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Bangor University: Counselling

Institution Bangor University View institution profile
Department School of Psychology View department profile
Telephone 01248 382629
Study type Taught


Our MSc in Counselling at Bangor University aims to prepare you to take an active role as a member of the professional counselling/psychotherapy community. This course explores a range of psychological approaches and therapeutic methods to provide holistic training in adult counselling. You will learn about the Humanistic approach and Person-Centred therapy, Psychodynamic approach and Psychoanalytic therapy, Behavioural approach and Behaviour therapy, and Cognitive approach and Cognitive therapy. In addition, you will be introduced to several integrative approaches (for example, we might explore Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, or Transactional Analysis).

You will also take part in practical activities to develop your communication skills and integrate therapeutic techniques into your practice. You will engage in regular observed counselling skills sessions with your peers and this will prepare you for undertaking a placement of 100hrs of supervised counselling. Our skills lecturers and placement coordinator have an extensive counselling background working with clients in the NHS, and they will support you in developing your counselling skills and applying them in practice on placement. Our previous students have completed these placements with organisations such as the NHS Primary Mental Health Service, bereavement service CRUSE, Age UK, the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service, etc.

Our course also has a strong academic core and we are proud of the way that we integrate Psychology and Research training throughout the course to ensure that our graduates are fully rounded practitioners. Our modules draw on the expertise of a range of practitioners in addition to counsellors - including clinical psychologists and researchers – to provide comprehensive training in mental health. Evidence-based practice is becoming increasingly in demand within this sector and we prepare our students for a career which may require them to draw on research skills and psychological knowledge, alongside applied counselling skills.

The extensive curriculum covered on our programme will equip you to work with clients across various settings, and provide you with a toolkit of evidence-based techniques and relationship-focused methods. This training programme is designed to provide you with an opportunity to graduate with all of the skills needed to apply for doctorate level study or work in an empirically-based practice.

This course is led by Prof Fay Short, who is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her teaching excellence has been recognised in a highly prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award. In her therapeutic work, she is an accredited hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, Executive Coach and Mentor, and advanced practitioner of REBT, alongside her core training in counselling. Her dual role of counsellor and psychologist also enabled her to produce her textbook, Core Approaches in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which seeks to explain client work from both a therapeutic and psychological perspective. Prof Short draws on her extensive experience in academia and her practical work in the field to provide students on our MSc in Counselling with an in-depth insight into the theory and practice of modern counselling techniques.


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Study Psychology at Bangor
At Bangor we offer our students an extraordinary student experience in a beautiful location. As a psychology postgraduate student with us you’ll be working alongside internationally renowned researchers using cutting edge techniques and equipment. If you like the sound of that here are a few more reasons to think about studying with us:

  • 6th (of 119) for ‘Student Satisfaction’ – NSS 2020
  • Top 15% for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2022
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