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Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
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M.A. in Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy
(Validated by The University of Northampton)

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Part 1 - Theory & Skills
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designSecond Year
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Part 2 – Practicum
Part 3 –
Part 4 –
Case Supervision
Part 5 –
Individual Psychotherapy
Part 6 –
Ongoing Assessment
Part 7 –
Criteria for Course Entry
designInterview Procedure
Part 8 – Requirements for Diploma
Part 9Entry Requirements for the M.A.
Part 10Requirements for the award of M.A.
Part 11M.A. in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy








the spiritual approach to counselling and psychotherapy

The word ‘human’ comes from the two sources, ‘hu’ meaning ‘divine’ and ‘mana’ meaning ‘mind’. From the psychological point of view, ‘hu’ relates to the character, or that unique blend of inner qualities that make us an individual. ‘Manas’ refers to the different temperaments or what we might call personality, which reflects our inner qualities.

In transpersonal psychotherapy personal breakdowns and crises are seen to have a useful purpose in that they act as a warning signal as well as indicating the way for us to change, grow and unfold.

Once the crisis is over and the mental condition is stabilised there is a chance to re-examine ourselves with a view to change, and then unfold, thus preventing a recurrence of the crisis. This involves reassessing our motivation, sense of purpose and meaning in life and our capabilities.

Much of the counselling and psychotherapeutic work done at the Centre is based on the fundamental principle of building and expanding on people's strengths or 'qualities'. Attention is also paid to balancing the person's energies and lifestyle, i.e. the balance between grounded and aspirational, between being expressive and receptive, and to helping the person find their natural rhythm in work, at home etc.

At this point the client is able to sense the right direction and to set goals that give him or her a sense of fulfillment and achievement in life.

diploma course description

The course is run by staff trained and qualified in counselling, psychotherapy and the spiritual disciplines. The emphasis on the Course is on developing a spiritual perspective on human interaction, on learning practical techniques to help people with psychological problems as well as those who are seeking to unfold their own potential.

The four-year part-time Diploma course involves 900 contact hours, including one six-day intensive, one residential weekend, 24 weekend seminars and 120 evening meetings spread over four years. The evening meetings include a period for lectures and group supervision. In addition, students undertake a minimum of 160 hours of individual therapy and at least 550 hours of supervised counselling/psychotherapy practice and 100 hours at an approved psychiatric observational placement.

Students will draw on their supervised counselling/psychotherapy practice hours to submit case histories for assessment. Finally, Diploma students are required to develop an individual counselling practical project, which reflects their beliefs, personality and therapeutic style of working.

the diploma programme

The Course philosophy does not adhere to any belief, dogma or religion and is open to all those sincerely interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy from a spiritual perspective.

Students who successfully complete the four-year training requirements will be awarded the CCPE Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

NOTE: This is a prerequisite to UKCP registration as a psychotherapist.
The Diploma course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). The CCPE is also a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The award of the Diploma does not automatically qualify you for UKCP registration.

basic diploma entry requirements

  • Some prior experience of individual counselling and psychotherapy is required.
  • Basic counselling skills training and knowledge of basic counselling theory.

Those candidates who do not meet the above requirements may be asked first to complete the Foundations of Counselling and Psychotherapy course.

The Diploma Course is set at a postgraduate level of academic competence, which will be assessed through written work, as outlined below. Students also need to show that they have sufficient emotional competence and maturity and the spiritual resources necessary to engage with the demands of the training and the work of psychotherapy. Qualities that we look for include: a lively and enquiring mind, an ability to listen and respond with compassion and respect, awareness of prejudice, the capacity for in-depth self-reflection, self-awareness and commitment to self-development.

A student handbook with detailed guidelines on meeting the course requirements is available at the beginning of the first term.

the research m.a. programme

Suitable Diploma course students may be able to transfer to the M.A. programme at the end of the third year of their training. Suitability is based on the standard of their essays, case presentation in supervision, therapeutic skills, personal maturity and attendance of the Diploma training. M.A. track students must submit two case histories in the fourth year of the Diploma and a 1100 word example of a Transpersonal intervention in therapy.In addition students must attend a module on research methodology in the fourth year of their training.

