Couples Counselling Course

  • A ten day course in couples counselling for qualified counsellors with a minimum of one-year post-qualifying counselling experience.

“Dorothy is an inspirational trainer; she presented an excellent experiential course which combined theory with opportunities to practise in a safe and secure learning environment. The training proved to be a strong foundation from which to start working with couples.” (Past Couples Course attendee)

Course Tutor:  Dorothy Harte

Dorothy is an Integrative psychotherapist (UKCP, Reg. MBACP) who has been working with individuals and couples for over thirty years. She has an M.A. in Integrative Psychotherapy and is currently the Head of Counselling for Alton Counselling Service. She is an experienced and intuitive trainer who has a reputation for delivering engaging experiential training courses.

Venue: Basingstoke Counselling Service, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AN

Dates: The course will take place from 10am – 4pm over five weekends across a five month period:

23rd/24th Feb 2019
23rd/24th Mar 2019
27th/28th Apr 2019
25th/26th May 2019
29th/30th June 2019


Full course:                    £790
Couples 2 element*:      £395
(*Days 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 – only applicable for those who have completed Couples 1 training with Dorothy Harte)

BCS counsellors are entitled to a 50% reduction on the above prices

Course Outline:

Week Date Content
1 23th Feb What is attraction?  A look at attachment theory and attachment styles
2 24th Feb Relationships.  What do we mean by marriage now? Stages of a relationship
3 23th Mar Working with relationships.  A look at different theories -systemic, object relations and transgenerational issues
4 24th Mar The uses and meaning of sex in a relationship
5 27th Apr Stages of divorce.  Kinds of divorce and revisit of attachment theory
6* 28th Apr Loss and grief in divorce
7* 25th May New relationships. Role of forgiveness. Emotional stages of development
8* 26th May Problems from the past – a look at use, shame and fear in the context of the couple
9* 29th Jun Repeating patterns.  Building an assessment interview
10* 30th Jun Blended families.  Family cultures and styles


Providing you have achieved an appropriate standard in skills practice, a Certificate in Couples Counselling Skills will be awarded by Basingstoke Counselling Service. This will enable you to see couples under appropriately qualified and experienced couples work supervision.

Booking a Place

If you would like to book a place on this course please download the booking form by clicking here, or contact our office on 01256 843125 if you would like us to send you a hard copy.  Alternatively you can email us:

Cancellations and Refunds

In the unlikely event that unforeseen circumstances arise and BCS has to cancel this course a full refund will be given. In the event of cancellation by the participant, BCS reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee as indicated by the table below.  All requests for cancellations must be received in writing, with changes becoming effective on the date written confirmation is received.

Calendar days notice prior to course start date Refund applicable
29 calendar days or more Full refund
Between 15 and 28 calendar days (inclusive) 50% refund
Between 1 and 14 calendar days (inclusive) No refund will be given
Failure to attend Treated as late cancellation and no refund given