Natural Energies College, Complementary Therapies Diplomas
Natural Energies College
Natural Energies College, Complementary Therapies Diplomas

Certificate in Holistic Counselling

Certificate in Holistic Counselling

Course Details

Focusing on both holistic, and traditional counselling skills and techniques for guidance, healing, awareness and empowerment.

The certificate in holistic counselling course is divided into five main sections:

Holistic Living - delving into the mind, body, spirit and heart.

Meditation - learning to facilitate various forms and styles of meditation for individuals and groups.

Counselling - understanding the mind and its contribution to health and happiness; and learning to incorporate counselling skills and concepts into holistic healing sessions.

Energy healing - exploring the chakras and aura and learning how to assess, boost and heal these energy systems in order to support the mind and body through the counselling process.

Clinical practice - how to plan, prepare and facilitate healing sessions.

Study Materials:

  • 3 printable and interactive PDF manuals on a USB Flash Drive (pdf manuals include video clips and meditation sound files)
  • Access to the Student Portal on our website
  • Access to our private student Facebook group
  • Email tutorial assistance - Monday to Friday during business hours

(Dropbox delivery is available for students living outside of Australia or those that don't have a USB drive on their computer).


Module 1 Holistic Counselling I (236 pages)

  • 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  

Sample Pages:-

Sample Page - M1 Core Beliefs Sample Page - M1 Core Beliefs (622 KB)

Sample Page - M1 Positive Action Sample Page - M1 Positive Action (280 KB)

Sample Page - M1 Self Esteem Sample Page - M1 Self Esteem (202 KB)

"Spiritual Compassion"

I have developed a new understanding of human behaviour, personalities and spiritual compassion.

I now have the ability to recognise triggers that cause anxiety; and I am able to put into place mindfulness strategies to alleviate my anxiety.

Thank you Stephanie for your insight, your knowledge and most of all your guidance through my journey. 

Dianne Lemke, SA
Preschool Teacher

Module 2.1 Energy Healing Supplement (139 pages)

  • The chakra system
  • Overview of the chakras
  • Comprehensive view of the main chakras
  • Minor Chakras
  • Kundalini
  • Chakra maintenance
  • Chakras assessment
  • Chakra associations
  • The auric system
  • Research & history
  • Auric layers
  • Aura assessment
  • Aura maintenance
  • Aura healing
  • Energy healing contraindications

Sample Pages:-

Sample Page - M2 Chakra Associations Sample Page - M2 Chakra Associations (194 KB)

Sample Page - M2 Chakra hand positions Sample Page - M2 Chakra hand positions (778 KB)

Sample Page - M2 Existence Sample Page - M2 Existence (135 KB)

Module 5.1 Clinical Practice Supplement (42 pages)

  • Health history & consent form
  • The consultation
  • The healing session
  • Healer preparations
  • Healing categories
  • Professional Ethics

Duration: 12 months

Course duration: 10 months plus 2 additional months to allow for the midyear and end of year college breaks. 

Extensions: Students can continue to study beyond the 12 month duration for a monthly fee of $55. (Extension fees are only required for the months the student submits work.)

Hours of study:  Approximately 2 to 5 hours per week to complete the course within the 12 month timeframe.

Minimum duration: This course can be completed in 7 to 10 months with full time study - 4 to 10 hours per week.  

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

Note: The college closes towards the end of May until mid July for the  mid year break; and mid December until the end 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 exam.

Enrolments are accepted throughout the year as placements become available. Students can commence their course as soon as they receive their study materials. 

Click here to Register Interest in Enrolment  

Note: Applicants must be 16 years of age or over to enrol. 

Study Format:

Home study - Students will complete the entire course from home, with tutorial assistance available via email (Mon-Fri), and access to our private student facebook group and our Student Portal which contains a myriad of resources to assist students with their studies. 

Email queries are normally responded to on the same day, or the next working day. Students generally have their graded work returned to them in one to two business days.

"Highly Recommend"

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is seeking to nurture the holistic connection between their body, mind, heart and spirit. 

As a long-time professional working with the child protection and community sector, the holistic knowledge and strategies I have learned through this course has had an enormously positive impact upon my life. 

I am now starting my own business supporting holistic health, alongside my Reiki Master/Teacher qualification, where these holistic strategies will bolster my existing mainstream skills. 

Such a great course with flexible 'at your own' pace and structure. 

Thank you.

Louisa Sutton, QLD
Community Sector Consultant & Reiki Master/Teacher

Course Fees (Incl. GST):  

Upfront payment: $985 payable upon enrolment.  (Concession Fee $905) 
All materials are provided upfront.

Instalment 1: $525 (concession $485)
Instalment 2: $525 (concession $485)

Students paying in instalments will receive module 2.1 upon enrolment; and modules 4 and 5.1 upon payment of their second instalment.  (Students should aim to pay their second instalment within 3 months of enrolment to ensure they allow themselves enough time to complete the entire course within the one year time frame. The instalments option has an included administrative fee making the overall cost slightly more expensive than paying upfront.)

Exam Fee: $90 payable towards the end of the course, upon completion of the final module exam.  The exam fee is a one off payment for all modules combined; not per module.         

** Students under 18 are eligible for concession - proof of age required. Students 18 and over are eligible for concession if they have a health care card from Centrelink.

