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Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy MA

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General) Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

This programme provides the training in counselling and psychotherapy necessary to become eligible for BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) individual practitioner accreditation. The course, accredited by the BACP, is based on an integrative relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy, which has been developed over many years by our cutting-edge teaching team. Our integrative approach, at the forefront of counselling and psychotherapy theory, practice and research, incorporates aspects from three main therapeutic traditions; person-centred, cognitive and psychodynamic. You will be encouraged to explore psychological processes and experiences from these different perspectives, and recognise the theoretical, personal and cultural assumptions which influence your work.

You will be equipped with the necessary skills to work with a wide range of people with a range of psychological issues in a variety of settings. As well as cognitive and reflective skills, you will also learn practical ways of working with your clients in a therapeutic relationship to address conscious and unconscious needs and produce a change in emotional and cognitive processes and behaviour. This involves integrating complex and advanced skills, and responding creatively to complex, novel and unpredictable situations. Graduates can work in health and social services, voluntary organisations and the education in counselling field.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



This module presents and critically evaluates the person centred model as a well established example of theory and practice which is phenomenologically based, contains a generally agreed set of generically applicable therapeutic skills and emphasises the central importance of the therapeutic relationship. Person centred practice requires the student to attend to the relational environment they are providing and to refrain as far as possible from imposing their own meanings upon the other person?s experience. It requires a sustained effort of attunement to the other as well as openness to and awareness of their own internal processes. Rogers?s concepts of the conditions of worth and the self concept can be regarded as examples of hypothesised relationally derived internal representations of the self and others that serve to organise interpersonal behaviour. Person centred therapy is designed to provide a set of conditions under which change to those internal relational representations and their associated beliefs and behaviours can occur. This is the foundation of a relational approach to counselling psychology and psychotherapy.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students need to pay £595 per ten credits for 2018 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students need to pay £804 per ten credits for 2018 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an undergraduate degree at grade 2.2 honours or above in psychology or the social sciences or an arts related subject plus a basic counselling skills training plus evidence of experience of working in a helping role with vulnerable adults in either employed or voluntary work.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more