experienced the tutors are knowledgeable, approachable, warm and open. The Course was delivered in a safe, non-judgmental environment, which is vital with regards to the personal development aspect of the course.
The information I received before I attended the course proved more than sufficient once on the course and the tutor provided warm and very efficient support as and when needed throughout the course. In fact my tutor was one of the main factors why I chose to continue studying Counselling.
The course taught me a lot about myself and others, and how we all interact. The Skills I have learnt during my first year have proven to be invaluable to me, and how I now approach everything that I do.
I would recommend this Course to anyone!
Katie Weatherall (Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2013 - 2014)
I believed, when I started my Level 3 Certificate in Counselling skills: I had an open-mind. By the end of the course, looking back reflectively at the person I was then, in contrast to the person I became: I can say, in relative terms, I did not. That is to say, I have gained a level of self-acceptance far greater than previously experienced and as a consequence I find myself somehow a more complete and content person. It is the realisation of this essential process of self-development, as a process within the process of learning, which sets CTL apart.
Every aspect is inspirationally considered to create the space for personal-development; yet the non-directive ethos is subtly woven into the fabric of the course. Indeed there is structure, clarity and professionalism which blossom from a core, consistent with the ethical principles of counselling.
Nevertheless, there is also a warm over-arching human aspect, which I will always treasure fondly.
Support is an ever-present quality, both from the tutors and the growth in shared-experience of the group. It is an empowering support, which encourages ownership of feelings, self-awareness and taking responsibility for oneself.
I found the change in me, naturally reflected in my life and my relationships. The opportunity to work as an emotional support worker presented itself. For the first time in my life I found myself in that dreaded artificial environment: THE INTERVIEW and yet I was able to be truly me and express myself; my beliefs, genuinely. I walked out of there hardly able to recall the content I had spontaneously expressed – within hours I received the news – the job was mine! Moreover, I find the more I incorporate the skills and ethos I internalised, during the course, into my work - the more positive the outcomes for my clients.
If you are committed to achieving genuine movement in your self-discovery and helping relationships then I would recommend this course, wholeheartedly. It will require courage and commitment; yet the onus of responsibility will always rest firmly on your shoulders to work at your pace, in order to realise your potential. After all, isn’t that what we all strive for, in our own way?"
Michael Rimmer (Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills, 2013 - 2014)
"I started counselling training by doing the 10 week Basic course.
I had been thinking of re-training as a professional counsellor for a few years but life had got in the way of me making a start. The Basic course gave me that ‘taster’ of person-centred counselling (which I had always been drawn to), and helped me make up my mind that this was something I really wanted to pursue.
I started the Level 3 in Counselling Skills and perceived the tutors, as professional and experienced. The course was demanding, but the environment was nurturing. The organisation of sessions, workshops and the residential was excellent.
The tutors gave me structure but allowed for flexibility as I progressed. I got guidance and help around assignments with thorough and constructive feedback. There was lots of scope for personal development. The more I put into the course, the more I got out of it.
I felt the tutors were always there if I needed support.
Outside of the weekly sessions tutorials were provided and tutors were available on email, with questions and concerns answered in a timely way. It cemented my ambition to take my training further and become a professional counsellor.
I am now enrolled on the two year Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which will take me to the point where I can be a practicing counsellor. I’m really looking forward to this although I know there’s a lot of hard work between now and then and beyond!"
Bridget Jones (Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills, 2013 – 2014)
"Deciding to sign up to the course was the easy part. It was nothing like I had expected, and more than I could have hoped for.
For one evening a week I met with 11 other students and 2 tutors and quickly realised that I was going to have to have an open mind, a brave foot forward, and an honest heart.
The semi-structured weekly agenda gave us a springboard but we never really knew what the evening would bring. Our learning was mostly based around group discussions, suggested reading and our personal journals. The tutors gave us suggested topics for the reading groups, that we naturally fell into, but it often felt that we were learning more than was suggested.
The tutors facilitated the group in a way I had never experienced. There were very few ‘death by power point’ moments and our learning was very much in our own hands. As adult learners we learnt as much as we allowed ourselves to.
The course is divided into three areas: - Personal Development, Counselling Theory, and Counselling Skills, each equally as vital as the other. They intertwined like a tapestry but one that doesn’t have an end product because everything is about growth, learning, awareness and continuous development, and we learnt that this should never end.
We had specific workshops during the course on other areas of counselling and various life events such as bereavement and Alcohol/substance abuse. We also had a residential weekend. These all managed to be filed with laughs and tears, but again we got out of them what we put in.
When I started the course I didn’t know if I wanted to be a fully trained counsellor but now I know I do. I started the course as me, I am still me, but I have spent the past year tweaking the person I want to be. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities I was given to do this."
Jeneen Schofield (Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills, 2013 – 2014)