Counselling and essays


How many students are in a class?

We aim to keep class proportions to a minimum and work within the BACP recommended student/staff ratio.

Group numbers will fluctuate as students from other cohorts retake modules missed through illness, for example.

Open or closed groups?

For the majority of the Advanced Diploma courses, group members will remain together for the complete duration of the period of study. However, we are committed to supporting students to complete their training, and recognise that at times due to extenuating circumstances some students will need to transfer to another Advanced Diploma course to complete their training or join a different group to attend modules missed. 

Does the course have an External Quality Assurance process?

The External Quality Assurance examiner is an independent academic from another college, and the aim of the Quality Assurance is to arrange visits to the ADC groups to carry out a “quality” assessment of the student experience in terms of learning and overall satisfaction with the Iron Mill education process. The emphasis is firmly placed on the student learning experience, examining creativity, teaching methods of tutors, academic challenge and support.

What is the difference between the various start dates of the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling course?

All of our Advanced Diploma intakes have a taught programme of two years and have exactly the same content. The start dates vary dependant on which format you wish to attend (Weekly / Monthly).

Are there any Bursaries available for this course?

Iron Mill College students have access to a limited number of Bursaries provided by the Magnolia Incentive (Magnolia Incentive Bursary) and also the Tricia Williams Scholarship. Applications for these Bursaries are processed at the time of your course application and you will be provided with the relevant Bursary application documents should you indicate that you wish to apply for either.

Is there any funding available for this course?

Yes, this course qualifies for Professional and Career Development Loan funding.  Our learning provider registration number is: 21023.  For more information on Professional and Career Development Loans, please click here . 

Can I apply for the Advanced Diploma via APL after the start of the course? 

This scholarship is funded by Helen Prenn in memory of her son Esmond Robinson. It funds a place on LSBU's highly regarded MSc in Addiction Psychology & Counselling.

Ms Prenn explains, "Having had a drug problem in his early life, Esmond devoted the last drug-free part of his life to helping addicts free themselves from their habits and stay drug free. I want this scholarship and future ones to enable Esmond's work to continue. This scholarship provides an opportunity for students accepted onto the course but who can't afford to fund it themselves."

Read more about the Esmond Robsinson scholarship .

Fear is not something we think about very often yet it is more widespread than depression or anxiety. It can be utterly crippling and deprives us of joy and fulfilment. There are two types of fear, normal and core fear. Core or toxic fear is the one that causes us problems. I believe that the primary toxic fear is fear of abandonment, which feeds other types of fears and phobias. Fear of abandonment is bred in childhood and emerges in adulthood under various guises such as shame, anger, jealousy, abusive and controlling behaviour, people pleasing, low self-esteem (a sense of not being good enough) and much more. Two really widespread and disabling fears are social phobia and fear of failure. Fear affects many aspects of our lives and some of the symptoms mentioned here are destructive to relationships – our relationship with ourselves, intimate relationships, social relationships, professional relationships and so on. I believe that dealing with fear of abandonment will ease all of these disabling traits.

Counselling and essays

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