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Demand for counselling services and mental health support has been rising recently, and at Base 51 we have been at the forefront of this trend. 


With experience from treating thousands of young people in their time of need, we are proud to be offering our new counselling training academy to share our skills, knowledge and experience with you.

We offer the Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Skills course which provides a foundation of the key skills and competencies required to make a good counsellor. 


Keep an eye out for further counselling training opportunities which we are hoping to launch soon.

Click here for course information


Why Counselling?

Mental health is a topic we understand much better in today’s world compared to even quite recent history.

There are many contributing factors that can lead to mental health issues including, financial stress, illness or injury, disability, bereavement, trauma or discrimination. These can cause or exacerbate conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, eating-disorders, phobias and many others. Certain contributing factors such as financial uncertainty are on the rise, which means more and more people are dealing with low mental health and subsequently seeking out mental health treatment and services.

Access to mental health support can be difficult, especially with external issues such as NHS waiting lists causing a backlog of treatments. This can mean people suffer for longer with poor mental health and it is especially difficult for those less financially well off, as they often cannot afford private mental health support.

Counselling is a key treatment for many mental health issues, and at a time when support is in high demand, it can be a valuable and rewarding career.

  • 1 in 6 adults experience symptoms of a common mental health condition

  • 22% of young adults aged 17-24 and 18% of children aged 7-16 had a probable mental health disorder in 2020

  • Rates of people suffering with a mental health condition across the board increased between 2017 and 2020 

  • Talking therapy referalls rose from 1.4 million to 1.8 million between 2022 and 2020
    Sources: UK Parliament, NHS England

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