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I’ve found the resources really, really useful and it’s really helped to simplify some of the theories and help with assignments - we’re doing TA at the moment so you can imagine!

I joined the CSR in the second year of my L4 diploma (2017) because I knew the lectures would help me with my studies, and the Facebook groups. Now qualified and in private practice, the lectures continue to extend my learning in so many different areas, too many to mention. Learning and growing continues throughout...

After qualifying I stayed with the CSR because I can claim CPD, an ethical requirement of the BACP, which is a lot cheaper than just attending CPD training (although I do when the training is relevant). And when I feel a bit wobbly in pp (which happens), it helps to go back to basics and remind myself to trust the client's process...

Thank you Rory and Ken. I honestly don't know what I would do without you.

The CSR is fantastic value for money and you all do a great job of putting it together. I don't know what I would do without all the information you provide and the support from fellow students.

I am grateful for the material you sent to me, I found it useful in my work. Thank you so much for the help rendered.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Rory and Colette for probably one of the most informative counselling sites I have had the pleasure of using.

I cannot thank you and Rory enough for all the support you gave me during the past academic year. CSR is fantastic and I will always remember that all the good comments I had with my written work was because of you guys! Thank you once again and I really wish you well.

I love your work. It is a great help for me - I learn better by listening. If I read something I don't understand, I become anxious and concentration goes out the window. Being able to learn from you and having access to your resources is really great. I'm studying BA(Hons) Integrative Counselling and Art Therapy. It is a dream come true for me to be doing this.

I completed my Level 4 last year having subscribed to CSR throughout and during my Level 3.

Can I just say that as my course was not what I would consider to be 'good', I found the resources you and Rory provide invaluable; not only for the portfolio but also the additional materials. My portfolio passed first time with no amends and I attribute that to your guidance and my dedication.

In a couple of weeks time I'll beginning my continuing voyage of discovery on the Level 4 Diploma course and I'm sure I'll be logging in a lot more over the coming weeks and months, and over the years after I qualify in 2021 🙂 Thanks to you, Rory, and rest of the team who work so hard in bringing students and practitioners a further and deeper understanding of Therapy.

I have been a member of the Counselling Study Resource group for some time. It is a great resource to have when you're a student with all the information, such as the study guides and catalogue of lectures--and the live interactive lectures are amazing. But most importantly the amazing support from everyone. There is always someone there that can answer questions on a point you have missed, and people who can give advice on How To. It is an overall great resource for help and information to have as a counselling student.

"Rory and Ken have given me so many moments where I have said 'Oh! I get it now.' They take the fear out of getting assignments right... Having just passed my level 4 diploma last week, I am full of gratitude for all this learning."

I've found the CSR invaluable at degree level. The information contained and the podcasts have been an excellent resource for clarifying things missed in lectures. I'd recommend to anyone studying counselling at any level.

I found Rory on YouTube. I think I was doing my level 2 at the time. We just couldn't get our heads around the concept of transference--until, that is, we watched his video. So easy!

I joined Counselling Tutor as the live webinars began. I have learnt so much and if it's too fast during the allocated 'live' hour, you can watch them again. So much more is explained than in class.

Rory and Ken have given me so many moments where I have said 'Oh! I get it now.' They take the fear out of getting assignments right.

As well as the webinars, the podcasts are really useful too. I listen while doing the ironing!

Having just passed my level 4 diploma last week, I am full of gratitude for all this learning and am looking forward to the next webinar in September.

Rory and CSR have been a lifesaver to me. I am almost at the end of my Foundation degree. I have to repeat skills so needless to say your lecture was just at the right time for me.

I found the site useful and easy for me to understand. I'm shocked that my tutors at college cannot explain it the same way as I paid a lot more! Thank you for your help.

In my first year at Master's and studying counselling and psychotherapy. Prior to that completed Level 2 at college and have to be honest, I did not learn what I know from college it was from CSR. Being dyslexic and having the lectures enabled me to process the information in a way I could understand and I pass this site on to university students. I cannot thank Rory and Ken enough for this excellent site that breaks down the information in easy to understand steps. The resources, lectures... essay guidance, skills ... goes on and on. Because of CSR I am actually ahead of my peers in understanding causing great panic.

What did I say? Here's the CSR lifeline and join, best money I spent, affordable and I will be a long standing member for years to come. No other site like this trust me I know I researched.

Thanks Rory and Ken.

