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Already a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist and want to coach?  This course is specifically aimed at qualified therapists who want to add coaching to their existing practice, either as an integrated approach or a separate business.  The programme has the prestigious European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) European Quality Award (EQA) which provides you with an EMCC Senior Practitioner in Coaching qualification.  Plus, you have the option to fast-track to becoming accredited (European Individual Accredition – EIA).

This is a challenging programme delivered over 12 months that will transform qualified and experienced therapists into exceptional coaches.

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The Therapist to Coach programme is rigorous and demanding to meet the highest possible standards, with a focus on self-guided, theory-based and deeply reflective learning and skills practice. I believe people learn coaching by doing it, so 80% of the programme is focused on practice.

Senior Practitioner level competences and qualifications are those that aim to equip you as a professional coaching specialist, enabling you to work with a whole range of people from senior executives, directors and boards of organisations through to individuals who want to have more control or balance in their relationships or life.

I don’t prescribe what the focus of your coaching should be. You may wish to be executive, business, life, therapeutic, or performance coaches, or not even know for sure at this point. You may want to work in corporate, private or public sectors. Whichever, this programme will give you the skills and practice, standards and credibility to enable you to be the coach you want to be.

The course includes 150 coaching practice hours (90 of which are outside the programme delivery days), one-to-one tutorials and two free supervision sessions.

You do not need a ‘placement’ to begin your coaching  Instead, as an already experienced  therapist, you can work with fee-paying clients as a trainee coach straight after the first workshop. This helps to quickly gain your practice hours and begin to recoup the course fees.


Scroll down for full details and click here for an Application form – 2021

Click here for entry requirements

[Please also see the Frequently asked questions page for more information.]


Fees are £2,690.00. (No VAT payable)

A deposit of £900 is required upon booking to secure your place and the full fee must be paid in full a minimum of 30 days before the start of the course. The full terms and conditions with information regarding deposits and refunds is on the application form.

If delivered in-person, the fees include a light buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  The fee does not include overnight stay (or travel), but there are several reasonably priced hotels and B&Bs close by for around £45 per night.

Fast-track accreditation: An extra £350 is payable if you take the option to fast-track to EMCC accreditation (EIA) in addition to gaining your qualification.  You can decide to add this – or not – at any point during the programme.  The price covers the EMCC EIA application, plus a small admin charge for me to process this on your behalf. Doing this through your training provider is seamless and is a fraction of the cost of applying post-programme.  In addition, you will need to become a member of EMCC UK (which also gives you free membership of EMCC Global) which you can obtain at a saving of 25% whist on my course (£99 at time of writing).


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I am currently considering a totally online programme, commencing June 2021, with a minimum of five participants and a maximum of seven, if the demand is there, so please do drop me a line.

Email: or give me a call (Tel: 07729332174).

The in-person programme, commencing September 2021 (6-10 participants): *King’s Lynn, Norfolk (venue to be confirmed).  Direct train line from King’s Cross, London to King’s Lynn is approx 1hr 40mins.  15 minutes from the beautiful West Norfolk coastline and the Royal Sandringham Estate & Country Park.*

By running the programme in Norfolk, we can keep the costs down and pass this saving on to you – this is the most affordable route to an EMCC qualification at this level.

*CORONAVIRUS SAFETY NOTE: Due to covid-19 safety measures, all or some of the in-person 2021 programme  workshops may need to be delivered online via Zoom to keep all participants safe, still with breakout rooms, whiteboard etc and a rich, relational experience.  The fee remains the same, with additional sessions, elements and support provided online.

Dates & Times

Dates and time for the 2021-2022 cohort to be published by January 2021.  The information below is a guide.

  • Skills Development Workshop 1:  (Three days) (This will be one day, then two a week later, if online)
  • Skills Development Workshop 2:  (Two days)
  • Two One-to-one Supervision/Tutorial Sessions over Zoom (Each session one hour)
  • Skills Development Workshop 3:  (Two days)
  • Skills and Competence Consolidation Workshop 4:  (morning only)
  • Portfolio submission: 10 months after the start of the programme

Start and finish times

(NB: Timings below for 2021 are a guide and subject to change to allow flexibility on the day and depending on participant need for time away from the screen, if delivered online.   Day 1 of workshop 1 will be delivered separately if online to ease screen time and allow participant introductions and induction to the programme.

Workshop 1

  • Thursday 9am – 4.30pm (registration on Zoom 8:50am)
  • Friday  8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Saturday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Workshop 2

  • Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm
  • Saturday 8.30am – 4:30pm

Workshop 3

  • Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm
  • Saturday 8.30am – 4:30pm

Workshop 4

  • Friday 9:00am – 1pm (lunch not provided)


This programme level is aimed at those:

  • who will practice as a professional coach and can draw on a range of models and frameworks
  • who are or wish to work with a range of clients contexts and organisations
  • whose focus of work will be building capacity for progression, managing complex and challenging relationships, working with ambiguity and change

We will help you develop your own approach to coaching and counselling and briefly introduce you to a practical and theoretical model of integration.

