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Training to become a counsellor or psychotherapist


The emphasis of the Homa Counselling and Psychotherapy Training is on the practical application of theoretical knowledge and skills

The Homa Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy is rooted in humanistic theory while integrating other approaches including PTMF (Power Threat Meaning Framework), embodied movement, art therapy and eco-therapy. Homa blends academic teaching, experiential and skills-based learning and personal awareness. You will develop yourself and your skills through group work, individual coaching, reflexive course work and a supervised voluntary placement. In all experiential work, you will be invited to bring your personal material, which supports you to engage and remain focussed on your own development. Your course assignments draw on the use of written, audio, visual and other creative media. The Homa training is rigorous, comprising 744 in person taught hours over four years.

You will learn through being in relationship...

...with yourself, with your mind, your emotions and your body, with your fellow trainees, the group and the leaders, with the natural world and with the wider community. The Homa Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy curriculum is delivered through the experience of engaging in these relationships with curiosity, openness and honesty. You will develop the ability and skills to create meaningful and transformative relationships, which you will take into your work with clients.

Qualification and Community

On successful completion of the four year Homa training course you will be awarded the Homa Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  As a Homa trained psychotherapist you will also be part of a dynamic, ongoing professional community for life long learning and connection. Homa is an organisational member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)




The Foundation Year (228 taught hours) is an introduction to humanistic psychotherapy theory and practice and an intensive year exploring, enquiring and learning about all that it means to be you. At the end of the Foundation Year, you will be awarded the Homa Foundation Year
Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy 


Studying the humanistic and existential psychotherapy theories of Gestalt, Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Formative Psychology through the works of Perls, Rogers, Berne, Keleman, Satir, Karpman. These theories are also reviewed in the light of lessons derived from feminist, queer and intercultural critiques.

Professional Skills

Confidentiality, contract setting, working with diversity, holding boundaries, respect, holding an adult form. Relationship skills, conflict and negotiation, listening skills, problem solving. Group work and pairs work.

Personal Development

Understanding how we have been formed by experiences in our lives. Integrity, authenticity, awareness, sharing, developing strong relationships. Developing a deep and responsible understanding of who we are as individuals, how we are affected by and affect others in a wide variety of interpersonal contexts. Addressing and challenging prejudice and unconscious bias in ourselves, others and systems. Handling conflict, dealing with honest and revealing feedback in a group context. Setting, holding and respecting boundaries. Deepening the capacity for compassionate acceptance of ourselves and others. 

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