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The Career Academy Diploma in Psychology & Counselling

4.69 out of 5 based on 112 customer ratings
(112 customer reviews)

$1,795.00 plus GST

Understand the human mind and the counselling process with this internationally recognised qualification.

You'll learn the theory behind the skills and techniques used to successfully help people work through their problems and issues with counselling. This includes listening, reflection, questioning and interview techniques.

This online course has been developed by psychology and counselling experts. No prior experience necessary  – start today!

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Product Description

Key Benefits

  • Extend your understanding of psychology and counselling
  • Learn the skills counsellors use to help people resolve their problems and issues
  • Developed and delivered by psychology and counselling experts
  • This course is Internationally accredited by the IARC
  • Receive a FREE 12-month membership to the International Association for Counselling

Receive a FREE 12-month student membership to the International Association for Counselling:

Maya Light

Maya LightMaya is a provisionally registered clinical psychologist with a genuine passion for her subject. She has a lifelong thirst for knowledge, particularly when it comes to understanding how we perceive the world around us. Since achieving her psychology degree in 2007, she has tutored a number of courses for psychology students, and run workshops and support groups for people with eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety and depression.


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Tamara has always enjoyed helping people to achieve their goals. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Auckland, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience; and she is planning on pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology.


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Tara is originally from Ireland, but has been living in Australia and New Zealand for the last few years. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Liverpool John Moores University School of Law. She specialised in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, and volunteered with domestic violence charities back in Ireland.

Accredited by the IARC:

Course Summary

Assessments: Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Delivery and support: Online with tutor support via email or phone.

Duration:  600 hours.  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete this diploma in six months (ie one module per month).

Career Academy Level: 6

Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 12 months until you complete.

About the developers: This course has been developed by highly qualified psychologists with many years working experience.

Cert PsyPre-requisites: There are no pre-requisites for this course but we do recommend you complete the Certificate in Psychology & Counselling first before starting the Diploma in Psychology.

This course comprises of six modules: 

Module 1: Introduction to Psychology

  • The nature and scope of psychology
  • Neurological basis of behaviour
  • Environmental effects on behaviour
  • Consciousness and perception
  • Personality
  • Psychological development
  • Needs, drives and motivation

Module 2: Psychology & Counselling

  • Stress
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Individual behaviour
  • Group behaviour
  • Methods of dealing with abnormalities
  • Conflict resolution
  • Interpersonal communication skills

Module 3: Counselling Skills

  • Learning specific counselling skills
  • Listening & bonding
  • Reflection
  • Questioning
  • Interview techniques
  • Changing beliefs and normalising
  • Finding solutions
  • Ending the counselling

Module 4: Advanced Counselling Skills

  • The Counselling Session - how micro-skills come together
  • Focus on the Present - present experiences; feedback; transference; projection; resistance
  • Telephone Counselling - non-visual contact; preparation; initial contact; overall process; debriefing; types of problem callers
  • Dealing with Crises - defining crisis; types of crisis; counsellor’s responses and intervention; post-traumatic stress
  • Aggression - expressing anger; encouraging change; role-play; externalising anger
  • Depression - blocked anger; referral practice; chronic depression; setting goals; promoting action
  • Grief and Loss - loss of relationships; children and grief; stages of grief
  • Problem-Solving Techniques : Suicide - ethics; reasons for suicide; perceived risk; counselling strategies;

Module 5. Counselling Techniques

  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy l - Freud, Erikson, Jung
  • Psychoanalytical psychotherapy ll - Adler
  • Humanistic/Existential approaches I - Gestalt Therapy; Fritz Perls
  • Humanistic/Existential approaches II - Person-Centred Counselling; Carl Rogers
  • Rational behavioural therapy - Albert Ellis
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy - Aaron Beck
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Solution-focused counselling

Module 6. Professional Practice in Counselling

  • Understanding Counselling
  • Ethics & Confidentiality
  • Understanding the Self: Self-awareness; Self-monitoring; Self-concept; Social Perception; Attribution theory.
  • Personality: What is a healthy personality?; Trait approach; Psychodynamic approach; Humanistic approach; Social learning and cognitive approaches.
  • Emotions & Behaviour: What are emotions?; Emotions and Counselling; Effect on communication
  • Supervision: Why supervision?; Working with others; Quantity and effectiveness of supervision; Personal counselling; Dependency; Types of supervision.
  • Referral Practice: Counselling v mental health issues; Secondary care counsellors; Abnormal psychology; Anxiety; Depression; Schizophrenia; Personality disorders.