  • Our training is evidence based
  • We underpin our work to coaching, counselling and psychological theory
  • You get to experience the tools before you use them
  • Trainers share real examples from their practice
  • We make links to models of integration for coaching and counselling
  • Encourage and promote the use of supervision to enhance learning and ethical practice

Learning objectives

By the end of the training participants will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have an awareness of their own values beliefs and behaviours, and use this self-awareness to manage their effectiveness in meeting the coachee’s and where relevant, the sponsor’s objectives
  • Have a commitment to reflective practice, identify gaps in skills and knowledge, explore relevant themes, ideas and models, translate new learning into coaching practice and evaluate it.
  • Are able to establish an ethically based coaching contract in ambiguous or conflicted circumstances with the client (and with sponsors where relevant)
  • Attend to and work flexibly with the coachee’s emotions, moods, language, patterns, beliefs and physical expression
  • Can effectively use a range of tools, feedback and challenge to enable the coachee to raise awareness, develop insight, and responsibility for action within the possibilities and constraints of the client’s situational context
  • Establish rigorous evaluation processes with coachees and stakeholders.
  • Are clear about the boundaries for their own practice between coaching and therapy and whether they intend to integrate the two using a clear process model.

Programme requirements

You will be working at your own pace, planning in your own reflection and skills practice time.  The programme has a maximum of 500 study hours over 12 months.  Including the seven and a half programme delivery days delivered in four blocks (62.5 hours), you will be completing:

  • 150 hours of reflective practice
  • 150 hours learning theories and models
  • 150 hours coaching practice (90 of which will be outside the programme delivery days with your coachees and some time co-coaching with a fellow participant)
  • Up to 50 hours is included for practicalities, such as planning, setting up, accessing the website etc

This comes to a maximum of 500 hours, equating to approximately 50 hours a month, which includes attendance at workshops.

Our belief is that people learn through doing and then reflecting on that practice.  Reflective practice is a process by which you: stop and think about your practice, consciously analyse your decision making and draw on theory and relate it to what you do in practice. Critical analysis and evaluation refocuses your thinking on your existing knowledge and helps generate new knowledge and ideas.  You will be expected to keep a reflective journal, complete self-evaluation sheets and logs of coaching practice, co-supervision and professional supervision, all of which will form part of your portfolio submitted at the end of the programme.

You will be expected to complete case studies which will include your personal philosophy, your theoretical model and a focus on your coaching practice with individual clients.  You are also asked to complete a theory assignment analysing the strengths and limitations of your current therapeutic approach in a coaching context.  Again, these will form part of your portfolio submitted at the end of the programme.

You will be given a Participant Training Pack with over 100 pages literally packed full of information, explanations, tools and resources which will be invaluable not just whilst on the programme, but into your future practice.

Underpinning the entire programme are the EMCC competences at Senior Practitioner level and the assessment of the portfolio is based on whether or not you have sufficiently evidenced meeting those competences.

Building your reflective practice portfolio starts immediately.  Each time you read a coaching book or article, talk to a coachee, write up your reflections from a workshop, have some supervision or write a case study, it all goes in your portfolio and counts towards your 500 study hours.  Breaking it down likes this makes it practical and manageable.

Recognition of prior learning and experience

Therapist to Coach has mapped the competencies of UKCP, BACP and BPS registered/accredited members against those of EMCC.  This means we recognise your prior learning and experience and are able to offer entry at this post-graduate level, rather than expecting you to go over old ground.

If you take up the EMCC International EIA option, this formally accredits you for that prior learning and expertise.

 Programme overview

The overview below is a guide to the programme flow only – 2021-22 dates to be added (now over 12 months).

What the 2019-20 cohort said about the course

“I’d been wanting for some time to add coaching to my practice when I discovered this course.  I’m glad I took my time to research my options because, unlike other professional courses I’d seen, its specifically tailored to mental health professionals, both taking into account and building on existing competencies via a structured programme of learning and supervised practice.  The clincher for me was that Trish is both an experienced therapist and coach.
Following a number of supervised skills practice sessions during part one of the programme, I was delighted that I felt confident enough in my skills to start working with coachees.  Trish is a supportive, experienced and knowledgeable trainer and I would recommend the course without hesitation.  It’s been an excellent investment and I’ve now been able to successfully expand my private practice to include coaching and am very much enjoying the variety of work that I’m doing as a result.” 
Beth Delfino, Gestalt Psychotherapist & Coach

“The supportive atmosphere throughout the training was ideal for learning and made asking questions and further discussion more possible.  I felt the training gave a very balanced and realistic view of what is required on the course and for working as a coach.  I left feeling very inspired and enthusiastic about the work ahead.” (Name provided, Counsellor)

“I loved the training environment.  I felt very encouraged to try things out and to ask questions.  There was a lot of useful discussion, particularly about the difference between coaching and counselling.” (Stephen, Counsellor)

Click to see a video of past participant talking about her experience of the programme (via LinkedIn):  Rosie talking about Therapist to Coach training

Click to see Trish talking about the programme (via LinkedIn): Trish’s video about Therapist to Coach training

Places to stay nearby

Places to stay recommended by past participants on the course (click on the name):

The Old Rectory

The Lodge


I chose to become accredited by EMCC, for the programme as I felt that EMCC’s competency framework best matched those of therapists who want to coach and provides the flexibility you want for the clients you want.

What this means to you as a delegate on a Therapist to Coach accredited programme is that you can be confident that you will be supported to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to coach to the highest professional standards.

The European Quality Award (EQA) is an independent quality award given to providers of coaching and mentoring training by EMCC which recognises that their qualifications/training meet stringent, professional European standards.

It is an integral and essential step on the path to establishing the professional credibility and status of coaching and mentoring. The quality standards are European, the recognition is global.

EMCC has created a framework for assessment based on extensive consultation and the most comprehensive competency research of coaching and mentoring produced to date. The emphasis of this award is to raise standards whilst acknowledging existing excellence. EMCC say, “you can rely on the quality of training programmes offered by EMCC EQA Providers.”

Need more information? Frequently asked questions

For more information on the EMCC Senior Practitioner competencies, please click on this link to the framework.

For more information about EMCC, please click HERE.