Introduction to Counselling Skills – Online

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Introduction to Counselling Skills – Delivered Online

The Temenos Counselling Skills Certificate begins with an Introduction to Counselling Skills Course which consists of 5 sessions of 3 hours, delivered weekly online. This is an opportunity for the student to consider whether Temenos is the right learning environment for their development and also for the Temenos team to evaluate the student’s suitability for further Counselling Skills training.

The five sessions will consist of time for an introduction to counselling theory, group process and skills practise. Students will be required to locate themselves in a quiet and private space and be able to access the training through their computer / tablet / mobile device. Before the training begins, students will receive an invitation to a one to one orientation meeting to familiarise them with the online learning environment.

Students who have successfully completed the Introduction to Counselling Skills course will be eligible to apply for the Certificate in Counselling Skills Course. This course will consist of 3 modules, each module consists of 12 sessions of 3 hours, delivered weekly online.

Course Dates


Unit 1

Beginnings & Introductions

What is a Counselling Approach?

6th November – 12.30pm till 3.30pm UK Time


Unit 2

Creating the Optimum Listening Environment

A Consideration of Carl Rogers’ 6 Conditions

13th November – 12.30pm till 3.30pm UK Time


Unit 3

The Brain Body Connection

What Does Neuroscience Teach Us About Listening?

20th November – 12.30pm till 3.30pm UK Time


Unit 4

The Practical Application of Listening Skills

A Consideration of Students Context and Application of Listening Skills

27th November – 12.30pm till 3.30pm UK Time


Unit 5

What Is It Like to Say Goodbye?

A Reflection on Endings

4th December – 12.30pm till 3.30pm UK Time

John Wilson


John Wilson has been facilitating in Counselling & Psychotherapy programmes in the UK for more than 10 years. John is the current director at Temenos Education which he has been part of since 2010 when he joined to stabilize the business following the emigration and exit of the organization’s founders.

John has a passion for integrating ethical business models into the Psychotherapy world, his compassion and capacity for clear business thinking and decision making has steered Temenos through stormy transitions and into it’s next chapter of contemporary Counselling & Psychotherapy training provision with a blended learning model.

John has a private practice where he offers online Psychotherapy and Supervision using video and chat communication platforms along with virtual environments. He is also the co-founder of which has grown to the world’s largest library of online video and audio content with instant certification and a learning log.

John is also past chair of the Association for Counselling & Therapy Online (ACTO) and has served for 6 years on the board of the World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling. John’s passion to bring online learning into the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy has also led to the development of online experiential learning within the Temenos programme, facilitating the exposure of temenos students to external tutors who are located in different parts of the world. Along with the inclusion of experiential learning of online Counselling & Psychotherapy for Temenos students so that they qualify with knowledge and practice in online communication and relationship.

Maggi McAllister-MacGregor


My interest in neuroscience has spanned 4 decades, from my first degree in the early 70’s, when neuroscience was in it’s infancy, and a lot of what we knew was on a cellular and structural level, and much less was known about function at that time. My degree was in optics and visual sciences, which included anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. It also covered visual perception so there was a cross-over with psychology as well.

In the mid 80’s I made a career move to massage and sports therapy, which obviously had a body focus. I was also interested in sports psychology, particularly in how visualisation could be used to enhance sports performance.

One thing that I found in my bodywork was that often clients would have an emotional release during the work. And I’ve experienced this first-hand myself as a client.

From all of this, I knew the brain (mind) – body link was real. Neuroscience backs this up.

The experiences that my massage clients were having got me interested in doing a psychology degree, but I was disappointed to find a big body – mind split. Emotions were largely discounted, and the idea of ‘body memories’ was dismissed – but remember this was in the 90’s when neuroscience was just beginning to forge some credibility within the sciences. I ‘knew’ about the mind – body connection from my work with clients and personal experience, but anecdotal or experiential evidence is not acceptable ‘proof’. I decided that psychology wasn’t a route that could support me in my exploration, so that was when I decided on counselling as a better fit for how I wanted to work.

That led me to a Counselling Skills course, and then a Diploma in Counselling from Strathclyde University that I completed in 2000.

My client work since then has been in different areas – bereavement, childhood sexual abuse, anxiety and depression both in GP and private practice. I work entirely now in private practice, and offer training for therapists

Over the years, I’ve honed my interest to working with stress, anxiety and trauma, and how these affect relationships. I’m increasingly integrating my understanding of neuroscience and the body into my work.

I’m a Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner and have completed training in Emotion Focussed Therapy levels 1-3, Couples’ Therapy, Neuroscience in Therapy, and Supervision.

I was a trainer on the PG Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy between 2005 – 2018, and the PG Certificate in Counselling Skills 2014 -2016.

About Counselling Skills Training at Temenos

We are excited to announce the very first Counselling Skills Certificate Course from Temenos to be delivered completely online!

We will bring together our experience of working experientially online in the Temenos Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy Seminar programme, the Temenos Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy Online training weekend and also the experiential workshops that are being delivered via the onlinevents platform.

Fabienne Chazeaux and John Wilson have co-authored a peer reviewed article with Kate Dunn and Carole Francis-Smith on the theory and practise of working online in this exciting and pioneering way.

It is time for Temenos to make it’s contribution to the field of Counselling Skills training by offering the opportunity to engage with this training online. It is clear that the “soft” skills that have been at the heart of the counselling and psychotherapy profession for more than 40 years are becoming recognised as invaluable in all areas of professional and personal life. Organisations are waking up to the fact that how colleagues within their teams interact with each other, and their clients or service users, is the key to thriving in a new world of ultra-connectivity.

The Temenos Certificate in Counselling Skills has been developed to address the new and unexpected relational challenges emerged by a world which is connected every minute of every day. You will graduate from this course with listening skills that are ideally matched to the environment you are operating in. At the end of the course you will have an ethical and theoretical foundation that will support you to use counselling skills in ways that are safe for you and those you listen to. You will have extensive opportunities to practise on the course so that you will be confident in using your counselling skills in your context and exponentially increase your effectiveness.