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The Fusion Therapeutic Coaching, Counselling and Training Certificate in Therapeutic Coaching by Distance Learning

Bringing together for the first time, advanced counselling, cognitive behavioural and human givens skills in a solution focused coaching framework. This is the only independently awarded distance learning therapeutic coaching course in the UK.

The integration of coaching and counselling is a new paradigm. Fusion is at the leading edge with a fully integrated model which has been successfully used since 2007 with thousands of satisfied clients.

Do you have an interest in mental health and wellbeing? Do you want to take your career to the next level? Perhaps you’re a counsellor looking to add advanced coaching tools to your

therapeutic toolbox or you may be a coach, who wants to deepen and broaden your therapeutic skills? Perhaps you are a hypnotherapist using powerful psychological techniques and would like a safe and solid theoretical frame for your work? You may be working in schools, human resources, the police or the NHS or in another helping profession and just want to be more effective for your clients.


Fusion can help you, with tried and tested training which brings together the very best of coaching and counselling into a powerful new integrated model that really helps and really works.


On completion, learners will receive a certificate from NCFE, an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England and Wales. NCFE's regulators are the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England, Qualification Wales and CCEA regulations. The general Conditions of Recognition can be found at


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The Fusion Model


The innovative Fusion Mental Health First Aid model draws on Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Human Givens Psychotherapy and Holistic Life Coaching to bring together a unique toolbox of skills to help you provide the very best support for your clients. This is not just any coaching course or the GROW model in another format. Fusion has an innovative and unique approach to emotional health and wellbeing which has been tried and tested since 2007.


On the programme you will learn:

  • The SAFE SPACE ‘recipe’ for emotional wellbeing

  • How to dramatically accelerate client outcomes

  • How to conduct a ‘life audit’

  • What us the ‘essence of the problem/essence of the solution’

  • The important first session: How to pace, turn and lead your client

  • When and how to use the Fusion Wheel of Life

  • Present, future and super-future focusing

  • How to use guided imagery to effect change fast

  • integration of therapeutic story and metaphor

  • How to successfully treat anxiety and depression, fears and phobias

  • How to deal with panic attacks and anger attacks

  • What to do to resolve PTSD fast

  • The utilisation of powerful brain filters

  • The mindfulness based STOP System

  • Effective goal setting

  • And much, much more…

Frequently asked questions


Who can take this programme?


You may wish to use the programme for continuing professional development, personal development or to gain an understanding of the integrated principles and practice of the Fusion Therapeutic Coaching Model.


You are likely to have good communication skills, experience of working in a caring role and have a deep desire to help others.


How does distance learning work?


Distance learning means you can study at home, at your own pace and in your own time. Learners receive a working course manual and study guide, together with a series of written assignments, reflective tasks and questions.


You will also have access to a professional tutor to provide you with support via email, post or telephone. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you advice on successful completion of the course. Ongoing support will last for one year from the date you receive the course.


How long do I have to complete the programme?


12 months. If the course is updated, the information will either be posted on our supporting website or sent to you free of charge. Completion of the course will take in the region of 80 study hours which can be spread over the 12 month period and claimed as CPD hours.


Is there an end of course examination?


No, the programme is completed by an end of course Q and A which you send by e-mail or post for assessment. 


Do I get a certificate?


A completion certificate will be provided by the Integrated Coaching Academy. If you wish to have Level III NCFE endorsed completion, your work will be assessed by your tutor then internally and externally verified. If successful, a certificate will be issued by NCFE.




If you enrol on the Skills programme and subsequently enrol on the Diploma, the full cost of the distance learner Skills course will be deducted from your Diploma fee. Please note it is not a requirement to complete the distance learner programme prior to enrolment onto the Diploma and you can, if you choose, still apply for a place on the next available Diploma.


Assessment of your work


The assessment of your coursework will be carried out by your tutor. A sample of assessments will be referred to an internal verifier. These are available to be seen by an external verifier from NCFE.


Is there tutor support?


The course is supported by a friendly and accessible tutor who appreciates the needs of distance learning students. If you experience any difficulties with the course, or need clarification on some points, then please get in touch. We are here to help.


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What is covered in the programme?


The 70,000 word, 426 page work book covers a broad range of theory and skills.


Module 1


The Therapeutic Coaching Timeline

Professional evolution

The Therapeutic Coach: A new paradigm

The big experiment

What is therapeutic coaching? Is it different from counselling?