What our students say: 

★★★★★ "The course is brilliant, it is easy to understand and the detail of knowledge is also easy to absorb. The tutors have been extremely helpful and prompt to reply. I find that I don’t have to use them much at all as the content is self-explanatory." - Lynaire Hartley

★★★★★ "YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING" Courtney Teahan

★★★★★ "I wanted to further my skills and knowledge as well as continue to work full-time and studying through the career academy was a great way for me to achieve this.." - Zara Buckton

★★★★★ "It is hard to say one thing I like about the course because I am enjoying all of it. I am happy with the resources I have received and would rate my overall experience 5/5 so far." - Krista Michelle Clapham

Accredited by ICOES

ICOES, the International Council for Online Educational Standards guarantees you a high standard of content with measurable outcomes from a reputable training organisation. ICOES is the accrediting body that establishes, monitors and continually develops the educational standards of online teaching institutions.


Investment:  $1795 + GST or only $25 per week on an interest free payment plan.

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112 reviews for The Career Academy Diploma in Psychology & Counselling

  1. 5 out of 5


    I have found this course very interesting and feedback from the tutors is fantastic.

  2. 5 out of 5


    The markers of my assignments were wonderful. The positive comments were great and made me keen to fix a couple of errors. Thanks so much guys. I hope they keep up their great work.

  3. 5 out of 5


    The course is fantastic I’m learning so much, and the tutors are helpful and fast.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Happy so far – very easy to enroll, I like the course content on early viewing and hope this continues.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Relatively cheap, mobile learning, flexible learning.

  6. 5 out of 5


    I decided to study this course for further professional development and because I could pay it off.

  7. 5 out of 5


    I liked the course content.The fact that I could complete it at my own time and around my responsibilities. Great that The Career Academy organised financing for their students.

  8. 5 out of 5


    The course is brilliant, it is easy to understand and the detail of knowledge is also easy to absorb. The tutors have been extremely helpful and prompt to reply. I find that I don’t have to use them much at all as the content is self-explanatory.

  9. 5 out of 5


    I’m still studying but I like that I’m learning new things to further my knowledge.

  10. 4 out of 5


    It sounded like a great online course to do and I enjoyed all aspects of it.

  11. 4 out of 5


    It has worked out well. Good communication and feedback 🙂

  12. 4 out of 5


    I’m very happy with the course and I’m very happy with my progress!

  13. 5 out of 5


    I chose this institute because of the opportunity to study in my own time, and not have the pressure of assignments and having to meet deadlines. Feedback from tutors was excellent, was very encouraging and positive that I was on the right track. Especially when there was a time I thought I wasn’t capable of doing this course.

  14. 5 out of 5


    The content of this course was very interesting, I enjoyed studying with The Career Academy.

  15. 5 out of 5


    I wanted to further my skills and knowledge as well as continue to work full-time and studying through the career academy was a great way for me to achieve this.

  16. 4 out of 5


    The career academy popped up after I had been trying to find something that I could do from home. It suited my needs.

  17. 5 out of 5


    Nothing could be improved, everything was very clear and easy to follow.

  18. 4 out of 5


    Everyone was very helpful and informative!

  19. 5 out of 5


    I have not long started but have already had great communication on where to start how to upload assessments , have talked to tutors on phone and through email, great communication, cant wait to get further into course 🙂

  20. 5 out of 5


    Great course and tutors!!

  21. 5 out of 5


    It is very well structured and delivered, easy to follow and helpful to anyone wanting to work in this kind of industry 🙂

  22. 5 out of 5


    The tutors have been very helpful and also very kind. It is hard to say one thing I like about the course because I am enjoying all of it. I am happy with the resources I have received and would rate my overall experience 5/5 so far.

  23. 5 out of 5


    I have not had any contact with the tutors yet so cannot comment on them. I like the way the course is set out and how we are able to work at our own pace through it by emailing through our assessments. I am happy with all the resources the Career Academy has provided and would rate my experience 5/5 so far.

  24. 3 out of 5


    I wanted an insight into counselling and psychology and to see if it was for me. I may now pursue a qualification.

  25. 5 out of 5


    Being able to study at home in my own time has worked in perfect for me. Nothing can be improved in this course!

