The School of Positive Psychology

Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy

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The Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy is designed to equip students with professional skills and techniques to effectively conduct therapy. It also aims to equip students with skills to understand how psychotherapy can be implemented in other areas of development such as personal life, relationships, family, and workplace.

Psychotherapy is a general term for interpersonal and relational intervention of treating mental and emotional disorders by engaging clients to vocalise their condition and related issues with a mental health professional.

Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques focusing on experiential relationship building, communication, and behaviour modification. This often includes alleviation of distress, an increase in individual sense of well-being, and reduction of subjective discomforting experiences. 

The course is committed to educating students on different disciplines of psychology and psychotherapy applications, as well as promoting specialised training for students who are keen to practice psychotherapy professionally and independently. 

The course is designed to train students in the three types of therapy approaches that psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists use to conduct therapy sessions. They are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Hypnotherapy. Students will also be taught the ethical aspects of counselling such as client confidentiality. 

Graduates of the course will be eligible for membership with the International Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (ICIP) upon fulfilment of 150 practicum hours, and membership with the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) with the fulfilment of additional clinical supervision hours.  

Teacher-Student Ratio: 1:25

Course Modules

Core Modules

Bridging Modules

Refer to entry requirements

Entry Requirement

English language requirement

Course Delivery

Course Duration

6 months, part time

Course Fee

Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy

(top-up pathway to MA Counselling and Psychotherapy final year, University of East London)

Course fee: SGD 12,290.40 w/GST

SGD 2,084.40 w/GST (GPSY 02)
SGD 1,242 w/GST (PSY 03/ PSY 05 /PSY 06/PSY 07/PSY 08)

Top-Up Pathway to UEL MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Final Year

The School of Positive Psychology has an articulation agreement with the University of East London (UEL) for students graduating from its Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy course. 

You will be able to apply directly for the final year of UEL’s Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy programme. TSPP students enrolling into the programme will only need to do one year of modules on Research Methods 1 & 2, while you work on your final research project during the year. The first module familiarises the students with research methodology, ethics and helps you formulate your research questions. The second module is where data collection is undertaken, before the analysis and write up of your findings in the form of a finished article ready to send to a publication of your choice. (Publication is not a requirement for the award of the degree.) 

The MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy programme is offered directly by UEL and not through TSPP. For full details of the application process of this programme, please refer to the UEL MA Counselling and Psychotherapy page.


What Students Say

Lim In In
( Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy )
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the courses offered at TSPP. The instructors are experienced and engaging, the course material interesting and relevant to laying a solid foundation for future career in psychology and psychotherapy, the people and environment helpful and conducive to learning. It has been overall an awesome experience for me."
Stephen Chee
( Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy )
"I would like to thank the trainers and the staff, - “One of the most persuasive positive factors that led me to The School of Positive Psychology was the fact that there were prominent senior lecturers teaching at the school, and they are excellent positive trainers”."
Zax Woon
( Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy )
"The PDP course is an intensive and rigorous training for aspiring psychotherapist and counsellors. You will get to learn very practical counseling skills and have the chance to hands on under the careful supervision of the passionate lecturers."

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