Basic Course in Counseling

Batch 11 is currently underway and the next Batch for the Basic Course in Counseling will begin in June 2018. Please check back here for details in Jan 2018.

A quick overview of the Basic Course in Psychological Counseling: Batch 11

Training course with skills training: 6 months (June to Dec 2017). Classes are held twice a week (Wed 5 to 8 pm and Sat 9 am to 12 pm)

Eligibility: Age:21 years and over; Emotional maturity; Spoken and Written English ability; We only accept students who have completed graduation irrespective of area of study.


Criteria for 3-12 month Internship after course: (Jan to Dec 2018) Student has to pass the Basic Course with an A/B grade in both theory and practicum areas AND be enrolled in or completed Master’s degree program in psychology or allied area from a university.

Fees: Rs. 40000/- (inclusive of 15% applicable tax)

Special offer 1: Join by March 18 2017 and get 10% off (Rs. 36000/- only)

Special offer 2: Join by April 1 2017 and get 5% off (Rs. 38000/- only)

(Please read the detailed course information below)


Admissions are open for the six month Basic Skills in Psychological Counseling. This is an intensive course aimed at training psychological 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.

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 the 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:

Theory areas Practical areas
Fundamentals of Psychology Counseling skills
Personality Suicide risk assessment and crisis intervention
Human Development and Behavior Ethics and Professional Standards of Practice
Abnormal Psychology Record Keeping
Counseling theories Counseling for specific areas (we do not cover child counseling as this is an advanced area)
Other topics as needed
Clinical skills training with Supervision: A crucial component of our course lies in the training of students in clinical skills which is accomplished through supervision of our students in addition to in class activities. Supervision is a process in which the trainee counselor meets with a supervisor each week to learn skills, discuss his/her development as a person and a counselor and get feedback about their practical work in the course. Supervision is provided by trained/in-training supervisors to ensure all round development of counselors. To be eligible for supervision, students will have to pass the first two theory exams at a 70% or higher rate. If they do so, then they will attend supervision which will occur once a week (separate from class time) for two hours on Wednesday and/or Saturday. This is known to be one of the most enriching aspects of the course and is a crucial component for skill development. We have often noted that students who do well in the course have a great balance of theory and practical knowledge and to encourage more students to do well, we have offered supervision this year only to students who demonstrate competence in theory. We do not believe that individuals should practice without sound knowledge of theory, thus we hope this year’s change will encourage more students to work hard to learn the theory so as to access supervision.


Practical training: In-class and in supervision practical skills training is an integral part of our coursework. Practical training involves two things- 1) learning the skills and practicing them in class, supervision and as homework, 2) seeing clients in counseling.

Please note that only students who have/are in the process of obtaining a Masters in Psychology/Counseling/Helping area will be allowed to complete part (2) of the practical training, i.e. provide real time counseling services to individuals from the community seeking psychological counseling after course completion. In addition, the student has to complete the course with a minimum of A or B grades in the theory and practical aspects of the course to be eligible for the post-course internship. Students typically see clients at the HAP clinic, but might also see clients elsewhere, as and when opportunities arise for practical experiences at other training sites. The students who are not eligible to see clients or are not doing well in the course will be offered additional support through the supervision/skills training sessions where they will work on their own growth to help them catch up. Thus, all students will get the chance to practice skills and work on interpersonal skills in addition to counseling skills as a part of their course work.

Class experience: All of our training is achieved through role-plays, experiential learning, practicum, lectures and demonstrations, and other learning techniques. A hallmark of HAP training is the energy of its teachers and students and the dynamic nature of the classes. Another important component of our course is the camaraderie and close friendships that develop among our students and staff. We genuinely enjoy each other’s company and choose our students carefully to ensure that our positive energy and enthusiasm continues with each batch.

Course material:  Each enrolled student will be given course material at the start of the course which are expected to be as an adjunct to the teaching and in class discussions. Course material is only a guide and most of the learning in our course happens with attendance in class lectures, discussions, and in class practice. Thus, those who read course material but do not attend the classes which find themselves often falling short of learning. Also, if you attend class without reading the course material, your learning will be limited as well. For best learning, it is extremely beneficial to keep up with class readings and attend classes regularly.

Examinations/Evaluation: Please note that this course involves continues evaluation in the form of in class examinations, participation points, and evaluation of several aspects of professional and personal development. Only students who pass the course evaluations at the required pass grades will be given course completion certificates. Those who do not pass the course but attend and complete the course will be given course participation certificates with an endorsement that they did not pass the course requirements.