The M.A. research dissertation is then carried out in the fifth year, the date for completion of the written submission being in the autumn of the fifth year. Transfer students will also be awarded the Diploma on successful completion of the M.A. Please note that M.A. track students can only apply for UKCP registration after completion of the M.A.

elements of the course


A brief outline of each year follows:

Transpersonal and Psychodynamic Approaches

The first year is intended to train students in the fundamentals of psychotherapy/counselling theory and practice and is also used as an introduction to the spiritual dimensions of counselling and psychotherapy. Some analytical approaches are included. Students are also required to undertake peer counselling on a one hour per week basis as a means of practicing skills and having further peer support. The topics covered in each year are grouped into the following headings, but the order in which these will be taught will only be available on the student website once you join the course.

Term 1 -Topics
1. Spiritual model of human being and personality
2. Core theories of Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby (and early childhood issues), Freud (and psychoanalysis)
3. Personality theories

Term 2 - Topics
The therapeutic interview:
1. Verbal and non-verbal communication
2. Assessment of clients for counselling and psychotherapy
3. Creating a therapeutic alliance
4. Transference and counter-transference
5. Defence mechanisms
6. Interpretation, intervention and insight
7. Transformation strategies, working through
8. The concept of resistance
9. Acting out
10. Termination

Term 3 - Topics
1. Counselling with obsessive clients
2. Counselling with depressed clients
3. Counselling with personality-disordered clients
4. Counselling with disturbed clients
5. Thought processes, cognition, emotion and perception
6. Psychopathological syndromes

Weekend Seminars
1. Fundamental Skills
Two days of working under supervision with listening, empathy, clarifying, and reflection skills
2. Alchemy of Transformation
Understanding the stages of transformation
Problems encountered at each stage
How this relates to the counselling process and to life in general
3. Alchemy, Archetypes and Personal Unfoldment
Discovering the archetypes within, and their role in our development
Self image and archetypes
Sensing the qualities in a person
Expressive, receptive and balanced qualities
4. Creative Imagination in Therapy (Six Days)
Concentration practices and their use
Visualisation practices and their use
Using guided imagery in therapy
Working with dreams
Developing creativity
5. The Inner Child
Contacting the Inner Child as a means of working on early life issues and touching the inner core of our being.
6. Alchemy of Relationships
A course to explore the dynamics of interpersonal relationships as they go through different stages of transformation (and transform us).
Relationships as a path of growth and development.
Awakening the ability to open, communicate, be vulnerable, co-operate, share, be independent.
Purpose, meaning and faith in relationships.

Adolescence, Group, Self and Society

This focuses on early youth to adulthood, incorporating many of the humanistic approaches.

Terms 1, 2 and 3 - Topics
1. Violence and Anger
2. Dealing with angry clients in placements and private practice
3. Gestalt
4. Gestalt skills
5. Couples work
6. Co-dependency
7. Eating disorders
8. Death, Dying and Transformation
9. Touch in therapy
10. Working with the shadow
11. Envy, jealousy and greed
12. Transactional Analysis

Terms 1 and 2 - Group Work - 16 evenings
We focus on the use of group therapy starting with the relationship between each individual member and the group, as well as interpersonal relations and projections between group members.

Residential Weekend: A two day residential group weekend to complete the group work as one whole group.

Weekend Seminars
1. Intermediate skills
Two days of working with skills and receiving supervision.
Skills worked with are congruency, intervention, insight and interpretation.
Also, a review of visualisation skills and other skills learned in the first year.
2. Gestalt
An experiential weekend combined with Gestalt theory.
3. Bodywork
An experiential weekend working with body awareness.
4. Maleness, femaleness, sexuality
Exploring our personal and archetypal male and female images, and how they affect our relationship with the opposite sex.
5. Sexual Abuse
A weekend explaining and learning how to deal with the issues around sexual abuse.
6. Family Therapy
Basic theory of family therapy
Skills and working with families
Recreating our own families

Existential and Transpersonal Approaches

Existential and Transpersonal Approaches
The focus is on the transpersonal approaches to therapy. Here the spiritual dimension is fully considered.

