Working with couples

Course overview

Therapeutic work with couples is an important mode of intervention which is relevant in child, adolescent and adult clinical settings. Our extensive experience in this area shows that, for many people, a process of individual change can be undermined by the pressures exerted within the couple relationship. 

Many clinicians feel unable to offer such work because of a lack of training in this area and consequently important opportunities for couple intervention may be lost within mainstream mental health services.

The course aims to help you:

  • Develop an understanding of unconscious couple interaction
  • Recognise underlying couple difficulties in your clinical work
  • Develop your potential for working with couples

The sessions include a mix of lecture/discussions, clinical presentations, video presentations and an experiential exercise.

  • Understanding of the importance of unconscious couple interactions when working with individuals, parents, children and young people including couples who are separated

  • Develop greater confidence in being able to ‘think couple’ in the course of your work
  • Extend your existing skills to incorporate directing interventions to a couple’s relationship difficulties which attends to both the relationship the couple create together AND both partners’ needs individually

This course is for mental health professionals interested either in working with couples or keeping the couple in mind in individual and family work.
Claire Dale is an individual and couple psychodynamic psychotherapist. She trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundations Trust and has also worked in a variety of NHS settings. She has a private practice in London where she works with individuals and couples.

" Very interesting course and perceptive tutor, it made me want to look into other courses at the Tavi"

"Enjoyed learning psychodynamic perspective and considering working therapeutically with couples"

"A very helpful introduction to applying psychodynamic theory to the couple’s relationship"

These courses will be delivered using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.
You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

The course runs over 5 half days.

New dates for this course will be advertised here in due course. Please contact us at to be added to the waiting list.

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Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course. Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books. 

Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying).

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists, and regularly share helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

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Leezah Hertzmann

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