Persona Centre of excellence for the Person-Centred Approach

About Persona

Persona offers a range of residential and non-residential personal and professional development workshops which are designed to provide participants with a learning environment which encourages and facilitates the development of personal awareness and insight, professional competence, interpersonal communication and an understanding of healthy relationships.

What Persona Development & Training can offer


Persona has been providing personal and professional development programmes founded on the philosophy of the Person-Centred Approach for more than 20 years. Our programmes are designed to support the growth and development of personal and professional potential at an individual, team and organisational level.

The central values of the Person-Centred approach are a major influence in the design, structure of the programmes we provide as well as how they are delivered and managed. Our trainers and facilitators are committed to fulfilling their roles in ways that embody a Person-Centred philosophy, principally a trust in each person’s ability to find a way to direct his/her own development, based on a belief in the actualising tendency; the tendency of the individual to grow and develop to their full potential.

Persona specialises in providing training in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy and Psychological Wellbeing offering courses at Post-Graduate Diploma and MSc levels. These programmes are accredited by BACP and academically validated by the University of Aberdeen.

Persona also provides training at certificate level: a Certificate in Counselling Skills for individuals and bespoke programmes in Applied Counselling Skills for organisations. These programmes focus on the development of intra-personal and inter-personal skills applied to different organisational settings, such as education, healthcare, social work, social care or HR.

The Persona Staff Team are all experienced counsellors and psychotherapists and trainers. As facilitators, the team are committed to facilitating the process of each programme by communicating acceptance, empathic understanding and congruence and through these core attitudes provide the learning environment and structure of the course.


Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills 2020 - TASTER SESSIONS STARTING IN OCTOBER 2019

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2020 Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills.  This 6 month part time course is intended for people providing supportive or helping relationships either as part of their job, or in their personal life.  The course is delivered over four modules and is designed to suit people who have week day commitments. Each module consists of 5 Thursday evenings from 6.00pm – 9.00pm plus one Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm.

The full certificate programme is designed as a foundation course for entry onto the Persona Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited and academically validated by the University of Aberdeen)

Please click here for the programme dates and for further information view the Counselling Skills page on our home page.  If you are interested in applying for the course and or the taster sessions please email for an application form or download.


We will be delivering taster sessions for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course.  The sessions will involve an overview of each module theme as well as some experiential and practice sessions.  The cost will be £10 per evening and anyone who attends will receive a 10% discount for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course which will start in January 2020.

The application deadline for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course is Monday December 1st 2019.

Certificate in Clinical Supervision 2020 - course programme dates and costs now available!

The course is designed to provide counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals working within the helping professions with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, self-awareness and professional competence to become effective reflective supervisors.

The programme is founded on person-centred principles offering a collaborative, relational approach to supervision and supervisory practice and designed to support the development of practitioners from different theoretical orientations and modalities.

The course is based on the BACP Curriculum for Counselling Supervision and is designed to prepare participants to apply for accreditation as an individual and group supervisor with BACP.  The course is also informed by Competence Framework for the Supervision of Psychological Therapies (Roth & Pilling 2008).

Please click here for programme dates or for further information click the Becoming a Therapist tab on our home page.    If you are interested in applying for the course email for an application form or download.


MSC 3rd Yr Conversion in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy 2020 - Children and Young People  - course programme dates and costs coming soon


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“Being a student on the Persona PG Counselling Diploma was the best and most important decision I have ever made. It has been life changing. The group process and emphasis on self- development was instrumental in my journey of self-discovery.”

Christine 2014-2016

“Being on the programme opened up new insights into who I was - an awareness to change certain things and an acceptance of those things in me that I could truly cherish. This wouldn't have been possible without my peers and tutors. A great learning experience indeed! “  

Sarah 2014 – 2016

'Persona offers a substantive and truly immersive training in counselling; I have found that my experience and learning from being on the course has given me a solid and proper foundation on which to build my counselling career.'

Kenny 2005-2007


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