Couple Psychotherapy and Couple Counselling

Many people want to have a satisfying relationship with a partner and can be confused and disillusioned when things go wrong. Couple Psychodynamic Counselling and Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy provide a space for couples to discuss relationship problems in an atmosphere that encourages communication and resolution.

Couples Therapy draws on psychoanalytic theory and is based on the view that decisions and the subsequent behaviour that follows are motivated by both conscious and unconscious needs. The thinking is based on the understanding that the tension between the needs and internal conflicts of each individual are determined by early experiences alongside those that happen generally in life. The couple relationship is thus determined by each individual’s role responsiveness in relation to the expectations and assumptions (projections) of the other partner. The ‘couple fit’ as it has come to be thought of, is therefore a combination of both the strengths and shortcomings of both partners and is characterised by how these dovetail together.

Difficulties in a relationship are often related to outside pressures or life events and at these times couples can lose a sense of connection and sight of why they are together. Arguments and an increased distancing may lead to a crisis in a couple relationship, if this is not attended to it may lead to the life changing decision to separate and/or divorce.

Couple Therapy is a process in which the Therapist works with the couple to help both partners understand and resolve their relationship problems by becoming more aware of how they view the world and the influences from the past, which affect their responses in the present.

Working with a Couple Therapist can also be helpful where there has been the loss of a partner through separation, divorce or death.

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Liz Hamlin

Liz Hamlin MA, PG Dip, TIMP, BPC is a Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist registered to work with couples through the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).  She is a Senior Full Member of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) Alumni formerly the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC) and was Chair of the Society helping to steer it to its ‘new home’.  Liz remains involved with her professional organisation and is a member of the BPC’s Professional Standards Committee.  She undertook her psychoanalytic training at TCCR where for many years she has been a Visiting Clinician working with couples, supervising practitioners and delivering training.

Liz is a member of the Divorce and Separation Consultation Service and is a student on TCCR’s Professional Doctorate Programme looking to research the experience of couples going through the process of divorce and separation.  Liz is a Couple Therapy for Depression Consultant, Trainer and Supervisor having been involved in TCCR’s development of the training since its inception in 2010.  CTfD is a model of working with couples where at least one partner is diagnosed with depression and is delivered within NHS IAPT Services (Increased Access to Psychological Therapies).

As a registered member of BPC and TIMP Liz is bound by their Code of Ethics.

Contact Liz: liz.hamlin2@gmail.com or mobile: 07730 535377

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Bev Stone

Bev Stone MA, MBACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Registered and Accredited) is a Couple Psychodynamic Therapist who originally trained to work with couples with Relate. She extended her expertise by going on to successfully complete a Master of Arts in Attachment, Psychoanalysis and the Couple Relationship with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR).

Bev works in Private Practice in Canterbury and has been counselling individuals and couples with relationship difficulties since 1998. She has over four years’ experience within an IAPT Service (Improving Access to Psychologoical Therapies) offering counselling for individuals and couples who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Bev is a Registered Accredited member of BACP and bound by their Code of Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is accredited with the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC) as a Couple Therapy for Depression Practitioner, is fully insured and has clinical supervision in place for her practice.

Contact Bev: beverly.stone@tiscali.co.uk or mobile: 07880 978213

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