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Counselling & Life Skills Training

Whether you are a member of the public, a client, a counsellor or related professional, we offer courses and support groups to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding at our centre in Altrincham, South Manchester.


If you're a professional counsellor seeking continued professional development, we offer short 1 or 2 day workshops and longer 4 to 7 day programmes to help you develop as a practitioner.        


Maybe you are a member of the public who wants to hone your skills and develop understanding on how to deal with anger, build self-esteem or enhance your parenting skills. You may want to attend one of our group sessions to share and gain collective support with certain issues in your life.

Following recent government advice and with immediate effect, all public groups at CFC are suspended. 


This means that we have had to postpone all our planned training until further notice.  


Please be assured that will be returning to normal service as soon as possible with new dates for you to attend your chosen training course.


In the interim if you require a refund or any further information please contact:


We apologise for any inconvenience.

Professional development


Develop your practice! 

We offer a range of professional courses and workshops for counsellors, psychotherapists and other health workers and professionals from 1 day workshops in understanding self harm, programmes in working with trauma and addictions to learning how to work with children & young people (CYP), couples and families. Many course are available with an early bird discount for those who book upfront.

Life skills courses and support groups

Are you wanting to make improvements in your life; learn how to deal with your anger more effectively; build your confidence and self esteem; understand and communicate better with your children?

Are you in need of extra support and would benefit from meeting others dealing with similar issues? Then come to one of our free support groups.

Corporate services

Develop your people. CFC offer a variety of business skills workshops and wellbeing courses both in-house or offsite depending on your organisations needs.  Many of our trainers have corporate and/or counselling & psychotherapy backgrounds that can support your organisation through periods of change, and help to shape a culture of resilience, improved communication and positivity.

Our courses in Altrincham, Manchester

We offer a complete programme of training each year and many popular courses are repeated annually so if the course you are interested in has already passed, check back here or sign up to our mailing list to be informed of when it is next taking place. Below we list some of the typical courses we run.

Professional courses
  • Working with Trauma & PTSD - 4 day course

  • Working with Diverse Sexualities (LGBTQ+)

  • Understanding Self-harm

  • Sand Tray Therapy

  • Using Creative Approaches with Clients

  • Understanding Attachment & Neurological Development

  • Training for counselling Loss & Bereavement

  • Working with Perinatal Issues

  • Dealing with loss of a child / miscarriage

  • Issues around pregnancy / childbirth for men and women

  • Mental health awareness

Couples training
  • Introduction to Counselling Couples

  • Working with Couples - Working with a Sexual Focus

  • Working with Couples - Diversity in Couples Counselling

  • Working with Couples - Using Active Techniques in Couples Counselling

Counselling addiction training
  • Counselling clients with Addictions - 4 day foundation

  • Addictive Relationships with Food

  • Co-Dependency within the Addicted Family System

  • Working with Addictive Processes such as Gambling/Sex Addiction 

Children & Young People counselling courses
  • Working Therapeutically with Children & Young People

  • CYP - Assessing CYP Clients

  • CYP - Drawing and Talking 

  • CYP - Sand Tray Work 


Training for counselling families
  • Working with Families - 4 day foundation

  • Working with Blended Families 

  • Working with Conflict in Families 

  • Working Creatively with Families 

Life skills / public courses / groups
  • Building Self-esteem and Confidence

  • Coping with an Addiction within Your Family (both courses and groups)

  • Dealing with Anger / Anger Management

  • Developing Parenting Skills - 2 different courses based on age of children

  • Introduction to Counselling Skills

  • Dealing with Stress / Building Resilience

  • Mindfulness

  • Interview skills


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