Couples Counselling Course 2018

  • 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:

24th/25th Feb 2018
24th/25th Mar 2018
28th/29th Apr 2018
19th/20th May 2018
23rd/24th June 2018


Full course:                    £750
Couples 2 element*:      £375
(*Days 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 – 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 24th Feb What is attraction?  A look at attachment theory and attachment styles
2 25th Feb Relationships.  What do we mean by marriage now? Stages of a relationship
3 24th Mar Working with relationships.  A look at different theories -systemic, object relations and transgenerational issues
4 25th Mar The uses and meaning of sex in a relationship
5* 28th Apr Stages of divorce.  Kinds of divorce and revisit of attachment theory
6* 29th Apr Loss and grief in divorce
7* 19th May New relationships. Role of forgiveness. Emotional stages of development
8* 20th May Problems from the past – a look at use, shame and fear in the context of the couple
9* 23rd Jun Repeating patterns.  Building an assessment interview
10 24th 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:


Limited places are still available should you wish to complete the full course. The Couples 2 only element of this course is however now full – please contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


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