Senior Practitioner in Coaching

Therapist to Coach

Already a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist and want to coach?  This fully online course is specifically aimed at qualified therapists who want to add coaching to their existing practice, either as an integrated approach or a separate business.




I don’t prescribe what the focus of your coaching should be. You may wish to be executive, business, life, therapeutic, or performance coaches, or not even know for sure at this point. You may want to work in corporate, private or public sectors. Whichever, this programme will give you the skills and practice, standards and credibility to enable you to be the coach you want to be.

The Therapist to Coach programme is rigorous and demanding to meet the highest possible standards, with a focus on self-guided, deeply reflective learning and skills practice. I believe people learn coaching by doing it, so 80% of the programme is focused on practise.

This programme level is aimed at those:

  • who will practice as a professional coach and can draw on a range of models and frameworks
  • who are or wish to work with a range of clients contexts and organisations
  • whose focus of work will be building capacity for progression, managing complex and challenging relationships, working with ambiguity and change


The programme has the prestigious European Mentoring and Coaching Council Global (EMCC) European Quality Award (EQA) which provides you with an EMCC Global Senior Practitioner in Coaching qualification.  Plus, you have the option to fast-track to accreditation (European Individual Accreditation – EIA).

Senior Practitioner level competences and qualifications are those that aim to equip you as a professional coaching specialist, enabling you to work with a whole range of people from senior executives, directors and boards of organisations through to individuals who want to have more control or balance in their relationships or life.

The course includes 125 coaching practice hours (60 of which are outside the programme delivery days with real coachees), one-to-one tutorials and two free supervision sessions.

You do not need a ‘placement’ to begin your coaching  Instead, as an already experienced  therapist, you can work with fee-paying clients as a trainee coach straight after the first workshop. This helps to quickly gain your practice hours and begin to recoup the course fees.

Cohort sizes are kept small – usually around 12-16 participants, so that the experience feels rich, relational and bespoke to your individual needs. Dr Trish Turner is the lead tutor, plus additional support, depending on numbers (see the faculty page)

Or view the Meet the Therapist to Coach Faculty as a PDF flyer.

Here is the reading list – and other books from the T2C Library

Here is what is included

  • Post-graduate advanced diploma (level 7) in coaching
  • The competences and capabilities to equip you to be a professional, qualified and accredited coach
  • Professionally certified coach status as an EMCC Global Senior Practitioner in Coaching – the penultimate level of proficiency
  • Eight full day workshops spread over 12 months
  • Rich, complex and diverse conversations about the similarities and differences between coaching and counselling
  • Bespoke content specific to therapists and psychologists who want to coach
  • Two free one hour individual supervision sessions with an external accredited supervisor and master coach (each session one hour)
  • Four free optional tutorials over zoom (two 1:1 each session one hour and two group tutorials lasting 90 minutes)
  • Peer/Co-supervision (with fellow participant)
  • Peer/Co-coaching (with fellow participant)
  • A huge handbook full of valuable resources
  • A participant and alumni community on LinkedIn
  • Library of bespoke video resources, demonstrations and learning
  • Additional support to ensure my course does not disadvantage you (ADHD, dyslexia etc)
  • *The course easily maps against the new BACP coaching competency framework and I hope to be one of the first to have it accredited by them, when they are ready.

Course requirements

As adult learners, you will be working at your own pace, planning in your own reflection and skills practice time.  The programme has a maximum of 372 study hours over 12 months.  Including the eight programme delivery days delivered in four blocks (64 hours), you will be completing:

  • 112 hours of reflective practice
  • 110 hours learning theories and models (including the bespoke library of video resources)
  • 125 hours coaching practice (90 of which will be outside the programme delivery days with your coachees and some time co-coaching with a fellow participant)
  • Up to 25 hours is included for administration and practicalities, such as planning, setting up, accessing the website etc

This comes to a maximum of 500 hours, equating to approximately 42 hours a month, which includes attendance at workshops.

My belief is that people learn through doing and then reflecting on that practice.  Reflective practice is a process by which you: stop and think about your practice, consciously analyse your decision making and draw on theory and relate it to what you do in practice. Critical analysis and evaluation refocuses your thinking on your existing knowledge and helps generate new knowledge and ideas.

Underpinning the entire programme are the EMCC Global competences at Senior Practitioner level and the assessment of your ‘reflective practice portfolio’, which is based on whether or not you have sufficiently evidenced meeting those competences.

You will be expected to keep a reflective journal, complete self-evaluation sheets and logs of coaching practice, co-supervision and professional supervision, all of which will form part of your portfolio submitted at the end of the programme.

You will be expected to complete case studies which will include your personal philosophy, your theoretical model and a focus on your coaching practice with individual clients.  You are also asked to complete a theory assignment analysing the strengths and limitations of your current therapeutic approach in a coaching context.  Again, these will form part of your portfolio submitted at the end of the programme.

You will be given a Participant Training Pack with over 160 pages literally packed full of information, sign-posting, explanations, tools and resources which will be invaluable not just whilst on the programme, but into your future practice.

You will be finding and coaching your own coachees to build the 90 coaching hours.  You can charge your coachees from the start, as you come to this training with a wealth of prior experience.  There is no ‘placement’, but you will be given tips, ideas and support to help you find coachees.

The courses sell out and are over-subscribed, so book now to avoid disappointment. Early bird bookings save £200. A deposit of £900 secures you place.

What will you learn?

Understanding self

Have an awareness of their own values beliefs and behaviours, and use this self-awareness to manage their effectiveness in meeting the coachee’s and where relevant, the sponsor’s objectives.


Applies models and tools, and connects various models and theories into their own approach to coaching and can substantiate that approach in order to bring about insight and learning.


