Counselling Psychology - DPsych

The DPsych programme aims to develop highly-skilled, well-rounded, self-aware psychological practitioners and researchers who will make a valuable contribution to the profession, both inside and outside the consulting room.

A successful graduate of the DPsych meets the standards and competencies set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is eligible for registration and chartership with those bodies.

The DPsych programme is committed to producing practitioner psychologists who are well prepared to meet the needs of each client and to utilise individualised formulation and intervention, while never losing sight of the relationship at the core of the endeavour.

To support this, the DPsych gives training in three approaches to therapy: existential-phenomenological, cognitive-behavioural, and psychodynamic. The principal model of the programme is existential-phenomenological psychotherapy, one of the foundational influences in the profession of counselling psychology. Existential-phenomenological approaches and counselling psychology emphasise subjective, lived experience; recognise the importance of dialogue; and take a holistic, relational view of human nature and of psychological difficulties. Irrespective of the modality employed, we encourage and develop a “pervasive existential sensibility” in our trainees’ therapeutic work.

This programme is validated by the Open University, UK. More information about the Open University validation. In January 2016, a redesigned DPsych was validated by the OU and accredited by the BPS for a five-year period.


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Why should I choose this programme?

Counselling psychology trainees at Regent’s have the opportunity to work towards a professional qualification with a highly experienced programme team who are collegial, passionate about the profession, and who treat trainees as prospective professionals.

Trainees benefit from individual mentorship and support with a dedicated personal tutor; from the chance to undertake teaching and leadership in the third year; from strong research support from both supervisors and the curriculum; and from a newly enhanced course structure that affords more time in the second and third years for research and placement activities. Special attention is given to specialisation and employability, and the training aims to prepare its graduates to work anywhere, from private practice to the NHS to specialised settings. Finally, the training takes place on one of the most beautiful university campuses in London, in the heart of Regent’s Park.

At the January 2016 accreditation visit, the British Psychological Society awarded the programme four commendations and no conditions, a rare circumstance and testament to the strength of the DPsych programme. The BPS panel commended the programme for epitomising the profession by putting the trainee and collaboration and its heart. The programme additionally received commendations for the creative and effective teaching and learning methods employed by the team; the diverse and well-thought-through ways in which competencies are assessed; and the support the programme enjoys from the University’s senior management team.

Key skills, aims and objectives

This programme will enable you to:

  • Develop as a competent, reflective, ethically sound, resourceful and informed practitioner, able to work in therapeutic and non-therapeutic contexts
  • Value the imaginative, interpretative, personal and intimate aspects of the practice of counselling psychology
  • Commit to ongoing personal and professional development and enquiry
  • Understand, develop and apply models of psychological inquiry for the creation of new knowledge which is appropriate to the multi-dimensional nature of relationships between people
  • Appreciate the significance of the wider social, cultural and political domains within which counselling psychology operates
  • Adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory which constitutes counselling psychology

Completion of this course will enable you to apply for Chartered Membership of the BPS (CPsychol) and full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP). Completion of this programme will enable you to apply to register with the HCPC as a Counselling Psychologist.


This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society for five years, to 2021, and is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  Completion of the course will therefore enable you to apply to be chartered with the BPS and registered with the HCPC. 




The DPsych training takes place over three years of full-time study. Each training year consists of three trimesters of 10 weeks per term (including one reading week), with optional 'week 11' workshops focusing on research and other special topics.

For more details contact the Head of Programmes for Counselling Psychology, Elaine Kasket, on or the Course Leader, Anna Butcher, on or attend an open evening.



Additional information

Clinical Placement

Throughout your training you will be undertaking clinical placements for a minimum of one day per week, where you will practise as a trainee counselling psychologist and be clinically supervised. In addition, some trainees undertake additional clinical supervision to support their practice, and Regent’s provides clinical seminars throughout the training where client material may also be discussed. Throughout your training, you will keep a detailed detailed placement records that will be reviewed and discussed with your personal tutor at Regent’s; your clinical supervisors will also prepare evaluations of your professional and personal competencies.

Our trainees work in a variety of settings: NHS psychological services, to include primary and secondary care settings and community mental health teams; drug and alcohol contexts; clinics for eating disoders, autistic spectrum disorders, and other specialist settings; student counselling services; and other charitable and organisational settings.

Doctoral Portfolio

Your doctoral training culminates in the submission of a three-part doctoral portfolio, which is examined by viva voce.  This doctoral portfolio consists of an introduction; a combined clinical case study/process report/reflection from your third-year coursework; and a research thesis of no more than 40,000 words.



