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Counselling Courses at Excelsia College

The School of Counselling at Excelsia College offers postgraduate counselling degrees that enable students to develop a strong theoretical understanding of contemporary counselling theory and research, to acquire advanced clinical skills including in modality specific areas, and to explore formation of their professional identity, so that they graduate ready for life as a professional counsellor.

Backed by more than 30 years' experience in Christian higher education, you'll learn in a supportive, experiential environment from warm, professional, expert academics who are also current practitioners. The face-to-face model emulates the clinical environment you’ll one day work in, with timetables designed to provide maximum flexibility to help you balance study, work, family life, church and other commitments.

Our PACFA and ACA accredited program prepares counsellors who will be informed of the latest theoretical, clinical and research advances relevant to counselling; who will be sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, families, and communities whom they will work with; and who will value and promote the dignity, potential and well-being of all people.

The Christian worldview that underpins everything we do means you can live your faith and values authentically while learning to become a reflective and attuned counsellor ready to work in varied counselling settings. Importantly you’ll graduate with the clinical skills and knowledge and ethical framework needed to support your clients’ emotional and spiritual wellbeing appropriately, regardless of their belief system.

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Introduction about the Course of Counselling

What do our students say?

“In my two years of studying counselling at Excelsia I have learnt a tremendous amount of interesting things about both myself, people and the world. I have made new friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. I have felt included and embraced just the way I am."

Master of Counselling student

Frequently Asked Questions - Counselling

Studying a counselling course at Excelsia College can lead you to multiple career paths in mental health support and counselling. From social work to furthering your skills as a minister or teacher, Excelsia’s courses prepare you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress into becoming a counsellor.

To become a counsellor, you will at least need to complete a diploma of counselling which will provide you with an entry-level pathway for further education. The next step for many students to study a bachelor of counselling degree which will allow you to be registered as a counsellor with valuable practical experience.

To become a counsellor you will need to have clear empathy and a sound moral compass as well as practiced counselling therapy techniques to provide your clients with the best treatment.

Excelsia College provides several postgraduate courses in counselling which will help you become a fully-qualified counsellor with the skills to help a wide range of clients.

There are numerous fields of counselling to specialise in, including relationships, trauma, drug and alcohol counselling as well as counselling for children and youth.

As a qualified counsellor, you will be working with clients across a set period of time using techniques taught in an accredited counselling course to assist them in reaching a resolution as well as developing a strategy to overcome future challenges.

According to Seek’s Career Advice, the average counsellor in Australia earns a salary of up to $70k AUD per year. With the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and the government placing vital importance to counselling services in the next 5 years, we foresee over 24% in job growth within the next 5 years.

Due to the nature of work of a counsellor, all counsellors in the industry are required to take regular days off and seek a third party counsellor to ensure that their mental health needs are looked after.

While most students are inclined to become counsellors after completing their degree, a postgraduate certificate in counselling or diploma in counselling also enables educators and ministers to upskill and refine their existing skills to improve their career progression.