Certificate of Holistic Counselling

The Certificate in Holistic Counselling course began in 1999 to support health practitioners and students to utilize dynamic techniques for personal and professional development.

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Key Information

Brisbane, starting 23 March 2018
Brisbane: $3,295 inc GST (early bird)
Brisbane: $350* inc GST booking fee

Melbourne, starting 23 February 2018
Melbourne: $3,295 inc GST (early bird)
Melbourne: $350* inc GST booking fee

9 months, including 12 classes, 3 study groups, 1 private consultation

*Payment Plan option available - $350 inc GST non-refundable booking fee required for total cost of $3495 inc GST

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Course Summary

This is an unique opportunity to create in-dependence (self mastery). From this position true healing happens both personally and as a professional. Our holistic approach ensures transformation emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually thus manifesting your vision of life naturally.

The certification course is aimed at transforming practitioner's personal patterns and experience of Self, enabling deeper insights, understanding and experience of the true nature of healing and Self enabling practitioners to truly facilitate clients personal transformation from the depth of knowing and experiencing the divinity of oneself. For all health practitioners and therapists, caring professionals, or persons interested in enlightening their experience of life.

  • "This is the best investment I have ever made personally and professionally"

    Amy Kill Student Counsellor

  • "It changed my life in ways I never dreamt of. It was the best money and time I have ever spent in my life - and then some. Thank you beyond words."

    L Conroy Secondary School Teacher

  • "You’ve probably heard this a thousand times – your course has transformed my life! ……..For me personally, you have introduced me to a whole world of new techniques and practices that have opened my mind and aided my personal growth in unimaginable ways…I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the wonderful opportunity to grow in ways that I can only describe as miraculous."

    Julie Mum, Wife & Business Administrator

  • "Thank you Brenda for bringing the course in to my world. I have looked up to many women in my life who I hold as strong, beautiful and able to share their love, and you are one of them... I now feel I can admire myself, and through the love of myself my compassion for others has taken on a deeper level..."

    Jaz Youth Worker

  • "I'm truly grateful to you for the magnificent year I've experienced with the training. Thank you so much for being the creator and at the helm of this wonderful course. I've learnt so much, healed a few issues and tweaked others, and on the whole I feel deeply enriched and empowered to move forward with creating more of the life I choose."

    Kara Krista Physiotherapist

  • "I don't know how I ever did my job without this course"

    Mary O'Brien Support worker

  • ""This course is the most positive thing in my life that has come out of a negative. After floundering after a marriage break up I found the course and thought “What have I got to lose”. I knew that I had made the right choice, so much so that three quarters of the way through I said yes to the Diploma because I was getting so much out of it and didn’t want it to stop there, I had so much more to explore and find out about myself and why life had turned out the way it had. I was doing this for myself to help me heal and move forward in life. I have started my own counselling business and life is a lot more peaceful and meaningful than it ever was before."

    Emma Turner Counsellor, Mother, Grandmother

  • "This has been an amazing and wonderful road. There is so much more to learn and improve, but I am enjoying every step of this ride! I am so grateful the universe provided for me to attend this course. Last weekend was amazing and I am so much looking forward to the next weekend together.

    I would also like to mention that last weekend, a few people (including those who where only there for the weekend module) commented that the general feeling of the group was of peace, unity and harmony. It is a great feeling knowing we are all feeling relaxed, in harmony and trusting each other :-)


    M Mauer Sculptor

  • ""Absolutely fantastic. My awareness of self and understanding is much greater. I have learned so much about holistic counselling. Fantastic counselling with powerful tools.""

    M Tinney Dietician

  • ""It was like coming home, almost surreal to get so much on so many levels from a course. I have to say how wonderful the experience has been and I think it comes down to the amount of thought, care, creativity, and experience that goes into the classes. It felt like holistic learning evenin down to the environment, and catering. Very nurturing.""

    K Sangster Case Worker

  • ""A life changing experience - incredible actually. I feel blessed to be part of a wonderful group of people. I have learned so much about myself and have empathy for others. I loved all aspects of the course and found all the trainers engaging and experts in their subjects.""

    J Diamente Administration

  • "Thank you so much! This course has truly changed my life – I’m not quite sure where to begin!!"

    P Butler Course Administrator

Course Content

The Certificate in Holistic Counselling includes 12 classes, 3 study groups, and a private consultation, course manual, online library & certificate given on successful completion.
Part 1: The Big Picture
1 day
  • The Big Picture: How Reality is Created
  • Mapping one’s Lifestream: Identifying issues & their point of creation
  • Aligning self judgment
  • Moving beyond the past to the present. Being the future
  • How You Manifest: Thought embraced by emotion
  • Soul communication: Laying the foundations to learning to trust oneself
  • Who am I Really beyond the thoughts: Freedom from our neuroses
  • Mapping Emotional Addiction
Part 2: Healing The Wounded Healer

2 Days 

  • Role of parents in psychological development 
  • ACE: Adverse Childhood Experience key components
  • Attachment styles: Understanding and what to look for
  • Neuroplasticity and the role of holistic counselling
  • Acknowledging Needs
  • Developing Empathy: Moving from past to future using art and movement therapies
  • Working with Internal archetypes: Inner Child, Adult Self, Wise self
  • Connecting with inner child, journeying to recreate a supportive inner reality
  • Working with anger, grief, sense of obligation, fear etc
  • Direct experience: aligning the pain body - turning anguish into bliss
  • Unmasking and embracing the shadow self
  • Aligning personal issues to experience the peace and truth of self
  • Finding your place for support in your lineage
Part 3: The Work of Byron Katie: Undoing Beliefs
Trainer: Rosie Stave

