Diploma in Holistic Counselling

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This is as much a life course as it is a career path. Benefiting anyone who wants to live their potential, have harmonious interactions, stand in their power and embrace life. Discover the keys to a fulfilling life and be a guiding light for others.

Working with the philosophy of balance, this course combines esoteric and alternative health practices with traditional counselling techniques; bringing together the best of alternative and mainstream wellbeing for the mind, heart and soul.

This is a practical and in-depth course that dives right into the heart of issues that are experienced by people from all walks of life; from letting go to creating happiness; from preventing stress to finding peace; from heartbreak to joyous relationships; and self discovery to understanding humanity.

The Diploma in Holistic Counselling course is designed to give students the tools and confidence to counsel themselves and clients to better health and wellbeing, happiness and fulfilment in all areas of their life.


Module 1 Holistic Counselling I

Module 1.1 Holistic Counselling II

Module 1.2 Holistic Counselling III

Module 2 Metaphysical Studies

Module 5 Clinical Practice


Duration: 24 months

Course duration: 20 months plus 4 additional months to allow for the midyear and end of year college breaks. 

Extensions: Students can continue to study beyond the 24 month duration for a monthly fee of $110.

Hours of study:  Approximately 5 to 8 hours per week to complete the course within the 24 month timeframe.

Minimum duration: This course can be completed in 14 months with full time study - 10 to 16 hours per week.  

Study hours are approximate and dependent on the student's study pace. 

Note: The college closes for the month of June and two weeks into July for the  mid year break; and the last two weeks of December and all of January for the end of year break. During the college breaks, students can continue to study, but they cannot submit work or conduct their case study exams.


Studying at Natural Energies College has been not only a life changing experience, but more so a spiritual and life development experience. I have evolved so much as a person over the last 2 years, and along the way I enjoyed being able to explore not only my spirituality but how  others also develop spiritually, and how I can assist and recognise key features within others.

I feel guided, grounded and strong after completing my studies. I now believe in my path and my journey going forward with clarity.

The feedback throughout my studies was amazing, thoughtful and supportive.

Definitely a course that can benefit one's life holistically; aiding personal and professional growth.

100% would recommend, and have.

Miranda, VIC


Enrolments are accepted throughout the year as placements become available. Students can commence their course as soon as they receive their study materials. (Please note that a waiting list may apply during peak periods)

Click here to Register Interest in Enrolment 

Note: Applicants must be 18 years of age or over to enrol. 

Study Format:

Home study with tutorial assistance via email.


Study Materials:
5 course PDF manuals on a USB Flash Drive (or via dropbox for international students; or students that don't have a USB drive on their computer)

Course Fee Options  (Incl. GST)

Full Course Payment  (includes $350 discount)

Course fees:  $3040 payable upon enrolment (concession $2640)Students paying upfront receive all study materials upfront.

Exam fees: $155 payable when the student is ready to commence their case study exam.

Module Instalments:  

Course Fees: $3390 (concession $2990) payable in instalments as per below  Students will receive each module and its accompanying study materials upon payment.

Exam Fees: $155  payable when the student is ready to commence their exams.

Students may enrol and pay for one (or more) modules at a time as follows:

Module 1 Holistic Counselling I $775          
Module 1.1 Holistic Counselling II $745
Module 1.2 Holistic Counselling III $745
Module 2 Metaphysical Studies $775                     
Module 5 Clinical Practice  $350 

Exam fees $155

(Concession fees: $100 less for modules 1, 1.1, 1.2 & 2)

Students paying in instalments must commence with module 1. They can however purchase module 2 as well  if they wish to integrate their studies.

Module 1.1 cannot be commenced until module 1 is completed. Module 1.2 cannot be commenced until module 1.1 is completed.

Note: Payment options are upfront or per module. No further payment plans are available.


Reiki I & II (or equivalent)* are prerequisites for the Diploma course. These certificates may be completed prior to or during the Diploma course. Students may choose their own Reiki teacher /school from their local area.

* An equivalent level of hands on healing (energy healing based) study may be accepted in substitute of the Reiki Certificates. Accepted substitutes** include Pranic Healing, Sekhem and Therapeutic Touch. Other similar levels of energy healing may be considered upon  written request. 

** The substitute modality must involve placing or directing the hands on or towards a client with the intention of healing via energy (not through tactile manipulation such as Massage).

A copy of your Reiki I and II (or equivalent) certificates must be submitted to the college prior to commencement of Module 5.


Module 1 HCA102 Holistic Counselling I (232 pages)

Focusing on traditional and holistic counselling techniques for awareness, empowerment, guidance and healing. This module is divided into three main sections - Holistic Living - delving into the mind, body, heart and spirit; Meditation - learning to facilitate various forms and styles of meditation for individuals and groups; and Counselling - understanding the mind and its contribution to health and happiness and exploring counselling skills and processes that students can incorporate into holistic healing sessions.

