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

Diploma in Holistic Counselling

Diploma in Holistic Counselling
The diploma in Holistic Counselling course is as much a life course as it is a career path. 

Benefiting anyone who wants to live their potential, have harmonious relationships, 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 traditional and holistic counselling skills with metaphysical philosophies & practices; 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 gracefully 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. 

Course Details

Study Materials:

  • 5 printable and interactive PDF manuals on a USB Flash Drive (pdf manuals include video clips and meditation sound files)
  • Access to the (student only) Portal and its resources 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 first holistic counselling module combines holistic and traditional techniques in counselling, 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 a variety of counselling techniques and skills that students can incorporate into holistic counselling 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  
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)

Sample Page - M1 Types of Love Sample Page - M1 Types of Love (167 KB)

Module 1.1 Holistic Counselling II (299 pages)


The course content, pace and supervision provided was wonderful. 

The combination of regular activity assessments and final supervision piece really cemented my knowledge.

I feel confident in sharing my knowledge and skills with paying clients. I cannot speak more highly of this course.

Carmela Pollock, VIC
Holistic Counsellor, Reiki Master Teacher

Modules 1.1 and 1.2 expand on the units introduced in module 1. Each module is comprehensively comprised of 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

Sample Pages:-

Sample Page - M1.1 Acceptance Sample Page - M1.1 Acceptance (124 KB)

Sample Page - M1.1 Emotional Sensitivity Sample Page - M1.1 Emotional Sensitivity (156 KB)

Sample Page - M1.1 How to slow down memory loss Sample Page - M1.1 How to slow down memory loss (91 KB)

Module 1.2 Holistic Counselling III (248 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

Sample Pages:-

Sample Page - M1.2 Happiness Sample Page - M1.2 Happiness (539 KB)

Sample Page - M1.2 Relationship Questionnaire Sample Page - M1.2 Relationship Questionnaire (197 KB)

Sample Page - M1.2 Stages of a Relationship Sample Page - M1.2 Stages of a Relationship (558 KB)

Sample Page - M1.2 Temperament in Children Sample Page - M1.2 Temperament in Children (253 KB)

Module 2  Metaphysical Studies (373 pages)

A varied and comprehensive module that examines 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    

Sample Pages:-

Sample Page - M2 Bagua Basics Sample Page - M2 Bagua Basics (779 KB)

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)

Sample Page - M2 Interpreting Symbols Sample Page - M2 Interpreting Symbols (166 KB)

Sample Page - M2 Totem Animals Sample Page - M2 Totem Animals (210 KB)

Module 5 Clinical Practice (94 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 an effective healing environment; healer self-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 

Sample Pages:-

Sample Page - M5 The consultation Sample Page - M5 The consultation (126 KB)

Sample Page - M5 The role of dis-ease Sample Page - M5 The role of dis-ease (130 KB)

"Would Recommend"

I did enjoy the course. At times it was challenging, but that's what made it so worth while.

Both myself and my volunteers gained so much insight into ourselves and have learnt new ways of coping and dealing with life problems.

I definitely would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to study Holistic Counselling or to anyone that is in the Natural Therapies field and wants to increase their knowledge in Holistic Counselling and Metaphysics.

Being able to do the course at home and in my own time was a real  plus as well.  A big Thank you.

Cheryl-anne Leary, QLD
Yoga Teacher

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. (Extension fees are only required for the months the student submits work.)

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

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 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.

Commencement / Enrolment:

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 - 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.

Course Fee Options  (Incl. GST)

Full Course Payment  (includes $350 discount)

Course fees:  $3050 payable upon enrolment (concession $2650)Students paying upfront receive all provided study materials upfront.

Exam fee: $155 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.

Module Instalments:  

Course Fees: $3400 (concession $3000) payable in instalments as per below  Students will receive each module and its accompanying study materials upon payment.

Exam Fee: $155  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 may enrol and pay for one (or more) modules at a time as follows:

$680  Holistic Counselling I
$680  Holistic Counselling II
$680  Holistic Counselling III  $680  Metaphysical Studies
$680  Clinical Practice
$155  Exam fee

(Concession fees: $80 less per module)

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 Module 2 (Metaphysical Studies) in the Diploma course. Students do not need Reiki prior to enrolment - they can enrol and then complete their Reiki certs. alongside their studies. 

Students may choose their own Reiki teacher /school from their local area or online.

* An equivalent level of hands on healing (energy healing based) study may be accepted in substitute of the Reiki Certificates. 

Accepted substitutes for Reiki include Sekhem, Therapeutic Touch and Pranic Healing. Other similar levels of energy healing may be considered upon request. 

** The substitute modality must involve placing or directing the hands on or towards a client with the intention of healing via energy (Massage, acupuncture and other tactile manipulation therapies cannot be accepted as Reiki substitutes).


The course format makes it easy and enjoyable to complete.

Joanne, VIC

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. 

Optional 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 Austudy and Centre Link study allowance are not available with this course.

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 in order to gain their diploma qualifications in Complementary Therapies.

Accreditation: All courses offered by Natural Energies College are accredited nationally with the AHHCA (Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association), and recognised nationally and internationally* by the IICT (International Institute of Complementary Therapists); enabling graduates to obtain practitioner membership with the AHHCA or IICT and gain practitioner insurance for professional practice.

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

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 (this can be downloaded free from the internet)
  • USB drive (optional) Please inform the college when enrolling if your computer does not have a USB drive.
  • Sound Card (this usually comes already installed on a computer)
  • A Media Player - 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. 


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 brief 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.
* Student visas are not available with this course.

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.

"Personal Growth"

The Diploma of Holistic Counselling provided for both my own personal growth and my professional Development.

I enjoyed the course and feel excited about offering Holistic Counselling and Healing in my practice.

Theresa Peters, NSW
Principal & Practitioner, Wellness Artisan Studio

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
  • Continued access to our Student Portal resources

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