Terms 1 and 2 - Topics
1. Psychopathology and the role of medication in psychotherapy.
2. Dealing with Personality Disorders.
3. Reading seminars - Existential Psychotherapy and its influence on the Transpersonal model.
4. Reading seminars - The Transpersonal: the Jungian approach.
5. The Transpersonal: the Spiritual perspective in psychotherapy
a) Boundaries
b) Beyond boundaries
c) Meaning and Purpose in Life
d) Intuition, faith, unfolding personal qualities, inherited qualities
e) Integrating the personal and transpersonal outlooks in life.

Term 3 - Topics
1. The Transpersonal: the spiritual perspective in psychotherapy
a) Energy centres
b) Subtle levels of consciousness
2. Case Histories: preparation, presentation and assessment; Examples.

Weekend Seminars
1. Advanced Skills Training (three days)
Feedback and supervision on the skills learned on the course to date.
2. Research Methods
3. Psychology of Accomplishment
Developing mastery through accomplishment.
Roles of will, concentration.
Choosing goals, aligning with purpose and achieving balance in our development.
Balance between power and intelligence.
4 Healing with Breath and Sound (three days)
Gestalt and Reichian bodywork use what we consider the grosser energies, whereas we now focus on pin-pointing and working through the more subtle energy blocks using more subtle techniques such as our breath and voice.
5. Life Crisis
Opportunities for a breakthrough.
Causes and purpose of a crisis.
Process of transformation in a crisis.
Intervention points in a crisis.
Holding in a crisis.
6. Facilitating spiritual growth in counselling and psychotherapy
Guiding the client who is spiritually questioning and seeking.

Integration & Professional Development

This year is intended as a year of consolidation, attending to the practical issues, case histories and projects.

Term1 - Topics
1. Reading seminar
2. Planes of consciousness
3. Review of topics covered during the course and integrating this with the spiritual perspective
4. Linking the Transpersonal perspective to therapeutic practice - spiritual formulation
5. Theory of dream work - use of myths in therapy - alchemy and the therapeutic process

Term 2 - Topics
1. Ethical issues in practice
2. Transcultural issues and dealing with difference
3. Practical projects: planning, development, execution
4. Professional issues: ethics, legal issues, building a
professional practice

Term 3 - Group Work
Four evenings are spent in three large groups focusing on appreciating the qualities of each group member, and giving positive, critical feedback to each member on areas they need to work on. Course endings.

Weekend Seminars 1, 2 & 3
1. Dreams
Role of dreams as metaphor for our inner life.
Waking dream therapy. Interpretation. Imaging work with dreams.
2. Dreams and Archetypes
Exploring the relevance of archetypes in dreams and their significance in our personal lives.
3. Research Methods and Projects Seminar

Weekend Seminars 4, 5, 6
Fourth year students are required to attend three weekend seminars during which they will receive specialised supervision and skills training based on their client case load.


All students are required to complete 550 hours of one-to-one client work under supervision and a further 100 hours observational psychiatric placement in a medical setting, totalling 650 placement hours. A minimum of a 100 hours are to be completed within the first year of training. Students are required to attend a placement induction meeting (normally prior to the start of the course) where information and assistance regarding placements is given.


Students attend two individual tutorial sessions per year, starting in the first year.


Lectures and weekly case supervision in small groups will be held at the Centre. Practical work will be discussed and supervised, with students' case studies being used as teaching material. Students will also be required to obtain individual supervision in the second, third and fourth year, at their own expense. This would typically involve one individual supervision session per month.


It is a requirement of the course that all students should undergo a minimum of 160 hours of psychotherapy with a recognised therapist over the first three years of the Course.


In the first, second and third year students are required to submit an essay applying theory to practice, based on the course work. In the first and second year, a self-assessment essay based on their own personal growth is also required. In the fourth year students are required to write two case histories and complete an individual practical therapeutic project.


The following are the criteria for the four-year BACP and UKCP accredited Diploma course:-
1. Minimum age 27 plus maturity and relevant life experience. (The course is not designed to sort out personal problems)
2. Successful completion of a one-year part-time counselling course
3. A degree and/or relevant work experience which indicate readiness to undertake postgraduate vocational training
4. 50 hours therapy with a qualified psychotherapist prior to commencement of the course; and
5. Attendance at a Weekend Seminar which is part of the Diploma course.

