Counselling and mental health

What and where you can learn, how much the courses cost and how you can book them.

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What can I learn?

Develop your own counselling skills to help others. We deliver a range of counselling, mindfulness and confidence building courses including some courses that lead to a qualification. Courses run at different times throughout the year and some of the courses that are on offer are listed below. 

To find out what's on offer right now please search for courses local to you on our course finder or contact your local centre.


Introduction to counselling

Do you need counselling training or need to use counselling skills in your current job? This introduction to counselling course provides basic information in counselling skills and the opportunity to find out about the role of a counsellor. You will receive training in counselling skills for use in a variety of work and personal situations. You can progress to our level 2 and level 3 counselling courses.

Counselling skills level 2 award

This course is for those who would like to develop the knowledge and skills needed to use counselling skills in either a work or a personal capacity. It will be particularly useful if you are interested in furthering your study, widening your work role or wanting to complement other areas of study (e.g. health and social care, children’s care, learning and development, voluntary and community work). This qualification does not qualify learners to practice as a counsellor and you should have a level 1 counselling qualification before embarking on this course.

Counselling skills level 3 diploma

This qualification aims to provide you with a more in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work. You will develop your counselling skills and your understanding of the different approaches involved; helping you to appreciate the importance of self-development. This qualification does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor but, if you are thinking of a career change, it will give you the opportunity to learn more about the theory and ethics and help you to make choices about further employment and training options. Learners must hold a counselling skills level 2 certificate and attend an interview prior to enrolment.


Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the environment in the here and now. On this course, you will learn more about the practice of mindfulness and how it can help you to cope better with stress and anxiety in everyday life.

Mindfulness and meditation

This course will focus more on the meditation side of mindfulness and you will take part in some practical mindfulness exercises and meditations.

Self esteem and confidence building

Getting started with self esteem and confidence building

Is low confidence or self-esteem affecting your day to day life? If so, this course will teach you the importance of positive thinking, self worth and self esteem. The aim of the course is to equip you with the skills and techniques to have a more positive and confident outlook, allowing you to take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way.

Developing self esteem and confidence building skills

On this course you will start to explore barriers to personal growth and development. You will identify and practise a range of strategies known to be effective in overcoming barriers and promoting self confidence and self esteem. You’ll be supported to identify personal goals, to recognise and value your own progress and be your own best friend.

Moving on with self esteem and confidence building

This course focuses on specific techniques to help you to overcome nervousness in situations such as interviews and public speaking. With your tutor and fellow learners you will start to examine how acting assertively can improve relationships with people in work and personal situations.

Take a look at all counselling courses currently on offer

Where can I learn?

There are four main adult learning centres around the East Riding and many of our courses are taught in these centres. For more information on the venues, please see the where to find us page

How much do courses cost?

Course costs vary, depending on the duration and type of course, and your personal circumstances (for example, if you’re on certain benefits or you’re taking a particular qualification).  For more information on course types, concessions and paying by installments, please see our financial help and additional support page.

How do I find and book on a course?

You can use our course finder to search for courses by title, subject or location.  

You can also contact your nearest adult learning centre where our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about courses that interest you.

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