Note: For the time being, due to the impact of Covid 19, we will not be requiring proof of concession status. Concession fees are currently being offered on a trust basis to any applicant that is experiencing financial hardship due to Covid 19. 

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 relevant, is provided to students each time they submit their assessment activities and any time they have questions pertaining to their course. 


Supplements: Modules 2.1 Energy Healing & 5.1 Clinical Practice are study partners for NEC certificate courses, providing students with healing and professional practice foundations relevant to certificate level. (Please note that the supplement modules are subsidised by the college to maintain cost effectiveness for certificate students)

Extras: This course contains some activities that require the use of the following crystal implements - a quartz pendulum, amethyst druze and satin spar. These implements may be bought from from crystal or new age stores. With the exception of the quartz pendulum, the remaining implements are optional as the activities may be conducted without them. Upon enrolment, students will be provided with pictures and information on choosing the above mentioned crystals. 

Currency/Payments: All course fees are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST. Payment options (without GST) are available to students living outside of Australia. 

All payments are strictly non refundable.

Please note: Government funding such as VET fee help, Austudy and Centre Link study allowance are not available with this course.

There are no prerequisites for the certificate courses. However Reiki, or a similar hands on healing workshop may be helpful for students that have no experience in energy healing.

Advancement: Students that successfully complete this certificate will receive credit for the Holistic Counselling I module and part credit for the Metaphysical Studies module, should they wish to continue their studies with any of our Diploma courses or the Triple Diploma. A credit is also available for modules 2.1 and 5.1 if students wish to continue their studies with another NEC certificate course. 

Accreditation:  Natural Energies College is accredited nationally with the AHHCA (Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association), and recognised nationally and internationally* by the IICT (International Institute of Complementary Therapists). NEC Certificate graduates will be eligible for membership with the IICT, which will then enable them to gain practitioner insurance for  professional practice. NEC Diploma graduates, (and NEC Certificate graduates that have relevant prior qualifications amounting to 200 hours of training) will be eligible for membership with the AHHCA or IICT.

*Please check with the IICT for which countries outside of Australia are covered. 


I have been looking for a responsible course to combine my  healing with counselling capabilities; and I found the perfect one at Natural Energies College. 

Kerrie Baldock
Reflexologist, Reconnective Healing Practitioner

PC (Windows) or MAC Computer/software requirements for Manuals: 

  • Recent or the latest versions of Adobe Reader (this can be downloaded free from the internet); 
  • Up to date Antivirus software (this can be downloaded free from the internet)
  • Sound Card (this usually comes already installed on a computer)
  • A Media Player - such as Windows Media Player or Quicktime (these usually come already installed on a computer, but they can also be downloaded free from the internet).
  • 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. Internet access is not required to view your pdf manuals.
All course particulars are subject to change in order to maintain up to date information and meet any new industry standards and AHHCA regulations. Students will be informed of changes as they arise. 


What type of assessment activities do I need to complete with this course?
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.

Note: Due to the Covid 19, we are asking those students that are in lockdown, are self isolating or limiting their social contact - for the time being - to only practise techniques on those people that they live with. Relevant activities can also be adapted so that they are conducted via Skype/phone or conducted on self instead of a volunteer.  We will be making allowances and exercising flexibility in study for the duration of social distancing.  

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 holistic counselling course is delivered via correspondence. 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, spiritual counselling, colour therapy, metaphysical studies and crystal healing.

* Exclusions may apply. Please email the college if your country or region is not specifically listed above.
* Student visas are not available with our courses.

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, spiritual counselling, colour healing, metaphysical studies and crystal healing are available to Australian students.

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

"Life Support"

I first decided to complete my certificate in Holistic Counselling in order to learn how to conduct a session with a client to help support my Reiki practice. 

Little did I know this course would become a 'life support' as I dealt with some life challenges.

My level of personal growth has increased by completing this course. 

I would  highly recommend to those seeking to become a better version of themselves!

Stephanie, VIC
Reiki Practitioner

What is involved in the clinical practice 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  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 healer. Your clinical practice exam is conducted in your own home or at a well-being centre in your local area.

Who is this course suitable for?


  • People that are already working in the health and well-being industry that would like to assist their clients with basic counselling techniques; holistic living, meditation and chakra/auric healing as complementary treatment for pain relief, relaxation, stress management and healing.
  • Existing holistic and well-being practitioners that would like to incorporate holistic counselling skills and techniques into their practice.
  • People that are wanting to run meditation workshops or classes for relaxation and well-being.
  • People that would like to begin their studies slowly with a certificate course prior to deciding whether to proceed with a Diploma level course.


  • People that would like to learn more about holistic living, meditation and counselling for their own personal development and well-being and that of their friends and family.
  • People that are interested in self exploration and the mind’s connection to health and well-being of body, mind and spirit. 

Will successful completion of the course provide me with a professional qualification?
Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Holistic Counselling course, you will be able to professionally incorporate counselling techniques into your existing practice or with future healing certificates. For example: combining counselling techniques with Reiki or another energy healing modality. 

Graduates will be eligible for Practitioner Membership with the IICT which will enable them to obtain practitioner insurance so that they can practice as a Holistic Healer.

NOTE: Students wanting to have and work under the title of Holistic Counsellor must complete the Diploma in Holistic Counselling.

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

  • Certificate of qualification in Holistic Counselling I
  • Statement of results
  • Graduation letter
  • Recommendation letter for IICT practitioner membership
  • Continued access to our Student Portal and its resources

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