Becoming a Therapist

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Persona has been successfully providing professional development programmes in counselling and psychotherapy for over twenty years and is now one of three organisations offering BACP accredited programmes in Scotland. Our programmes are designed to accommodate people who have work commitments during the week. The courses take place mainly at weekends and during Post Graduate Diploma programme in week-long blocks. The training programmes are designed to thoroughly prepare students with the professional competence and personal confidence to practice in a broad range of settings.

The Persona programmes are founded on Person-Centred principles, which means they are not simply about learning the core elements of the Person-Centred approach; they are about learning within a Person-Centred learning environment.  The central values of the Person-Centred approach are the major influence in the design, structure and the curriculum of the programmes we provide as well as how they are delivered and managed.  Course facilitators and trainers are committed to a Person-Centred philosophy and 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 one’s full potential.

Persona offers the following training programmes:

MSc in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy

a three-year part time programme involving the Post-Graduate Diploma plus an additional third-year specialism in either: Working in Healthcare, Working with Children and Young People, Working with Couples. The programme is validated and awarded by the University of Aberdeen.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy

a two-year part time programme awarded to students who exit the MSc programme at the end of the second year, validated and awarded by the University of Aberdeen and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Programme dates available here


MSc Conversion

a one-year part time programme available to individuals who have completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling at SCQF level 11 in the last five years. The programme is validated and awarded by the University of Aberdeen.


More information will be available late spring

Certificate in Supervision

a one-year part-time programme comprising one weekend a month for eight months. The training fulfils all the training requirements for individual and group supervisor accreditation with BACP.

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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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