The final version of the report on Depression in Adults produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2009) identified the potential role of couple relationships in triggering, maintaining and resolving depression. It defines couple therapy as a "time-limited, psychological intervention derived from a model of interactional processes in relationships where:
On the basis of this evidence the report recommended couple therapy (based on a behavioural model) for patients in established relationships where the relationship played a role in developing, maintaining or resolving the depressive disorder.
It is appropriate for counsellors and therapists who have an interest in extending their practice to work with couples where one or both are diagnosed with depression. It is helpful, but not a requirement, to have experience in working with more than one patient in the room.
We also offer Supervisor Level trainings. This consists of a 1 day training, followed by around 9 months of supervision. Applicants to this training must have completed the Practitioner training