About the NCFE accredited Therapeutic Coaching Diploma

Effective Therapy: Affordable training


Module 2


Work Book

Zen philosophy; an auspicious beginning

Setting SMART Goals

Self Reflection

Learning something new

Recognising emotions


Module 3


Communication Micros Skills



Mirroring and reflection



Open questions


Carl Roger’s core conditions

About Carl Rogers

Look back, but don’t stare


Module 4


Human needs

Create a SAFE SPACE to get your emotional needs met:

The work life balance

Attunement and the therapeutic alliance

Accelerated rapport


Information Gathering: Using Clinical Measures and feedback


Taking an emotional needs ‘audit’

Actualising tendency versus learned helplessness

How to restoring hope


Module 5


A first session with a client


Confidentiality in therapeutic work

Positive expectation

SUDS scaling


Module 6


Dealing with anxiety and panic attacks

Fight or flight

Pattern matching

Thinking errors or cognitive distortions

Resilience and Base Stress

Diaphragmatic Breathing

The Observing Self and Meta awareness

Misuse of the Imagination

What else do I need to know?


Module 7


Setting therapeutic goals

The Magic Question

The Reticular Activating System (RAS)

RAS and focused attention

What are your Hobbies and Interests?

Developing metaphor therapeutically


Module 8


Psycho Education

Triune theory


Pattern matching and neural pathways

Patterns of response


Module 9


Supervision and the helping professions


Diversity: Celebrating Difference, Celebrating ‘Sameness’

Challenging the labels



Module 10


STOP: GO Bridging the gap between counselling and coaching

Holistic Life Coaching

Ploughing new furrows: Counselling in a coaching context

Where are you on the wellbeing continuum?

React or respond?

Thought stopping

Neuroplasticity and the changing brain



Module 11


The STOP System

STOP and diaphragmatic breathing: How to test your own breathing

STOP and ‘Taking a Step Back’

STOP and the Observing Self

STOP and Emotional intelligence

STOP and interrupting old or habitual patterns


Module 12


The Wheel of Life

Case study: Geoff #1

Using the coaching wheel of life

Assessing and scaling life as it is

The life wheel protocol


Module 13


Case study: Geoff #2

Wheel of life doc 1

A holistic view of the client

The preferred future

Story: What a bird should look like

Write it down-make it happen


Module 14


Case study: Geoff #3

Wheel of life doc 2

SMART goals

Case study: Geoff #4

SMART goals doc


Module 15



Describing guided imagery

Visualisation: a history

Meditation and mindfulness

Metaphor in guided imagery


Module 16


Case study: Geoff #5

Therapeutic time travel

From problem focused to solution focused

A progressive relaxation and bespoke visualisation for Geoff




Intelligence plus intuition equals ‘whole brain’ learning

The Ebbinghaus Curve of Forgetting

A privilege




TASK documents

Therapeutic stories




Therapeutic Coaching in practice

First session questionnaire

SAFE SPACE audit sheet

CORE 10 questions

Case study: Shelly

Case Study: David; coaching a client with M.E.

BACP ethical guidelines

Association for Coaching: coaching competencies

Articles Is the Therapeutic Coach a ‘brain mechanic?’

What do you do if you don't like your client?

Smile and the world smiles back.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Swim towards the light.

A Nice Result

Better to do something imperfectly than nothing flawlessly

No need for my services?

The Super Organising Idea

All boxed up?


About the Therapeutic Coaching Diploma programme


Diploma Training Application Form

A Fusion Certified Therapeutic Coach


The daffodil principle


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Founding Chair of BACP Coaching, Linda Aspey

'In the field of coach-counsellor integration, Frances is a trailblazer'


Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton, John Perry, MA, MA, MA, MSc,

'I whole-heartedly recommend both Frances and her approach to all who are committed to helping others to move in the direction of accomplishing their full creative and constructive potential.’


Make Menopause Matter founder, Diane Danzebrink:

‘I discovered Fusion therapeutic coaching when I needed it most. When personal circumstances left me with mental and emotional issues I was lucky enough to find Frances Masters. Fusion has quite literally changed my life!

Having studied traditional counselling some years ago I was left feeling disappointed that I had not been taught how to help my clients move forward with their lives. I was so disillusioned I abandoned my dream of becoming a counsellor and followed an alternative career path.

My personal Fusion experience provided a real ‘light bulb’ moment for me, this was what my counselling training had been missing and I went on to complete the diploma in Fusion therapeutic coaching. I am passionate about my work, having experienced the mental and emotional trauma of depression when I was least expecting it made me determined to use my experience to help others’


Health journalist and Deputy Chair of BACP Coaching Sally Melissa-Brown

'Fusion teaches you a fast, effective way to diffuse stress and take control of your emotions. It's deceptively simple and includes lots of fun techniques and exercises which will appeal to children of all ages.'


Gym for the Mind founder Esther Limberg-Berks

'Although I have always had a natural way with people I had never previously had any professional guidance or experience as a counsellor or coach. I was fortunate to be introduced to Frances and the Fusion Model, and this approach just made sense. Frances has given me a fantastic level of support which has no doubt helped me with my confidence to put my training into action and set up as a Wellbeing Coach and life could not be better!.

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