Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

New course starts

18th Oct 2024 – 9.45 – 5pm

The course takes place on a Friday and is biweekly. The whole of the course is delivered on-line.

Download an application form – below 

level 5 Application form Oct 2024

Testimony from existing student 

‘I thoroughly recommend the L5 at Lotus. It has been a great opportunity to work amongst peers again at different stages of their private practice and discuss and learn from each other’s experience.  Julie provided a very safe, nurturing and inspiring space to explore new subjects each week, and there was flexibility to bring in topics that we as students wanted to focus on too. Julie has such a depth and wealth of knowledge and experience, it has been truly inspiring to learn from her and have her steady guidance and encouragement. I think the biggest outcome from the L5 diploma was having the space to become more of the therapist I want to be, and also have more confidence not only as a practitioner, but a practitioner who runs a small private business’.


Now recruiting forOct 2022.  Sessions will take place fortnightly on Fridays9.45am-5.00pm 

This qualification includes training on how to:

  • Establish and maintain an appropriate framework for independent private practice.
  • Carry out client assessments.
  • Practice autonomously as a professional counsellor in one or more settings.

Download a Level 5 Timetable Here

‘The course includes training in mindfulness’.

The course curriculum includes:

  1. Working safely, legally and ethically as an independent psychotherapeutic counsellor
  2. Work with complex aspects of the counselling relationship.
  3. Use theory and research to work with client diversity in independent practice.
  4. Use a coherent approach to respond to the needs of individual clients.
  5.  Work with self-awareness as an independent practitioner.
  6. Use theory, research and skills within a coherent framework for independent counselling practice.
  7. Monitor and maintain professional effectiveness as a counsellor in independent practice.

Download a level 5  Candidate Learning guide 

100% of students said they would recommend Lotus Training Co.

The internal Assessment process

To achieve the qualification you must be assessed by your tutor as proficient in all seven learning outcomes.

Course Work includes:

A learning review, self-review; Two Essays (3500 words); client record ( 60 one to one hours minimum) ;  Clinical supervision record; Personal counselling record (40 hours by the end of the course)This can include prior counselling although 10 hours must be undertaken during the course itself. 

A review of a 15-minute transcript of clinical work; Tutor Obs of counselling practice (audio/video); Case Presentation; Tutor feedback on group work and training group supervision; Tutorial records and client evaluation/feedback

External Assessment

The external assessment for this qualification is a structured case review of your own work. Your case study will be set to the CPCAB to be assessed independently.

‘Great setting and environment’. Rachel

Foundation Degree in Counselling

The Open university degree in Counselling is an exclusive partnership between the OU and CPCAB. Only CPCAB qualifications count towards this award. The qualifications that have been credit rated and approved as part of the foundation degree in counselling are CPCAB diploma in therapeutic counselling and the Level 5 Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

For overview of the OU degree click here

The level 5 qualification can support you to work towards BACP and/or UKCP accreditation. 

Course Cost  £2500.00

Monthly payment plan available:-

£400 deposit

plus 10 payments of £210 

Pay Level 5 Deposit here

Starts On:
October 18, 2024
9:30 PM
Ends On:
October 18, 2024
5:30 PM

Feedback from Level 5 graduates – 2022.

‘I had the immense joy of completing my Level 5 Psychotherapy qualification with Julie at Lotus Training. its one off the best experiences of my life, learning to work at a deeper safe level with clients has really supported me in expanding my own private practice.’

‘I have been so thankful to have completed my level 4, and now my level 5 with lotus training /Julie. I can’t imagine training in any other way, to be taught in such depth and to hold the relationship with self and the client at the centre of the work, has impacted my practice in such a positive way. The courses have been deeply transformative for me on both a personal and professional level.’