Welcome to Community Counsellor Training

…the educational arm of Community Counselling Service in East Kent.


Community Counselling Service (CCS), based in Canterbury, was established in 2007 as a low cost independent counselling practice for all in the local community who wish to access talking therapy.

Drawing upon the wealth of experience this practice has brought us, in 2015 we launched counselling education in the form of a Level 2 Award in Skilled Helping and Counselling Skills, a one year Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and a two year Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, the national standard for professional counsellor qualification. We regularly take on students who work their placement hours at CCS, so it has been a natural and thrilling progression to move into the training of counsellors. Since then we have gone on to add advanced course qualifications in L6 Supervision, L5&6 Working with Children and Young People and, in conjunction with the East Kent Rape Crisis Centre, a L6 Working with Rape & Sexual Abuse. Details of all courses are on the Training pages.

Academic Excellence backed by Practical Experience

We believe the benefit of studying with us here at CCT is that we can offer not only a high-quality theoretical training but also a very broad base of experience within which to learn. Tutors are all very experienced counsellors with thousands of hours of practice behind them; there is a range of tutors covering a variety of approaches to encompass the realities of counselling in the daily workplace; and there are possibilities for placement provision within the system in our very busy and exciting practice.

Community Benefit

CCS is a Community Interest Company, meaning that any profit made is retained by the business to invest in its work in the community. In choosing to study with us, not only do you gain a solid qualification designed and delivered by passionate and experienced professionals, but you are also contributing to the ongoing development of the community counselling practice and thereby helping disadvantaged people throughout our area.

Awarding Bodies

We are an approved learning centre for both ABC Awards and CPCAB awarding bodies

About Our Training

We understand very well about the difficulties, challenges and great benefits of studying to become a counsellor. So we recognise the need for a fully supportive education which will enable you to achieve not just a qualification, but gain valuable experience and personal development from studying within an organisation wholly committed to the practice and process of counselling.

About Our Training

In addition to the qualification courses, monthly CPD Workshops are offered covering a breadth of psychotherapeutic topics open to qualified practitioners and students alike and facilitated by highly qualified and experienced trainers.

So welcome to our website and to your new pathway to a first class counselling education and ongoing study and development - we look forward to hearing from you and working with you.