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MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Application

MSc in Contemporary Person Centred Psychotherapy and Application

Programme Leader sissy lykou

Validated by Middlesex University


Please note: Should you wish to apply for this course, you will need to attend an Introductory Workshop before completing and submitting a formal application. For more information, please select the ‘Introductory Workshop’ option from the sidebar on the left of your screen.


This three year + dissertation-and-viva-year course will offer you an in-depth professional psychotherapy training, conferring registration with UKCP on graduation and preparing you for a rewarding and challenging career as a psychotherapist.

A part-time course running one weekend per month over a 10 unit year and leading to a Masters qualification in Person Centred Psychotherapy and Application. On successful graduation, along with the MSc in Psychotherapy, the course confers individual registration with the UKCP as a psychotherapist and eligibility for registration with the European Association for Psychotherapy. (EAP)

This course aims to support students to develop as sophisticated Person Centred therapists familiar with issues and approaches used in a variety of settings where contemporary therapeutic work is evolving and able to relate these to the Person Centred approach.

The course will provide opportunities for in-depth exploration of:

  • Ongoing developments in theory and practice within the ‘family’ of the Person Centred approach including Mearns’ and Cooper's work on relational depth and configurations of self, Garry Prouty and Margaret Warner’s work on pre-therapy and fragile process respectively and developments in experiential and focusing oriented therapy.
  • Current models of psychopathology in use within mental health services including approaches to diagnoses (DSMIV), issues of risk and mutual assessment of competence and availability for psychotherapy. The course includes a mental health familiarisation placement and the emphasis will be upon gaining an understanding of the models currently prevalent within mental health settings and relating these to person-centred approaches
  • Influential models of child development (including the work of Daniel Stern and John Bowlby) again with the emphasis being on relating these ideas to 21st Century Person Centred developmental theory
  • Research methodology, both that compatible with the Person Centred paradigm and approaches to research which might raise concerns for the Person Centred world. We intend to support students to develop as sophisticated consumers of research who are able to critique from a Person Centred perspective.
  • Contemporary neuro-scientific research relevant to psychotherapy (including the work of Allan Schore) with particular emphasis on the implications for Person Centred developmental theory and clinical practice.

This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Metanoia Institute awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.

To register your interest or for further details please email Imogen Thomas, or call her on 020 8579 2505.

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