Learn counselling skills

Counselling Skills Mastery for Counsellors and Helping Professionals

See Counselling Skills Used in Real Sessions by Qualified Therapist

Real Sessions – Real Presentations – Real Skills

Gain the competence and confidence to use counselling techniques effectively!

Interested in seeing qualified counsellors in real sessions?

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You have a passion to help others and you want to get it right!

So many counselling students say that learning counselling skills and using them effectively, is challenging.

Students don’t get to see qualified therapists demonstrating how to apply skills in real sessions because of confidentiality.
This means we are asked to learn something we can never see demonstrated in a real setting. It’s no wonder that many are left feeling unsure.

Lack of confidence, from not knowing exactly what to do or how to apply techniques, can cause self-doubt and change the passion for helping others into uncertainty and anxiety.

I know what it feels like to wonder “am I doing this right” and countless student counsellors have felt the same.

The good news is … I have helped thousands of students be confident with their counselling skills. And the best part is … I can show you what works.

3 Steps to Counselling Skills Mastery

This training offers a tried and tested, 3 step counselling skills training blueprint that will empower you to know what skill to use when and why you are using that technique. AND you will have the confidence of knowing what you are doing is effective.

Step 1


Log in to your online training portal and progress at your own pace as you study the foundations, theory, and skills that facilitate a deeply trusting helping relationship.

Step 2


Build confidence as you practice what you learn with your peers within the “Empathy Room” – a private community that is safe, warm, and confidential.

Step 3


Enjoy continued professional growth, long after you finish the training, as you implement the evaluation blueprint that will keep your skills sharp.

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How it works

The training is self directed learning on the Counselling Skills Academy virtual learning platform. This means you can work at your own pace, at a time that suits you, from any device, from anywhere in the world.

Work through the training at a pace that suits you using any device that connects to the internet.

After this training you will fully understand the theory and practice of counselling skills and techniques.

Each counselling technique is defined, described in simple language and then counselling skills are demonstrated in a live real-world session. You get to see how the techniques are applied in action.

Build your confidence as you practice what you learn with your peers within the “Empathy Room” – a private community that is safe, warm, and confidential.


Hi, I’m Ken Kelly and it’s nice to meet you!

I am a qualified counsellor, clinical supervisor, counselling tutor and author of the textbook “Basic Counselling Skills – a student guide.

I have a true passion for counselling skills and I recognise that when the door closes, it’s just me and the client. The skills are what form, grow and sustains the therapeutic relationship.

I have taught thousands of counsellors how to explore skills and techniques through my book, weekly podcast and through the training I have been part of.

I know where students struggle with skills and I want to share my passion and techniques that lead to confidence and competence.

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Use counselling skills effectively

Once you understand the theory and psychology that make the skills work, you will know exactly what skill to use and why you are using it.

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Have confidence in your ability

Confidence comes from knowing what you do works. By practicing what you learn in our online community you will gain confidence and experience and gain feedback from peers on what works.

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Continued professional growth

You will watch counselling skills being used in real-life sessions, by qualified counsellors, and learn how to evaluate your own skills as you grow and develop.

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In this training you will learn...

  • The one skill that takes seconds to learn but is so powerful you will use it in every session.
  • To recognise that you are the heartbeat of your helping practice and how your own values and life journey are the most valuable assets you have.
  • How to gain unconscious competence where the skills melt away and you enjoy deeper, more meaningful contact in your helping sessions.

Counselling Helping Foundations

Counselling Skills Fundamentals

Academic Deep Dive for Assignments

Watch Real-Life Counselling Sessions

Advanced Skills Evaluation Process

Practice your Skills and get Peer Feedback

Important questions to consider

Over to you ...

You will use counselling techniques and skills multiple times in every session for the entirety of your counselling career.

Why not give yourself access to the best resources and training you can find to sharpen your skills?

I know first-hand how my client interaction deepened through effective use of skills and I want others to experience this growth.

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