  26. 5 out of 5


    The course is awesome and well set out Tutors are very helpful and very encouraging with their kind words even if i needed to resit a couple of questions on a paper. I will be suggesting this to a lot of people so far I have.

  27. 5 out of 5


    I found the comments really useful from tutors in terms of their feedback. I liked the fact that you could do the course in your own time, as I could juggle it around a full time job.

  28. 5 out of 5


    Amazing, the course is so interesting I am thoroughly enjoying it. The tutors always email back so quickly if I have an issue or I don’t understand something, they are very helpful and always try help the best they can

  29. 5 out of 5


    The tutors always reply promptly and are very efficient. I liked that during the course I was able to communicate with different people around the country doing the same thing as me on the online forum.

  30. 5 out of 5


    I think that the course is good and well developed so far. The tutors are always available and they answer to my questions.

  31. 5 out of 5


    Tutors have been very helpful especially if I was stuck with something. It was nice to hear their encouraging words after an assignment has been marked. It was wonderful and helped me push on to do the next one or fix it up. The course is set up well and easy to understand the workbook and the computer work book are very helpful especially when needing to do an assignment its easy to refer back to which helps a lot.
    Very impressed so far I can’t wait until I have finished this course with a diploma in my hot little hands hehe 🙂

  32. 5 out of 5


    Have only just started but very happy with how it is structured and all the help so far 🙂

  33. 5 out of 5


    Brilliant service! Took me a while with the electronic process compared to sending in paperwork studying electrical engineering years ago. Many thanks to Tamara and Sam, I am enjoying this subject!

  34. 4 out of 5


    The course itself was very interesting!

  35. 5 out of 5


    Love the course.. everyone has been very helpful!! 🙂

  36. 4 out of 5


    So far the course fits in with my full time schedule working and looking after kids. The feedback from my tutor has been motivating. Just one advice is that when I am reading the readings and get to the bottom of the page, the “help resource” button is in the way of the arrow to turn the page and so I have to scroll to the top, which is a little thing, but could be changed?

  37. 5 out of 5


    So far so good, just started and I’m loving the layout of the course and how its run. Looking forward to this experience and i know I have the help when i need it

  38. 5 out of 5


    I have enjoyed the course so far!

  39. 5 out of 5


    Tutors were always positive with their feedback, assistance when needed was provided in a timely manner. The course is good grounding for further study and was well structured. The online setup was easy to manage and navigate. I would have liked to have seen some ‘mock’ counselling sessions to provide additional learning in a visual way since there is no requirement for placement hours. After much research this was the course I decided on due to the psychology component. Well done on a fantastic course!

  40. 5 out of 5


    So far so good. great and quick replies back to questions. Very helpful.

  41. 5 out of 5



  42. 4 out of 5


    I’m really enjoying the course and I really like it. I would say finding the time to do it is the most difficult, but yeah, the course content is great.

  43. 4 out of 5


    Looking forward to getting farther into this course! It’s been good so far. I’ve enjoyed reading through the material. Sometimes it’s a bit of hassle doing it online in terms of sorting out the online template but apart from that it’s all been fine.

  44. 5 out of 5


    Content is easy to manage and to work through. I’ve had no problems so far. This course is excellent!

  45. 5 out of 5


    Very informative course. It’s helpful that I can study at my own pace while I’m working.

  46. 5 out of 5


    They’re an excellent help, always there to help when you need them.

  47. 5 out of 5


    It was all good. I’d love to know more about the grades as you finish the course. I liked that I could complete the course from home.

  48. 4 out of 5


    I am enjoying the course very much, it is informative and thorough. There is a lot of work to get through, I am going to need an extension. Initially I found the site confusing to manage. When there are technical problems from your end I find that very frustrating. The feedback from the tutors has been encouraging, they are efficient with a quick turn around.

  49. 5 out of 5



  50. 5 out of 5


    It is affordable and can do a course in my own pace.

  51. 5 out of 5


    I’m absolutely loving it, it’s quite interesting finding out how the brain works. The tutors are great, I was worried to submit my assignment at first but they’ve given great feedback on everything I’ve turned in. I’ve recommended Career Academy to a bunch of people!

  52. 5 out of 5


    Some of the questions are contradictory throughout the course, but overall it was great. The online option fits in with my work and family life and I can do it all at my own pace and time.

