Highly regarded counselling course offered the right balance

Rebecca Rigby, MA Integrative Counselling

Becky Rigby, from Bridgend, graduated from the PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2015. She is now a therapist/recovery team shift manager at Brynawel House, a not-for-profit rehabilitation centre for clients with alcohol and drug dependency issues.

"Having decided to train as a counsellor, I researched accredited counselling courses through the internet and sought the opinions of counsellors/therapists I knew both professionally through my work and personally. 

USW's PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy course was highly regarded and appeared to offer the right balance between theory and practical skills. 

The integrative pathway equipped me with a range of therapeutic approaches that allows me to use all of my skills, whilst acknowledging the individuality of each person and exploring what is most useful to them. 

In addition, the excellent teaching and support I received on the counselling course helped to prepare me for the MA in Counselling (Integrative) which I successfully completed in 2016. 

Working as a counsellor

I was offered a placement at Brynawel as a volunteer therapist in 2013, as part of my training on the PG Diploma at USW. On completion of the course, I secured a full time therapist position here. 

My job is to support clients to explore and understand the underlying issues that have led to their dependency and to look at the changes required in order for them to live a substance-free life in the future.  

My role involves co-facilitating groups, which are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), providing individual counselling sessions to clients, acting as case manager and facilitating groups on mindfulness, phototherapy and creative arts. 

Working as part of a therapy team offering real choices to clients with dependency issues is both rewarding and inspiring."