Clinical Training Program in Imago Relationship Therapy

Become A Competent Confident Couples Therapist

The training will be delivered by Ian Tomlinson, Imago Advanced Clinician, Workshop Presenter and Faculty Associate.

Become A Great Couples Counsellor

The Clinical Training In Imago Relationship Therapy gives you all the tools you need to become a great couples counsellor.  By the end of the process you will be a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist.

There is a huge demand for marriage counselling services in the UK and one big problem.

Training.

If you're like most therapists and counsellors, you have not received much training at all to work with couples.  Often you get none at all!

Do You Feel Unsure Of How To Work With Couples?

Given that you've probably not had much training specifically to work with couples, it makes sense you'd feel unsure of how to work with them effectively and anxious when you get couples enquiries.

I know many therapists that turn down couples enquiries because they don't feel confident in working with them.

This is a terrible shame as good couples counsellors are in high demand and clients are willing to pay very generously in order to work with a therapist highly trained in this area.

You Make Sense

When I first started working with couples only one day of my four year psychotherapy training was about working with couples.  I knew nothing when I sat in front of my first couple.

And it was a disaster.

I had two choices.  Give up and only see individuals, or get properly trained.

I chose to diversify my practice and train in Imago Relationship Therapy.  My couples work transformed from stressful and anxiety provoking to exciting and deeply fulfilling.

You can transform too. The Clinical Training in Imago Relationship Therapy will give you clarity in your couples work and all the tools you need to become a competent, confident couples therapist

Brought out the best in us

"Ian was supportive, encouraging and brought out the best in us."

Ruth Portnoy

The Affinity Centre
2019-03-26T13:35:53+00:00

Ruth Portnoy

"Ian was supportive, encouraging and brought out the best in us."

Plenty of time for practise and feedback

"The training itself is very well paced and contained. The training follows the principles of the Imago way of working and there's plenty of time to practise and get feedback."

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-12T12:10:34+01:00

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

"The training itself is very well paced and contained. The training follows the principles of the Imago way of working and there's plenty of time to practise and get feedback."

Imago is about exploring the issues in a constructive manner

"Imago is very much about exploring the issues that are causing problems in the relationship in a constructive manner and building on the positives that are already there."

Neil Jordan

The Affinity Centre
2019-03-26T13:34:21+00:00

Neil Jordan

"Imago is very much about exploring the issues that are causing problems in the relationship in a constructive manner and building on the positives that are already there."

I couldn’t have wished for a better trainer

"The icing on the cake is Ian Tomlinson! Ian is a fantastic trainer and managed the group seemingly without effort. He is non-judgemental and encouraging. I really couldn't have wished for a better trainer."

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-12T12:12:44+01:00

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

"The icing on the cake is Ian Tomlinson! Ian is a fantastic trainer and managed the group seemingly without effort. He is non-judgemental and encouraging. I really couldn't have wished for a better trainer."

Imago is wonderful for experienced couples therapists too

"As an experienced couples therapist, I have found Imago to be a wonderful way that couples can shift their focus away from blaming and shaming and into clearly articulating their own needs and asking for them to be met."

Kate Hardy, Pyschotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-17T11:18:56+01:00

Kate Hardy, Pyschotherapist

"As an experienced couples therapist, I have found Imago to be a wonderful way that couples can shift their focus away from blaming and shaming and into clearly articulating their own needs and asking for them to be met."

Supportive feedback

"The way in which feedback was given allowed me to hear where I did well plus support for where I could improve, without feeling shame."

Christina Marsden

The Affinity Centre
2019-03-26T13:31:58+00:00

Christina Marsden

"The way in which feedback was given allowed me to hear where I did well plus support for where I could improve, without feeling shame."

A tremendous amount of support

"There was a tremendous amount of support from Ian, making sure all our needs were met. It was delivered in a very safe environment with positivity, allowing me to be my true self."

Debbie Stern 

The Affinity Centre
2019-04-06T15:38:36+01:00

Debbie Stern 

"There was a tremendous amount of support from Ian, making sure all our needs were met. It was delivered in a very safe environment with positivity, allowing me to be my true self."

