Psychotherapy Training

For those wanting to qualify as UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and/ or registered EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis) qualified CTA (Certified Transactional Analysis) Psychotherapists with national and/or international accreditation/recognition.

To gain the Psychotherapy qualification you need to successfully complete 600 hours of core training (four years of part-time training, 10 weekends per year). The starting point is the 2 day TA101, followed by the Foundation Year in TA Theory  and 2 years of Diploma in Counselling (Advanced Training) Course and then a further Psychotherapy year.

In the fourth year the Saturdays are theory days (see sample below) and the Sundays the learning agenda is developed by the students themselves with subjects such as revisiting theory, client presentation, supervision, exam preparation, skills training, mock exams, and anything the group is wanting apart from personal therapy.

Pre Course requirement: Attendance of TA101, successful completion of Foundation Year in TA Theory and successful completion of Diploma in Counselling Year 1 and 2 of training, a minimum of 120 hours of personal therapy, tutor endorsement to continue training.

Sample Content:

  • Week 1. The Broader Context of Psychotherapy
  • Week 2. Deconfusion: An Integrative Approach
  • Week 3. Working with Eating Disorders
  • Week 4. Research
  • Week 5. Cathexis School and Parent Ego State work
  • Week 6. Mental Health Familiarisation
  • Week 7. Deconfusion: Redecision School and Working with Impasses
  • Week 8. Working Relationally
  • Week 9. Neuroscience
  • Week 10. Endings

Personal Therapy: Students need to be in ongoing therapy throughout the four years training and usually until they take their assessment (min 40 sessions per year).

Exam Criteria: To take this final assessment students must have successfully completed 600 hours of core training (four years training), have completed at least 160 hours of personal therapy, conducted a minimum of 750 hours of client work had supervision at a ratio of 1:5, completed an extra 500 hours of other relevant training (some of this can be from before the start this course).

Qualification: The CTA (Certified Transactional Analyst) is an EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis) qualification with international recognition and also automatically gives you UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) which also entitles you to be on the UKCP’s PSA (Professional Standards Authority) government approved, voluntary register for counsellors and psychotherapists.

APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) : If you are already a qualified counsellor or have completed training elsewhere it may be possible to count some of your existing hours (APL) towards this course. Please contact us for further details.

Course Location: Most of our courses will run face to face at our training venue at Plumpton College, East Sussex .  In the event of Covid restrictions or unforeseen factors, we use the Zoom online platform as a back up to deliver the training. We will also offer some online courses

*Cost: The course fee for October 2021/2022 is £2784 for new students joining the Link Centre and is inclusive of VAT. Full details of course costs and associated training costs (eg for therapy, student memberships etc) can be found here.

Rebecca Davies talks about an the advanced theory of Ray Little’s “The Withdrawn Self”.


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*£2784 ( 2021/2022)

Booking and Dates

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Upcoming Dates:

The next course will commence in October 2021

Clinical Year 3 – Academic Year 2021/2022

23rd/24th October 2021
20/21 November 2021
18/19 December 2021
22/23 January 2022
19/20 February 2022
19/20 March 2022
7/8 May 2022
28/29 May 2022
18/19 June 2022
16/17 July 2022

Payment Options:

A termly payment scheme is available


The Link Centre, Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, East Sussex BN7 3AE


with occasional visiting tutors

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