We regularly get asked questions by prospective students, here are a few of the most common ones with answers. If you still need more information, don’t hesitate to contact our training team on
Former student and curent visiting clinician Olivia Luna explains how she qualifed and also set up her own succesful practice.
If your primary interest is in working with Couples, Tavistock Relationships is an international leader in the field with over 70 years’ worth of experience of delivering and developing advanced practice, training and research in therapeutic approaches to supporting couples.
Terms dates vary a little year on year but in general, our:
Deadlines are published on the relevant page for each qualification. On occasion they are extended, you can browse them here. We do still consider applications submitted after the deadline.
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This varies, to find out more please view our course information page here.
It is possible to pay in instalments for our courses.
Our Introduction to Couple Counselling & Psychotherapy Course features content on working with adult relationships, but it also covers the grounding for the start of any counselling or psychotherapy career. Many of our students go on from the Introductory course to our psychodynamic Masters, but if you want to take another training path, our qualification will be accepted with most major centres and will stand you in good stead.
If you have trained in a highly relevant discipline to a professional qualification level then we would expect you to be able to enter straight onto our Masters' pathway. If you are unsure, you can talk individually about your proposed journey at one of our open evenings or arrange to talk to one of our tutors.
The answer to this varies according to individual circumstances and the qualification applied for.
In general, a Masters can only be completed via Advanced standing by prequalified professional therapists, with extensive direct experience in working with clients in a counselling or therapeutic setting.
The best way to find out how this applies to you is to attend one of our open evenings or arrange a call with one of our tutors directly.
The Masters' programmes are a combination of a number of elements including coursework and assessment on your practical performance. Feedback throughout the training is provided by your personal tutor.
We do it for you! One of the special things about our training is that we provide couples and individuals for you to work to gain your experience as part of our offer. This is almost unique in trainings of this kind and allows you to focus on your professional growth, not worrying about sourcing clients.
When you complete one of our Masters' training, you gain full accreditation to the relevant professional body. For the psychodynamic qualification, the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), for the Psychoanalytic pathway, with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and with COSRT, for our Psychosexual pathway.
Students on our Masters' training are required to receive therapy themselves. The fees for this are negotiated individually, but usually, cost anything from £50 per session. Potential students must factor the cost of this into their considerations.
If you have already had the required amount of therapy from an approved practitioner, you may not be required to undertake it for your study.
Students pay for our Masters' qualification in a lump sum, or via Direct Debit in agreed regular sums to help spread the financial commitment.
Each year a limited number of financial assistance packages are available but are in high demand. We recommend you contact us at
We source clients for our own students undertaking our relevant training, however, we don’t provide placements for students from other organisations.
Support is provided throughout the process. We provide expert tuition, through tutors, and supervisors. Also, the courses are set up to allow a maximum peer to peer networking – as one of our students you are automatically a member of our professional body; Tavistock Relationships Alumni.
If you are thinking of studying for a Psychotherapy Training with us, and are trying to arrange your finances, it may help you to know that there are various opportunities that may help you pay for your study here.
Tavistock Relationships Bursaries and Loans
For our practitioner trainings, Tavistock Relationships has a limited number of bursaries and loans. These are only available for our full trainings, and not for introductory courses or certificates.
Each year there is 1 Bursary available that is means tested and is specifically directed at underrepresented groups. In addition, we have a number of loans available students can apply for – which cover up to 50% of the course fees. We accept applications for loans and the Bursary, after students have been successfully admitted on the course. For further information we recommend you contact us at
There are, across the UK, a variety of loans and grants available to individuals wanting to take a training to improve their skills and career prospects.
Career Development Loans If you are over 18 and a British Citizen you can apply for a Career Development Loan, https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans
Trusts or Foundations
These are normally small specialist bodies with a mission to help individuals. The rules and criteria vary greatly. Often they are designed to help prospective students who would not normally be able to afford the study or those from a diverse background.
The list below are merely suggestions, there may be other sources of funding. Each fund requires an application to be made by the individual looking for training, please do not contact us.
Snowdon Trust - Helps students with disabilities
BB Zeitlyn Psychotherapy Training Fund - Accessible to psychotherapy students living or working in East Anglia
Thomas Wall Trust – A general fund aiding people with skills to improve life chances
Futures for Women (Grants to Female applicants)
Diamond Education Grant - Helping Women acquire new skills
Listing these sources does not in any way act as a form of endorsement by Tavistock Relationships.