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School of Health and Society

Counselling and Psychotherapy

If you have a desire to help people cope with challenging circumstances that affect their emotional and physical wellbeing, for example, anxiety, depression, self-harm, bereavement and a range of other issues; then one of our counselling and psychotherapy courses could be for you.

We offer opportunities to develop your personal and professional potential supported by a very experienced and friendly team of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists – all of whom are currently in contemporary practice and researching in real world settings.

As Counsellors and Psychotherapist we ‘walk the talk’ so you can expect to enter a friendly and supportive environment – working with professionals who will be genuine, and who will empathise with you and respect you.

You will benefit from our supervised clinical placement opportunities and utilise our state of the art Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre which will enable you to participate in real world research as well as giving you the experience of practising in a counselling clinic in addition to your external counselling placement.

If you are fascinated by people; how we think, how we communicate and interact with each other and how all of those aspects may change when we are part of a group, you may want to consider one of our undergraduate programmes. You will have the opportunity to study how we behave when we are at our best, and when we are at our most negatively challenged.

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We have a range of programmes at postgraduate level that allow those who already have a relevant qualification in counselling to develop their skills and knowledge in this area. You may want to become an advanced practitioner or have aspirations to influence policy-making, commissioning and service delivery and our programmes can help you reach your goals.

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies
For those who already hold a professional counselling qualification to gain advanced skills in critical evaluation for complex psychotherapeutic situations.

PgCert Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Aimed at a wide range of health care professionals including podiatrists, occupational therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychological therapists and other suitably qualified professionals who work therapeutically, to implement CBT into their practice at an introductory level.

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
A professionally qualifying programme for those who wish to qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

MSc/PgDip Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training)
A British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited course which qualifies students as counsellors and psychotherapists at post graduate level.

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If you are interested in PhD research within this subject area, please find out more here.

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Foundation degrees are a chance to sample a subject area at university level, with the flexibility of changing between related degree pathways at the end of the Foundation Year to suit your own interests

These are ideal if you're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction. These consist of intensive modules which provide the requisite background for specific honours courses for those without the necessary qualifications.

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As the world of work evolves rapidly, we have developed a suite of higher and degree-level apprenticeships, offering a viable alternative to traditional university study.

Our degree apprenticeship programmes open doors to rewarding and challenging careers across a wide range of and our portfolio of programmes is continually developing to meet the needs of today’s employers.  

You will benefit from the expertise of our academics who are leaders in their field as well as the opportunity to continually apply your knowledge in the workplace.

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Each member of the Counselling and Psychotherapy team are active Practitioners and researchers, some of which have international reputations as experts in their field. Our current research work includes: Compassion based therapy; Cognitive Behaviour therapy and trauma, the person centred relationships, emotional resilience of midwives, Mindfulness, expressive therapies, counselling and psychotherapy education, Transactional analysis, emotional resilience, domestic violence, embodiment and the use of language in therapy linked to reflection of practice.

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Counselling and Therapeutic Centre

We have recently developed a brand new special counselling suite which will be used for training students to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists.

The suite, featuring therapeutic areas where one-to-one, family and group interactions can occur, will also shortly be available for members of the local community and the University is hoping to work with local charities which will be able to use the facility.

Other facilities

We have a range of other facilities within the School including our B’Hive social space and Allerton learning space where you have access to a range of literature, computers and study spaces.

It’s always great to hear from our current students and alumni about their experience studying here. Take a look at what our students have to say below.  

“I chose to study at Salford University for my MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course because I had also completed my undergraduate BSc course at Salford and my experience at the university so far was very good. When looking towards the future and exploring what I would like to do next      upon completing my BSc, I came across the MSc CBP course and contacted the course leader to enquire more. Upon expressing my interest in the course I gained a great deal of support and all my queries and questions were answered. The support received from personal tutors      whilst completing the course or working towards a career path was fantastic.”       Ramsha Butt, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy student      

I have found strength I never knew I had and professionally the course has given me courage to pursue a career I could have only have dreamed about. The most beneficial aspect for me has been the support of the tutors on the programme. Without the passion and belief in me I don’t think I would    have been able to graduate.     Katie Greaves, student    

I graduated from the University of Salford with a first class honours degree in counselling and psychotherapy in July 2016. During my time at Salford, I not only grew professionally but also personally. I found the counselling tutors to be extremely supportive and approachable throughout all aspects    of my journey for which I am incredibly grateful for. I would recommend not only the course itself, but also the university to any prospective students – it’s an amazing institution to further your learning! Following my time at the University of Salford I am now Senior    Practitioner for Children and Young People’s Services at Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind.     Aimee Thomas, BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy graduate    

The degree challenges thinking and self-perception both academically and emotionally. Support is always available from experienced and knowledgeable lecturers. Each lecture and seminar allows for open debate and discussion to deepen understanding.         Berny Sansome, BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy        

This degree course is one of the most revolutionary experiences you could ever encounter and totally blows your mind on so many levels. You as a person get to grips with who you actually are. You are afforded an absolutely amazing learning environment, you have entered the most empathic, supportive    and    inspiring learning environment you could ever wish for. If you value quality, excellence and total wow-factor, Salford should be your first choice.         Jo Hose-Madsen, BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy

There are a wide range of societies to get involved with here at the university both linked to your programme of study as well as over 50 different societies covering all aspects of student life, from political to performance, and international to faith. The likelihood is if you have an interest, we'll have a society! Find out more

We also have a range of events taking place throughout the year within the School. Take a look at our events page to find out more.