Learn about our trainings in relationship counselling, Foundation Certificate course and psychosexual work.

Tavistock Relationships’ open events and taster days are an excellent free opportunity to find out more about our counselling and psychotherapy courses, meet our staff and ask any questions you might have about studying with us.

Next Open Events:

Venue: All events are online, they will be held using the Zoom teleconferencing

Meet the course tutors - Pre-clinical Course in Couple and Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy

Our April open evening is the ideal place to find out about our pre-clinical qualification. This is our new and unique course developed to prepare students for entry into a clinical training in working with both couples and individuals. Book your place now to learn about the couse and meet the lecturors: 

Friday 16 April: 5pm - 6pmbook online    

Pre-clinical Course in Couple and Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy

This is our new and unique course developed to prepare students for entry into a clinical training in working with both couples and individuals.

In this intermediary level course, students build on their basic counselling skills and develop a deeper understanding of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories and concepts with a particular focus on the couple relationship.

By the end of the course, students will have formed an understanding of working therapeutically with couples and individuals in the context of relationships. They will have an understanding of the psychoanalytic theory that underpins this practice, enabling them to decide whether they wish to train for a career in psychotherapy with a specialism in relationships. From here students can apply for a place on one of our clinical training programmes. 

Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy 

This is a unique three-year psychotherapy training that qualifies practitioners to work with both couples and individuals. It is suitable for those who have had some relevant work experience, such as in social work, the legal profession, the NHS, voluntary organisations or those who have attended our Foundation Course in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Alternatively, you may be an experienced individual psychotherapist or couple therapist and may be eligible for entry with advanced standing. 

See the course page HERE for further details


Clinical Qualification in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

This unique four-year programme is a clinical training suitable for people who have had several years of post-qualifying experience in a helping profession such as counselling, psychology, social work or psychiatry. It provides a comprehensive understanding of psychoanalytic theory and techniques as it relates to the adult couple relationship and builds on and deepens the student's existing clinical experience. Clinical work with couples is provided through the Tavistock Relationships' clinical service, some of which is in co-therapy with experienced psychoanalytic couple therapists.

This is the only couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy training that leads to professional membership of the psychoanalytic section of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

See the course page HERE for further details



Meet the course head: Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy & Psychosexual Certificate

Do you wish to develop expertise in working with psychosexual issues and to gain a professional qualification in this field? Our meet the course leader event is a great opportunity to learn about our Psychosexual courses and meet the course leaders.

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About Open Day & Open Evening for our Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling & Psychotherapy

An opportunity to learn about the course, meet the course leaders and start your pathway to becoming a relationship counsellor or psychotherapist

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Satisfaction Levels for Tavistock Relationships' Psychotherapy Training – what our students really think

If you are looking to train as a psychotherapist, one of the things that you will undoubtedly want to know is what our students think. We understand that, and understand that you will want to know more than just a few anecdotes, or positive quotes from a few students.

Each year nearly 1,000 people participate in our training one way or another. This ranges from those starting their journey as a couple counsellor by taking our Foundation course, to trainees outside of London, practitioners coming for a day of CPD, right up to those undertaking a full professional training, which include psychodynamic, psychosexual and psychoanalytic pathways.

As well as a rich variety of positive comments and rewarding interactions with our students that tell us that we are an institution greatly respected by our students, we also fully evaluate our trainings – with anonymous evaluations forms which collect both qualitative and quantitative data. We aim for, and mostly achieve, 100% completion rates – and we are extremely proud of our results.

Below are the results of our evaluations from 2019 of our Foundation course, and our Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic trainings.

Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy

Ranking the ‘Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy, in 2019, all of our students, 100% rated the experience either satisfying or very satisfying, with two thirds declaring that they were ‘very satisfied’.

Foundation Certificate in Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy - Total of 47 students on the course in 2019, 45 students completed evaluation forms

Q How satisfied are you with the course (Student Respondents 2019)

Very satisfied




Somewhat satisfied




Very dissatisfied



MA Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Across the years of our most well attended training, MA Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy results were similar.

Our 2019 third year students were 100% satisfied, with over half very satisfied with their study experience.

MA Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy – Total of 35 students on the course 2018-19 and all students completed evaluation forms

Q How satisfied are you with the course (Student Respondents 2019, years 1,2 and 3 combined)

Very satisfied




Somewhat satisfied




Very dissatisfied



MA Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

The cohort that completed our MA Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy also recorded 100% satisfaction.

