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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.

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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 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety.

  • 20% of Children aged 8 to 16 had a probable mental disorder in 2023.

  • Rates of depression are higher among those struggling with housing costs or energy bills and higher still for renters.

  • The number of people accessing talking therapies rose by 21.5% from 1.02m in 2019/2020 to 1.24m 2021/2022.
    UK Parliament, NHS England

Counselling Professional Pathway

Counselling Pathway

At Base 51 Training Academy, we have had years of experience counselling young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

We offer training courses from the Level 2 Award to the Level 3 Certificate. This range of options provides the beginnings of a professional pathway for aspiring counsellors. By achieving the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, learners will be able to study a higher course elsewhere should they wish to do so.

Higher level courses require more detailed answers in learners work as well as a longer Total Qualification Time (TQT). TQT includes Guided Learning Hours, any Placement Hours and expected Independent Learning Hours.

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Course Information

At Base 51 Training Academy we tend to start most learners on a level 2 course as this acts as a foundation for which to progress onto higher courses. Remember: Our higher courses require a much bigger commitment and learner's work will need to be much more detailed. Learners who have already achieved a level 2 qualification are eligible to start on a higher course. 


For course specific information, please click the tabs below. 

Level 2 Award

in Introduction to Counselling Skills

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Level 3 Certificate

in Counselling Skills

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