Are able to establish an ethically based coaching contract in ambiguous or conflicted circumstances with the client (and with sponsors where relevant) and manage the therapy/coaching conundrum.

Tools, insight & awareness

Can effectively use a range of tools, feedback and challenge to enable the coachee to raise awareness, develop insight, and responsibility for action within the possibilities and constraints of the client’s situational context.

Evaluation & ROI

Establish rigorous evaluation processes with coachees and stakeholders, including effectiveness, outcomes and return on investment (ROI)

Reflective practice

Using reflective practice with supervision to identify the salient points both in their client interactions and across their practice, in sensory detail, to identify, implement and evaluate specific behavioural changes to their practice.

Eligibility who is this course for?

Your experience as a counsellor, therapist or psychologist has already given you many of the necessary skills. The course will provide you with all the knowledge and skills that you need. It also doesn’t matter what ‘modality’ or approach you use for counselling or psychotherapy, as I will help you make links with your current practice and I anticipate there will also be lively discussions about the similarities and differences.



If you are member of a professional body not listed here, and would still like to apply, you may be asked to complete a form that will allow you to map the competencies of your member organisation against the EMCC Global competencies. I will then discuss this with you and assess your eligibility.

Course Tutor

This is me, Dr Trish Turner. I am the Founder, Managing Director and Lead Tutor for Therapist to Coach. Click on the link below to book in and have an informal chat with me, so you can decide if this is the right course for you and ask any questions you may have: 

Why EMCC Global?

I chose to become accredited by EMCC, for the programme as I felt that EMCC’s competency framework best matched those of therapists who want to coach and provides the flexibility you want for the clients you want.

What this means to you as a delegate on a Therapist to Coach accredited programme is that you can be confident that you will be supported to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to coach to the highest professional standards.

The European Quality Award (EQA) is an independent quality award given to providers of coaching and mentoring training by EMCC which recognises that their qualifications/training meet stringent, professional European standards.

It is an integral and essential step on the path to establishing the professional credibility and status of coaching and mentoring. The quality standards are European, the recognition is global.

EMCC has created a framework for assessment based on extensive consultation and the most comprehensive competency research of coaching and mentoring produced to date. The emphasis of this award is to raise standards whilst acknowledging existing excellence. EMCC say, “you can rely on the quality of training programmes offered by EMCC EQA Providers.”

For more information on the EMCC Senior Practitioner competencies, please click on this link to the framework.

For more information about EMCC, please click HERE.

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What graduates say

“Trish is extremely supportive and generous with her time and expertise. I was blown away by the amount of support offered and am very grateful. Trish was very generous with the information provided and delivery was excellent. Very engaging and responsive to the groups needs. She was really flexible and responsive to the needs of every delegate.  Trish is very accepting and flexible which fosters a learning environment which feels comfortable to learn and experiment without judgment and shame.   The online experience was excellent.”

Jen Davies-Owen

Coach & chartered psychologist

This programme far exceeded my expectations, the best training I have undertaken. Professional, well designed and executed, enjoyable. I would highly recommend. Trish was very in tune with the needs of her participants and was able to skilfully adapt the program to suit our needs in the moment. The tutorials helped to individualise the learning experience. Trish’s commitment to this added a degree of extra care that sets this quality course above others.

Kathy Swords

Coach & School Counsellor

“The programme exceeded my expectations. I am dyslexic and have had a lifetime of challenges with producing written work. For the first time ever, I really felt that someone (Trish) really wanted to support me to complete the course. She took time to understand what would work for me when it came to learning and evaluation. Not only did I learn about how to develop and enhance my psychotherapy skills and apply them to coaching. I came to truly understand what it meant to be treated equally in the learning process. “

Kate Glenholmes

Coach & Psychotherapist

“The trainer’s style was engaging and she achieved the difficult balance of being totally professional, but also of making the learning fun. The organisation of the course was superb and the administrative support I received was outstanding too.  The tutorials and support were incredibly helpful. Trish was really understanding, and what made the experience so positive for me was that she believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Trish gave her time generously and I am truly grateful for that.  Finally, I just would like to say a huge thank you. I started the course doubting myself and feel I have grown so much through the course.  Many, many thanks.”

Graduate 2021

Coach and Counsellor

I’m glad I took my time to research courses because, unlike other professional courses I’d seen, its specifically tailored to mental health professionals, both taking into account and building on existing competencies via a structured programme of learning and supervised practice.  The clincher for me was that Trish is both an experienced therapist and coach.  Following a number of supervised skills practice sessions during part one of the programme, I was delighted that I felt confident enough in my skills to start working with coachees.  Trish is a supportive, experienced and knowledgeable trainer and I would recommend the course without hesitation.  It’s been an excellent investment and I’ve now been able to successfully expand my private practice to include coaching and am very much enjoying the variety of work that I’m doing as a result. 

Beth Delfino

Coach & Gestalt Psychotherapist

“The supportive atmosphere throughout the training was ideal for learning and made asking questions and further discussion more possible.  I felt the training gave a very balanced and realistic view of what is required on the course and for working as a coach.  I left feeling very inspired and enthusiastic about the work ahead.”

Graduate 2020

Coach & Psychotherapist
Graduate, Steve, talks about the course and what he’s doing now
Graduate, Rosie, talks her experience whilst still a participant
Here’s Trish talking about the upcoming course

This video is Dr Trish Turner providing a very brief introduction to a previous Therapist to Coach Senior Practitioner in Coaching programme.

Read about Graduate Dorinda Nartey – where are they now? on LinkedIn.


Every year the programme goes through an external quality assurance process to ensure the training is fit for purpose.  Read the comments from the May 2022 report here: Quality Assurance Report

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