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Postgraduate Certificate Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy

Course Description


There is a growing interest world-wide in this form of psychotherapy, but opportunities for training have until now been very limited. The Postgraduate Certificate in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy has been designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who seek to extend their expertise into this area. Basic knowledge and understanding of person-centred therapy is assumed, but the course is equally open to practitioners who have trained in other traditions and wish to integrate the focusing/experiential dimension into their own practice.


The teaching input will take place over six weekends between September and May, involving approximately twelve hours input. The sessions will include both theoretical input and experiential learning. Participants will be expected to work in focusing partnerships in the period between sessions. Lessons will also be delivered in lectures and seminars, group discussion, reading, role-plays, and use of audio and video demonstrations. Assessment will be based on written assignments, with some focus on sessions with colleagues or clients, and some on theoretical aspects.


This programme draws on a long-standing innovative research culture in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and on its excellence in professional education and training. The School is one of the UK's leading centres for research and teaching in education, offering a distinctive range of programmes at Postgraduate level with a diverse community of practitioners, scholars and academics who teach, research, and provide professional development.


The Focusing Institute in New York certifies the Course as leading to their Certificate as a Focusing Trainer. UEA graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects. A high proportion of our Masters graduates occupy senior posts in schools, universities and ministries all over the world. UEA also provides a professional Careers Centre and School Academic Careers Adviser.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Arundhati Mukherjee

"The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA is committed to developing educational researchers who produce innovative research in different fields of education."

(Student Profile)

Brian Thorne

“The initial Certificate courses at UEA have often proved to be life-changing events for participants. For many, too, they have been the vital first stage in a process which has led ultimately to qualification as a professional counsellor. I am proud to have been associated with these courses since their inception.” - Emeritus Professor


School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of Education and Lifelong Learning as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The School of Education and Lifelong Learning, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships


A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please contact UEA's Admissions Office for the essential eligibility criteria for this postgraduate course.

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