  • The holistic approach
  • Living a holistic lifestyle
  • The physical body 
  • The intellectual body
  • The emotional body
  • The spiritual body
  • Meditation
  • Breathing exercises
  • Qi gong exercises
  • Visualisation
  • Facilitating meditation
  • Counselling awareness
  • Counselling skills
  • Counselling processes
  • Integrating Counselling into a healing session 

Module 1.1 HCB1108 Holistic Counselling II (286 pages)


Completing this course has been such an amazing journey. I am blessed to have been able to do  it; and I am grateful for the chance. It has given me the ability to remove my own blocks and heal my past.

The course modules were fantastic. It has been great to expand my knowledge; to help grow a business where I can help people to live the lives they deserve in a way that makes them truly happy.

I hope I can do for others what this course has done for me. Truly grateful, thank you.

Hayley Hughes, SA

Modules 1.1 and 1.2 expand on units introduced in module 1 and comprehensively cover advanced counselling topics, skills and techniques; focusing on mental and emotional wellbeing, healthy families and relationships, life fulfilment and living to one's potential.

  • Holistic living evaluation
  • Counselling styles
  • Counselling skills
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Sleep
  • Memory
  • Acceptance
  • Letting go
  • Journaling
  • Effective communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Motivation
  • Mastering emotions
  • Anger management
  • Guilt
  • Forgiveness
  • Stress management
  • Fear
  • Emotional sensitivity
  • Emotional intelligence

Module 1.2 HCC1209 Holistic Counselling III (238 pages)

  • Mastering emotions II
  • Loneliness
  • Disappointment
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Grief
  • Happiness
  • Gratitude
  • Group dynamics
  • Family
  • Parental styles
  • Temperaments in children
  • Happy families
  • Family communication
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Life stages
  • Relationships

Module 2 MSD202 Metaphysical Studies (368 pages)

In this comprehensive module we examine the subtle energies that support and connect the mind, body and spirit.

This is combined with exploration of the soul, encouraging the student to uncover their intuitive and spiritual strengths and learn practical methods for refining and expanding their skills in this area.

Explore esoteric signs and messages; make your own runes, learn to read a coffee cup, conduct rituals, manifest, discover the laws of the universe, meet your guides and totem animals, explore magical lunar energy and more. This module contains a myriad of esoteric topics, each practical, creative, detailed and enjoyable.

  • The chakra system
  • The auric system
  • The psychic senses
  • Soul groups
  • Esoteric communication
  • Laws of the universe
  • Numerology
  • Bagua & intuitive feng shui
  • Manifesting
  • Altars & rituals
  • Archangels
  • Sound healing
  • Lunar energy
  • Totem animals
  • Past life work
  • Ancestral healing
  • Sacred runes   

Module 5 CPS502 Clinical Practice (68 pages)

Students will be taken through the step by step process of incorporating all the modules to create an integrated healing session that will suit the individual needs of each client. How to prepare a healing environment; healer maintenance; the dynamics of an in-depth consultation and professional conduct are all covered within the module to ensure the student is ready and confident in facilitating a healing as a complementary therapist

  • The role of disease
  • Health history & consent form
  • The consultation
  • Consultation assessment
  • Client and healer goals
  • Healer preparations
  • Environmental preparations
  • Client awareness
  • Stages of a healing session
  • Limitations
  • Healer maintenance
  • Supervision
  • Contraindications
  • Case studies
  • Ethics and professional conduct 
  • Identifying your destiny
  • Business practicalities and requirements
  • Workshops
  • Career options
  • Professional boundaries
  • Metaphysical business preparations 


Completing this course has been such an amazing journey. I am blessed to have been able to do  it; and I am grateful for the chance. It has given me the ability to remove my own blocks and heal my past.

The course modules were fantastic. It has been great to expand my knowledge; to help grow a business where I can help people to live the lives they deserve in a way that makes them truly happy.

I hope I can do for others what this course has done for me. Truly grateful, thank you.

Hayley Hughes, SA

General Information:

Manuals: The manuals are very comprehensive, have a flexible weekly study schedule and are comprised of a balance of theory and practical activities. Meditations are delivered on sound files within the manuals so that you are able to take yourself through each meditation. Activities are delivered in a step by step process and where relevant are accompanied by video clips making them easy to follow for students of all levels. 

Tutorial Assistance: Written feedback and guidance as needed, is provided to students when they submit their assessment activities. Students may also email when they have questions pertaining to their course.

Currency: All course fees are in Australian dollars and include GST. A payment option (excluding GST) is available for overseas students. All payments are strictly non refundable

Advancement: Students that successfully complete this diploma may continue their studies with the Diploma in Complementary Therapies. Graduates of the Diploma in Holistic Counselling only need to complete the Crystal Healing and Colour Therapy modules and an extra case study exam in order to gain their diploma qualifications in Complementary Therapies.

Accreditation: All courses offered by Natural Energies College are recognised by the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and Nationally Accredited with the Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association, enabling graduates to obtain membership with the AHHCA or IICT and gain practitioner insurance in order to practise professionally.

Please note: Government benefits, assistance or funding such as Austudy and centre link study allowance are not available with this course.

Computer/software requirements for Manuals: Recent or the latest versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player (these can be downloaded free from the internet); up to date Antivirus software; USB drive (see below for alternative); Sound Card; a Media Player  - Windows Media Player or Quicktime (media players can be downloaded free from the internet). and Microsoft Word (or a compatible program). Students will need internet access in order to email their assessments, correspond with the college and receive college updates.

