Bachelor of Counselling

Counsellors journey with individuals, couples, and families as they face their challenges, grow and make changes. BTI’s degree in counselling offers students a unique blend of courses that allow growth in heart, mind and awareness.  

In our Bachelor of Counselling three-year degree programme you will experience personal growth and transformation as well as gaining the knowledge and skills for supporting children, young people and adults when they are facing grief, past and current abuse/ trauma, addictions, relationship struggles, parenting challenges, lack of confidence, anxiety, depression, social/cultural disconnection. 

Counselling graduates

Why study Counselling at BTI?

  • Full and part-time study options 
  • Small teaching groups – onsite in Tauranga and online  
  • Great learning support to help you succeed 
  • The ability to study onsite in Tauranga or from where you live 
  • A Christ-centred biblically-based curriculum 
  • Our heart to really get to know you 
  • We are a strengths-based community 
  • Graduates get jobs in their chosen career – about 85% of students were already employed at the time that they graduated.   

Graduates of this degree will be eligible to gain professional association membership and take up counselling and therapy roles in community agencies, churches and, when ready, private practice. 

“Choosing BTI to pursue my dream of counselling has provided me with a steadfast base to my practice that helps me to have confidence in my abilities as well as an awareness to continually reflect and strive to be the best practitioner I can be for my clients.” 

Shivonne – BTI Counselling graduate

Programme overview

This programme is available either onsite at the BTI campus or from anywhere in New Zealand by distance learning. All students, whether distance or on campus, will be required to attend block courses on campus at BTI once every semester, in March and August. 

​Full-time study requires a commitment of 35–40 hours each week for both onsite and distance students. Part-time students should allow a day each week for each course studied.

Meet key staff

Dr Peter Bray leads the Counselling programme at BTI

Karen Fransen

Karen Fransen is our Professional Lead: Counselling (students)

Katharina Boehm

Katharina Böhm is an Educator/Kaiako as well as year 2/3 coordinator in the Counselling programme

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