Couples Counselling Course

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This course has now begun. If you would like to be put on our mailing list in order to receive information regarding our CPD courses and workshops please contact us on or 01256 843125.

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

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.