In 2013, The Banbury Therapy Centre embarked on a plan to develop a gold standard counselling academy, in Oxfordshire to serve the local community. Year by year we have developed and refined our curriculum to span the full 5 years of training. Our pioneer group of students who started with us at the beginning, graduated in June 2017 as fully qualified counsellors, and in 2018 and 2019 our second and third group of graduates went out into the world to heal and to support. They are now working in a variety of contexts and some have joined the Banbury Therapy Centre to serve our local community with much needed mental health services. We are enormously proud of their achievements, and also grateful to them for showing us the way and helping us to develop what is a truly exciting, relevant and robust training for therapeutic counsellors.
What makes us gold standard?
We are committed to teaching in small groups. We do not run groups larger than 12 individuals. We are convinced this is essential to building trust within the group so that our students are able to honestly and openly develop their understanding. We feel that large counselling training groups are detrimental to the safety of the learning environment. People in large groups will tend not to take risks or push beyond their comfort zones. Trainees who play safe will not gain the learning they need to hold clients in a robust way.
We have a tried and tested curriculum on all our levels. At Level 4 we integrate three complementary and reinforcing modalities, Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis, with the integrative framework of the Therapeutic Relationship which provides our graduates with a flexible humanistic practice which is fully adaptable to client’s varying presentations and needs.
Our tutors are of the highest calibre. They are qualified and experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and supervisors who have a wide range of specialisations which they bring to the training.
We are constantly evolving and changing in response to feedback from our students. They lead our progress and have direct input into the running of the Academy through regular evaluation questionnaire and attendance at Board of Studies meetings.
We are supported and accredited by the CPCAB. This excellent awarding body provides a successful model of criteria that our courses are contained within. The CPCAB has provided counselling qualifications for 20 years and helped to change countless lives for the better.
It is our intention to continue to develop and nurture the next generations of counsellors and psychotherapists as our organisation goes from strength to strength.