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An extract released from our book, Engaging Couples, talking about our approach to couples therapy

by Andrew Balfour and Mary Morgan

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You can read here an exclusive excerpt from our 70th Anniversary book Engaging Couples: New Directions in Therapeutic work with Families that lays out how we approach the technique of helping couples with our therapy.

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Why psychosexual training courses are becoming increasingly popular

A blog by Marian O'Connor

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Last week I was interviewed by a student journalist whom I will call Amani.  She and her fellow students had been assigned a project on ‘The most interesting jobs’ and my job as a sex therapist, along with rocket scientist, brain surgeon and hand model,  was on the list.


Career Matters magazine interviews one of our couple counsellors

Each January the leading jobs magazine Career Matters publishes a series of pieces examining, from point of view of a professional, what their work is like and how they qualified.

In this months issue, there is a full interview with our couple therapist David Smith (name changed for anonymity). David talks about his study with Tavistock Relationships and his work here.

Also, it explores the potential earnings of Couple Therapists in London today, which can reach as high as £200 per session. There is also a brief history of couple therapy practice and training in the UK.

You can read it by clicking on the icon below:


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You can read about our trainings and course options here.

How fresh and innovative approaches to many human conditions can challenge ‘silo’ thinking and practice.

After more than 70 years of the ‘Tavistock approach’ to psychotherapeutic work with couples, what does it mean to claim to offer ‘new directions’?  Over this time, the organisation has contributed to the conceptual, clinical, and technical development of couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy, advancing the evolution of the field. What, though, makes this our approach any different from the scores of others on psychotherapy that you might invest your time in exploring?  Why be interested in ‘engaging couples’?

Couple psychoanlaytic, psychodyamic and counselling training and clinical approaches explored byTavistock Relationship experts.

Work launched at 70th Anniversary event in London

Author Mary Morgan gets enthusuastic reviews for the work.  

A Couple State of Mind, Psychoanalysis of Couples and the Tavistock Relationships Model, the new book by Mary Morgan, our Reader in Couple Psychoanalysis, has been published by Routledge.

How to make a living from a career in counselling 

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We talked to Olivia Luna, a former student of ours, about how her couple counselling qualification journey resulted in her setting up her own practice in London, Talking is Good.

My journey into private practice has been great. I would say that this organisation helped with making the transition into a new career in counselling. This is vital as it can be quite daunting starting a new career and looking at years of study, so I am glad to be able to tell my story and I hope it helps people ‘fill in the gaps’ between wanting to work with couples and making a living out of it.

Liz Hamlin on BBC News

How no fault divorce could help couples, children and families is discussed with Victoria Young.

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling not to overturn a previous decision to refuse Tini Owens a divorce from her husband, Tavistock Relationships’ Liz Hamlin spoke to the BBC about the case and why the law on divorce needs reform.

The case of Owens versus Owens – where the 68 year old Tini Owens has sought a divorce from her eighty-year old husband, Hugh - has led to many commentators picking up on the way in which our current laws on divorce lead to increased conflict and acrimony between partners. As Suzanne Moore noted, in the Guardian:

“Everyone knows that minimising conflict in the divorce process is a humane move, especially when children are involved”.

As part of the national coverage Tavistock Relationships was asked by Victoria Young on the BBC News Channel to offer an insight into the wider topic of divorce.

Tavistock Relationships Divorce and Separation service specialist Liz Hamlin appeared on the programme and talked about the fact that psychological processes such as separation – which involve both conscious and unconscious factors - often do not neatly fit into the law.

Divorce in the UK, Hamlin said, would be helpfully served by removing the current requirement for one party to be judged to have been at fault(for example as a result of unreasonable behaviour or infidelity, in order for a court to agree to a legal separation. “At the end of the relationship”, she observed, “it is very easy to see what the other person has done, much harder to see what you have done yourself - so no blame divorce would be helpful.”

Hamlin noted the impact on not only the adults involved but also their children as a result of the added antagonism and hurt caused by the current law.

“Divorce is not an event, it is part of a process”, Hamlin continued. “Once someone is divorced there will continue to be life and the amount of antagonism and hurt, it will take longer and longer to recover from that. Younger people, their children are affected.”

While some relationships be helped, Hamlin noted at the end of the interview – for example through Tavistock Relationships new 50+ service, which provides a space in which older couples can start to think about their relationship in their advancing years – it is also important acknowledge that “there will be others where perhaps the relationship has nowhere further to go.”

Our Divorce and Separation Service offers couples and indivduals support to those who have gone through the process to make sense of their emotional state.

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