Attachment Theory & Couple Counselling 23 24 Oct 2020 Bristol

Attachment Theory and Couple Counselling (14 hours CPD)

With Nicola Jones

 Attachment theory provides the most reliable and research-based approach to working with couple clients available today. As such it will enrich your practice as it helps you to get to the heart of your clients’ issues: their needs for security, connection, intimacy and love. It enables a deeper appreciation of how close relationships are formed which directly correlates with how to help couples understand and resolve their problems. It explains the fundamental importance of close relationships to our wellbeing and across the lifespan ‘from the cradle to the grave’ (Bowlby, 1979).

DATE:              Friday 23 & Saturday 24 October 2020

TIMINGS:         DAY 1 9.45am to 5.15pm;

DAY 2 9.30 to 5pm

COST:              £199 to 23 August; £215 to 23 September; £235 full price

VENUE:            Thornbury Golf Club, Bristol Road, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 3XL


Learning objectives:

  • Learn key concepts of attachment theory, infant brain development and relevance to couple relationships particularly internal working models of close relationships
  • Explore interaction of attachment styles and internal working models in a couple
  • Understand interaction of the various motivational systems (sex, caregiving, care seeking, intimacy, exploration) involved in intimate adult relationships to ascertain and evaluate couples’ issues
  • Identify key triggers of the attachment system and consequences of this system being triggered
  • Apply learning to a case study
  • Reflect upon personal attachment style and internal working model. Implications for practice
  • Tools, exercises and practical strategies to enhance clients’ awareness of their attachment style
  • Introduction to developmental trauma, intergenerational transmission of insecure attachment and trauma

Bio: Nicola Jones is an experienced relationship therapist and an accomplished trainer and facilitator. She trained with and worked for Relate, trained with The Bowlby Centre for 2 years and is accredited by the National Counselling Society. She has an MA in Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2008). Nicola has supervision with those who worked with or were supervised by John Bowlby. She is Vice Chair of the International Attachment Network and works privately in Bristol with individuals, couples and families. Her first career was as a lawyer and family business adviser. Nicola has presented internationally on a range of matters related to social justice.

Endorsed by the International Attachment Network