"I feel like shouting hallelujah! Theory and concepts I understand! Thank you for these resources they are surely going to be useful to me as I enter into my second year of my degree course."

So pleased I joined and worth every penny, you and Rory are just brilliant and I have come across other students who are starting counselling and recommend your site and will continue to do so.

Whilst I am sending this to you, my heartfelt thanks is to each and every one of you for the unstinting work you do and the service you provide.


.. and I couldn’t, most definitely wouldn’t, have done it without you.


I am eager to find out if I will have a place on CPCAB level 4. The wait is agonising but I am hopeful. The CSR has really helped. I feel I have a good grasp of PCT now to go into the course with. And I finally understand what you mean by phenomenology and how it fits into existentialism, which feels great to finally understand.

Wow! This really is going to help my studies! I'm currently at the beginning of level 3 and can see this will ease the pressure. I love the way counselling jargon as you put it is broken down into lay-mans terms. I'm very much a hands on person so academia isn't that easy!

I have really enjoyed your skills book and the CT website, channel and podcasts feel like a treat to use, recently dipping in the great lectures available too. It’s like studying wrapped in a welcoming safe feather duvet, I love it, understand it (being dyslexic), and look forward to learning something further every time I visit. I’ve two degree’s (20 years in social work) and literally previously hated studying but not anymore, I actually enjoy it now!

I’m a paid up CSR member. Thank goodness. Finding such relevance on the site, it’s just like perfect - really - one could google for hours or just join CSR!! So succinct.

I feel so lucky to have found such a treasure of information that will without doubt help me on this new and exciting journey towards becoming a qualified therapist.

I know that I’ve been very lazy with CSR.  I’ve been dipping in and out for a few months now but I sat down to it properly last night and OMG, I am just blown away by how informative it all is.

You and Rory have put together fabulous resources and I feel like my tutor has now moved in with me lol :).

I feel so lucky to know about you guys and just want to say thanks because I feel so much more confident now with the resources you offer.

"I’m a paid up CSR member... Finding such relevance on the site, it’s just like perfect - really - one could google for hours or just join CSR!! So succinct."

Thank you so much, CSR has been a great help. It is such a big relief being able to know and understand what I am talking about. Thanks to you guys using simple, understandable language.

Since I'm new in this subject, it is so easy to understand.

I'm thoroughly enjoying the resources...having so much relevant and easily accessed material all in one place is fabulous!

Thanks very much.

I find the CSR very interesting, helpful and also motivational!  I am at Level 3 and dip in and out of the resources at the moment, rather than completing modules, as I’m trying to juggle a lot of things, but I like the way the resource is structured, that we can use it in different ways.

I'm really enjoying the Hand-outs, and other resources on the CSR. I look forward to the weekly podcasts, and I often listen to them whenever I need anything specific to study we are covering in class, which helps me concentrate and gives me a greater understanding of the theory.

I've highly recommended CSR to my peers, hence you may have some new members very soon.

Sincere thanks for all the hard work and thought you and Rory put into the CSR, I really don't know what I'd do without it.

The whole resource was invaluable whilst doing my post-grad person centred diploma. So a huge thank you to you.

Member of CSR, certainly paid off in my studies at Master's level. Thanks, Rory and Ken.

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all of the support and insightful resources given.  As a newbie to all of this, I feel calm and supported in the knowledge that all of your resources speak to me in a language I can understand.  Long may that continue!!

Just to say thank you for a fantastic learning resource on line that I can trust. It enhances my self-directed learning and often gives a different perspective from the class room.

"I’ve been dipping in and out (of the CSR) for a few months now but I sat down to it properly last night and OMG, I am just blown away by how informative it all is... I feel so lucky to know about you guys and just want to say thanks because I feel so much more confident now with the resources you offer."

It (CSR) is so good I'm only just forcing myself to turn the computer off and get some well needed sleep. It truly is a treasure box FULL to the brim with wonderful gems. Honestly, the wealth of information is outstanding and yet you always manage to simplify subjects, questions/answers and even the CSR with all the information, topics, etc. you have simplified it for persons like myself who found using an A-Z (it's all satnav's now!!) easier than computers 😉

Just to say a big thanks to Rory Lee Oaks for help with pointing out where to find resources. Member of CSR certainly paid off in my studies at Master's level. Thanks Rory and Ken

At first I was sceptical to join CSR because of the fees and thought it's yet another con. But I put my fears to rest when I paid for the Handouts Vault which felt so rich with information. After listening to CT Podcast on YouTube and on Android, I decided to go for it. I paid the annual fee for CSR without any regrets and am loving being part of it to inform my knowledge. Thanks, Rory and Ken.

