The Therapist's Coaching Programme

If you are looking to make the shift into coaching or to integrate coaching into your therapy or counselling practice, then our The Therapist’s Coaching Programme is the right coach training programme for you.

Therapy and coaching are both proven and effective approaches to personal development and transformative change, and while there are some crossovers and similarities between the two, there are also key differences that set them apart and make each of them more effective in working with certain clients or tackling particular challenges.

In this informative conversation, Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson speaks with the trainers on the Accelerated Coach Programme: Myira Khan, Nina Mitchell and Marcus Stone as they explore what training as a coach adds to a counsellor or therapist’s practice, the similarities, crossovers and differences between the approaches, as well as a detailed look at the modules that make up the course, and what you can expect to take away from the training.

A therapist may lead the direction of the conversation, while a coach will progress with a client-led approach. A therapist may give answers, suggestions or advice to clients in order to shift thinking patterns, while a coach will ask questions to enable the coachees to find their own answers. Where a therapist often draws from the past and how it shows up in the present, a coach will look at the present and its relationship to future goals or aspirations.

Coaching also tends to present more opportunities to work in a wider variety of areas, with corporate & executive coaching, creative coaching, youth & education coaching, performance coaching and 1:1 coaching being just some of a number of popular niches that coaches work in.

These are just a few of the different focuses that enable therapy and coaching to work in and with different approaches, yet at their core they both set out to achieve the same thing: To support clients as they move forward with greater clarity, confidence and self awareness.

While coaching is newer in its inception, it continues to become more and more popular among those looking to find greater meaning, fulfillment and ultimately happiness. For therapists, the skills, tools, techniques and approaches coach training offers, can be a great addition to your current toolbox. As a therapist-coach practitioner, you will be broadening the type of support you can offer to new clients, and also creating more opportunities to work with a broader range of clients and settings, from one-to-one work in your private practice to working in-house in organisations and businesses with executives and senior management.

This course, for qualified therapists and counsellors, equips you with the skills, tools and confidence to become a highly skilled coach over a number of months. Enabling you to work with a wide range of coaching clients and in a variety of contexts.

The course is an accredited certificate delivered through 3 modules that contain 13 sessions in total. The 3 hours training sessions consist of live virtual training, allowing you to attend from the comfort of your own home. Our virtual experience replicates the live classroom training experience with trainer-led presentations, break-out sessions, interactive group conversations, Q&A, detailed walkthroughs of models, coaching practice and more.

On top of this, our Accelerated Coach Programme accreditation contains 39 approved CCE hours.

Each of the three modules in this coach programme will focus on a different aspect of your coaching journey:

  • Module 1- Foundations of Coaching
  • Module 2 – Skills and Tools of the Coach
  • Module 3 – Integration, Bring It All Together

To get to know The Therapist’s Coaching Programme in more detail, explore the sections below to dive deeper into the details of the course.

Module 1 : Foundations of Coaching

This will be a series of sessions that explore what coaching is, what it is not, your perspectives around coaching as a therapist/counsellor and the skills you bring with you. It will explore the boundaries of coaching and the fundamental skills including rapport building, listening as a coach, and coaching questions.

Session One

  • Course overview, expectations and desires
  • Introductions, experience and definition of coaching
  • Mapping out the crossover skills of therapy, counselling and coaching
  • Identifying the boundaries of coaching and how to manage this as a trainee coach

Session Two

  • Fundamentals of coaching including ICF Core Competencies
  • Creating trust and rapport in the coaching space, and understanding the coaching focus

Session Three

  • Review coaching understanding, fundamentals and crossovers
  • GROW model – the classic – demonstration and practice

Module 2 : Skills and Tools of the Coach

This is where we learn the nuts and bolts of coaching skills and tools. Framing the work within the ICF Core Competencies building on the GROW and TOOLKIT models of coaching with goals and outcomes.

Starting with shifting the work towards beliefs, behaviours and values using processes like STAR, SPACE(R), A-F, visualisations and Future Pacing.

Then Transactional Analysis work, exploring coaching applications; scripts, ego states, transactions, drama triangles, life positions etc.

Finally pulling together the skills work with Paradigm/World-view, narrative and metaphor work.

Session One

  • Questions and listening within coaching
  • TOOLKIT – the coaching journey – demonstration and practice

Session Two

  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
  • SPACER & STAR – demonstration and practice

Session Three

  • Values – exploring how we work with the client to become aware of their values, bring them to the surface and notice the impact they have on the clients decision making
  • A – F shifting/working with beliefs

Session Four

  • Coaching demonstrations and fishbowls on values and belief work
  • Visualisation work in coaching

Session Five

  • Transactional Analysis in coaching
  • Transactions and ego states
  • Drama triangle
  • Transactional Analysis in action – coaching demonstrations, discussions and fishbowls (group observed coaching sessions)

Session Six

  • Scripts
  • Life positions
  • Personal paradigms – exploring clients world view

Module 3 : Integration, bring it all together.

