Previous students comments completing the CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling...

 This is a professionally-delivered, well designed and comprehensive course which achieves what DS Counselling Training advertise.

I felt supported and appropriately challenged throughout me development as a counsellor in training, confident in the experience, knowledge and values of the tutors. I am proud to graduate from this learning provider, their name is recognised for good reasons".

L. McLean 2022-24


“I knew from the interview, meeting Debbie and Sharon for the first time, that DS Counselling was the right training provider for me, and this was absolutely the case. Not only do they provide outstanding tutoring, leading me to be the best counsellor I could be at this early stage of my career, their reputation in the area for developing strong counsellors has made getting placements far easier. Expect to be challenged, and know that you will reap the rewards from it.”

N. Dimech 2022-24


" I greatly enjoyed studying with DS Counselling and found it to be a nurturing and supportive environment in which to learn. The tutors value each student as an individual and encourage everyone to reach their full potential."

L.Bloomfield 2022-24


"I am so pleased I chose DS Counselling and that DS Counselling chose me. I have been on such a journey with my peers and tutors and can’t imagine sharing it with anyone else. The self-awareness the course encourages you to develop has not only influenced how I will work therapeutically but also had a positive impact on all relationships in my life."
A. Dunbar 2021-23
"Both Debbie and Sharon have provided me with all the conditions that I needed to be able to grow and develop. I have learnt so much about myself, and am able to truly see from another’s perspective. I understand the true meaning of congruence and how important it is to just be “me.” My future as a counsellor has been greatly enhanced by training with Debbie and Sharon, they have been by my side the whole way, empathically challenging,  and ensuring I receive the best support and education, whether it be academia or emotional learning,  they do not miss a trick. 
Thank you Debbie and Sharon for all your training and care, I am truly grateful". 
C. Stonell 2021-23
"The Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Diploma taught by Debbie and Sharon at DS Counselling has been beyond my expectations! The tutors are approachable, collaborative and experts in their field. Their enthusiasm is demonstrated when they deliver thier lectures and the ability to learn in person and remotelyvia Google classroom has been managed well. I have made tremendous personal and professional growth during this process. I would highly recommend DS Counselling for their high standards, attention to detail, and respectful classroom environment.
U. Anjum 2020-22
"I'm so glad I chose to do my Diploma with DS, the support and guidance will stay with me forever. I remember questioning other providers as they didn't seem to need as much input for criteria/coursework which I shared with the tutors, being reassured it would benefit us. Coming to the end of my journey now shows the standard that DS wanted from me has given me great reassurance especially when you speak to other students & the standard they may not possibly reach. But for us DS Counselling Training students, we have so much to take forward on the continuing journey. I will be eternally grateful to Sharon and Debbie. They have been the best tutors & taught me everything I know going forward. Thank you!"
H. Bunclark 2020-22
"The Level 4 Diploma was like a life journey to me. I felt like I found a second home for these 2 years. We cried together, we laughed together and we have grown so much together. I am proud to have been a DS Student and I know that I will always have support from my tutors and peers no matter where the life takes me".
I. Stale 2017-19
"I feel Sharon and Debbie brought life, joy and empowerment to my personal and professional development on the Diploma course. I have found their knowledge, experiences and the way they work together to be such as positive and nurturing space. I feel any student would be lucky to be taught by them and cannot thank them enough for my journey so far".
E. Brand 2016-18
"I just couldn't think of 2 better people to provide the highest quality and training in this area...
I think this is a wonderful and much needed provision and I know that all the students who have the privilege of coming under your care in years to come will be greatly blessed and well prepared for their futures in this profession. 
I know you shared with us how proud you were of our achievements throughout the course, but this is my opportunity to tell you both how very chuffed and proud of you I feel for 'going with your gut' and stepping out to bring a much needed change within counselling training provision and truly setting the bar going forward..."                    
K. Seager 2015-17

"I like that Sharon and Debbies' approach differs and we see different ways of doing things and appreciate the balance this brings to our learning. Great Team!"

