Level 3 Foundation in Counselling 

It's not too late to take your first step in your counselling journey.  Our Level 3 courses are open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about this fascinating and rewarding career.  This course will prepare you for the professionally accredited Level 4 Advanced Diploma that starts in September 2020.

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Next Level 3 : 

 9th September 2019, on Mondays, 12 week course

Level 3 Foundation in Counselling Starting  9th September 2019!
Thinking about joining the counselling profession?   This 12-week Level 3 course is a very practical and experiential training.  No prior training or experience is required. You will come away with plenty of counselling skills, as well as personal insight and discovery.  You will learn about what it means to be an effective counsellor and be ready to join the professional Level 4 diploma starting in September!

Weekend Level 3 also available starting 15th/16th Feb 2020

Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Skills

Curious, and just want to dip your toe in the water? This 6 week course could be for you.  With a strong focus on personal development, you will learn basic counselling skills and find out what counselling is all about!

Weekday option on Mondays -

June 24th 2019

One of our diploma students enjoying our creative, experiential training.

Check out our
 courses for qualified counsellors!

Are you already qualified as a counsellor and looking for your next step?   Would you like to diversify and take on new client groups?  We have the ideal courses here for you!

Advanced Specialist Diploma in Relationship Counselling

Advanced Specialist Diploma in Counselling Young People

Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy

Advanced Specialist Diploma in Counselling Supervision

Our graduate levels of training are awarded 'Advanced Specialist' status with the National Counselling Society.

Click on the links above for more information!

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Welcome to Heartwood

One of the South West's leading providers in accredited training courses in counselling.  We offer courses that are professionally recognised.  Whether you are wondering what being a counsellor is all about, or if you are already a qualified counselling practitioner, we have a training course to help you to the next stage of your journey to becoming a counsellor or developing your counselling practice.
We are proud of the training we provide. Please take some time to explore our website to see what we offer.  You can register an interest in training with our online form.   Our staff are also happy to meet with you to discuss your next step and show you around our beautiful centre.

Our group room... come and join us!

Heartwood rated as: 


in latest independent external examiners report.

   "high quality teaching and assessment"

"supportive and affirming teaching"

"committed to uphold and enhance the standards and quality of training"

"commended for its excellent standards and quality of teaching and assessment"

"this is an impressive training centre and worthy of its  academic recognition and status"

Dr. P. A. Rees. March 2018

(External Examiner)


Recent feedback from a Heartwood graduate:

...just so that you know, I have a few regular long term adult clients & I work 1 day a week in a school counselling kids with behavioural issues. In addition, I work supporting deaf young people in care, all of this I love & have more doors opening soon.  I could never have walked through these doors without my Heartwood training, I'm in lots of gratitude for that!  

J.F. March 2016

Looking for a great place to train as a counsellor?   

Then you have found it: Heartwood ticks all the boxes!

Our Level 4 Diploma:

  • meets the criteria for BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) student membership application
  • is accredited by the National Counselling Society
  • provides a pathway onto the accredited register of counsellors - with either the BACP or the NCS

We have a team of experienced and highly qualified staff who offer a safe and supportive learning environment.  All of our staff are Registered Members of the BACP.  We have been training counsellors for over a decade and thousands of students have studied with us!

We believe in offering our students the highest quality of teaching with constant support and guidance to support you on each step of the journey.

You are in good hands!


Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling

Fully Accredited

Starting in Sept 2019, fortnightly on either Wednesdays,Thursdays or Fridays.

Next weekend course starting in February 2020- first weekend of each month!

Call us to arrange an interview
(Level 3 or equivalent qualification or experience is required)

Ready to become fully qualified? 

Our Accredited Level 4 Diploma in  Counselling is the course for you!

Beautiful Dartington in Spring....

Ready to become fully qualified? 

Our Accredited Level 4 Diploma in  Counselling is the course for you!

New to counselling training?

Enrol on our Introductory courses...  click here for more information

Already a practicing therapist?  

We have an exciting range of advanced specialist training to help you expand your skills and knowledge

Office Hours:

Please feel free to call us on 01803 865464

Office hours* 9am - 4pm  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

*Out of term time, hours vary, but leave a message and we will return your call!