I was delighted to be selected for training, though a little worried about whether I would be OK. Six years on, I am now thinking of training as a supervisor. I have found the work tough at times, but thoroughly rewarding, seeing couples and individuals in deep distress or fear gradually coming through this. It has been an education for me, and a privilege. (Susan)

Train as a Relationship Counsellor

Please note we do not plan on running another training course for this route until 2026

Are you a qualified counsellor with a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling (or equivalent)? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to extend and develop your counselling skills into the field of relationship counselling and to help couples in distress? Enjoy further training on our Diploma in Relationship Counselling , a 70 hour placement, as well as CPD, supervision, and the benefits of volunteering for a national charity and being part of a friendly local centre team.

The Diploma course usually runs over four to five weekends spread over a year with course work and placement work in between the weekends.

We provide an outstanding training experience –with highly experienced Trainers running and supporting our training weekends, dedicated Supervisor/Mentors for  our trainees, plus support/practice groups and additional support days. The course will be delivered through a mixture of online and face – to face residential weekends (where accommodation, meals and travel expenses are covered by Marriage Care). We also provide supervision and insurance as well as a 70 hour placement as part of the course- all for a very competitive price of £1800.  Counsellors who continue with Marriage Care after the training will receive ongoing CPD, Supervision, local /regional support, travel expenses and insurance for a minimal commitment of just two counselling sessions per week.

For more information please read through our Marriage Care Information PackHow to become a relationship counsellor, and the role description in the ”Available Downloads” below. If you would like to apply please fill in the application form including equal opportunities form and return to  RachaelO@marriagecare.org.uk along with scans/photos of your counselling diploma certificate(s). Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any queries at all.

If you are already qualified in relationship counselling please click here to find out more about joining us as a Qualified Relationship Counsellor!

Placements at Marriage Care

Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources, Marriage Care is unable to offer counselling placements to students on external courses. You can search for a placement on the BACP website (for BACP student members only) which might be helpful. We would most warmly welcome an application from you when you have completed your studies and delivered at least 100 hours supervised counselling.


Available downloads