Psychodynamic psychotherapy with couples (D59C)

Course overview

This course will allow you to practice as a psychodynamic psychotherapist with couples, accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). It will provide you with the skills necessary for working therapeutically with couples in the NHS and as an independent practitioner.

You will explore how partners choose each other, affect and relate to each other, as well as how couple relationships affect parenting and vice versa.

This course will provide you with both a greater understanding of working with couples and a deeper insight into the functioning of the


On this course you will learn through theory seminars, clinical seminars, clinical practice and individual supervision. You will also be required to be in twice weekly personal therapy with a BPC registered  psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

Theoretical seminars

You will attend a series of weekly seminars on psychodynamic theory, with a focus on how it applies to the couple relationship.

Clinical seminars

Throughout the course you will attend a weekly clinical seminar where you will present your supervised clinical work. This forum will also allow you to consider issues of technique. In year two, there is a particular emphasis on the assessment of couples for psychotherapy.

Clinical practice

You will see two couples once a week in couple psychotherapy for one year each. You will begin your treatment of the first couple in your first

year. Once the treatment of the first couple is established you will undertake the treatment of a second case with the permission of your supervisor. You will receive individual supervision fortnightly, for each couple. This clinical experience is undertaken within our Adult department and supervision is given on an individual basis.

The Couples Unit at the Tavistock is an established centre of excellence in couple work. The referrals it receives as an NHS clinic provide a wide range of clinical issues to learn from. You will be taught by clinician-tutors who have decades of experience with this diverse population.

The course will enable you to work as a BPC psychodynamic psychotherapist with couples both independently and in the NHS. If you are already qualified working with individuals, this course will  enable you to develop a further area of expertise and expand your practice to working with couples.

This course is for you if want to work with couples and deepen your understanding of psychodynamic theory and practice. If you have already completed a clinical foundation course in psychodynamic psychotherapy equivalent to D58, then this course is the second part of the training for BPC accreditation.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have successfully completed our foundation course, Psychodynamic psychotherapy,  or its equivalent elsewhere OR
  • are a qualified (and experienced) psychoanalytic psychotherapist who is interested in extending their practise to working with couples.

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£4,790 per annum


£9,580 per annum

Please note that these course fees will increase by an uplift of 2% or CPI each year, whichever is greater.

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.  

Please contact us if you have any questions.

The previous code for this course was D59C.

Professional Qualification & Clinical Training
Course length:
2 years
Thursday afternoons
Theoretical approach:
Admission status:
Course lead:
Joanna Rosenthall

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