  53. 5 out of 5


    It’s getting harder as I go through it, but it’s a very good course!

  54. 4 out of 5


    It’s getting harder as I go through it, but it’s a very good course!

  55. 4 out of 5


    So far i love the layout of the course. i also love the flexibility of it being able to fit in with my busy single parent life. i just submitted my first assessment and was happy with the tutors feed back and prompt grading.

  56. 5 out of 5


    It can be a little daunting, as some of the course material is difficult and it can be hard to get motivated. I definitely enjoy it though and am looking forward to completing the course.

  57. 5 out of 5


    My partner was studying with Career Academy and convinced me to sign up. This was the best thing I have ever done in my life. Now I have some sense of a better career and future for myself. Everything was perfect and easy to follow.

  58. 5 out of 5


    Great course, the content is interesting and the tutors give some really good feedback. Some of the wording on the questions is a bit vague but otherwise I’m really enjoying it.

  59. 5 out of 5


    A nice, common sense course with useful content. It’s challenging enough without being too challenging, and it’s well sequenced and ordered. The tutors give immediate feedback to assessments. It’s nice to be able to work at my own pace and not have specific deadlines for the assignments.

  60. 5 out of 5


    Really interesting course.

  61. 4 out of 5


    Working my way through the course material and so far it’s all pretty good!

  62. 5 out of 5


    I haven’t been doing too much lately as I’ve been really busy but hoping to get done over Christmas period. Such a great way to study for people like me, who are in full time work and have busy lives. Looking forward to finishing 🙂

  63. 4 out of 5


    I’m enjoying it. The response from the tutors could be a bit faster but otherwise I’m happy with what I’ve done so far. The course content is really great.

  64. 4 out of 5


    I enjoyed my course, the work was good and pretty manageable. I had a couple of hiccups, and felt as though I didn’t receive much feedback from tutors etc, would of enjoyed more direct communication, as I did get confused with a couple of things. Overall enjoying course and almost completed.

  65. 4 out of 5


    Good course! Easy to manage and very helpful overall.

  66. 5 out of 5


    It’s been fantastic so far. The information is really well organized and the layout of the course is excellent. It’s a very comprehensive course – I haven’t had to do much research beyond what’s in the course to complete any assignments. The tutors give really positive and helpful feedback. They’ve been wonderful and their help always encourages me on to the next lesson. Overall I’ve found no problems with the course and am really enjoying it.

  67. 5 out of 5


    Nothing to improve. Chose to study with Career Academy as it is good to be able to do the course in my own pace and it is affordable. Excellent overall.

  68. 4 out of 5


    I like what I’ve done so far; the course is interesting.

  69. 5 out of 5


    Just starting but I can see how helpful everyone is so far and I love it.

  70. 4 out of 5


    I am really enjoying the course. I wasn’t so sure about it in the beginning but after switching tutors, I feel like the feedback I get from my new tutor now is a lot more positive and encouraging.

  71. 5 out of 5


    Enjoyed what I’ve done so far, really really good course and tutors. It’s well laid out and manageable. I’m very happy.

  72. 5 out of 5


    Sophie sills is a very supportive and helpful tutor.

  73. 5 out of 5


    I love this course! Just started doing the readings and going through everything and it’s all going fine.

  74. 5 out of 5


    Has been a good course and the information has been very easy to read and understand.

  75. 4 out of 5


    The course is really interesting so far.

  76. 4 out of 5


    Enjoyable and challenging

  77. 3 out of 5


    Not too bad, just a bit challenging. The course information is relatively new to me, so it’s a bit of a struggle, but overall I find it to be pretty good.

  78. 5 out of 5


    Psych and Counselling course is turning out to be pretty easy which I’m thankful for, I like it and the tutors are fast to reply when I email them for help!

  79. 4 out of 5


    I chose the Career Academy as it seemed a good option for someone like me who hadn’t studied for some time, who wanted to gain a basic understanding of counselling before attempting more advanced studies in that area.

  80. 5 out of 5


    Enjoying the course understands it well as it is more of a review/top up for me. Tutors are really helpful.

  81. 5 out of 5


    Really enjoyed course found it really clear, informative, and easy to read. The tutors were very helpful and so quick to come back to me.

