Working with couples involves a different set of skills from working with individuals. We can feel overwhelmed confronted by a couple in conflict. We may struggle with a bias towards one member of the couple. What do we do when only one person turns up for the session? How do we contract when presented with two separate desired outcomes from the couple? What are some of the common themes and dilemmas in couples work?

Over these two days we will consider these questions of differences and explore how we are affected by our own history. We will be working both in small groups and with large group exercises, role play and discussion. We will look at the initial session and our contract with the ‘couple fit’ or ‘Relationshape’. I intend to bring my own clinical and personal experience and hope that you will be willing to do the same. I hope for a rich weekend full of questions to explore.

This workshop is for therapists who have had little or no training who maybe already working with couples or are interested in starting this work . 

Jill Gabriel

I am a UKCP psychotherapist who has worked since 1980 with couples, individuals and groups as a therapist, trainer and supervisor. I trained at Relate, the I.M.S. at Tavistock, the I.G.A. and then Spectrum. I was inspired to start my own training when I realized from how many individually trained therapists struggled with couples work. I used my growing fascination with Stanely Keleman’s formative psychology to develop a richer training called Relationshapes. My passion is to understand my own shape and the dynamics of my intimate relationship while working with others to do the same.

Venue: Engineer’s House, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB

Dates and times: Saturday 10th November and Sunday 11th November 2018. Each day will run from 9.30 for registration and refreshments for a prompt start at 9.45 to 17.00 the workshop is not a residential workshop.

Lunch and refreshments: are included in the price

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