A. Barden 2015-17


"Can't really say what its meant to me - BIG-

Thanks, love, warm wishes, all too small"

J.Sedge 2014-16




" DS is an excellent training provider. The Teaching is exceptional and i feel that it has given me a very thorough understanding and  knowledge of Person Centred Counselling"

P. Dimmock 2022-24


“ I would thoroughly recommend the CPCAB Level 4 course with DS Counselling Training. The training on offer is outstanding in terms of the course content, delivery, student support and care provided by the team.”

C. McGrath 2022-24


"DS Counselling Training have provided me with a comprehensive learning experience, the tutors are supportive, and their knowledge and experience have enhanced the experience. They are great training providers that ensure they produce highly ethical knowledgeable counsellors. I would highly recommend training with them."

J. Braithwaite 2022-24


The teaching and course material provided were very supportive and challenging, which helped me grow personally and professionally as a trainee counsellor. Debbie and Sharon are excellent at teaching and their passion for person-centered counselling is evident in their teaching style, making the lessons both engaging and enjoyable. Working with my peers has been a great experience, and I have learned invaluable skills that I can use in my future career".

J. Hillman 2021-23


"Debbie and Sharon are both informative, educationally stimulating, provoke debate, thoughtfulness and self reflection and provide a great mix of listening, speaking and practical learning activities in a very safe, supportive learning environment that supports ongoing self awareness and personal development. They are both experts in what they provide and as a student you feel challenged to learn and try out new competencies whilst feeling safe and supported in doing so. 

They both show care, compassion, patience and commitment which are fantastic qualities to have in a learning environment and provide you with invaluable feedback that helps you to continuously improve and learn and to gain confidence in your own ability to progress to a successful conclusion."

S. Walker 2021-23


"DS Counselling are a strong team with the perfect amount of Ying and Yang to suit any student willing to put in the effort to learn. DS Counselling gave me the opportunity to create my dream, great moments to work at building my dream, and the chance to live my dream, not just dream it."

V. Nobes 2020-22


"By choosing DS for the next step on my path to become a qualified counsellor, I have had the privilege to be taught, mentored and encouraged by two exceptional people, Debbie and Sharon. Their expertise and dedication to delivering high quality training to their students, especially through the uncertain and testing time of the COVID pandemic is testimony to their commitment to equipping their students with a sound grounding to go on to deliver effective and ethical counselling throughout their careers. Thank you for all your support."

S. Collison 2020-22


"You can stop scrolling now. This is where you should learn to become a counsellor.."

Z. Burgon 2020-22



"Thank you for believing in me and helping me to believe in myself. This course prepared me to be the person I have always wanted to be".

C. LeHegarat. 2017-19


"Debbie and Sharon are exceptional tutors, with a vast amount of knowledge and experience that they gently bestow upon their students. They are always supportive and encouraging, helping students to build an exceptionally strong foundation on which to build their own knowledge and achievements. They are experts in quelling any anxieties, and their belief in you builds your confidence to the point of true self-belief. They are an inspirational pair whose dynamics promise a rich, fun and lively experience. I highly recommend them!"

G. Ochman 2016-18


"I am convinced you teach us, setting the bar higher than may be expected and if I'm right - thank you. I feel so lucky to have been taught by you, as I feel we have had one of the best foundations. I am aware of how I have grown and that is because you have always been congruent with me and 'us' the group".

M. Swingler 2015-17


"These two ladies are not only great tutors that are bursting with knowledge and teach to a high, professional standard but are also respectful and allow you as a person to grow in a safe and welcoming environment. (Important notes to future students - work is handed back promptly marked so as you know where you are, Debbie and Sharon are approachable, always willing to help with anything you may need and very supportive around exam time). I will certainly be attending workshops with them in the future as part of my ongoing CPD." 