2 days

  • The Work of Byron Katie –The Great Undoing: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. 
  • Time magazine called it: Four Questions to Inner Peace
    “An unquestioned mind is the world of suffering” Byron Katie
  • Learning and Experiencing the Inquiry
  • The Worksheet
  • 4 questions and turnarounds
  • Literal Listening
  • The Gift of Criticism
Part 4: Effective Communication
Trainer: Cate Crombie

2 days

  • The Therapeutic Relationship
  • Introduction & practice of counselling skills: Learning the helping Skills
  • Who Owns the Problem
  • Roadblocks to Communication
  • Active Listening: Lead Ins, Common Mistakes, Statements & responses,
  • Feelings Inventory
  • I Messages
  • Feelings Needs Inventory
  • Developing empathy using micro-skills
  • Identifying the Issue(s)
Part 5: Family / Systemic Constellations

2 days

  • Introduction to the Principles of Family Constellation, by Bert Hellinger
  • Key components of Family Constellation work: Family History, The Family Soul, Orders of Love, Function of Conscience, Belonging, Balance of Giving & Taking, Fate
  • Movements of the Soul
  • Developing mindfulness
  • Family of Origin
  • Personal Constellations
  • Experience this phenomenological approach through being a representative
  • Address issues such as adoption, abuse, illness, belonging and much more
Part 6: Creative Counselling

1 day

  • Creative visualization: a simple and powerful tool reconnecting sub-personalities ie: wise self, sensual self, inner child, sexuality etc.
  • Linking Systemic Constellations with Creative Visualization with art therapy, props, figurines and other techniques for one to one sessions
  • Working with deep respect for the client and their fate
  • Helping in Harmony
  • Developing Open Focus to include all signals: words, breath, movements, Soma
  • Learn how to create a visualizations to strength, heal and reframe for clients
  • Trust yourself as a counselor through:
    • Connecting with Inner Guides
    • Soul Communication Meditation 
    • Spiritual Cleansing Technique
Part 7: Love, Sex & Relationship

1 day

  • Initiation of the Senses: Awakening Ones Sensual Self
  • Enhancing Intimacy (In to Me See) in relationships
  • The Language of the Masculine & Feminine in Relationship & Balancing them within
  • Systemic Principles governing relationships
  • Meeting in Love: A Return to Innocence, a new way of connecting sexually without the goals
  • Issues arising in relationships and what to be aware of
  • Enlivening and learning about sexual energy in the body: Transforming sexual energy into meditation
Part 8: Physically Speaking Part I & II

2 days 

  • Your Disease is keeping you healthy: Speaking to illness and letting illness speak to you
  • Creative Ways of working with illness
  • A Holistic Approach to dis-ease with case studies
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Stress, Depression
  • Biology Becomes Biography: Energy Psychology
  • Case studies and working with illnesses
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Dissolution and Freedom Technique
  • Introducing Somatic Experiencing (working with Trauma in the body developed by Peter Levine)
  • Developing energetic boundaries in relation to trauma
  • Resourcing a Client to work with trauma
  • Working with Health and Wellbeing using Systemic Constellations
Part 9: The Emerging Counsellor

1 day

  • The Intuitive Approach
  • Client Questionnaire and Interviewing process
  • Ethics, case management, case studies, supervision
  • Who Am I Beyond the Story and Processes?
  • Defining Oneself and Intention as a Counsellor
Part 10: Study Groups

Sessions for 3 hours x 4

  • Questions and Answers
  • Review Questions marked
  • More exercises and deepening of previous unit taught
  • Systemic Presentation at last Study group
Peer Group Supervision
  • Provides ongoing peer supervision for case study discussions
  • Highly recommended as practise hours
  • New information and research shared amongst peers
  • Personal issues effecting being a counsellor.


Course details


  • Brisbane course starts on 23rd March 2018 Friday 9am 
  • Melbourne course starts on the 23rd February Friday 9am 2018
  • There are a number units The Work of Byron Katie and Family Constellations that can be compelted in 2017 that are credited towards Certificate  CLICK HERE for details 


  • $3495 GST incl., full course cost
  • $3295 earlybird price if paid in full before 27th January 2018 (VIC) or 28th February 2018 (QLD) 2018
  • A $350 non-refundable deposit secures your place for payment plans ($3495 Payment Plan starts 1st Feb 2018)
  • Please note payments are subject to The Awakening Group terms and conditions.


  • Melbourne: Australia Shiatsu College, 103 Evans St Brunswick
  • Brisbane: Bardon Counselling and Natural Therapy Centre, 151 Boundary Rd, Bardon

Learning Activities

  • Case studies, take home questions, class presentation, autobiography, unit review questions, interactive online group sharing


  • International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT) membership and insurance to practice in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Gibraltar.
  • Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association: AHHCA accredited
  • For more details on benefits of AHHCA membership see www.ahha.org.au Insurance available. Practitioners with complementary modalities are able to use the name Holistic Counsellor on completion of course due to accreditation.
  • The course is over 185 hours training with Unit 4 being part of a nationally accredited course.


Introduction to the Certificate and Diploma webinar




  • The number of enrolments are limited to 20 students per year per state. Only limited places remaining for 2018
  • Melbourne enrolments close on the 12th February 2018. There are units you can complete that are credited towards the Certificate and Diploma. 
  • Brisbane enrolments close on the 19th March 2018
  • Deposit secures your place if paying via payment plan
  • On enrolment an individual session is made so that we can create the course to suit your needs and career direction, whilst supporting your personal growth. 
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