Training Pathways – an alternative and comprehensive model

London Diploma in Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy

The London Diploma in Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy has developed a comprehensive model of training and professional developments to support potential practitioners develop their ambition to train and qualify as psychosexual and relationship therapists. In the first instance we offer a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills and Theories, this may act as the conduit to the two year approved training and encourages those who come from other aligned or appropriate professions but do not have the basic counselling/therapy background to start the process. These students may come from social work, teaching, medicine, alternative therapy backgrounds. There are different descriptors depending on the organisation.

raining Pathways Flowchart Revised

Possible pathways from taking the Foundation Course:

1. The Foundation Course as a ‘stand alone’ qualification. Students might choose to take the Foundation Course in order to develop counselling skills and theoretical knowledge for personal development or use within another role, such as: management; teaching; medicine; social work; befriending or nursing.

2. Foundation Course then further training and supervised practice with another recognised Training Provider leading to BACP registration /accreditation or UKCP reg. to become qualified as a psychotherapist or counsellor. This would usually require 2- 4 years of additional training.

3. Foundation Course then the LDPRT then the NAOS Advanced Couples Diploma followed by and /or the BeeLeaf dissertation followed by COSRT accreditation and/or UKCP reg. to become a qualified and registered Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist or Couples Psychotherapist.

4. The Foundation Course followed by the London Diploma for Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy (LDPRT). COSRT accreditation may apply for a year after successfully completing the Diploma (LDPRT), having completed 320 hours of supervised practice (120 minimum whilst in training and a further 200 hours after the diploma has been awarded.

5. An MA from Middlesex University can be undertaken to be in a position to apply for UKCP registration in order to become a qualified and accredited and registered Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist or Couples Psychotherapist. It is likely that applicants for UKCP registration will be required to complete 450 hours of supervised practice. UKCP registration needs to be applied for via one of the UKCP colleges or member organisations within UKCP.

6. Foundation Course then the LDPRT then COSRT accreditation (following 320 hours of supervised practice as above) to become a qualified Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist or Couples Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Low cost clinical Service:

In order to support the students and graduates of LDPRT we have opened a low cost clinic which is nationwide and is also inclusive of students from overseas. It is staffed by an LDPRT course director and two assessors. More details can be obtained via the LDPRT web site.

Links to courses and organisations:

  • Foundation Course in Counselling and Therapy Theories and Skills
    Either via LDPRT web site or
  • LDPRT, the London Diploma for Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy
  • NAOS, training provider, for the Advanced Couples Diploma
  • BeeLeaf Institute, training provider, for the research and dissertation path to UKCP registration.
  • UKCP, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, professional regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. See the UKCP website for information on UKCP registration which usually requires a Masters degree or the completion of 4 years of study which includes research and a dissertation or extended case study, of 8,000 – 12,000 words.
  • CSRP ,The College for Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapy  is a college within the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • BACP, British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, professional regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists