Study Counselling and Psychotherapy at Salford

Counselling and Psychotherapy facilities

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 at both undergraduate and postgraduate level 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.

Why should you study Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Salford?


You will have the opportunity to graduate as a fully trained professional counsellor


You'll learn and practice in a recently opened specialist Counselling Centre with the opportunity to work with members of the public


You will be guided and supported by a very experienced and friendly team

Our Facilities

We have recently opened a specialist Counselling Centre which is used to help train students to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists.

The suite, featuring therapeutic areas where one-to-one, family and group interactions can occur, is open to members of the local community. The University is working closely with local organisations to make best use of the facility, and the Centre provides placement opportunities for our students.

Student stories

Life as a Counselling & Psychotherapy Student


What can I expect my timetable to look like?

In the first semester students will complete the following modules:

  1. Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approaches
  2. Introduction to Counselling Philosophy and Research
  3. Counselling and Communication Skills

The times and days of these sessions will vary across the programme but will consist of a mixture of lectures and group sessions. Class contact for the full time option is around three half days per week for three modules per semester.

Do we need to provide our own DBS check?

DBS checks are completed at the University during the registration period. Information about DBS checks will be sent to you at this time.

Are there any books you recommend that would help me prepare?

Here is some of the recommended reading from the Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approaches module:

  1. Kahn, M. (2003). Basic Freud: psychoanalytic thought for the twenty first century. New York: Basic Books.
  2. Mearns, D. & Thorne, B. (2007). Person-centred counselling in action. (3rd edn). London: SAGE.
  3. Sanders, P. (2011). First Steps in Counselling: students’ companion for introductory courses. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS.

What are the group sizes like on the course?

This depends on the module, but lectures are bigger groups of students, for example the lectures for Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approaches will have over 100 students but the skills groups that focus on the learnings from these lectures will be smaller with around 20 students. For skills practice later in the course, you will be working in smaller groups of around 10-15.

Where will I complete the professional practice aspect of the course?

There are a number of different placement opportunities available. A large percentage of our students work in schools with children via Place2Be, and other work within the NHS. We have a Placement Co-ordinator who posts information about the various placement opportunities available and you will have a choice with which client groups you work.


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Next steps

If you have any further questions, our friendly team will be happy to answer them for you. You can contact us through email or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.