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Couples Therapy: a brief introduction

There is increasing demand for couples therapists and the work can be rewarding, stimulating, challenging and sometimes demoralising! It is a common misconception that you need to be in a healthy couples relationship yourself in order to work effectively as a couples therapist: this is not true! You will, however, need different skills to work with couples than with individuals and this workshop will give a brief introduction to the similarities and differences between the two and the qualities you will need to be an effective couples therapist.

We will explore the different presentations you may encounter in the therapy room, and the goals you might expect to have when working with those relational difficulties. To help understand problems that couples experience we will look at the developmental stages of a couple relationship, which can also be helpful when working with individuals (and in your own relationships!).

The workshop is aimed at those who have not yet started working with couples. It is not sufficient in itself to start working with couples but an opportunity for you to consider whether you would like to do further training to equip you in this vital work. There will be opportunities to interact and ask questions throughout, as well as a designated question-and-answer session.

TARGET GROUPS:   Student psychotherapists who have not worked with couples before.

About Rachel Cook

Rachel is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Primary TA Tutor at Metanoia. She has also tutored in the Integrative department, is a published author, and has been an educator for over 25 years. 

Rachel is trained in Relational TA at Metanoia and is passionate about relational training, supervision and clinical work. She especially enjoys being alongside trainees through their training and examination preparation, striving to use her humanity and authentic self in her work. She has a busy clinical and supervision private practice in the New Forest, where she works with individuals, couples, families and groups.

7th December 2022

Time:      6:00pm —9:00pm

Students: £20

Students Please click here to book the session

Metanoia Members:     £35

External delegates:      £40

Metanoia Members & External Delegates please click here to book the session

  • 18:00 - 21:00
  • 07 December 2022
  • Online-Zoom
  • Students: £20