Masters in Counselling

The Masters Pathway is a set course of study comprised of the Advanced Certificate in Meditation Therapy & Holistic Counselling plus the following courses and research units.Students can choose to enrol in the Masters Pathway from the outset or enrol in, and complete the Advanced Certificate in Meditation Therapy & Holistic Counselling and then complete the required Postgraduate courses one by one.

On completion of the Masters in Holistic Counselling Certification allows the students to use the letters Mast.Hol.Couns (IMTTA) after their name.


You will also receive your Diploma of Meditation Teaching and Holistic Counselling Advanced Diploma in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Counselling and your Masters in Holistic Counselling.

Taught 100% online with the support of a mentor

A total of TWELVE International IICT, CMA and IMTA accredited certificates in one course (plus thesis)

A full year of IMTTA Practitioner Registration free

Around 104 weeks part-time (2 years) or 56 weeks full time.

Level 1- Certificate Level


This course includes:

  • Certificate of Meditation

  • Certificate in Chair Yoga Instruction 

  • Certificate in Holistic Counselling and Life Coaching.

  • 12 Modules (module content below)

Level 2: Certificate in Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR)

The Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for determining which neurochemicals and what amounts are released into our bodies; these chemicals create the physical environment our cells are formed in and live inside. This course explores the link between the way we chose to think (our perception), the neurochemicals those mental states determine and how chemical imbalances cause disease. Based on clinical evidence, ANSR investigates how and why, what we think influences our level of physical wellbeing and explains, in practical terms, how changing our thinking process will dramatically improve our physical health.

Stage 3: Certificate in Brain Body Medicine

This course explores why people can find themselves ‘trapped’ in old belief systems, negative thinking and habitual ideas that do not contribute to living happy or healthy lives. It provides a deeper understanding of the simple and practical tools we can use to help adopt a more positive and healthier thinking process. It includes an in-depth exploration of how and why particular thinking patterns manifest into specific physical illness. Based on scientific research and humanistic psychology, this course takes the mystery out of ‘mind-body medicine’ and brings a popular theory into a new light as a comprehensive healing modality.

Stage 4: Certificate in Advanced Holistic Counselling


This course delves deeper into the practicalities of holistic counselling. You will study communication skills (verbal and non-verbal), building counsellor/client relationships, relationship counselling, the holistic counselling process, mental and emotional wellbeing, counselling parents, counselling teenagers and releasing past trauma. This course also looks at the important ethical aspects of holistic counselling and will guide you in developing a completely professional practice.


Stage 5: Certificate in Holistic Trauma and Abuse Counselling

Trauma and Abuse Counselling works to assist people whose lives have been adversely effected through being abused or traumatised either physically and/or psychologically. This may include sexual abuse, violent physical attack, bullying at home and school or in the work place, domestic violence, witnessing or being involved in a traumatic incident or accident. The Trauma and Abuse Counsellors provides support, guidance and resources for the client to overcome the trauma and begin to implement strategies and positive life habits that allow them to live a normal, balanced life again. Trauma and Abuse Counsellors must also have a thorough understanding of referral networks and the cycle of domestic violence as some of their clients may still be experiencing abuse and require guidance in removing themselves from danger.


Stage 6: Certificate in Holistic Grief and Loss Counselling 

Grief and Loss counselling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief; and, so overwhelmed by their loss, that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down.
People may require Grief and Loss Counselling after the death of a loved one, after a long term relationship ends or even after losing their job. All people experience grief and loss differently. Grief counselling facilitates expression of emotion and thought about the loss, including their feeling sad, anxious, angry, lonely, guilty, relieved, isolated, confused, or numb.

It includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with concurrent changes in their lives. Often people feel disorganised, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams. They may experience change in appetite or in their own health.

Grief counselling may be called upon when a person suffers anticipatory grief, for example an intrusive and frequent worry about a loved one whose death is not imminent. Anticipatory mourning also occurs when a loved one has a terminal illness. This can handicap that person’s ability to stay present whilst simultaneously holding onto, letting go of, and drawing closer to the dying person.

Holistic Grief and Loss Counsellors are able to provide clients with coping skills, emotional support and resources (and sometimes referrals) to help support them through the normal grieving process and also through what is known as ‘complicated grief’ (which occurs when the client gets stuck in, or does not progress through, the natural stages of grief on their own.


Stage 7: Certificate in Holistic Telephone Counselling 

The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Telephone Counselling prepares students to offer telephone and online counselling for clients who are unable to attend in person for various reasons. These reasons may include family or work commitments, disability, location, lack of transport or isolation. Telephone counsellors need special skills to ensure the client experiences as close as possible, the safe and nurturing environment the counsellor would provide in a face-to-face consultation.


