Course in Basic Skills in Psychological Counseling : A Counselor Training Course


(June 2023- December 2023)


Admissions are open for the six month Course in Basic Skills in Psychological Counseling. This is an intensive course aimed at training psychological counselors who wish to be general practitioners and counselors and for people interested in interpersonal skill development.

This is a foundation course for counseling and psychology basics and provides a laboratory setting in which students master basic skill sets that are fundamental for effective communication, basic counseling and psychology. Among the basic skills essential to counseling psychology are the cultivation of attention, learning to ask questions, paraphrasing and encouraging, reflecting feeling and meaning, confrontation and empathy. A primary focus is on being more conscious and intentional in interpersonal communication and subsequently in the counseling process.

The goal of the course is to train individuals to offer counseling services as part of a comprehensive program that addresses the development of individuals in terms of academic/educational, career, personal/social and emotional skills, as well as families, and the community at large. This course is designed to address ethical, professional, and legal aspects of being a counselor in India.

Interested candidates may apply directly for this course by completing the interview process and registering. Please read the information below carefully prior to applying.

About HAP

The HAP specializes in offering counseling training and counseling services, which are our main focus and all our efforts and facilities are devoted to these endeavours. We incorporate current research into our teaching and practice, thus keeping ourselves current and up to date within the field of psychology and counseling.

The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology (HAP) was founded by Dr. Diana Monteiro as a training academy to bridge the gap between formal psychological education and practical application of psychology in everyday life. The HAP is engaged in the training of individuals to ensure that adequate training in practical skills, theoretical knowledge and supervision is provided to those who are engaged in the process of helping others. For more information, please visit our website

About the Course

This course is a basic course in psychology and counseling. Our main goal is to train psychological counselors. A common side effect of this course is the enhancement of interpersonal skills and life growth. The course is intensive and involves indepth training, thus allowing students who complete the course the ability to understand themselves and others better, improve relationships in their life and practice counseling if they are eligible to do so (under supervision). Most of our eligible students, understand that counselor training is a process and thus choose to seek clinical supervision even after completion to ensure their continued growth and development as counselors.

Course Content

This course is designed to provide adequate training and knowledge in addition to needed skills for a person to learn psychology, counseling and interpersonal skills and to be a psychological counselor. We divide our course material fairly equally between theory and practical skills. The topic areas covered include the following:

Introduction to Psychology and history of psychology

Fundamentals of Psychology

Personality theories and Counseling theories

Human development and Behavior

Abnormal Psychology basics and psychopathology


Counseling skills

Suicide risk assessment and crisis intervention

Ethics and Professional Standards of practice

Record keeping

Counseling for specific areas : Depression, Anxiety, Grief and loss, Relationship difficulties, pre-marital counseling, parenting, adolescent problems, family stress, etc

Career counseling

LGBT issues

Other areas as needed

Dates and Timings:

The course begins on June 17 2023 with thrice a week classes. Classes are on: Monday 4 to 7 pm, Wed 4 to 7 pm, Sat 9 am to 12 pm. Course ends on Dec 9 2023.

Online classes Mondays and Wednesdays

In-person offline classes Saturdays

All classes are mandatory classes to attend. Students will be expected to complete reading assignments out of class time. The overall time requirements for this course will range from 15-20 hours of work each week (inclusive of online and offline).

Quality Maintenance

We ensure the highest possible quality of teaching and training by employing only people who have experience, expertise and a proven track record within the counseling field. We encourage our students to bond and work together as our courses typically promote the emergence of healthy group dynamics as well as sufficient time for individual students to contribute to the course. Our supervisors who help with skill development will provide the necessary support to all students to fulfill their aim, matching the students learning and training efforts. Please note that Dr. Diana Monteiro is assisted by several of her top notch counselors to help with teaching, clinical skill development and supervision of students work. Students who complete the course and excel often have the opportunity to assist her with upcoming batches in helping train the next generation of counselors.

 Course Director information

 Dr. Diana Monteiro, Director

Dr. Diana Monteiro obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, USA and worked as a licensed psychologist (in Tennessee, USA) before returning to India in 2008. Her ardour for providing psychological services made her initiate The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology in Vikrampuri, Secunderabad in 2009. At HAP, Dr. Monteiro and her team of hand-picked counsellors practice counselling, conduct courses and workshops, and supervise other counsellors-in-training. Dr. Monteiro comes across as someone who’s intelligent, accomplished and warm, a top-notch trainer and counsellor, and fun to be around. She inspires her trainees with her undying passion for Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Monteiro is often invited to conduct out-reach programs. Her seminars and workshops have covered a variety of topics, which when presented in her gregarious style (so well known in the twin-cities) are often said to be inspiring. Her specialty areas include working with adolescents and adults, suicide prevention, relationship concerns, communication and multicultural issues. She is adept at treating mental health issues from a positive psychology framework and uses strength-based approaches in counselling. Her philosophy of training is based on integrity, ethics and working hard and playing hard to ensure good all round development.

Core Faculty

Our panel of faculty includes specialists in the field and Dr. Monteiro is in charge of assigning faculty to the course and one important pre-requisite for faculty is that they have to be currently practicing counselors/clinicians. Our core team of counselors at HAP will be the faculty for this course. They have all been associated with the course since it’s start and have been active faculty for the course.

