L5 Advanced Certificate in Working with Couples, Relationships & Sex

A comprehensive, experiential course for therapists to further explore relationships, relating in depth and working with sex in relationships. Designed for experienced counsellors and psychotherapists from a variety of theoretical backgrounds who would like to develop the skills and knowledge to become competent in their practice working with relationships and sexual issues.

Our approach at CCT is both integrative and supportive, looking at the development of relationships and incorporating theories from attachment, systemic and psychodynamic theories whilst using skills practice to develop and deepen your own existing theoretical understanding.

This course will explore working with different types of relationships, giving you practical and effective tools to better your understanding of the mechanics of working with couples and psychosexual issues.

This will include exploring the couple fit; shared defences; working with anger in the couple dynamic; delving into the impact of affairs and how to support couples in the therapy room. We will be looking at definitions of love and the effect of generational trauma and also how to use genograms in the therapy room. We will be exploring areas such as the conditions for good sex, the linear and circular model of sex and working with desire discrepancy in the couple.

Entry requirements - Candidates must:

  • Be qualified counsellors, with at least 2 years clinical experience who have an interest in working with couples, and individuals with relationship and sexual issues.
  • Find a suitable work placement.
  • Receive supervision for their work from a suitably qualified and experienced supervisor.


A tutor-marked/observed practice skills assessment and evaluation. There will be a creative presentation integrating Theory and Practice. Journals, log of 40 hours clinical couple work and a log of supervision. At the end of the course a case study (3,000 - 3,500 words) will be submitted. Submission of a portfolio where all the work will be assessed and marked; the qualification is awarded on attainment of a pass mark.

Dates & Times 2024-25

This course runs over 10 months on a Saturday, class times 9.30am – 4.30pm

Course dates:

2024: Sep 21st, Oct 5th, Nov 9th, Dec 7th

2025: Jan 11th, Feb 1st, Mar 1st, April 5th, May 3rd, June 7th


£1,950 for all tuition and registration. A deposit of £450 will be required before starting the course.

Payment options following the initial deposit:

  • We are happy to spread the remaining fees over 10 monthly payments of £150 each
  • You can pay the remaining course fee in full
  • If a third party organisation is paying your fees we will need a purchase order number from them and full payment must be made before the start of the course

Additional expenses

These will vary depending on personal circumstances, but these should be taken into consideration when applying. We are unable to contribute to any of these additional costs. These costs may include:

  • Any travel and accommodation costs, it is advised that you do not book these until course dates are confirmed
  • Buying books/resources etc.
  • Personal supervision

How to apply

Click the Apply for Course button below to complete our online application form. If you need any further information before applying, please use the Got Questions button.

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