Meet Will, a student on Introduction to counselling and psychotherapy (BD12)

Will_irvine"I decided to study at the Tavistock and Portman as I had been considering retraining as a therapist for some time. I had looked at different routes over the years, such as a psychology conversion course or general counselling introduction, but had never been sure which was best for me. 

After reading the outline of the Introduction to counselling and psychotherapy (BD12) course, I found that all of the concepts covered in the weekly readings were areas I was interested in being introduced to or discovering more about. The balance between the theory half of the course and the work observation part also appealed to me: there would be opportunities to relate the concepts to real experience.

The most enjoyable part of the course is sharing insights, confusions, frustrations and revelations with the other members of the class. The subject matter often intersects with each person’s life in very different ways and exchanging these helps flesh out the various possible implications.

I have found the theories we’re exploring have made me look at many of the emotional exchanges of everyday life, whether that is at home or at work, in a different way. It genuinely changes your perspective on others and yourself and has provided useful tools to better understand the service users I work with. It has also been an important stage on the road for me to change careers to working full time in mental health. 

An unexpected thing about studying here is the onus on students to lead their own learning, to sit with the discomfort of not knowing and to figure things out. This has been surprising and, at times, challenging. It has also proven to be one of the most fruitful and empowering parts of the learning process. 

I know it can be daunting choosing an introductory course from the breadth of options that are out there. The Tavistock and Portman definitely has a unique approach and it’s good to get as much of a sense of that as you can.

My advice to someone considering applying would be to attend an open day, even if it’s virtual!  I found this really gave me a feel of the kind of conversation I was joining at the Tavistock.  Even if you’re uncertain, don’t be discouraged – this course gives you every opportunity to figure out what your approach is and you’ll definitely know yourself better by the end of it."

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Introduction to counselling and psychotherapy (BD12 Blended)

This popular course provides an introduction to a psychoanalytic understanding of the human mind and to specific principles of psychodynamic...

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