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:  Online interactively over Zoom

Cost:    Full course:  £1050.00

(Early Bird £945 available until 31st January 2021)


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

Dates and Course Outline:

Please be aware we are closely monitoring guidance issued by Public Health England and reviewing our policy in line with any changes.  As things currently stand our couples course will go ahead on the below dates.

Week Date Content
1 6th March What is attraction?  A look at attachment theory and attachment styles
2 7th March Relationships.  What do we mean by marriage now? Stages of a relationship
3 27th March Working with relationships.  A look at different theories -systemic, object relations and transgenerational issues
4 28th March The uses and meaning of sex in a relationship
5 24th April Stages of divorce.  Kinds of divorce and revisit of attachment theory
6 15th April Loss and grief in divorce
7 22nd May New relationships. Role of forgiveness. Emotional stages of development
8 23rd May Problems from the past – a look at use, shame and fear in the context of the couple
9 19th June Repeating patterns.  Building an assessment interview
10 20th June 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.


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