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Could you be a couple therapist?

Published in Blog by Tavistock Relationships on July 12th 2023

The longest running study of its kind, the Harvard Study of Adult Development (which has tracked hundreds of people over decades) has found that “investing in your relationships with other people is the thing that will make you happiest and keeps you healthiest”.

In addition, numerous research studies demonstrate the effectiveness of couple therapy in reducing relationship distress and improving mental health.

So, if you are intrigued about the possibility of training one day to become a couple therapist, you can rest assured that such a step would equip you for an enriching career helping people in meaningful and valuable ways.

What is couple therapy?

Couple therapy is a form of psychotherapy or talking therapy where a professional with clinical experience helps individuals and couples resolve conflict, gain insight into their relationship, and improve relationship satisfaction.

It is suitable for individuals and couples of all ages, backgrounds and sexualities, whether co-habiting, married or neither, living together or apart. Couple therapy can help with a wide range of issues including communication issues, mental health difficulties such as depression or anxiety, parenting challenges, loneliness, loss and infidelity.

Practising as a couple therapy gives you sufficient flexibility that you can fit your work around your family life. 

Practising as a couple therapy gives you sufficient flexibility that you can fit your work around your family life. Demand for well-trained couple therapists is high, and you can continue to work as a couple therapist well past retirement age.

Why train with Tavistock Relationships?

Tavistock Relationships has been helping individuals and couples for more than 70 years and is universally recognised for offering excellence in individual and couple counselling and psychotherapy. As one of the UK’s leading organisations in specialist clinical training with a relationship focus, you’ll get tremendous benefits when you train with Tavistock Relationships, including:

- Decades of experience

Tavistock Relationships has developed its methods for over 70 years and draws on a long history of training, research and best practice in psychotherapy training and couple counselling. By training at Tavistock Relationships you will benefit from decades of thinking and reflection on the roles of sex and sexuality, love, hate, aggression in relationships, as well as the impact of unconscious processes such as unconscious phantasy and beliefs on how people relate to one another.

- A highly-regarded organisation

Tavistock Relationships is one of the few organisations in the UK that train specialists in psychoanalytic understanding and treatment of couples. It boasts an excellent reputation with highly-regarded courses and clinical training that is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).

Therapists trained by Tavistock Relationship are in high demand. You can work with the organisation after training, set up your practice or go into the private or public sector.

- Clinical work and supervision

Unlike many other courses, you won’t have to worry about sourcing your clients to build up your clinical hours and gain experience. Tavistock Relationships provides their students with all their clients, and you can undertake clinical work in their clinic. After passing the first year, you’ll start taking on clinical cases with real clients, and the casework scheduling is very flexible. You also get supervised by highly trained therapists, assessors and clinical heads who ensure you’re allocated appropriate cases and gain real-world knowledge.

- Train from Foundation to Clinical Qualification and advanced levels

Tavistock Relationships offers everything under one roof, whether starting from the beginning, making a career switch or looking to advance your practice. If you’re undecided about becoming a couple therapist, the organisation offers a three-month introductory course which is an excellent way to get a taste of what being a couple therapist involves and whether you might be suitable for the profession.

Once you confirm it’s the path you want to follow, you can start your journey on a Foundation Certificate course and continue to the Clinical Qualification training. You can also develop your expertise with further training in psychotherapy, psychosexual therapy or psychoanalytic and psychodynamic clinical qualifications. Tavistock Relationships also offers seminars and courses for specialist continuing professional development (CPD) online and in-person.

- Join a lively influential community

As soon as you become a student, you join Tavistock Relationships therapist community and gain access to various programs, conferences and CPD courses. The organisation is highly supportive and offers a real sense of community. Graduates are encouraged to join a lively alumni group and contribute to research and thought leadership. This allows you to develop your clinical practice and stay up to date with recent developments in your field.

Final thoughts

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