Dates and Timings:

The course begins on June 17 2017 with twice a week classes. Classes are on: Wed 5 to 8pm, Sat 9am to 12pm. Supervision will begin in mid-August 2017 and will occur on Wed 230-430pm/Saturday 1230-230pm and will be decided once the course is underway.

The Wed 5-8 and Sat 9-12 are mandatory classes to attend. In addition, students who pass the first two theory exams at 70% or higher will attend either a Wed 230-430pm or Sat 1230-230pm superivison depending on the group they are placed in. Thus three class sessions a week will be conducted. Students will also be expected to complete reading assignments at home. If students are deemed to have the required skill and educational qualifications, then they will be offered the option of practical training. However, this is dependent on them passing the course work required to be able to engage in practical training. The overall time requirements for this course will range from 15-20 hours of work each week (inclusive of onsite and at home work).

Quality Maintenance

Each student is assigned to an individual supervisor/mentor in an eight student group. This ensures the highest possible quality of teaching and training. It encourages the emergence of healthy group dynamics as well as sufficient time for individual students to contribute to the course. Our supervisors will provide the necessary support to all students to fulfill their aim, matching the students learning and training efforts. HAP supervisors are all trained counselors who continue to receive supervision of their supervision work.

 Course Director and Core Faculty 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. They are as follows:

Rekha B Lagu, MA: Clinician, Supervisor and Faculty

Rekha B. Lagu has completed her B.Ed. and have 26 years of teaching experience. She is experienced in working with adolescents and parents. She has completed the Basic and Advanced Counseling courses at HAP and has been working with HAP and Dr. Diana since 2009. She currently sees clients at HAP and does onsite counseling at corporate offices as a part of HAP’s Employee Assistance Programs. Rekha is a warm, friendly and caring person whose young heart and constant positivity makes everyone around her feel good all the time. She is a multi-tasker who has too often be told to slow things down for herself and she manages her home, family, work and extra activities with great poise and confidence. Rekha is a favorite supervisor and is known to be a great balance of support and strictness to ensure students develop skills competently.


Lorraine Bellard, MA: Clinician, Supervisor and Faculty


Lorraine has a Masters degree in Industrial Psychology from Annnamali University, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St.Francis College and has completed the basic course in counseling from Hyderabad Academy of Psychology. She has a deep yearning to be there for others, her warm personalitymakes it easy for people to share and confide in her. She is passionate about learning and understanding human behavior and believes that every person deserves a chance to be understood. She is on a constant endeavor to upgrade her skills with the latest courses that are available in the field of counseling. She is currently working as a counselor at HAP and at NALSAR University of Law.

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.

 Location and Facilities

Classes will be held The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology, 68 Gruhalaxmi Colony, Near Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Vikrampuri, Secunderabad 500015.

Our classroom is air conditioned and equipped with an LCD projector. Most of our theory classes involve power point and an active discussion of the topic at hand. We take one break during each class and refreshments (tea and snacks) are provided to students during the break. You are welcome to come by and see our facilities if you would like. Just call ahead to ensure that we are available.

Duration : Six months (June 17 2017 to Dec 9 2017)

Class timings: Wednesday 5 to 8 pm AND Saturday 9 am to 12 pm (both classes have to be attended to complete the course) PLUS Wed 230-430pm or Sat 1230-230pm (for students who pass the first two theory exams at 70% or higher)

Start date: 17 June 2017 ; End date: 9 December 2017

Fees: Rs.40000/-  (if paying in full at any time before course commences, there is no extra fee added)

 PLEASE NOTE: We have a strict no refund policy so fees once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances, so please join after making sure you want to do the course only. Once we accept a full batch we turn people away so we cannot fill your seat.


Special offer 1: Join by March 18th 2017 and pay 10% less : Rs. 36000 only (to be paid in full)

Special offer 2: Join by April 1st 2017 and pay 5% less: Rs. 38000 only (to be paid in full)

Course fees for paying in installments (on or before May 1st 2017)

Installment Fee Due
1 20000 On or before May 1st2017
2 12500 July 1 2017
3 7500 August 1 2017

Course fees for paying by installment after May 1st 2017 (10% extra fee added)

Installment Fee Due
1 22000 After May 1st 2017
2 13500 July 15 2017
3 8500 August 15 2017

Fees can be paid by cash, check or via online banking directly into HAP’s bank account. Only payment of fees confirms your seat in the course.

To Apply

A 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, so please call and make an appointment by calling 9493975140.

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 10 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.