Personal Counselling

Available for individuals, couples and groups.check it out

Corporate Counselling


Available for govt depts, NGOs, banks etc.check it out

Counsellor Training


Academic courses in Counselling available.check it out

Professional Development

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I felt very reassured and comfortable at KAPC. The Staff was very professional and friendly and helpful in all ways.

Tom Onyonka
Former Diploma Student.

I felt that I had found the place to come to get the help I needed and that someone would be working with me and supporting me. I felt relieved that I wasn't doing it on my own.

Maria Kamau
Trauma Victim.

Kenya Association of Professional Counsellors

What is counselling?

Counselling takes place when a counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction and purpose. It is always at the request of the client as no one can properly be 'sent' for counselling.
By listening attentively and patiently the counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the client's point of view and can help them to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective. Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action. Counsellors do not judge or exploit their clients in any way.
In the counselling sessions the client can explore various aspects of their life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand. The counsellor will encourage the expression of feelings and as a result of their training will be able to accept and reflect the client's problems without becoming burdened by them.
Acceptance and respect for the client are essentials for a counsellor and, as the relationship develops, so too does trust between the counsellor and client, enabling the client to look at many aspects of their life, their relationships and themselves which they may not have considered or been able to face before. The counsellor may help the client to examine in detail the behaviour or situations which are proving troublesome and to find an area where it would be possible to initiate some change as a start. The counsellor may help the client to look at the options open to them and help them to decide the best for them.
Models of counselling
Although there is considerable consensus about the core content of a counselling course, there are nevertheless distinct methods of counselling. Most courses start from a theoretical base - typically humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive or behavioural. Before enrolling on a course it is advisable to be aware of its theoretical emphasis and what that means in terms of the learning experience offered and the skills acquired.
Counselling or psychotherapy training?
It is not possible to make a generally accepted distinction between counselling and psychotherapy. There are well founded traditions which use the terms interchangeably and others which distinguish between them. If there are differences, then they relate more to the individual psychotherapist's or counsellor's training and interests and to the setting in which they work, rather than to any intrinsic difference in the two activities. A psychotherapist working in a hospital is likely to be more concerned with severe psychological disorders than with the wider range of problems about which it is appropriate to consult a counsellor. In private practice, however, a psychotherapist is more likely to accept clients whose need is less severe. Similarly, in private practice a counsellor's work will overlap with that of a psychotherapist. Those counsellors, however, who work for voluntary agencies or in educational settings such as schools and colleges usually concentrate more on the 'everyday' problems and difficulties of life than on the more severe psychological disorders. Many are qualified to offer therapeutic work which in any other context would be called psychotherapy.

Latest News

Manchester University KAPC Collaboration

We regret to inform all our students and prospective students that the KAPC’s collaboration with the University of Manchester for the validated BA and MA in Counselling Studies courses is coming to an more

Upcoming Courses in 2017

The following are the upcoming courses:-

  • Certificate in Counselling studies-13th March - 7th April 2017- closed
  • Diloma in Counselling studies (Evening Class)-21st  March 2017- March 2018
  • Diploma in Counselling Studies - 20th  March 2017- March 2018

Diploma in Counselling Studies


The course is open to people who are interested in developing a solid foundation in counselling to prepare them for higher learning and/or professional practice. It is one year part-time course delivered on the basis of either, one-day-per week or, four two-week blocks together with one-day-per-month meetings.


The course is designed to respond to the needs of those working therapeutically with clients in schools, primary health care, pastoral care, social work and related disciplines providing psychosocial services. The course forms a bridge between KAPC’s Certificate and KAPC’s Higher Diploma in Counselling Studies. The use of the internet is an integral part of the course and participants will be provided with their own web space.




The participants gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become competent and reflective counsellors capable of working in a variety of contexts. This is achieved through 4 modules that are taught concurrently:


  • Personal development and self awareness
  • Psychological theories of counselling
  • Counselling in context
  • Process and practice of counselling




Learning is participatory and experiential, encouraging participants to reflect on their own values, assumptions, beliefs and prejudices about human nature and the process of change. Psychological theories of counselling are presented through a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies, individual and group presentations. Practical training is based upon counselling skills introduced through role-plays and monitored through video and audio recordings. Tutorials are an integral part of the course when participants have the opportunity of discussing their personal development and their academic work with tutors.




Participants are assessed during the course by the submission of 4 written assignments and a case study. The practical skills are assessed at the end of the course by submission of a video recording of a counselling session together with a written commentary describing how the theories of counselling are employed. There are also a number of non examinable components that participants are expected to satisfy.






  • Minimum KCSE C- (Division 3 or equivalent)
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies from a recognized institute
  • Counselling work experience is an added advantage




KAPC installs new wireless Internet

KAPC has installed several wireless access Internet points at the Nairobi Parklands offices that students and members can use for free to browse the net with their laptops without requiring a cable connection.


Contact Us

Kenya Association of Professional Counsellors,

Parklands 2nd Avenue, off Limuru Road,
P.O. Box 55472 -00200 Nairobi,
Tel: 254(20)-3741051, 254(20)-3741056
Mobile 254-721296912, 254-733761242
Telefax: 254(20)-3741123.