Holbeck College

Couples Counselling

Learn how Systemic Family Therapy can help people build stronger, healthier relationships.

Study time
5 hours

Level 2

Start date
14 April 2024


How can counselling help couples build stronger, longer-lasting relationships? How can it support couples in distress? And how can we better understand intimate relationships in our personal lives?

Systemic therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that examines and addresses the interrelationships and dynamics within a family or social system to facilitate positive change and understanding. In this introductory course, you will learn about the core concepts, theories and skills used in Systemic Family Therapy for couples.

Systemic therapy is rooted in the belief that individuals cannot be fully understood in isolation; rather, they are best comprehended within the context of their relationships and the larger systems they are a part of. The core theory of systemic therapy emphasises that issues in a couple's relationship are often a result of broader systemic factors and communication patterns. It encourages a holistic view of the relationship, exploring how each partner's actions and reactions impact the other and how family and societal dynamics contribute to their challenges.

Systemic therapy seeks to promote healthier communication, address destructive patterns, and create positive change by involving all parties in the counselling process. This approach can lead to a deeper understanding of the interconnections within the relationship, ultimately fostering more effective problem-solving and improved overall dynamics.

Throughout the course, you will delve into the theoretical foundations, practical techniques, and underlying principles of couples counselling. You will learn:

The course is thoughtfully designed, featuring video lectures, downloadable resources, quizzes, practical exercises, and a comprehensive course handbook.

While a background in counselling, such as person-centred, may be useful, we will cover core counselling theory in this course, so no background in counselling is required.

Who isn’t this course for:

We take a wide and inclusive view of relationships, including the LGBT community, so anyone with a highly traditional view of marriage may not be comfortable with the course material

This course will not focus on sexual dysfunction, so if you are looking to support couples who are having sexual-specific problems, other courses may be better suited.

About Level 2

Level 2 is an introductory level qualification suitable for all. They typically do not require prior experience and will take 6-12 weeks to complete based on studying one module per week. See the course description for information specific to this course.


"Chris covers all the basics of couples counselling in this course, it is thorough and contains a great deal of useful information. Thank you!" Louise Hillier
"I found the course reasonably well-paced. Some of the quiz questions are very sensible and well-thought-out, and it is clear the presenter both knows and enjoys his profession." LDSPhoenix
"This Course was very insightful and putting me well on my way to become the Counsellor I want to be and know I could be." Brenda Nortje

Meet your instructor

Chris Worfolk

Chris is a psychologist and teacher. He holds an MSc in Psychology (Conversion) from Leeds Beckett University and is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

Chris is the author of multiple books including Do More, Worry Less. He ie the founder the of mental health charity Anxiety Leeds and is co-owner of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic.

What you will achieve

Completing the course will earn you a Level 2 Award in Couples Counselling using Systemic Family Therapy awarded by Holbeck College and accredited by the International Association of Therapists. You will receive a digital certificate.

Employers and other educational institutions will be able to validate your qualification using our online validation tool.

Here is an example certificate from our Level 1 Counselling Concepts course.

Example certificate


This course is available via our on-demand platform. You can learn at your own pace but you will have access to your tutor if you have any questions or need additional support. Have some questions before joining the course? Reach out via the contact us page.

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