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What will I learn?

Caring and compassionate by nature, counsellors are drawn to the profession by a desire to help. Whether supporting someone through a challenging time, motivating them to achieve their goals, or guiding them to personal insights, a counsellor helps others to change their own lives. Whether you want to pursue the rewarding career of counselling or to use counselling skills in your personal life or in another helping profession, our Counselling Therapist Diploma program will give you the knowledge, tools, and confidence to apply your natural compassion as a skilled helper.

Counsellors support diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups of people through personal and interpersonal challenges and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Based on the extensive competency profile of the Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists of British Columbia (FACTBC), our Counselling Therapist Diploma qualifies you for membership with multiple counselling associations. Competency-based counsellors are an important part of British Columbia’s mosaic of mental health professionals.

Our Counselling Therapist program is built on a foundation of evidence-based practice, reflective practice, and ethical practice. You will develop an understanding of the biological, psychological, and social underpinnings of everyday human problems and mental health issues, as well as frameworks to change them.

Under the guidance of expert counsellor instructors and practicum supervisors, you will apply and deepen your learning throughout the program with in-class role plays and weekly integrated practicum hours with real clients.

Free Supervision:

You will have access to free clinical supervision and use of our counselling clinic for two years following your graduation while you work toward registration with ACCT and/or CPCA. This FREE Supervision Service will save you approximately $5,000 in supervision fees after you graduate from our Counselling Therapist Diploma program.

This program is for you, if you:

  • Are a positive thinker who believes that change is possible
  • Have a sufficient level of self-awareness, empathy and non-judgmental attitude to be able to attend to another person
  • Have the maturity, emotional stability, and suitability for work in this field
  • Are a compassionate, caring and patient individual with strong critical thinking abilities
  • Have basic computer skills: Internet, email, and word processing
  • Are familiar and comfortable with basic library and online research skills
  • Have a minimum of two years of successful freedom from chemical dependency

About the Career:

As a Counselling Therapist, you’ll find opportunities for employment in:

  • Employee Assistance Programs through third-party billing from employee health benefits
  • Private practice
  • Health and wellness clinics
  • Treatment centres
  • Government
  • Not-for-profits organizations

This program is also great to enhance your skillset and expertise in careers that work with people, such as:

  • Human Resources
  • Career Counselling
  • Customer Service
  • Health Care Professionals

Based on employment statistics gathered by Stenberg College, Counselling Therapists in private practice typically charge clients $80-$100/hour.

Which department am I in?

Stenberg College

Study options

Online/Distance (90 weeks)

Tuition fees
CAN $29,895 for the entire course
Start date

October 2022, March 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Completed a Grade 12 graduation or equivalent. Stenberg College entrance examination or equivalent. English Requirements: Academic IELTS or PTE with minimum scores in IELTS of 6.0 overall and a PTE score of 51.

For international students

Applicants must have,

  • Mature student status (19+ years of age)
  • English 12 or equivalent
  • Completion of Stenberg College entrance informational interview.
  • Completion of the Computer Proficiency Entrance Testing with a score of 70% or higher.

English Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS or PTE with minimum scores in IELTS of 6.0 overall and a PTE score of 51.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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