  82. 5 out of 5


    Absolutely brilliant course! I’ve taken other psychology courses and this one has been so easy, the information is easy to digest and understand. I’ve just graduated with my MBA and this course has helped me with my work/life habits and gave me insights on how to manage my personal life. My kids are interested in the work that I’ve been doing and they sometimes even sit down next to me because they’d like to learn too. I really loved this course!

  83. 4 out of 5


    The course is fantastic and very extensive. The tutors are great!

  84. 5 out of 5


    My course did provide me a better overview and also provides an effective way of learning and also the tutors really did guide me well in some of my difficulties in my course.

  85. 5 out of 5


    My tutor is super friendly! Emailed back almost straight away when I had a question. The course work is also really good, I find that I understand it really well compared to other courses I have done.

  86. 4 out of 5


    Helpful and quick communication.
    Knowledgeable and friendly people. Thanks.

  87. 5 out of 5


    I liked this course because I could pay it off. I want to be a counselor.

  88. 5 out of 5


    I am about to start my courses – am looking forward to completing these courses and meeting my Tutor.

  89. 5 out of 5


    Have only just started but so far great communication and fast setup. Yet to talk to tutor.

  90. 5 out of 5


    Problem solving techniques very useful. Thank you!

  91. 5 out of 5


    I think the entire team of The Career Academy is so helpful to support its students. I had phoned several times and each time I had dealt with a different person but they all had the same positive attitude to serve their students/clients.

    Well done!

  92. 5 out of 5


    I absolutely love the course and the tutors are awesome and very helpful. I have had no problems apart from getting my latest assessment graded but the help I have received from Career Academy has been awesome.

  93. 4 out of 5


    Haven’t talked to the tutor as haven’t need her yet

  94. 4 out of 5


    they are very helpful and friendly there when you need them

  95. 4 out of 5


    Good overall

  96. 5 out of 5


    Enjoying the course 🙂
    I liked it because of flexible payment options and the availability to study online so i can also work a day job.

  97. 5 out of 5


    This fitted in with my work and family and the time I had. Thank you soo much for this.

  98. 4 out of 5


    Prompt and explained solution for me to move forward with my assignment.

  99. 5 out of 5


    Excellent and supportive

  100. 4 out of 5


    I am happy with the level of service I received.

  101. 4 out of 5


    I thought the course was quite good overall, although I did struggle with the suicide topic. I suppose because of the nature of the topic.

  102. 4 out of 5


    Very happy thank you. Quick response and valuable additional resource added. Thank you so much

  103. 5 out of 5


    Convenience, relevance, and enhancement to my business and lifestyle were the main reasons I decided to take this course. I was unsure about what I needed to relate my answers to for one of the questions from memory etc. Tutor dealt with this quickly though and was sorted same day. Help was always available.

  104. 4 out of 5


    The support I received was accurate and prompt

  105. 5 out of 5


    I have only just managed to get started. So far I have had no problems. I have ordered the book (course notes) and am waiting for them to arrive, then I can carry it with me anywhere.

  106. 5 out of 5


    Excellent overall. Help was available when I needed it, the content was relevent and useful and I will be able to apply the knowledge learned.

  107. 5 out of 5


    You guys/girls are absolutely awesome

  108. 5 out of 5


    I love studying with The Career Academy they make it so easy to have my studies accessible for me on the internet via moodle online. I am half way through my Diploma in Psychology and Counseling Level 6. I enjoy studying and passing through my assessments like wow I do have brains smile emoticon. The team is so helpful in all ways possible and i do encourage people to study with The Career Academy. My tutor Maya Light is a lovely tutor to have she is an inspiration to me through out my studies and is pointing me in the right direction. So above all I do think The Career Academy is where personally I love studying at and with. Thank You to All

  109. 5 out of 5


    I do not see anything that needs improved. i was searching for a course on counselling and I found the whole experience to be wonderfully enlightening.

  110. 5 out of 5


    Currently completing this course. It was convenient for me and it was at the top of the list on google. I love it and am so greatful that yous exist. Fees are great and payable especially the payment plan is amazing. The academy is great, unique and amazing in every way. I do hope this academy will grow and have more course for the future

  111. 5 out of 5


    Dear Maya Light. I have just completed all my courses for my Diploma in Psychology and Counselling> I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and have appreciated your feedback. thank you.

  112. 5 out of 5


    Modules 1 & 2: I really enjoyed studying this course and will definitely be doing some more courses. I chose to study with The Career Academy because you can work on your time and also because of the financial options available.

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