Course overview

Consulting Essentials 1 has been designed to meet a growing demand for mental health practitioners within companies and other organisations, equipping participants with enhanced skills to engage with work-related issues.

This initial course gives a Foundation in Organisational Practice & Mental Health at Work. It covers the essentials of working with companies and other organisations is a dynamic new course designed for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who would like to be able to successfully approach, consult, contract with and work in companies or organisations and/or develop specific consulting and coaching-based skills that support a fundamental therapeutic approach with employees and/or leaders.

In the second course, we look first at the work you need to do in creating something to take to market - developing your offer. Then we will look at the processes you will typically need to go through to interest a client in your work – gaining entry. Finally we will look at how you turn your proposal for work into a real business entity – your contract.

By combining Consulting Essentials 1 & 2 together, this is a great way to absorb the essentials of bringing mental health interventions to organisations, as a combined course packed with coaching skills and top tips for organisational practice. By adding Consulting Essentials 2, you gain immediate access to valuable pointers on how to gain entry to organisational clients plus honing your offer when approaching companies as clients. All this, along with guidance on contracting with companies to help your assignments run smoothly.

In buying the combined courses 1 & 2, this gives even better value as a route to the mindset and resources for beginning creating a successful consultancy practice. 

The course includes short pre-recorded videos for self-study; downloadable materials and client-friendly sheets; CPD certificate upon successful completion of the course (with multiple-choice questionnaire for each module, to check your understanding of the essentials).

Phil Hayes & Robert Rees

Phil and Rob lead the course. Phil has over 30 years’ experience of working in the leadership development and executive coaching fields. He works at the most senior levels and his current client list is comprised of UK ambassadors, media heads, and leaders from organisations as diverse as Dyson, The BBC, Nissan, Nutmeg, Southampton FC, Saracens Rugby, and the NHS.

Robert is a UKCP-Accredited Psychotherapist, Qualified Executive Coach, Director of The Grove Practice and co-founder of TGPatwork, The Grove’s organisational practice. Robert has worked with a broad range of companies using therapeutic practice in industries such as consumer healthcare and beauty, technology, media and finance. 


  1. Introduction
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  2. Core Organisational Consultancy Skills
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  3. Coaching Skills in an Organisational Context
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  4. Assessment - You will have been reflecting on your learning throughout this programme. As you reach the end of the taught part of the programme, we would invite you to be clear on certain key concepts involved in the Coaching approach to Consulting. Please answer the questions below.
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  5. Coaching Assignment
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  6. Prerecorded Interviews with Leaders. These videos are offered for additional input from leaders who have spoken on the 'in person' Foundation course. They are shared with you to help you hear from leaders and their ideas and issues around mental health.
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Course Benefits

  • The skills and confidence to take a consultative approach with a company around a therapeutic engagement.
  • The skills to identify goals for employees and leaders.
  • Talk about the importance of good mental health in companies.
  • Understanding models and approaches to leadership and management that encourage and support wellbeing in employees.
  • A toolkit for troubleshooting common issues / problems at work (saying no, public speaking, management issues, resilience, feedback)
  • Comprehensive handouts to use in practice.
  • Help with identifying who you want to work with and obtaining clients
  • Tools to help you clarify your strengths and be clear about your values as a consultant
  • Insights into how to create your product
  • How to talk about your offer with confidence to prospective clients
  • Understanding the steps you might go through when undertaking a consultancy assignment
  • How to handle meetings as a consultant
  • A toolkit for creating a contract with a consultancy client
  • Comprehensive materials to support your learning

Hello and welcome introduction from Phil and Rob.

Rob and Phil introduce the course, giving you some insight into what you will learn and their teaching style.

Choose a Pricing Option

A choice of course formats

These self-study courses are designed to fit conveniently around your schedule so you can learn at your own pace in your own time.

But if you decide that you prefer interactive tutor-led training, we also run courses in groups either on Zoom or by attendance in person at our London training venue.