In addition to Dr. Diana Monteiro, the faculty for this course include:

Bona Marie Colaco, MPhil (Clinical Psychologist)

Varun Rupela, MSc

Others as assigned

Who should join

This course is open to all graduates. It is designed for anyone choosing to becoming a psychological counselor and seeking professional training for the same. Individuals who join could be (1) those who have little or no professional experience but wish to extend their knowledge of interpersonal and counseling skills and (2) counselors, healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, managers, home-makers, human resource personnel and all others who wish to increase their interpersonal and counseling skills and apply them within their life in practice.  We have no age limit for our course, so as long as you are emotionally mature and stable, we will consider you for the course.

What can you do after the course?

We are often told by students who have trained with others that our course is very different than other courses of this kind. We have since learned that we are the only training academy that offers the blend of theory and practical skills, in addition to world-class supervision within the twin cities. Our students often choose to continue to work with us after course completion, speaking to our ability to teach and guide as well as form lasting relationships with people we train. You are welcome to request to speak with our past students to obtain their viewpoint about the utility of this course for you.

Please note that while there are no established rules or standards presently in the counseling area, we recommend that our students follow standards and thus ask that students who want to make counseling their formal career (part time or full time) complete a Master’s degree in Psychology or an allied helping area. Without a formal degree, our course would not be useful in the future. Please note that with a formal degree, you might be lacking in skills, and thus we feel that our course gives you the chance to learn the needed skills, but we would still recommend getting a formal degree in the area before starting practice. If you have questions about this, call us and we can help you decide whether this course is right for you or not.

Expectation of students

Students who join the HAP are expected to adhere to the highest professional standards of practice. This includes but is not limited to, regular class attendance, punctuality, completion of assigned class work and assignments, excellent record keeping, and respect for everyone that they work with. Students may expect the same level of professionalism from their faculty and staff at the HAP.

We believe in open communication and in being genuine and model that for our students. Feedback is a two way process and our open door policy allows students to opportunity to discuss anything with us with the knowledge that we will be open to learning and growing together.


Classes will be Online and In-person.

Inperson or offline classes are held at The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology, 68 Gruhalaxmi Colony, Near Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Vikrampuri, Secunderabad 500015.

We have two classrooms-one classroom is your computer in the comfort of your home, along with other essential components like a power point and an active discussion of the topic at hand. The other is our HAP classroom located on the second floor. It’s a large room with air conditioning, alongside clean restrooms and a homely atmosphere condusive to learning.

We take one break during each class. While we missed face to face interactions, our batches 14,15 and 16 has proved to us that online classes work as well as face to face classes. So we are offering a blended version of this course to ensure less travel time but also more face to face in person interaction built in. In addition, we have been offering online counseling services as well as offline counseling presently (just like the rest of the world is), so students will learn to do both during this course.

What is REQUIRED: (1) A laptop or desktop in good working condition with ability for hi-speed internet and zoom along with MS office. (2) Video has to be on and audio should be working for all classes. (3) An open mind willing to learn and grow. (4)Openness to experiences and growth as a person.

Duration : Six months (June 17 2023 to December 9 2023)

Class timings: Monday online 4 pm to 7 pm, Wednesday online 4 pm to 7 pm AND Saturday offline 9 am to 12 pm (all classes have to be attended to complete the course) 

Start date: 17 June 2023 ; End date: 9 December 2023

Fees: Rs. 55000/-  (plus applicable GST) (Please note that the GST rate is currently 18%, hence fee plus GST totals to Rs. 64900/-)

 PLEASE NOTE: We have a strict no refund policy so fees once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances (except if the course is cancelled, so please join after making sure you want to do the course only.

Late date to join: June 10th 2023


Special offer 1: Join by February 28th 2023 and pay 10% less : Rs. 49500 only (plus applicable GST at the current rate of 18% which totals Rs. 58410/-) (Special offers have to be paid in full in one installment)

Special offer 2: Join by March 31st 2023 and pay 5% less: Rs. 52250 only (plus applicable GST at the current rate of 18% which totals Rs. 61655/-) (Special offers have to be paid in full in one installment)

Course fees for paying in installments (can be paid anytime :on or before June 10th 2023)

InstallmentFee + GST(18%)Due
127500 + 4950=32450On or before June 10th 2023
215000 + 2700=17700On or before July 30th 2023
312500 +2250=14750On or before August 31st 2023

Please note the above is calculated based on an 18% rate of GST. If the GST rate changes, then the new rate will be applicable effective immediately. Late charges of 10% will be applied to the base fee and the applicable GST on that will be payable if fees are not paid by the due date.

Fees can be paid by GPAY,check, cash or via online banking directly into HAP’s bank account.

Only payment of fees confirms your seat in the course.

To Apply

A online meeting with the Director and/or faculty is required before you join. Once you have met with the Director and/or faculty, you will be informed immediately about the status of your admission. Once you are offered a seat, payment of the fees will confirm your admission into the program. Please note that we keep our admissions open until seats are filled and once we are full we do not accept any more students, so apply early and confirm your seat.

Meetings for admission:  Meetings for admission will be held by appointment only via ZOOM, so please call or whatsapp and make an appointment on 94939-75140.

Documents required: Copy of degree/marksheet of highest degree obtained and completion of the application form which will be emailed to you once you have been accepted and wish to join the course.

Need additional information?

For more information AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE ABOVE INFORMATION CAREFULLY, call our office on 040-27847755  or 94939-75140 (between 9 am and 7 pm; Sunday closed) to schedule a meeting.

The accreditation or certification for counselling courses is currently not offered by any accrediting or certifying body in India. HAP maintains responsibility for the above course and its content under the guidance of Dr. Diana Monteiro, Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider (Tennessee, USA, License no. 2665). We reserve the right to change the above information as needed.