Transformative

"I have found the Imago training has transformed me both professionally and personally."

Debbie Stern 

The Affinity Centre
2019-04-06T15:34:03+01:00

Debbie Stern 

"I have found the Imago training has transformed me both professionally and personally."

Life Changing

"The Imago Clinical Training was literally life-changing for me. Ian is a great teacher who manages to instil new learning and teach new skills in a very engaging way."

Ruthie Portnoy

The Affinity Centre
2019-03-25T12:50:26+00:00

Ruthie Portnoy

"The Imago Clinical Training was literally life-changing for me. Ian is a great teacher who manages to instil new learning and teach new skills in a very engaging way."

Great trainer and safe environment created

"Ian is a great trainer, and masterful therapist who creates a rich, but more importantly, safe learning environment."

Karen Morris, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-07T12:01:58+01:00

Karen Morris, Psychotherapist

"Ian is a great trainer, and masterful therapist who creates a rich, but more importantly, safe learning environment."

Exceptional teaching & supervision

"Ian is an exceptional trainer and supervisor, his teaching is clear, full of warmth and he is patient."

Andrea Harrison, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-07T11:47:24+01:00

Andrea Harrison, Psychotherapist

"Ian is an exceptional trainer and supervisor, his teaching is clear, full of warmth and he is patient."

Work and personal life have benefitted

"I have gained so much from the Imago training and my work and my personal life have benefitted from the learning and the insights it offers."

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-12T12:08:04+01:00

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

"I have gained so much from the Imago training and my work and my personal life have benefitted from the learning and the insights it offers."

Encouraged and supported

"I felt encouraged to push my comfort zone and also supported throughout. The clinical supervision encouraged my own experience and knowledge in a real, shared and supportive environment."

Christina Marsden

The Affinity Centre
2019-03-25T12:35:53+00:00

Christina Marsden

"I felt encouraged to push my comfort zone and also supported throughout. The clinical supervision encouraged my own experience and knowledge in a real, shared and supportive environment."

The safest space I have experienced in any training

"Both trainer and facilitator encouraged the safest space I have experienced in any training."

Quentin St Clair, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-07T11:53:50+01:00

Quentin St Clair, Psychotherapist

"Both trainer and facilitator encouraged the safest space I have experienced in any training."

Exciting, fun and has helped both personally and professionally

"I found the Imago training itself exciting and fun, it has given me tools to help build and improve relationships on both a personal and professional level."

Andrea Harrison, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-07T11:49:20+01:00

Andrea Harrison, Psychotherapist

"I found the Imago training itself exciting and fun, it has given me tools to help build and improve relationships on both a personal and professional level."

Don’t hesitate! Sign up!

"If you want to work with couples in a successful way: don't hesitate and sign up for the Imago training with Ian. I promise you that the Imago way of working will enrich your practice and enrich your life!"

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-12T12:13:44+01:00

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

"If you want to work with couples in a successful way: don't hesitate and sign up for the Imago training with Ian. I promise you that the Imago way of working will enrich your practice and enrich your life!"

Confident to work with couples again

"The Imago Clinical Training gave me the confidence to venture back into doing work with couples after a long break. The Imago model has given me a structure which I can use effectively to ensure couples don't get into a destructive manner of communicating."

Neil Jordan

The Affinity Centre
2019-03-25T12:46:15+00:00

Neil Jordan

"The Imago Clinical Training gave me the confidence to venture back into doing work with couples after a long break. The Imago model has given me a structure which I can use effectively to ensure couples don't get into a destructive manner of communicating."

This is where it’s at!

"If you want to learn how to get couples talking to each other safely - this is where it’s at!"

Romy Graichen, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-17T11:39:45+01:00

Romy Graichen, Psychotherapist

"If you want to learn how to get couples talking to each other safely - this is where it’s at!"

Putting theory into practice

"The training was filled with valuable information, extremely interesting and plenty of role play so we could put the theory into practice."

Debbie Stern 

The Affinity Centre
2019-04-06T15:36:04+01:00

Debbie Stern 

"The training was filled with valuable information, extremely interesting and plenty of role play so we could put the theory into practice."

