Willows Counselling & Training

Willows is a safe space offering counselling support for people feeling worried about anything affecting their mental health, as well as delivering training for people to become counsellors.

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“Willows is a great place to train. High standards and wonderful personal care with a sensitive, thoughtful ethos.”

Willows has been training counsellors for over 32 years and every year our training is judged as ‘outstanding’ by our awarding body (CPCAB).  We are proud of the excellent feedback from our students.

  • Uniquely, training takes place within a counselling agency environment where you’ll gain ‘real world’ experience and insights. You benefit from Willows experience of issues clients bring to counselling. We teach beyond the curriculum so that you are prepared and equipped to counsel your own clients.
  • Willows is an ‘active’ counselling service with long experience of managing student placements. We can tailor your training to help you get the most out of your placement, whether it is with Willows or elsewhere.

Willows training is based on an integrative client-centred model

  • Is person-centred at it’s core.
  • Draws on psychodynamic insights.
  • Uses both cognitive-behavioural and creative methods.
  • Recognises a transpersonal world-view.
  • Informed by developmental theory.
  • Holistic view of human functioning.

“The trainers are supportive, caring and go the extra mile for each one of us. Love the atmosphere of peace that fills every corner of Willows.”

“I feel I am being really well equipped, even if the thought of starting ‘for real’ afterwards is very scary!”

Willows students go on to work in a variety of counselling roles including

  • Setting up in private practice.
  • Working or volunteering in a variety of voluntary and statutory agencies.
  • Working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Training counsellors of the future.
  • Gaining further post Diploma qualifications and developing expertise in specific areas including but not limited to supervisions, addiction, trauma, children and young people.

Willows Trauma Specialism Training

Willows Level 5 Diploma in Trauma Counselling draws on pioneering neuroscience.  We have extensive experience of providing a safe counselling experience for people affected by trauma and dissociation stemming from disability, illness, PTSD, childhood abuse, domestic abuse and complex grief. The course is recognised by CPCAB. We offer ongoing CPD Workshops for counsellors and organisations in trauma, attachment and dissociation.

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Training events and conference

We hold regular training events throughout the year and we welcome delegates from Swindon, Wiltshire, across the UK, Ireland and internationally.  Our events are excellent opportunities for world class training, for counsellors to share resources and to build support networks.


All our courses are accredited by the CPCAB and every year our training is judged as ‘outstanding’.

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Getting here

We are located in the heart of Old Town, Swindon. We have free car-parking and are close to bus routes on Victoria Road.

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