Until 1990 I was a successful journalist, but got interested in personal development and spirituality and this led to me deciding to engage in something more ‘meaningful’.
I studied Body Oriented Therapy, worked with addiction issues for a while and did a formal Therapeutic Counselling Diploma, qualified and joined the BACP.
While training over six years with the Body Oriented Institute in the USA I did some Couple Work units, and about ten years into my private practice I decided to work with couples, which I have found very rewarding.
Adult Primary relationships affect everything in society, and have a big impact on mental health, children, and the wider community. You have to be very centred with an assertive personality to hold the space for couple work. It involves interpersonal dynamics which require specific skills to manage.
We have a large volunteer based organisation in the UK providing couple and relationship work of course, while they are great for crisis, and provide good quality, solution focused work, open ended, deep process, psychotherapy based couple work can be particularly effective.
I aim to provide a glimpse into the nuts and bolts of how couple therapy works, and for participants to see if it is something which would appeal as a specialisation.