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Train to be a therapist

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Welcome to our clinical trainings

Tavistock Relationships offers a range of clinical trainings with a psychodynamic perspective on relationships. 

A leader in the field for 75 years, we have developed a unique approach to working with couples and individuals, a range of innovative clinical services, as well as influential research and publications.

As valued members of a high-quality psychodynamic therapy and training organisation, our trainees receive comprehensive support on their journey towards professional and academic qualification.

Our clinical programmes include seminars on psychoanalytic and couple theory, as well as clinical skills and technique.

Pathways to Becoming a Therapist

Depending on where you are in your journey there are different pathways to training as a couple therapist. 

Below you will find information on our introductory and foundation courses, as well as our psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy clinical qualification trainings.  


Foundation and Introductory Programmes

A route to apply for our professional trainings

The Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy is a non-clinical training that offers an initial framework for exploring the theory and practice of couple counselling and psychotherapy. It is a standalone course and it can also be a first step towards further professional training.

Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy MA/PG Dip

A unique training that qualifies practitioners to work with both couples and individuals using a psychodynamic framework. This course is accredited by the BACP and offers an academic award (PG Dip or MA) via our partnership with Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Advanced standing pathways are available for clinicians with an existing clinical qualification.

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Tavistock Relationships Qualification in Couple Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

A two-year (minimum) advanced standing course suitable for qualified therapists who are experienced in individual psychodynamic psychotherapy/counselling with adults or children and adolescents.  Accreditation with British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) pending. 

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Tavistock Relationships Qualification in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

A two-year (minimum) advanced standing course which delivers an extensive practical knowledge of psychoanalytic theory and techniques.  Suitable for qualified individual or child psychoanalytic psychotherapists.  This course is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council.

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Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy MA

A four-year course which provides a comprehensive understanding of psychoanalytic theory and techniques. This course is provided as an MA via Birkbeck College, University of London and accredited by the BPC.

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Come to one of our Open Events

If you'd like to know more about counselling and psychotherapy courses or a career in counselling, come to one of our open events and learn more.

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Teaching standard is high and challenging both intellectually and personally. 

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Get in touch with us

Send us an email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to know more about a particular course or have any questions. Our team is happy to help.