A series of sessions exploring how the students will apply the learnt skills in combination with their previous working modalities. This will explore integration and inter-relationships of the humanistic approach, seeking to enable each practitioner to forge their own way, thus creating their own models and practice philosophies.

Session One

  • Bringing it all together – coaching fishbowls

Session Two

  • Integration – to combine or not to combine your coaching approach

Session Three

  • Your coaching approach – sharing of models, practice and philosophy developed by your fellow students, practice and philosophy

Session Four

  • The way forward as a coach, including:
    • How do I market my practice?

It is very easy to become isolated when training virtually, so with this in mind we have created multiple support mechanisms built into the coach programme to make sure that you maintain your wellbeing and feel part of a growing and learning community.

Virtual Study Pack
  • Practice Groups
  • Supervision
  • Active Learning
  • Private Groups

Practice Groups

During your training you will create small practice groups, where you will come together to practice and support each other on your learning journey.

Also on a monthly basis, there will be fishbowl practice sessions. This is where you will be invited to practice your coaching with the whole group so that you are able to learn through each other’s feedback and coaching approaches.


On a monthly basis you will have the opportunity to share any challenges you might be facing with your practice clients. Limited time will be given during your training sessions, but here you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into any client issues with a coaching supervisor.

Active Learning

We encourage independent learning throughout the course and will provide a recommended reading list that we hope will deepen your knowledge and understanding. The additional reading will support and frame the topics covered and enhance your learning journey throughout.

Private Community

The Accelerated Coach Programme will also have it’s own dedicated group on Facebook, where you’ll be able to share ideas, test your skills on practice clients and connect with other coaches.

This accredited certificate will be gained through the attendance of the training, participation in the practice groups and supervision.

In order to graduate you’ll need to have completed:

  • 25 hours of practice client work
  • A case study exploring your coaching work with a client
  • A presentation sharing your coaching approach as part of the third module
You must be a qualified therapist or counsellor in order to be accepted onto the course. If you are interested but do not fall under this category, you are welcome to join our Diploma in Transformational Coaching.

Special Launch Fee

We have a special launch fee for May group of: £3495 / €4080 inc VAT and all costs.

After this first group, the full course fee will be £3,995 / €4,700.

This is a saving of £500 / €620 for joining our first group starting in May 2021.

Enrolment Fee

When you’re ready to secure your spot, all you need to pay to enrol is a minimum £495 / €585 deposit.

You can pay this over the phone with the course consultant, or they will send you a link to pay online if you prefer.

You will then be granted immediate, lifetime access to the Animas coaching resources and community, regardless of when your course is due to start.

Options To Pay The Balance

At the point of enrolment and paying your deposit, you will agree your payment plan for the balance. You can choose between the following two options:

Payment Plan

1. Pay the balance in full at least 30 days before your course starts and save a further £100 / €115.

This makes your total possible saving for the May launch group £600 / €735 and brings your total course fee down to £3395 / €3965.

Payment Plan

2. Spread the balance in 5 monthly instalments of £600 / €699, at no extra cost.

Myira Khan and Nina Mitchell are Accredited Members of the BACP and Marcus Stone is an Associate Certified Coach with the ICF. They all have active coach/therapist practices, which allow them to support you with first hand knowledge and experience in their respective fields.

Myira Khan

Myira is a BACP accredited counsellor, therapeutic coach and qualified supervisor,
working in private practice, under her organisations ‘Myira Khan Counselling’ and ‘Grow To
Glow’. Myira also delivers workshops and events internationally and is a regular speaker and
facilitator at national conferences. In 2017 Myira helped establish the Leicester Centre for
Psychodynamic Counselling, which offers counselling, counselling training and CPD

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Myira Khan

Nina Mitchell

Nina is an accredited member of the BACP, integrative psychotherapist and coach in private practise, and more recently trained as a mindfulness practitioner with the UK mental health charity MIND. Her skills
combine to help clients understand their challenges, create solutions and enable meaningful
change through a powerful mix of therapy, coaching and mindfulness…

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Nina Mitchell

Marcus Stone

Marcus is an ICF credentialed coach who forms part of our brilliant training faculty. He also holds the Diploma in Coaching Supervision and his other passion, aside from training, is helping other coaches to reflect on their own practices to see how they address the challenges they have and continually improve….

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Marcus Stone
Our first intake will begin on the 17th May 2021, with 13 weekly sessions. There will also be two study breaks during the programme. The total time of the course is around 4 months or 16 weeks.

2021 Course Dates

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How To Enrol

Enrolment on the Accelerated Coach Programme is by application only, and is for qualified therapists and counsellors. Once you apply using our simple online form, we’ll call you to answer any questions you may have and to make sure the course is the right fit for you. If you then decide to join, we’ll be able to take you through the enrolment process there and then or arrange a further call.

4 Steps to Enrolling: We look forward to speaking with you soon if you decide to apply.

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