MA Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - Total of 11 students on the course 2018-19 and all students completed evaluation forms

Very satisfied




Somewhat satisfied




Very dissatisfied



Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship

This has been newly launched in London (having been delivered in two regions of the UK with plans for more) also proved incredibly popular.

The most recent Bristol course students responded that they were:

Very Satisfied – 88%

Satisfied – 12%

Why do students evaluate our psychotherapy training so favourably?

Our programmes have been developed and evolved based on the needs of trainees. Over 70 years of experience have been poured into designing the best possible experience for the practitioners of tomorrow.

It may well be the detail and challenging nature of the study are the very thing that students are most impressed by.

Several common themes come up about what is good about studying with us – that give us a clear idea of their importance and value:

The teaching

At Tavistock Relationships, unlike many other institutions, the experts, practitioners and course leaders ARE actually the people that trainees see teaching them in the classroom. They are not just figureheads. This access to senior staff makes our students excel.

What our students said

  • “Very knowledgeable and experienced teacher, a good range of practically applicable readings
  • “Excellent learning materials - Well delivered seminars - Enriching and beneficial ideas in relation to my own relationships
  • “The course is well conceived and delivered”

In our surveys we also found a 100% satisfaction rating for teaching

Our supervision

Working clinically requires supportive supervision, which develops the student’s clinical practice. Our supervision is of the highest standard, again due to the seniority and experience of our training supervisors.

What our students said

  • “Brilliant. I have learned so much from supervision and could not have hoped for better.”
  • “Always helpful in thinking about the process and very containing. My supervisor is very available when needed”
  • “This has been a highlight and where great deal clinical learning has taken place”

 Self-Reflective Groups

The self-reflective practice group provide a safe space in which to develop your capacity to understand your own interaction both in the consulting room and in your relationships with others in your colleague group.

What our students said

  • “Experiential group - the source of emotional support and space to facilitate the understanding of my own internal world in relation to others”
  • “Self-reflective group extremely useful in self-development and reflecting on learning”
  • “Our facilitator was truly brilliant. I felt she really helped me and the group to get a deeper understanding of our unconscious thoughts and group dynamic”


The tutor’s role is a complex one which includes elements of guidance, pastoral care, monitoring, assessment and facilitating integration into the programme and into Tavistock Relationships. 

What our students said

  • “Excellent thoughts from tutors during tutorials. Helped move my personal and professional life forward”
  • “Superb Quality of tutors and teaching”
  • “Excellent support from my tutor throughout the training”


Co-therapy is undertaken by senior staff at Tavistock Relationships.

What our students said

  • “Working in co-therapy has been fascinating, a really good learning experience and a pleasure”
  • “A unique opportunity to work with a senior colleague. It's the combination of how this unique course is put together that makes it ultimately very enjoyable”

What happens after graduation?

Due to the advanced level of our qualifications all of our students go on to set up their own practices, or work with us. Many of course, do both.  There are a number of opportunities post qualification to develop a career as a couple therapist at Tavistock Relationships. There are opportunities to work in specialised services such as Parenting, or our Divorce and Separation unit; there are opportunities to undertake paid clinical work – both ongoing cases and Assessments; and depending on what projects we are involved in there are opportunities there too – for example, working with couples in conflict, or couples who have adopted. Tavistock Relationships offers a unique opportunity to train and then work in the same place.

A graduates experience…

“Being on the training in Couple and Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy at Tavistock Relationships is an extremely rich experience both academically and personally. The teaching staff are incredibly skilled and as a student one always feels contained by the whole organisation which is so important when one is learning, 

Since qualification I have had the opportunity to work in a number of different spheres: working on projects at Tavistock Relationships, running groups for parental couples, setting up a private practice and working in a CAMHS setting. It was when I started working professionally, that I realised that through this training I now had an extremely robust framework from which to advance my practice. The longer I have worked clinically the more I have been aware of how invaluable a strong framework is, that it is the key to being an effective clinician.

One of the things I also appreciate about training at Tavistock Relationships is that the work is always taken seriously and the ethical standards are high and at the same time the organisation is very creative, in that it is continually developing its programmes, projects and client offers to response to client need and looking to open up couple therapy to everyone who would like to access it. Through the training and my subsequent work with the organisation I have been able to develop hugely as a clinician and to go on develop a very interesting and satisfying career.”  Martha Nyman

Martha Nyman was a student on the Post Graduate Diploma from 2010 - 2013.

To apply for any of our courses visit our courses main page.