At Heartwood we believe strongly in offering courses which are in line with the latest professional requirements. This is why our courses are accredited by one of the UK's leading governing bodies (The National Counselling Society).

Our Level 4 Diploma course is in line with BACP recommendations so students can apply for BACP student membership during training, and full BACP membership upon qualifying.

Students on our Level 4 training are able to apply for NUS membership, which gives a wide range of discounts and offers.


Heartwood is an established centre for the training of counsellors.  Heartwood has been training people to become counsellors since 2004.  The tutors have a wealth of experience behind them, and know what is required to make the course enjoyable, accessible and supportive.  Many of our Level 4 graduates have gone on to establish successful careers in counselling working for a wide variety of organisations, including the NHS, Young Devon, HM Prisons, Police, Occupational Health, private practice, Counselling 4 Carers, local schools and more.  Many of our graduates tell us that our Level 2, 3 and 4 courses have been life changing for them!

Why Choose Heartwood?

Personal Touch

There are many colleges offering counselling training and a wide range of courses on offer.  It can be daunting to choose which would be the best place to study.  At Heartwood, we believe that what makes us stand out from the rest, is the support we offer to our students.  At Heartwood we take the time to help each student with their specific learning requirements.  We offer as much help as possible to ensure everyone reaches their goal of gaining great counselling skills and to go on to fulfil their potential to be the best counsellor they can be.  

Highest Standards

We believe that the training we offer is of the very highest standard.  Our courses are externally verified and our reports are always full of praise for the delivery of our courses.   Our Level 4 trainees can apply to become student members of the BACP, and can apply to join the register of counsellors with the BACP and the NCS (National Counselling Society).

We continue to receive excellent verification reports and maintain well above average targets for student achievement; 

All of our training is:

  • Professional
  • Creative
  • Enjoyable
  • Uniquely Designed
  • Offers Personal and Professional Development
  • Accredited
  • Meets current legislation and requirements
  • In line with BACP requirements for membership