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The world can sometimes be a hectic, fast-paced and stressful place - and the demand for counselling services seems to only be increasing.

Studying counselling online is a convenient way to launch a career or upgrade your skills and qualifications. Plus, you get the flexibility to study when and where you want.

Read on to find out where you can find counselling courses online, what to expect and where your study might lead you in your career.

Where can I find counselling courses online?

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What online counselling courses are available?

Due to the nature of the subject, most counselling courses online are at the certificate level or higher. There are a handful of short courses available, but if you're looking to get accredited then you will have to invest more time in your study.

Short courses

Short courses are great as a taster or to dive into a specific aspect of counselling services. Here are some courses that are available online that you can complete at your own pace.

Counselling Children & Adolescents
Depression Counselling
Grief and Bereavement Counselling
Introduction to Psychology
  • Coursera
Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • Coursera
The Arts and Science of Relationships
  • Coursera


A certificate in counselling services is suitable for new entrants to the industry or those already working and keen to complete a specific qualification to further advance.

Advanced Certificate in Youth Development and Counselling
  • The Career Academy
Advanced Counselling Certificate
Certificate in Psychology and Counselling
  • The Career Academy
Certificate IV in Community Services
Foundation Counselling Certificate
Graduate Certificate of Counselling at Edith Cowan University
  • Edith Cowan University


A nationally recognised Diploma of Counselling is a solid entry point into a career in counselling. Here are some of the institutions that offer an online diploma:

Diploma of Counselling

University courses

A Bachelor of Counselling (or similar) is the best way to become a fully-qualified counsellor and will often give you important practical experience.

Bachelor of Counselling
  • Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
  • Griffith University
  • Stirling Theological College
Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling)
  • University of Southern Queensland
Master of Counselling
  • Australian Institute of Family Counselling
  • Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Torrens University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New England

Who should take a counselling course online?

If you're compassionate and live to help people, counselling might be the ideal career for you.

An online counselling course is useful for anyone keen to dip their toes into the world of counselling services or ready to take the next step in their counselling career.

Here are some reasons why you might consider an online counselling course:

  • Avoid possible relocation or lengthy commutes to school campuses
  • Gain a necessary qualification to move forward in your career
  • Network and meet other counsellors
  • Learn new skills used in the industry
  • Focus on a new niche or specialty

What topics may be covered in an online counselling course?

  • Conflict resolution
  • Counselling for different groups
  • Counselling theories and processes
  • Cultural diversity counselling
  • Developmental psychology
  • Grievance assistance
  • Legal and ethical procedures
  • Positive psychology

How long does an online counselling course take to complete?

  • Free courses: Study at your own pace
  • Short courses: 9-12 weeks
  • Certificates: 3 months to 2 years
  • Diploma: 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time
  • University course: 3-4 years full-time

What are the career options after studying a counselling course?

  • Addiction counsellor
  • Career counsellor
  • Caseworker
  • Grief and crisis counsellor
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Relationship counsellor
  • School counsellor
  • Youth counsellor

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    STELLAMarch 23, 2019

    Hi there,

    Do you do free online psychology and counseling courses with certificates?


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      JeniMarch 24, 2019Staff

      Hi Stella,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Currently, we do not have list of institution that you may get free online psychology and counseling courses with certificates. You may get exclusive student offers and guides straight to your inbox if you signup for newsletters from us.

      I hope this helps.

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    sharanyaNovember 9, 2016

    Can i know the details for psychology courses online in VET FEE.
    Can i know the courses duration ?
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      Just for your information, the VET-FEE-HELP is only available to those who are taking continuing education. You will have to be a fee paying student studying for an advanced degree at an educational institution that has been approved by VET FEE-HELP.

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