Just wanted to say thanks for all the wonderful resources you have made available and to say how much I enjoy your podcasts. I'm currently studying level 3 CPCAB Counselling Studies and your podcasts are insightful and my top go-to for extra learning/ understanding while I progress on my path to a career in counselling.

I became a member of CSR yesterday in preparation for the L2 I am starting on 3rd September. I want to say how impressed I an with the quantity and quality of the resources. I can't wait to dive in when different topics come up in my studies. I am sure it will all come clear to me what will be relevant and it would help me identify which resources I'll be using in my first year. Thanks!

I have really enjoyed being a member. I have gained my BSc and without your support, I couldn't have done it. I personally fell more case studies around how we work in the room, and how personal reflection improves practice, skill scenarios for students to watch would be useful. Many thanks for all your help over the past 2 years.

I have been looking around the Counselling Study Resource site. First impressions: truly excellent! I really, really like the material and will find it very helpful indeed. Thanks Rory and Ken. This looks like a very worthwhile investment for me.

Joining the CSR has helped me to enrich my learning much more effectively than I could have imagined. I have been enjoying listening to podcasts and lectures daily. In my opinion, it is endlessly helpful.

Stopping my studies for now, but I will be back! It is an excellent resource and I'm sad to go.

The resources you share are a God-sent and very well laid out and put together. 

Thought I'd give a heads-up to anyone who is yet to start the external ABC Awards Unit--buy Rory's online, downloadable guide. Even if it means selling your house/your children/your organs (although hopefully none of that will be necessary because I think it was £25!). I would have seriously lost the will to live by now if it wasn't for the massively helpful guidance he gives. I'm no finished but the end is in sight... due to listening to his podcasts and looking at sample work that's provided.

So if you're feeling like I was--and I considered myself to be fairly okay with the academic side, having obtained a BSc Psychology a few years ago, don't stress (although you probably will...). Just part with some and make life a whole lot easier for yourself by learning what's essential to include from Rory.

I don't think I would have passed without it (ABC Portfolio Key)--far more guidance and direction from it than ever given by my College. So, so glad I got it. Made it less stressful as well. Thank you so much for putting it together, Rory. You are a star.

"It (CSR) is so good I'm only just forcing myself to turn the computer off and get some well-needed sleep. It truly is a treasure box FULL to the brim with wonderful gems. Honestly, the wealth of information is outstanding and yet you always manage to simplify subjects, questions/answers..."

The (ABC Portfolio Key) guidance was absolutely invaluable to me. I honestly believe I wouldn't have passed without Counselling Tutor support!

Thought I'd share that I had a little telephone call from my tutor today to say that ABC Awards have passed my external work, first time.

And I honestly don't think that would've been the case without spending lots of time listening to Rory Lees-Oakes and reading exemplars. So a big thank you from me for all of the 'portfolio key' help.

Just got my notification that I have passed all the modules in year 1, level 4, on route to a BA(Hons) in Counselling Studies.

Aged 53, and with dyslexia confirmed, I truly thought I had taken on too much.

Without the Counselling Tutor at a pivotal dark point, I don't think I would have had the faith to keep going. Just wanted to share and say thank you.

I was so relieved to have found the guide so thank you--it's lovely to have ongoing support when you're not in the classroom. The guide is very helpful on ensuring you stay focused on the task in hand, which I like.

The assignment guidance that I downloaded and printed off is absolutely brilliant and wish I had it at the start of my three years here at the University Centre at Blackburn College. 

I am currently in the throws of starting my dissertation and with several remaining final assignments. 

The assignment guidance is very easy and a straightforward read with great tips to help, specially the introductory phases as I often find it can be time consuming to keep thinking of varied words when referencing.  

I’m sure I will still have this by my side when I find the motivation to actually get started and yes I have a plan of action/schedule in place but that is the easy bit. 

"When you work it out monthly for what you get--especially for students--for me it's the best money spent. I have almost finished all my criteria in 12 months when I have 2 years! ... For me it's second to none."

Just spent the last three hours reading some of your information. Very excited to read more as now I'm on level 3. It all started to make sense now, the terminology is sinking in... a bit! So keep up the good work.

The Counselling Study Resource is a tremendous support to me. Throughout my level 3 studies, the lectures available 24/7 via CSR provided extensive insight and clarity, complementing my college learning experience.

