Couple Counselling

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Couple Counselling to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

As divorce rates soar, relationship counselling is more in demand than ever. The course develops the counsellor’s understanding of relationship dynamics and the role of each individual. It considers how the needs of each partner can be accommodated, and looks at ways of improving communication within the relationship, introducing compromise or change where necessary. It also looks at relationships where the best solution may be its discontinuation.


  • Lesson One
    • The Dynamics of Relationship
      • The State of Long-Term Relationships
      • Beginnings: Boys and Girls in Relationship
      • Relating in Adulthood
      • Couples in Conflict
      • Talking and Listening
  • Lesson Two
    • Understanding the Relationship
      • How Relationships Begin
      • Romantic Love
      • Schachter’s Two-factor Theory of Emotion
      • Working with Couples
  • Lesson Three
    • Understanding Each Other – Why Problems Arise
      • Stress
      • Personal Change
      • Growing Apart
      • Taking Each Other for Granted
      • Restlessness
      • An Affair
      • Christmas Blues
      • Sex
      • Working with Other Professionals
      • Identifying Change
  • Lesson Four
    • Talking About Change
      • Exploring Anger
      • Arguments
      • Hurtful Arguing
      • Toxic Thoughts
      • Dealing with Change
      • Individual Issues
    • Effective Communication
      • Listening
      • Showing
      • Helpful ways of Arguing
      • Tackling Toxic Thoughts
      • Establishing New Habits
      • Understanding Gender Differences 
  • Lesson Five
    • Dealing with Feelings
      • The Recovery Programme
  • Lesson Six
    • The Healing Process
      • The Empathic Relationship
      • Dialogue and Discussion
      • Self-belief

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.