The program 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 National Council of Psychotherapists, UK (NCP) upon fulfilment of 150 practicum hours, and membership with the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (Singapore) with the fulfilment of additional clinical supervision hours.

Teacher-Student Ratio: 1: 16


Bridging Module

  1. GPSY 02 Applied Positive Psychology (Trainer: Jana Dawson / Matthew Koh)

Core Modules

  1. PDPSY 01 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (Trainer: Dr Tan Yeong Jong)
  2. PDPSY 02 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) (Trainer: Laurence Ho)
  3. GPSY 07 Psychotherapy Practice and Ethics (Trainer: Gerald Boh)

Elective Modules

1. PDPSY 03 Clinic Hypnotherapy (Trainer: Stephen Lew)

2. PDPSY 08 Clinical Applications of Play Therapy (Trainer: Lim Shen Yong)
Pre-requisite: PSY 18 Introduction to Play Therapy

3. PDPSY 09 Clinical Applications of Art in Psychotherapy (Trainer: Eliza Han)
Pre-requisite: PSY 14 Introduction to Art Therapy

Module offerings for the Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy may vary each term. Please refer to the TSPP Student Portal for the latest updates.

6 months, part time

▪ A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or Counselling, or
▪ Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from TSPP, or
▪ Diploma in Child Psychology and Interventions from TSPP (with bridging modules GPSY 02, PSY 07 and PSY 08) or
▪ Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from TSPP (with bridging modules PSY 03, PSY 05, PSY 06 or PSY 07)

GPSY 02 Applied Positive Psychology
PSY 07 Family and Marital Counselling
PSY 08 Group Counselling

PSY 03 Developmental Psychology
PSY 05 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 06 Addictions and Interventions / PSY 07 Family and Marital Counselling

english language REQUIREMENT
      • Pass in GCE ‘O’ Level English Language, or
      • Pass in any GCE ‘A’ Level subject conducted in English, or
      • IELTS 5.5, or
      • TOEFL (Internet Based) 59, or
      • Pearson PTE Academic 52


Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy
Elective of choice:
PDPSY 03 Clinical HypnotherapyCourse fee: SGD 12,290.40 (w/ GST)

Elective of choice:

Clinical Applications of
PDPSY 08 Art in Psychotherapy OR
PDPSY 09 Play Therapy

Course fee: SGD 13,640.40  (w/ GST)
This fee includes pre-requisite module that is required for taking either above Elective.

• SGD 2,084.40 w/GST (per bridging module)



• Lectures and case studies discussions
• Role plays
• Practicum supervision

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.

If you’re on a journey towards a gratifying career in mental health, the Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy by the University of East London (UEL) will further equip you with skills to better understand the intricate workings of mind and behaviour.

The UEL MA Counselling and Psychotherapy final year programme follows current research into what actually works in counselling and psychotherapy. An integrative approach is used, and a variety of techniques are employed to respond to the needs and preferences of individual clients.


Completing the course often leads to career progression as a psychotherapist, counsellor, and mental health professional.

Many past students have returned to previous jobs while establishing and developing their own counselling and psychotherapy practice as a second strand to their careers.

In several cases, this has proved successful enough to become their main source of employment.

TSPP students enrolling into the programme will only need to do the one year of modules on Research Methods 1 & 2, while they work on their final research project during the year. The first module broadly speaking familiarises the students with research methodology, ethics and helps them formulate their research questions. The second module is where they undertake data collection, analysis and write up of their findings in the form of a finished article ready to send to a publication of their choice. (Publication is not a requirement for the award of the degree.)
Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy graduate from The School of Positive Psychology

Applicants will have to prepare the documents:

  • 1-2 Academic references
  • Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy Transcript
  • Employment and work experience
  • Personal statement

Class is delivered via study and face-to-face supervisory sessions. Students take an independent study approach, supported by individual academic supervision and online workshops on research methodology.

Students have around six hours supervision and formative feedback in their first module and 12 in their second.


UEL Masters Application offers only one intake per year  in January.

  • Jan-May: Research methods and writing of ethical proposal
  • May onwards: Interview subjects if ethical proposal has been approved
  • Sep-Jan Writing of 7k or below research paper (modelled after academic journal article)

Prospective students may apply via this link.


Tuition fee policy: Postgraduate research students, or postgraduate students who are undertaking the research element of their course, are charged a flat yearly fee. Part-time research students are also charged a flat yearly fee which is calculated as a proportion of the corresponding full-time fee. All payments must be in British Pound Sterling (GBP, £). We are not responsible for any fluctuation in exchange rates and/or any bank charges.

For full details of the course fee, please refer to the UEL MA Counselling and Psychotherapy page.

Course fee for students enrolling in Academic Year 2021: GBP4,720.

When making payment, please quote the following:

  • Bank name: Barclays Bank
  • Account name: University of East London
  • Sort code: 20-73-05
  • Account number: 40739529
  • IBAN number: GB30 BARC 20730540739529
  • Reference number: your 7 digit student number and your name (e.g. 1799999 student name). You should ensure that you obtain a receipt which confirms the transfer as we may need to refer to this.
  • The time limit for completion of the MA programme is one year. Students can intermit for up to two years once enrolled.


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