Published in Blog by Julie Humphries on June 23rd 2022
Our Student Stories show that people take many different routes to becoming a couple therapist. Amanda had been working in HR for a long time when she decided make a career change and she is now a successful Couple Psychotherapist and Clinical Lecturer at Tavistock Relationships.
Amanda wanted to move into a more vocational career that involved helping others. Her interests had always been in the psychology, emotional and mental functioning of human beings. She told us:
“I have always been fascinated with how people interact and intrigued by relationship dynamics. As an HR professional, understanding people and workplace relationships is an essential aspect of the job. Increasingly I had become interested in the nature of romantic relationships. My own personal experiences were most definitely an influence on my curiosity.”
There are features of being an HR professional which transfer into therapy. For example, there are situations when an HR person, like a therapist, is required to remain neutral. Containing emotions, keeping oneself out of the process, clarifying and understanding, all feature significantly in the approach of intermediaries both in the workplace and in the counselling setting.
Therapy has much to offer troubled couples and the benefits can be life changing. It is also a wonderful way to learn about oneself ...
A big part of Amanda’s decision to change careers was her belief in the importance of couple relationships. She told us:
“I passionately believe a healthy relationship is key to healthy adults, children and to society. Therapy has much to offer troubled couples and the benefits can be life changing. It is also a wonderful way to learn about oneself, and I came to understand my parents’ relationship and my own relationships better.”
The knowledge and expertise at Tavistock Relationships is world class. The training is intense and rigorous.
When considering what training to take, Amanda undertook rigorous research and settled on Tavistock Relationships for a number of reasons:
“The knowledge and expertise at Tavistock Relationships is world class. The training is intense and rigorous. From that first day when I attended the open evening, I was struck by the professionalism and meticulous care in the service offered. As I learned more about the modality of Tavistock Relationships through my training, I knew that for me a counselling provision that is open ended, psychodynamic, incredibly thoughtful and containing was how I wanted to work with people.”