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  • Roehampton has an international reputation as a centre for therapeutic training, attracting students from all over the world.
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
  • The impact of the research submitted by our Department of Psychology is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • 93% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2018 results).
  • The flexibility to change focus during year one (for example to BA Psychology or Psychology and Counselling).
  • 100% of students in work or further study within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education, 2018 results).


Improve the wellbeing of others and take the first step towards building an inspiring and rewarding career in therapy or psychology, by joining our BA Therapeutic Psychology at Roehampton.

The course combines our well-established strengths in counselling, psychology, and arts and play therapies. It is ideal for students who want to work in the helping professions or pursue careers as counsellors or psychotherapists, without doing a doctorate and becoming a chartered psychologist.

Working with dedicated leading psychology and counselling experts and practitioners, who enthusiastically bring their real-life experience into the classroom, you will develop a range of skills designed to broaden your theoretical understanding of the mind, and build your practical experience and personal development.

This well-rounded learning approach, alongside voluntary work experience, will give you a strong foundation for a career in therapy or further education at postgraduate level.

We offer modules to give you excellent, first-hand counselling experiences. In Introduction to the Arts and Play Therapies, you will explore how the therapeutic relationship can be mediated for a diverse range of people through creative therapies such as art, drama, music, dance, and play. In Practice of Counselling Skills, you will develop your counselling and communication skills through practical and written exercises. In Interpersonal Neurobiology you will explore how therapists can apply evidence from recent research regarding the impact of relationships on our mind/brain/body; and in Psychology in the Real World, you will develop the ability to bridge the gap between psychological theories, research, and real-word practice applications.

Year one

  • Begin exploring psychology, counselling and the arts and play therapies.
  • Understand the theoretical and practical contexts of counselling and therapies, different psychological models and the value of the creative process.
  • Explore the self for your own future development as a practitioner.

Year two

  • Gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour and gain a strong foundation for self-awareness.
  • Learn skills related to professional client work in preparation for your volunteer work experience in year three.
  • Develop your clinical intuition and reflective skills

Year three

  • Take up the opportunity to work on a voluntary placement to help people with their psychological needs.
  • Gain expertise in managing the counselling process and the research methods most commonly used between clients and therapists

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Introduction to the Arts and Play Therapies
Introduction to Counselling Theory
Practice of Counselling Skills
Mind, Body and Brain (1)
Social Developmental Psychology (1)
Psychology in the Real World

Year 2

Interpersonal Neurobiology
The Arts on the Couch
Theory in Practice
Models of Counselling
Reflective Practice in Counselling
Understanding Mental Health

Year 3

Childhood, Attachment Theory and Self-Regulation
Qualitative Research
Volunteering Experience and Personal Therapy
Psychological Assessment for Counselling
Managing the Counselling Process


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.


You will be in a strong position to build a career as a psychotherapist, counsellor, art psychotherapist, play therapist or drama therapist. You could also take your skills into a safeguarding organisation, the police, social services, education or HR.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Sigal Shalev

Sigal Shalev

My name is Sigal, I am the Programme Convenor for BA Therapeutic Psychology. I lecture on this programme and also on BSc Psychology and Counselling. I am an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist with experience of working with adult clients. I specialise in anger management, emotional arousal regulation and childhood trauma. This is my sixth year working at the University of Roehampton where I particularly enjoy watching students' skills and confidence develop over the three years of their undergraduate degree. I hope to meet you in the near future.

Dr Emma Klay

Emma Klay

Hi I’m Emma and I’ve been a lecturer on Roehampton’s counselling and psychology programmes for the past two years. My research fields focus on multivoicedness and depression. The two things I particularly like about my job are firstly working with my inspiring colleagues in the Department of Psychology, and secondly the opportunity that teaching and research offer to explore and dialogue about different ideas.


Nicole Proia
Senior Lecturer

Nicole Proia

I’m Nicole and am a senior lecturer on the BA Psychology and Counselling programme at Roehampton, and I also teach on the Dramatherapy master’s. Although I’ve worked here for 12 years, the reflective and experiential workshops where students delve into their personal process to discover the richness of their inner worlds, still remain the highlight of my week. There are tears and laughter, surprise and adventure, all of which keeps me on my toes and ever curious about each student I meet! I am particularly interested in working with the body in therapy, and holistic approaches to mental and physical well-being. Much of my research focuses on looking at ways in which the body communicates historical trauma and the transformational healing potential of somatic awareness and the reconnection and alignment of mind and body. Use of the beautiful grounds of Roehampton feature in some of our sessions and it gives me such joy to share the natural setting with students as they explore and learn.

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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

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