The course is intended for people who wish to obtain a theoretical and practical training in the counselling and psychotherapy profession, from a spiritual perspective.

Prospective UKCP registrants will need to complete a short clinical module and make a formal application to the CCPE UKCP Registration Committee. The clinical module consists of four DSM-V one-day workshop at the student’s own cost (currently at £80 per one day seminar). These workshops can be taken over the course of the Diploma from the second year onwards.

Exceptionally, students who have been awarded the Diploma may be asked to gain further experience before being added on the UKCP register.


If you would like to apply for the course, please call the CCPE on 0207 266 3006 to arrange an appointment for a 50 minute interview with a senior member of staff, for which the fee is currently £50 (cash or cheque only).

Candidates who have attended an interview and who are considered suitable will then be invited to apply by formally filling in an application form. You are then required to attend one of our weekend seminars open to the public. This is to assess your ability to function in a group and relate to the course material. It is also an opportunity for you to meet current students and help you decide whether the course feels right for you. A fifteen minute appointment is then made to meet a second member of staff for further assessment and to answer any questions you might have.

Student selection takes place on an ongoing basis throughout the year. To arrange an initial interview please contact the office on 0207 266 3006.


The following are the requirements for the award of the Diploma:

1. Satisfactory completion of essays during the course (two in year 1, two in year 2, and one in year 3).
2. Two written case histories based on client work, showing a clear integration of theory and practice.
3. Completion of an individual practical therapeutic project designed and documented by the student.
4. Completion of 160 hours of individual therapy.
5. Completion of 550 hours of counselling with clients spread over the duration of the course (100 hours are to be completed during the first year practicum).
6. Completion of 100 hours at an approved psychiatric observational placement.
7. Full attendance of course programme.
Missed attendance at weekend seminars need to be made up by attendance a full weekend seminar at an additional cost. Any other missed attendance beyond the allowance needs to be made up at additional cost. 


The following are the entry requirements for the M.A. track:
1. Completion of 3 years of the CCPE Diploma course, together with a first or second class honours degree, or have demonstrated ability to produce academic work at a Master's Degree level.
2. Good therapeutic skills.
3. Full attendance of Diploma course to date.
4. Completion of all essays.
5. Minimum 100 hours of individual therapy.
6. Minimum 350 hours of counselling/psychotherapy practice.

Alternatively, a portfolio of other qualifications (such as the CCPE Diploma or equivalent) and/or experience with evidence of the ability and motivation to study at the Master's level may be sufficient. Students who satisfy the Master's entry criteria listed above may be admitted to the M.A. Degree Programme and will only be required to complete the Research Methodology Module and the Dissertation Module. Students who successfully complete the M.A. will be eligible for UKCP registration and the Diploma in Psychotherapy.


The following are the requirements for the award of the M.A.:

1. Completion of Diploma course work or its equivalent, up to but excluding the practical therapeutic project. The course work (case histories, 1000 word case intervention, skills, essays etc.) all needs to be of a good standard.
2. Completion of the research methodology module and preparation of a research proposal.
3. Completion of a research dissertation of 15,000 – 20,000 words.


For entry requirements and award of the Child M.A. please see the separate page.

fees and dates

A new four-year course starts every January. The fees include lectures, seminars, case supervision, and assistance in obtaining practical placements.

It does not include the cost of individual therapy or private supervision taken in addition to supervision offered by the course.

The projected cost* of the Course commencing in 2016 is £4100 for the 1st year (including a non-refundable deposit of £300). Second year, £4700 (including residential fee). Third year, £4700. Fourth year, £4700.

The additional cost for the M.A. option will be confirmed on application to the M.A. (during 3rd year of the Diploma).

*Prices are subject to variation.

2016 DATES

This course will run on Wednesday evenings for all four years.

Term dates:
January 6th - March 23rd
April 20th - June 23rd
September 14th - November 16th

Lectures and supervision will be on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 10.10pm.

