Christian Counselling training in Ireland and Scotland, and around the globe

Vital Connexions has been offering training in counselling, couples counselling and counselling supervision for nearly 20 years. Learn more about who we are, the approach we take, our values and our passions. Read about what we’ve been doing and find out what’s coming up over the next few months. Our range of externally validated Christian counselling training courses includes short introductory programmes  as well as a two-year Diploma course, a Certificate in Couple Counselling and a Diploma in Counsellor Supervision.

Our well established couples counselling features short courses, private days, intensive weekends and residentials. Our coaching services include a two day intensive one to one Life Plan which will help you to strategise for the next season in your life. We also have a heart to help churches and NGO’s in Asia, Malaysia, China, and South Africa and offer short training courses yearly to encourage Pastors and Counselling Agencies.

Andrea and Vicky




Booking form downloads…


Booking form: EDINBURGH 4 DAYS – March 2017   Strength to strength EDINBURGH 17

Booking form: BELFAST – March/April 4 DAYS 2017   Strength to strength BELFAST17


Booking form BELFAST – starts September 2016 Couples Leaflet Belfast 2016-7

The next Diploma Courses in Ireland and Scotland will begin in October 2017.

ONE TO ONE “LIFE PLAN”  based on the Paterson Centre Model  delivered in a two day session with Andrea or Vicky. More


Courses we offer include:

      Strength to Strength  is our Foundation Course in Christian Counselling. It replaces our Listening with the Heart Course.  Next courses will be held from July 2016 in Dublin and courses will be held in Belfast and Edinburgh in March and April.  If you have a group of over 12 participants in your area, that are interested please email us for local courses nationally and internationally.

    • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy with a Christian perspective –  next course September 2017 Belfast and Edinburgh.
    • Diploma in Counselling Supervision Dublin, starts again in August 2017.
    • Next Couple counselling Courses will be run from September 2016 Belfast.  Please apply immediately.

couples counselling

Our programme for couples include:

  • workshops
  • private sessions
  • weekend retreats



Life Plans

If you are wondering what the next step in your journey might be, where you are and where you want to go, the Paterson Life Plan might be a great resource for you to invest in.    Answer these short questions and see if the life Plan might help you.

Life Plan Questionnaire

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Current Diploma Groups
by Andrea on 28 July, 2014


Strength to Strength Foundation Course  will be advertised in 2016

Strength to Strength 
This course is for anyone who wishes to move from Strength to Strength. It is also the new introductory course for the Diploma in Christian Counselling. The teaching embraces theology and psychology and will offer Christian principles such as Tri-dimensional Healing, Flourishing and Thriving and Post Traumatic Growth.



We will be offering training in Malaysia and Cambodia. We hope to encourage and inspire those who are working with street kids who have been trafficked into the sex-trade industry

Year 2 of the Diploma in Counselling begins in October 2014. We will be studying the broad theme ‘Working With ….’  Subjects covered include

  • Depression
  • Worry and anxiety
  • Human sexuality
  • Sexual abuse
  • Relationships and couples
  • Trauma and recovery

A new module called ‘Working with Men’ will be offered in order to highlight the following themes:

  • Non-Relational Sexuality in Men
  • Repetitive Infidelity, Womanising and Don Juanism
  • How Pornography Works – the Brain and Pornography
  • Rewiring and Sanctification

Each week-end will give understanding to assist others in walking out of pain.



LISTEN to one of Andrea’s latest talks called ‘It’s just a thought….’.




Andrea and Vicky run busy Counselling centres and also offer private work as well has having involvement in different ministry settings both at home and abroad. Keep up to date with their latest new and thoughts here.