L Setterfield 2014-16












"An experience I will never forget. Comprehensive and challenging learning within an environment that enables reflection and growth. So grateful to the tutors for their support and encouragement. Feeling well equipped and 'ready' to qualify."

C. Peachey 2022-24


" I have found the course to be delivered professionally, with knowledgeable and passionate tutors that care about what they do. I felt support from tutors throughout the course which has been amazing to be a part of. I feel that it has been a positive life changing experience."

C.Gray 2022-24


"The DS Counselling tutors are excellent. They have a have a wealth knowledge and experience in counselling, supervision and teaching, and understand exactly what it takes to make the grade for the CPCAB L4 Diploma. They will push you gently but firmly beyond what you thought was possible."

T. Brownbridge 2022-24 


"This is an excellent training course, delivered by 2 experienced and professional Tutors. They are knowledgeable, skilled and passionate counsellors, and I felt inspired to be the best possible counsellor I could be. The course is demanding of you personally, but you’ll receive the support you need from the Tutors and from your peers. It’s not easy but it can be life-changing. I would recommend this course to anyone who’s looking for robust, high quality training."

E. Boon 2021-23


"Debbie and Sharon have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience and impart it to their students with warmth, humour and a genuine passion. They are supportive and encouraging tutors, and I cannot recommend them highly enough!"

A. Harman 2021-23


"This course was delivered to a very high standard and was absolutely worth the time and money invested in it. The group were encouraged to bond well, and the work was evenly distributed throughout the course. The tutors were knowledgeable and helpful and gave thorough feedback to aid progression. I never thought I'd be sad to get to the end of a two year course, but I will really miss the supportive and friendly envoronment that Debbie and Sharon create."

M. Simpson 2020 - 22


Debbie and Sharon deliver this course with passion and support to a very high standard."

S. Dixon 2020-22


"I have hit all of my personal goals, come out of my shell and gained the confidence to achieve my placement hours, pass my final assessment and understand core theory to a level I never would have thought imaginable. Without Debbie and Sharon’s insight, knowledge, and high level for all their students whilst having fun, I would never be where I am today, I think anyone who trains with Debbie and Sharon are lucky and I encourage everybody to sign up with them and be the best you can be, because by the end of 2 years, you will be. Two amazing tutors who I will always be grateful to for seeing something in me that I couldn’t and showing me how rewarding counselling can be. Thank you."

J. Hare 2020-22



"I believe anyone thinking of training with Debbie & Sharon would experience an excellent course with high standards and expectations from both themselves and students. I can honestly say I have had the best training, support and experience with them. I wouldn't be the counsellor I am today without their support and encouragement. It's been hard work but worth it. Thank you!"

D. Dodson 2020-22


"The diversity of the tutors and the course content has been vital towards my learning. Debbie and Sharon have been nothing other than supportive and I felt that they were on our Diploma journey with us. My thanks to both of you."

C. Bush 2017-19


" I feel proud that Debbie and Sharon were my tutors and I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone onto one of their courses"

B. Starkey 2016-18


"The journey is a personal one. Everyone in my group passed their exam first time. I was working in placements with students from other courses who were not as fortunate.

I will be forever grateful to Sharon and Debbie. The course changes values and beliefs. It changes relationships. It changes perspectives. I for one am far more open to the world, far more forgiving and far more accepting. The core conditions are now part of who I am.

On top of this life changing experience, I have gained a family. The bond our group formed along the way, is one that will never be forgotten. Peers are a key element to this course. Nowhere else will you ever experience such unconditional positive regard!"

R. Tomassi-Bella 2016-18 


"I really liked the interactive piece of work based on concepts of self - Phenomenological self, Self actualising etc. Brilliant!

Returning marked work promptly - a joy."

K. Checkley 2015-17


"Thank you so much for being with me on my journey - personal and learning. I have loved having you as my tutors - professional and a credit to the counselling profession. What role models!"

B. Armstrong 2014-16









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