Rory and Ken are not only experienced and skilled in the field of counselling, keeping up to date with ongoing developments, they also offer support and encouragement to students of all levels. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Counselling Study Resource. Thank you!

There is so much rich material on the website  - I would have struggled on my diploma course without it. You seem to have plugged many holes!  A huge thank you to you and Rory. 

I have my graduation BA (HONS) Counselling on July 10th and the Counselling Tutor resources helped me to get a 1st! Thank you sooo much, Rory.

I find it very useful as I’m in my last year of Msc Person-Centred and I’m focusing mostly on reflexive study and research at the moment. 

I’m delighted that I have so much information in one place. I wish I knew about it at the beginning of my training, but I will do the most of it. Many thanks! 

The Handouts Vault is BRILLIANT! Sooooo useful!

Passed my first year Master's, big thanks to Rory and Ken. Couldn't have done it without CSR. Kick ass to dyslexia.

Thank you so much for the amazing resources you produce. I am currently on the first year of my Diploma and having to juggle my own work, life, college, counselling and supervision and find that Counselling Tutor makes my life a lot easier and helps me gain a deeper level of understanding especially of what the skills actually look like. 

I can find nothing to help you improve the CSR. It has helped me through to passing my Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) with CPCAB. Many thanks to you both for your excellent resource and friendly manner. Thank you so much.  

I have passed my COP with the BACP and am patiently waiting for clients to my private practice.  

This is amazing Ken... I would definitely recommend this to anyone studying and as I keep saying – your style of tuition is perfect for my learning abilities. 

Passed my first year Masters. Dyslexic as well. Cheers, Rory. Wouldn't have done it without your lectures and resources.

A huge thank you to Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly. Apparently I passed level 4. I'm thrilled!

I am in my first year of an FdA in integrative counselling course... I have just spent a few hours navigating the CSR website. It is sooo informative... I have also been watching Rory's YouTube teachings which are great and so useful.

When you work it out monthly for what you get--especially for students--for me it's the best money spent. I have almost finished all my criteria in 12 months when I have 2 years! It's helped me with placements and I've started to learn new theories--I'm passionate about what I'm doing and love the style Rory and Ken put the stuff together.

For me it's second to none--you could do a short training course on one topic for 250 so it's very good value.

Brilliant value at only 20 quid a month.

I pay by monthly subscription so it feels a bit less of a stretch financially. Quite frankly I don't know how I would have got though some of my assignments without the CSR. The lectures are brilliant and the assignment exemplars incredibly useful. I'm just so grateful that I discovered it fairly early on in my studies.

I'm a teacher and have written countless schemes of work and resources. The CSR is well-structured, easy to navigate, reassuring in its tone and content. Nice job!

I have to say, it's nice to see a set of resources that acknowledge that it's a criteria-led qualification and not some fluffy "seek and the answer will be found meander". Now there is the power differential in education. I as a teacher will hold the answer and through my musing you will behold the answer. The CSR is easy to use, direct and unpatronising.

"I'm blown away!!! Literally--it just doesn't get any better. Just printed off my certificate and this can go neatly into my folder with the work I've done on Trauma. Brilliant!!!"

This is a quick thank you message. I signed up to your Counselling Tutor website a while back... It's been absolutely awesome for me, not only as a useful learning tool for my own knowledge, but as an ESSENTIAL resource in completing my assignments! I've just done assignment 1, module 1 of my level 3 and honestly I couldn't have completed it (and actually thoroughly understood what I was writing about) without your learning resources! I also love the fact that you have further links and wider reading on all your resources... Makes searching for info a whole lot easier! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I would like to say thank you to Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly. This is a great resource site and very helpful, very useful having the lessons on video, and all the resource materials in plain English. Best site out there. I would be struggling without it.

I completed a postgrad counselling skills course last week. I entered the course as a mature student without a degree and wasn't sure if I wasn't sure if I was going to be out my depth. I was quite anxious beginning my assignments as I wasn't used to writing essays for university but I really applied myself and I got there. Counselling Tutor was an excellent resource for me. Thank you guys.

Thank you for the assignment model answers. Without the guidance I would not have passed my diploma resubmission. My college failed to provide any help. So I had nowhere to go for guidance, apart from Counselling Tutor. I got confirmation that I passed today, so I am very happy.

"I have now come to the end of my level 4 Diploma and I would like to say I really couldn't have done this course without all your vital resources. I am so grateful."

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