- The manuals can be sent to students via Dropbox, if their computer does not have a USB drive.

- Old operating systems may need to be updated in order to enable full functionality of the PDF manuals. 

Course schedule, fees syllabus & course conditions are subject to change without notice in order to maintain up to date information and meet any new industry standards and AHHCA regulations.



Is this course suitable for beginners or advanced students?
Modules are presented with methods that accommodate and support all levels from beginners to intermediate and advanced. A varied structure of topics, theory and activities allow beginners to adjust at a gradual and comfortable pace whilst providing advanced students with innovative, stimulating activities, thought provoking discussion and the support and guidance to fine tune areas of previous study whilst gaining new skills.

What type of homework do we receive?
Assessment activities are designed to assist you in developing the necessary skills of a healer. The majority of assigned work will be practical. Upon practising each activity, you will then type up a summary of the activity; your observations and the outcome and submit this to the college via email. 

You will need to practise your new skills on friends or family as well as engaging in self analysis and self healing activities. Therefore whilst you are learning, you are also creating a happier, healthier life for yourself and your loved ones. By doing so, you also become a positive role model for your clients as well as developing an empathy towards the processes that you will be taking your clients through.

How often do I need to submit work?
Assessment activities must be submitted monthly (at least). If you are unable to submit work for a particular month, that's fine as long as you notify the college via email prior to or during the month in question. The college will provide you with a recommended quota of activities to submit each month; however you can increase (up to 9) or decrease (down to 1) this quota to suit your lifestyle. If you submit less than the recommended monthly quota, then it is just a matter of catching up in other months.

Do I need to attend classes on campus at any time during the course?
No, the entire diploma course is delivered via correspondence. Tutorial assistance is available via email. Students will submit their work via email.

I do not live in Australia. Can I still enrol in your courses?
Yes, our correspondence courses are available to overseas students from New Zealand, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Overseas* students may enrol in any of the certificate and diploma courses in holistic counselling, complementary therapies, colour therapy, metaphysical studies and crystal healing.

* Exclusions may apply. Please email the college if your country or region is not specifically listed above.

Are your certificate and diploma courses available nationally in Australia?
Yes, our correspondence courses are open to students living in Australia nationwide, country and cities: Melbourne Victoria, Sydney New South Wales, Brisbane Queensland, Perth Western Australia, Adelaide South Australia, Hobart Tasmania, Darwin Northern Territory and Canberra. All certificate and diploma courses in holistic counselling, complementary therapies, colour healing, metaphysical studies and crystal healing are available to Australian students.

Are there exams?
You will complete an online open book multiple choice exam (in your home) for each module plus a clinical practice exam comprising of one case study.

What is involved in the clinical practice case study exam?
The clinical practice exam requires you to take one volunteer client through weekly healing sessions for 7 weeks. You will have supervision and guidance via phone or email to assist you with planning and facilitating your case study sessions. The aim of the clinical practice exam is to provide you with experience in your chosen field and to build your confidence in working as a holistic counsellor. The case study healing sessions are conducted in your own home or at a wellbeing centre in your local area.

"Life Changing"

Words cannot explain how life changing this course is. I have always been interested in counselling and I think it is so valuable that this course goes beyond just healing the mind; but healing the person as a whole - mind, body, spirit and heart.

The balance of theory and practice is excellent. Assignments were returned within a couple of days and any questions were quickly responded to.

I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this course and feel confident in  my abilities as a Holistic Counsellor. I recommend this course to anyone wanting to make a positive change in their lives.

Anita, VIC

Who is this course suitable for?


  • People that would like to embark on a new career as a holistic counsellor.
  • Existing practitioners that would like to incorporate the modules of the diploma course into their practice.
  • People working within the health, wellbeing and service industry that would like to incorporate holistic counselling formally or informally within their workplace.
  • Anyone wishing to improve communication, interactions, stress management and successful problem resolution within their workplace.


  • People that would like to learn more about holistic living and mental wellbeing for their own health and wellbeing as well as that of their friends and family.
  • People that are embarking on or continuing a journey of spiritual and/or self discovery and development.
  • Anyone with an interest in natural healing and metaphysical energies.
  • People looking to create happier, healthier relationships with friends, family, partners, children, colleagues and self.

Upon graduation, what qualifications does the course provide me with?
Upon successful completion of the Diploma in Holistic Counselling, graduates will be entitled to advertise, gain insurance and full practitioner membership with the AHHCA or IICT and work under the title of Holistic Counsellor.

Complementary Therapies and Holistic Counselling are part of a rapidly growing industry, providing graduates with a multitude of career options including working in integrated health centres, aged care services, private practice, adult education (workshops, short courses and meditation classes), spiritual and metaphysical guidance to name but a few. 

What do I receive upon graduation?
Upon graduation you will receive a:

  • Diploma of qualification as a Holistic Counsellor
  • Statement of results
  • Graduation letter
  • A professional reference letter

All courses are nationally accredited with the Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association
and recognised by the International Institute of Complementary Therapists.
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