Weekend seminars:
January 30/31st
Fundamental Skills
February 13th
Critical Writing - Academic Support Workshop (non-compulsory)
February 27/28th
Alchemy of Transformation
March 19/20th
Alchemy & Archetypes
June 18–23rd
Creative Imagination Week (N.B. This is a six-day seminar)
October 15/16th
Inner Child
November 12/13th
Alchemy of Relationships

All weekend courses run from 10am - 5pm each day.

Please note: CCPE reserve the right to change the dates as and when necessary.

course application

Details of Application Procedure.

training staff


Nigel Hamilton Course Director, Ph.D., M.A. (Couns. Psych.), Dipl. Clinical Psychotherapy and Social Psychiatry.
Allan Pimentel Deputy Director, Dipl. Psych., Dipl. Supvn.
Angela Gruber Deputy Director, Cert. Ed., Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Susie Sanders Deputy Director, M.A., B.A. (Hons.), M.Sc., Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych., MInst GA

Paul Margrie Senior Lecturer, Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Tamara Alferoff M.A., Dipl. Psych.
David Hiles B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Psychology), Dipl. Psych.


Ulla Andrews M.A., Dipls. Psych., Supvn., Adv. Psych. & Couples
Katy Baldock
M.A., Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Marlene Botha M.A., Dipls. Psych., Adv. Psych.
Mady Bὄcker
B.A., M.A., Dipl. Psych
Paul Croal Dipls. Psych., Supvn.
Debra Deaville
M.A., Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Mo Dinnage Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Cory Dobb
Dipls. Psych., Supvn., & Adv. Psych.
Mary-Clare de Echevarria
M.A. (Oxon), B.A., PGCE, Dipls Psych., Supvn.
Marcelo da Cruz Fagundes B.A., M.A. Dipls. Psych. & Supvn.
Shaun Goodwin B.A., M.A., Dipls. Psych,. Supvn & Sand.

Maggie Kafton M.A., Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych., Diploma Sandplay Studies
Sue Luboff B.A., Dipls. Psych., Adv. Psych. & Supvn., Couple Psych
Maura Lynch LLB, B.A., Dipls. Psych. and Supvn.
Paul Maiteny
B.Sc. (Hons), MBA, Dipls. Psych. & Adv.Psych.
Rina Malin M.A., Dipls. Psych., Adv. Psych.
Cathy McDermott B.Sc., M.Sc. (Hons.), Dipls. Psych. & Supvn., Imago Relationship Therapist
Sue Nappez M.A., Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Tamsin Olivier Dipls. Psych. & Supvn.
Urve Ӧpik B.A., M.A., Dipls. Psych & Supvn.
Eluned Owen Dipls. Psych., Adv. Psych.
Phil Parkinson G.T.C.L., F.T.C.L., Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Kimberly Paumier Dipls. Psych., Adv. Psych. & Supvn.
Nicole Reilly
B.A. (Hons). Dipls. Adv. Couns., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Eva-Maria Riegler Dipls. Psych. & Supvn.

Sandra Schmool M.A., Dipls. Psych. & Supvn.
Julie Scully M.A., Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Lynn Somerfield M.A., Dipls. Psych., Adv. Psych. & Supvn.
Richard Stewart B.A.(Hons), Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Sajada Taylor Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Sarah Thomson MA(Oxon), Dipl. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Dwight Turner M.A. Dipls. Psych. & Supvn.
Zak Waterman
B.Sc. (Hons.), Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych.
Christina Winters M.A. (Cantab), PG Cert Mgmt, Dipls Psych, Supvn, Couple Psych.

All Staff are UKCP Registered Psychotherapists.
Dipls. Psych., Supvn. & Adv. Psych. means Diplomas in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Supervision and Advanced Psychotherapy

Please contact us for further details and interviews.

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CCPE Equal Opportunities Policy

CCPE promotes equal opportunities for students, clients and staff. CCPE is committed to a policy and practice where students’ admission to and assessment on the course will be determined only by personal merit and performance. No applicant as a student or for a staff appointment will be treated less favourably than another. CCPE does not discriminate on the grounds of nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, political, religious or spiritual persuasion or practice. CCPE promotes an Equal Opportunities and a Diversity Policy where students, staff and graduates recognise, respect and value the dignity and diversity of others. This statement also applies to all client practice.