Clarity Thinking Psychotherapy

Counselling, Therapy and Training

Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Northamptonshire

t: 07790 827259


CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

This is a 90-hour course that involves live teaching sessions. You will learn the basic skills and knowledge of counselling. After completing this course, you can apply for a Level 3 counselling course if you are interested in furthering your studies.


This course aims to equip learners with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to apply counselling skills in a range of contexts and roles. Counselling skills are useful for enhancing communication, building relationships, supporting others, and promoting well-being.

The course covers the ethical and safe use of counselling skills, the theoretical foundations of counselling, the stages and processes of counselling, and the development of self-awareness and reflective practice. By the end of the course, learners will be able to demonstrate effective counselling skills in various settings and situations and reflect on their own learning and development.

How to apply

To complete an application form, please follow these steps:

  • Download the form from our website or request a copy by email.
  • Fill in your personal details, educational background, and work experience.
  • Indicate on your form which course you are interested in.
  • Complete a written exercise on a topic related to the course and attach it to your application form
  • Wait for the confirmation of your eligibility based on your application and exercise
  • If you are eligible, you will receive an invitation for a 30–45-minute online interview
  • If you pass the interview, you will be offered a place on the course

DOWNLOAD OUR APPLICATION FORM (word document, opens in new window)


£900 course fee plus £179 CPCAB registration fee

An installment / payment plan can be arranged with the Centre.

Core Text

Ballantine Dykes, Fiona, Kopp, Barry and Postings, Traci. 2017 Counselling Skills and Studies. 2nd ed. London: Sage

Further Suggested Reading

Sutton, J. 2008 Learning to Counsel: Develop the Skills, Insight and Knowledge to Counsel Others, 4th ed. Oxford: Spring Hill House.



This course provides an introduction to the subject matter and some basic skills for working with clients. However, it does not qualify participants to practice as counsellors or to claim any specialisation in this area. To do so, they would need further training and accreditation from a recognised body. This course is meant to be a starting point for personal and professional development, not an end in itself.