Reality Therapy

Level: Professional Development – QLS Level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Reality Therapy to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Reality Therapy is a method of counselling which teaches people how to direct their own lives, make more effective choices and develop the strength to handle the stresses and problems of life. The core of Reality Therapy is the idea that regardless of what has happened in our lives, or what we have done in the past, we can choose behaviours that will help us meet our needs more effectively in the future.  From the counsellor’s point of view it is both efficient and straightforward. From the client’s point of view it is self-empowering.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • The History and Background of Reality Therapy
      • The Process of Reality Therapy
  • Lesson Two
    • Exploring your Awareness
      • Instructions for Exercises
      • Fundamental Exercises in Reality Exploration
  • Lesson Three
    • Awareness and Relationships
      • Fundamental Exercises in Reality Exploration (Continued)
      • The Reality of Communication with Others
  • Lesson Four
    • Communication
      • Exercises in the Communication of Reality
  • Lesson Five
    • How our Tools can be Misused
      • Judgement
      • Helping
      • Shoulds
      • Explaining
  • Lesson Six
    • Leading a Therapy Session (1)
      • Experiential Exercise: “Journey to the Inner Sanctum”
      • Working in Pairs
  • Lesson Seven
    • Leading a Therapy Session (2)
      • Working in Pairs (Continued)
      • Working with Couples
  • Lesson Eight
    • Leading a Therapy Session (3)
      • Exercises for Couples
      • Working with Groups
      • The Application of Group Therapy
      • Intervention
  • Lesson Nine
    • Creative Experimentation / Additional Therapeutic Elements
      • Initial Address to Reality Group Members
      • Reality Group Member Introductions
      • Additional Therapeutic Elements
      • ‘Left-Right’ Drawing
  • Lesson Ten
    • Additional Therapeutic Elements (Continued)
      • Body Movement Exercise
      • Music Exercise
      • Breathing into your Body Exercise
      • Centring Exercise
      • Grounding Exercise
      • Tensing Exercise
      • Cocoon Exercise
      • Separation and Connection Exercise
      • Sound Dialogue Exercise
      • Reality is your Guru
      • The Path of Reality

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.