MA in Integrative Psychotherapy

A unique, university validated programme in partnership with CWR

Integrative Psychotherapy is well established with over 50% of counsellors describing themselves as 'integrative'.

This MA stands in that movement, seeking to integrate Christian faith, theology, worldview and spirituality into the process.

Find out what it might mean for you to be an 'integrative therapist', with a well-founded understanding of your therapeutic practice, and of yourself, and of the Christian faith, and how they all fit together.

The MA builds on our undergraduate programme in Theology & Counselling and like that programme, is a joint venture between LST and CWR.

The course consists of two core modules that will explore the integration of psychotherapy and theological literature and emerging themes, three optional modules and a dissertation.

The core modules will particularly focus on relationality and what this means in theology, in psychology, and in counselling.

It's a great opportunity to explore your own underlying philosophy, anthropology and relationality, and how these impact on your clinical practice.

Core modules:
  • Integrative Psychotherapy in Christian Perspective: Being and Relating
  • Integrative Psychotherapy in Christian Perspective: Body, Mind and Story.
Optional modules:
  • Addictions
  • Systems of Relationship
  • The Use of Art in Therapy
  • Contemporary Cognitive Approaches.
The course can be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24–36 months.


Most students will already be seeing clients in voluntary, paid or church settings. The MA doesn't require a certain number of counselling hours but you'll be expected to see clients and have supervision throughout the course in order to apply learning and have material to reflect on.

If you aren't already, you'll also need to become a member of a professional organisation such as the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical guidelines.


In line with other psychotherapy courses at MA level, you'll also be expected to have your own personal therapy and join group process to explore the impact of your experience on you as you move through the programme.

You will be required to have 30 hours of personal therapy, with a therapist of your choice, during the period of study. Your therapy will remain confidential.

London School of Theology (LST) is an international community of approximately 350 students, resourcing a further 1,000 students worldwide, with Jesus Christ as the focus of its life, work and worship.

It offers cutting-edge training and preparation for ministry, mission and the marketplace.

As an evangelical, interdenominational theological School with a strong academic reputation, LST is committed to excellence in evangelical scholarship, study that combines faithfulness to Scripture, academic rigour and relevance to God's mission in the world.

At the forefront of theological education that equips Christians for real life, in the real world, LST helps people achieve more than they believe they're capable of. LST is passionate about equipping Christians to respond to the global challenges of our day.

To find out more about the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy email Course Leader Janet Penny.

To apply for the MA, email Postgraduate Registrar Lisbet Diers, call her on 01923 456160 or download an application pack from the LST website. (Opens in a new window.)

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