Date: 25th - 27th September 2019 (download the application form here)

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Venue: Tavistock Relationships, 10 New Street, London EC2M 4TP

Fees: The complete training 3-day course plus up to 3 set supervisions costs £500 (£470 if booked before 6th September 2019)


About the training

This therapeutically oriented and practical three day training course outlines a time limited integrative approach for working with couples who are experiencing both relationship distress and depression. The course is taught by Harriet Drake and Andrew Grimmer and is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychological therapists, psychologists and systemic therapists who would like to extend their practice to work with couples where one or both are diagnosed with depression. Clinical experience with couples is beneficial but not a prerequisite.

What is Couple Therapy for Depression?

Couple Therapy for Depression is a 20 session model which was commissioned by the NHS in 2010 for use in its Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services. This integrative–behavioural model focuses on the relational aspects of depression, reducing stress and increasing support within the relationship. It has been developed by identifying best practices in a range of behavioural, cognitive, emotionally-focused, systemic and psychodynamic couple therapies evidenced in RCT effectiveness trials.

Course content and structure:

This interactive course  -  of lectures, group exercises, clinical case discussion, films and role plays -  provides an overview of depression and explores the ways in which therapists can reduce damaging interactions between couples, build emotional openness, improve communication and behaviour, change unhelpful cognitions and perceptions, and help the couple cope with the ordinary and not so ordinary stresses of daily living.

Course aim

The course offers 18 hours of CPD over three days. Participants will gain a working knowledge of a brief, evidence-based approach to working with couples who suffer from depression, to support and enhance their existing therapy skills. 


About the course leaders

Harriet Drake is a couple psychodynamic psychotherapist and psychosexual counsellor and supervisor working in private practice.  She has co –authored “Couple Therapy for Depression: a clinician’s guide to integrative practice” which was published in 2014 by OUP.

Andrew Grimmer is a counselling psychologist with experience of delivering a range of psychological therapies in primary care settings such as IAPT. He specialises in CBT and Couple Therapy for Depression and is an experienced trainer and supervisor who until recently was a Senior Programme Tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies at the University of Exeter.


How to apply:

Please download and complete the application form, and return it to


To return via post, please send to:

Training Coordinator

Tavistock Relationships

Hallam House, 56-60 Hallam Street



(Please note that this is the address for queries and that the training will take place in another location)


If you have any queries please contact the Training Coordinator


Phone: 0207 380 8288


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Couple Therapy for Depression