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This new version was launched January 2018. This course is a revised version of our previous Diploma in Stress Management with Counselling Skills and now has a different and more comprehensive textbook for the Counselling Skills module.  The course title has been changed to emphasise that a comprehensive introductory course in counselling skills is the main component of the course. Highlighting that this is a Counselling Skills qualification with the addition of Stress Management training will give the Diploma more impact for your professional profile. The full title of the award will be Diploma in Counselling, Helping and Stress Management Skills.

If you have taken one or both of our related courses and want an upgrade to our new diploma title please contact us to discuss what we can provide for you.

Method of study

Textbook study. Written assignments based on textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.

Course introduction

This Diploma combines two diplomas we have been running for years into one course: the full syllabus of our Diploma in Stress Management and Relaxation course plus the full syllabus of our new Counselling Skills course. The advantages of taking this combined course are:

A considerable saving over the cost of taking both courses separately.

You will receive a Diploma bearing the words "Counselling, Helping and Stress Management Skills".

We have added a FREE certificate as a Stress Management Coach for all students who successfully complete the Diploma.

Entry criteria and suitability 

This Diploma is for:

People who would like to take the course for self-development purposes

Personnel managers, supervisors, performers, frequent travellers and others who need to deliver or practise a repertoire of  techniques for stress management, recovering energy levels and informal counselling, listening and communication skills.

People who would like  comprehensive  instructions on relaxation and stress reduction techniques plus introductory counselling skills in an easy to follow format, and to learn many new skills and techniques

Practicing complementary therapists, life coaches, and health workers who would like an additional diploma in stress management and counselling skills to add to their qualifications or CPD

People who have some counselling role (including volunteers, managers, stress management practitioners, coaches, complementary therapists, teachers, etc.) or who would like to study an introduction to counselling.

People who would like to take this course to give them confidence to pursue other educational opportunities such as advanced courses in stress management or diplomas in counselling, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.


PART I - Counselling Skills

    The counselling skills module is divided into five sections. We only give the section titles here. Further descriptions can be found on our web page for the Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy which uses the same module.

Section 1 – Exploring Counselling and Helping

Section 2 – How Counsellors Relate

Section 3 – Understanding the Client’s Problems

Section 4 – Helping People to Change

Section 4 goes more deeply into techniques for change, including some life coaching skills.

Section 5 – Special Issues in Counselling

     PART II -  Stress Management and Relaxation

This part will include the following:

Theory of Stress, Breathing exercises, Progressive relaxation, Meditation, Visualisation, Applied relaxation, Self-hypnosis, Autogenics, Brief combination techniques, Anger training, Refuting irrational ideas, Focusing, Worry control, Coping skills, Goal setting and time management, Assertiveness, Coping with job stress, Simple nutrition, Exercise.


Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Counselling, Helping and Stress Management Skills - the full formal title of the course - awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. Course graduates will also receive an additional certification as a Stress Management Coach.The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip.C.S.M. and Certified Stress Management Coach.

The course is accredited by ACCPH and graduates may apply for membership.

We will also give details of other possible professional associations.

Students will be entitled to exemption from parts of certain other UKCHT courses. A path to further qualifiations after this course is provided by our Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching and by our Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Prospective students are responsible for checking whether they need any form of accreditation or licensing to practise as a counsellor or psychotherapist in their own country. UK College of Holistic Training is unable to advise on local regulations in your country. However, "Stress Management" by itself is unlikely to be regulated, and neither is "Life Coaching".

Further information

Please see our FAQs page for general information about practising counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and elsewhere.

We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at any time. If any key textbook becomes unobtainable we will provide a substitute module based on another book.

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Diploma in Counselling Skills & Stress Management

Distance learning. No time limit.
Course accredited by ACCPH
Recommended study period: 4 months or less. Enrol any time.
Entry criteria: open entry.
Cost (UK): £275.00, non-UK add £5.00 for postage
Extra costs & shipping may apply for some non-EU countries - see apply page for details. For currency conversion see www.xe.com
UK students receive the 2 required textbooks for free.
Includes free certification as Stress Management Coach.

Course textbooks:

Nelson-Jones, Richard INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING SKILLS, 4th edition, Sage, 2013

Davis, McKay & Eshelman. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. 6th edition. New Harbinger, 2008.

UK students will receive a free copy of these two  textbooks. Students outside the UK will need to acquire their own copies.

Course textbooks:

Nelson-Jones, Richard INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING SKILLS, 4th edition, Sage, 2013

Davis, McKay & Eshelman. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. 6th edition. New Harbinger, 2008.

UK students will receive a free copy of these two  textbooks. Students outside the UK will need to acquire their own copies.

You may start at any time of year
Click this link to go to our Application page

Click here for our important article (published 28 Feb. 2019) on the future of counselling in the UK