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Welcome to our clinical trainings

In the UK, we are the leading organisation to offer specialist clinical trainings with a relationship focus. Our trainings equip therapists to work with individuals and couples to help them understand themselves, improve their relationships and create better lives for themselves and their families.

We provide our trainees with clinical experience and highly experienced supervision through our own clinical service, both online and via our Central London City Wellbeing Centre, located a short walk from our training premises.

Accredited trainings to become a professional therapist

With 75 years of expertise, Tavistock Relationships is the world leading centre of excellence for couple and individual counselling and psychotherapy training. Because we are committed to providing the best therapy for couples and individuals, we select our candidates very carefully. Every year we have a high number of applicants and there is a rigorous selection process. To train and qualify with Tavistock Relationships is an achievement that marks you out as an expert among your peers and with clients. Read about our two professional clinical training options below.

Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy MA/PG Dip

A unique three-year 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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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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Advanced standing pathways are available for clinicians with an existing clinical qualification.

Find out more and apply

Why study with us?

  • Tavistock Relationships is a pioneer in the field. You will benefit from our long history of research, training and best practice.
  • Choice and career flexibility. We are unique in offering a training in both couple and individual therapy, ensuring you will have greater options in your career.
  • Teaching and supervision is provided by senior staff. All our trainings and supervisions are delivered by highly experienced staff at Tavistock Relationships.
  • In-house clinical placements. We are one of the few trainings in the UK to provide placements for students, meaning you don’t need to worry about finding an external organisation in which to complete your clinical hours.
  • Career or ongoing work opportunities. Our service is run by senior staff, former students and current students, and you will have the opportunity to work within our world-leading clinical services.
  • Be part of TR’s lively and growing community. After graduation you will be able to join our alumni group, and take advantage of our high-quality CPDs and conferences, which will help you to keep on top of recent developments in the field and to further develop your clinical practice.
  • We offer an innovative range of new and established courses, with options for remote learning and varying entry levels.
  • Accreditations: BPC, BACP

Read our FAQs page to find out more.

A route to apply for our professional trainings

The Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy is a course designed to serve as a grounding to apply for a professional training.

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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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I have been allocated clients quickly, and my work well-supervised.

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Find out about our Diversity Bursaries

Tavistock Relationships is offering dedicated Diversity Bursaries for our Foundation Certificate and MA/PGDip Courses. >>

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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.

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