Stage 8: Certificate in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling

The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling provides students with the skill and information required to counsel married couples, unmarried couples, same sex couples, families, siblings and others involved in close relationships who are seeking assistance to overcome difficulties within the relationship.


In this role the Marriage and Relationship Counsellor will often act as a mediator and will provide the couple (or family) with positive communication skills and life tools to assist them in expressing their emotions in a positive and non-blameful manner, taking responsibility for their part in the relationship breakdown, setting goals and identifying desired outcomes for themselves and the relationship.


Stage 9: Certificate in Corporate Stress Management

Corporate Stress Management Stress can have a major effect on work performance. Some of the consequences include absenteeism, diminished performance, negative attitude and cynicism, decline in commitment and creativity, and a decreased ability to concentrate, learn and interact with other employees. Stressed workers can also develop a range of symptoms including insomnia, headaches, back pain, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, anxiety, irritability and depression. This course focuses on developing your skills as a Corporate Stress Management Consultant and using your qualification to help build strong workplace stress management programs, better self-esteem among employees, stronger workplace teams and greater productivity levels for business owners.


Stage 10: Holistic Psychotherapy


8 Week research Project


Stage 11: Masters in Holistic Counselling Thesis

8 week research Project

You will also receive your Diploma of Meditation Teaching and Holistic Counselling and your Advanced Diploma in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Counselling and Your Masters in Holistic Counselling.

Course Duration

Total of 48 lessons plus Thesis

92 weeks part-time (approximately 10 hours of study per week)

46 weeks full time (about 20 hours of study per week)

Actual completion time for the Masters in Holistic Counselling is 104 weeks part-time (2 years) or 56 weeks full time. Students can also request longer study breaks between modules (up to four weeks), making the possible course duration longer again.



Foundation Studies in Meditation

  • History and Theory of Meditation

  • Developing Meditation routines

  • Deepening and refining your practice



Stress; Understanding Cause & Effect

  • Understanding stress

  • Physiological responses to stress

  • Psychological causes of stress



Foundations of Human Happiness

  • The psychology of happiness

  • Subconscious programming and reprogramming

  • States of mind & Fundamentals of self-image



Working with Specific Groups

  • Teenagers

  • People with disabilities

  • Health care professionals & business clients

  • Difficult clients



Counselling & Coaching Skills

  • Client-centred approach

  • Active listening skills

  • Identifying obstacles

  • Case studies



Running Classes and Workshops

  • Basic Meditation

  • The IMTTA Course (Meditation, Stress Management & Personal Development Combination)

  • IMTTA Teen Program (Meditation for Teenagers)

  • Choosing Venues



Corporate and Community Settings

  • Corporate stress management and relaxation workshops

  • Approaching community groups and organisations

  • Volunteer and community work



Small Business Management

  • Ethics and Professionalism

  • Your public profile

  • Fundamentals of customer service

  • Maintaining student/client records

  • Charging for your services

  • Running a small home office



Marketing; The key to success

  • Understanding the power of branding

  • Targeted marketing and advertising



Tools for Healing

  • Tools for healing

  • Positive thinking skills

  • Foundations of Mind-Body Medicine

  • Meditation as a healing tool & Hypnotic states



Meditation Styles and Techniques

  • Poses and positions

  • Breathwork

  • Chakras and energy Meditations

  • Guided Meditations & visualisation

  • Mantras and affirmations in Meditation




  • Talking to groups & Group leadership skills

  • Answering questions about Meditation

  • Leading guided Meditations

  • Overcoming obstacles to Meditation practice

  • Creating safe and effective teaching environments


Graduates will receive the IMTTA Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development and are entitled to use the letters Cert.Med.Hol.Couns. (IMTTA)


This course is evidence based and industry accredited with the following organisations.

  • The International Institute of Complimentary Therapists (IICT)

  • The Complimentary Medical Association (CMA)

  • The International Meditation Teacher Association (IMTA)

  • The International Meditation Teacher Trainers Association (IMTTA)

Our graduates are able to join these organisations and obtain professional insurance.



Course fee paid in full on enrolment: $5335 AUD

Course fee payment plan


For part-time students doing the 92-week course only 90 weekly payments of $62.00

Total $5585 AUD


Course fee payment plan

Full-time students doing the 46-week course only.

46 weekly payments of $123.00

Total $5658 AUD




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