Year 1

  • Counselling Psychology Theory & Practice
  • Counselling Psychology Research I 
  • Ethical & Professional Issues 
  • Tutorials: Preparation for Professional Practice
  • Existential Approaches in Counselling Psychology 
  • Counselling Psychology Research II 
  • Counselling Psychology Settings & Contexts 
  • Professional Practice I 
  • Critical Psychopathology 
  • Working with Difference & Discrimination 
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches in Counselling Psychology 
  • Professional Practice II 

Year 2

  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches 2: Third Wave 
  • Professional Practice III 
  • Psychodynamic Approaches in Counselling Psychology 
  • Professional Practice IV 
  • Philosophical & Psychological Perspectives on Human Issues 
  • Professional Practice V 

Year 3

  • Advanced Counselling Psychology Workshops I: Influencing and Leading
  • Doctoral Research Clinic 
  • Professional Practice VI 
  • Advanced Counselling Psychology Workshops II: Measurement & Evaluation 
  • Clinical Seminar: Pluralistic & Integrative Working 
  • Professional Practice VII 
  • Advanced Counselling Psychology Workshops III: Specialisation & Employability 
  • Viva Preparation & Independent Study 
  • Professional Practice VIII 

 View module descriptions and assessment information

Future start dates

25 September 2017

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Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. 


Fees September 2017

Annual tuition fee: £11,100
Thesis submission fee £2,600


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Academic requirements

In accordance with BPS and HCPC admissions criteria, we require:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 bachelor’s degree in psychology*
  • Previous experience with face-to-face counselling work or other formal helping roles
  • Successful completion of a certificate/foundation course in counselling or other substantive training in counselling skills**.
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.***
  • Capacity to undertake doctorate level research
  • High level of interpersonal skills and self-reflective capacities

Please note: applicants will be expected to attend an interview day in person before an unconditional offer can be made (interviews cannot take place over the phone or online).

Next Interview Date: Wednesday 29th March

*In exceptional circumstances, such as for individuals who hold a master’s or PhD degree, we will consider a 2:2 award.
** It is desirable to have completed the Regent's University London Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling.
*** GBC was previously referred to as GBR (Graduate Basis for Registration). Both will be accepted as proof of appropriate prior training. Alternatively, confirmation that you have completed the MSc Psychology programme validated by Regent's University London will also be accepted.

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information:

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

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If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English proficiency. We accept qualifications such as IELTS with an overall score of 7.0

For more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Please check their website for current information:

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us:

How to apply

For advice and guidance on study-related visas and immigration, please view our visas and immigration page

Applying to study at Regent's is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • A supporting statement of 500 words. Please give further information in support of your application and use the following points as guidance for its content: your interest in counselling psychology training, the reasons for your choice of this particular programme, your interest and knowledge of the existential/phenomenological philosophy and its application to therapeutic practice, what you feel you can contribute to this training, and your research interests.
  • Sample of academic work
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership Confirmation from BPS
  • One letter of academic reference and one reference detailing professional/clinical experience
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at:
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency
  • CV/Résumé

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer.* If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

* Please note: all applicants will be expected to attend an interview day before an offer can be made.

Next Interview Date: Wednesday 29th March

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)

Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

Once we receive your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation, and (where needed) the relevant visa support documentation.

To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

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Study methods

The DPsych at Regent’s has been commended by the British Psychological Society for its collaborative approach to learning and for its creative, innovative teaching methods.  Descriptions of each module and its assessments are shown below.  

The ultimate assessment occurs in the form of a viva voce on your doctoral portfolio, which consists of an introduction; client study, process report, and reflection from Clinical Seminar in year 3; and a doctoral research thesis (maximum 40,000 words).  

View module descriptions and assessment information


Programme Team

The DPsych programme has a team of experienced lecturers, all of whom are also involved in clinical practice and in research and/or scholarship.  

Dr. Elaine Kasket is the current Head of Programmes for Counselling Psychology; Dr Anna Butcher is Course Leader (Academics); Dr. Russel Ayling is the Course Leader (Research); Dr. Simon Whalley is Placements Coordinator; Professor Martin Milton is Professor of Counselling Psychology; and Dr. Rosemary Lodge is Senior Lecturer.  

We also have a number of important contributing Visiting Lecturers to the programme who are variously involved in research supervision, doctoral thesis examination, and/or lecturing.   

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Students with disabilities

Some classes are delivered in teaching rooms accessed by stairs. If you have a condition that affects your mobility and you require ground floor rooms, or rooms with lift access, please notify Student Registry as soon as possible. You are also advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Last updated: 16 February 2017


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Key information

Counselling Psychology
Study mode
Full time
3 years
Tuition fees
£11,100 *
No *
Next start date
25 September 2017
Future start date
Study abroad
This degree is validated by the Open University, UK

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees and scholarships

Student spotlight



The most interesting aspect has been learning about different theories and how to critique them. I feel that this has developed my ability to think in general, as well as helping me learn about the various methodologies and approaches. I also feel that my clinical skills are being enhanced by the training.
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Bps Hcpc

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and approved by the Health & Care Professions Council.