Extremely knowledgable

"Excellent trainer, extremely knowledgable and generous with sharing own experiences within Imago."

Annie Lambley-Steel, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-07T11:35:31+01:00

Annie Lambley-Steel, Psychotherapist

"Excellent trainer, extremely knowledgable and generous with sharing own experiences within Imago."

Couples make quicker progress with Imago

"I LOVE working with the Imago dialogue. It is effective, my couples are happier, they make quicker progress and the work is truly heart-warming."

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-12T12:00:21+01:00

Anne Ashton, Psychotherapist

"I LOVE working with the Imago dialogue. It is effective, my couples are happier, they make quicker progress and the work is truly heart-warming."

To witness the new connection is immense

"To witness couples really see each other's world is amazing and the new connection that they experience is immense."

Christina Marsden

The Affinity Centre
2019-03-26T13:37:50+00:00

Christina Marsden

"To witness couples really see each other's world is amazing and the new connection that they experience is immense."

Wish I’d done it sooner

"I recommend this training and wish that I had done it sooner."

Karen Morris, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-07T12:00:28+01:00

Karen Morris, Psychotherapist

"I recommend this training and wish that I had done it sooner."

Imago helped grow my practice

"Imago has helped to grow my practice, and I haven’t looked back"

Andrea Harrison, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-07T11:45:50+01:00

Andrea Harrison, Psychotherapist

"Imago has helped to grow my practice, and I haven’t looked back"

Unquestionably one of the best courses

"Thank you Ian, it was unquestionably one of the best courses I have attended"

Annie Lambley-Steel, Psychotherapist

The Affinity Centre
2021-05-07T11:38:21+01:00

Annie Lambley-Steel, Psychotherapist

"Thank you Ian, it was unquestionably one of the best courses I have attended"

Amazing

"This was a very amazing training and I feel I have grown enormously both professionally and in my personal relationship."

Debbie Winterbourne

The Affinity Centre
2017-02-08T18:09:52+00:00

Debbie Winterbourne

"This was a very amazing training and I feel I have grown enormously both professionally and in my personal relationship."
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What Can Clinical Training In Imago Relationship Therapy Offer You?

  • A clear model for working with couples
  • A deep theory of relationships
  • A tried and tested method for getting couples into connection successfully
  • A way of diversifying your practice into couples work
  • An opportunity to become a highly sought after and respected couples therapist
  • A certification as a qualified couples therapist
  • An opportunity for self improvement and growth
  • A mechanism for improving your own personal relationships
  • Membership of a growing community of Imago Therapists in the UK and World Wide

What Are The Entrance Requirements?

You will be working with couples as part of the course so you need to be a practicing therapist or counsellor.

If you wish to become certified as an Imago Therapist you will need to attend a 'Getting the Love You Want' couples workshop at some point in the training (the earlier the better).  This is best done with your partner, but if you don't have one or they won't come you can attend the Keeping The Love You Find workshop for individuals instead.

In order for you to qualify at the end of the course you will need to be a member of a nationally recognised regulating body with standards of training, supervision and ethics e.g, BACP, UKCP, NCS etc.

What's The Path To Certification?

Full Pathway

The training is broken down into 4 steps.

Imago Foundations (Day 1-2 of full training) is a 2 day training which will teach you the basics of Imago.  You will learn the Imago Dialogue process in full which you will be able to use in your couple work.

Clinical Skills 1 (Days 3-7) will deepen the work you have done on the foundation course.  You will learn how to deepned the Imago Dialogue Process with your couple and learn more of the theory behing Imago Relationship Therapy.

Clinical Skills 2 (Days 8-12) is the final block of the training.  You will learn advanced Imago techniques and explore how to deal with affairs and anger in the therapy room.  You will also have supervision on the work you've done so far with couples.

Imago Certification Process This is a period of six months supervision and development culminating in submission of your work as an Imago Relationship Therapist for assessment and certificaiton.  It's a supportive and proactive process designed to increase your confidence and competence as a couples therapist.

Do What You Like When You Like

You can take each of these steps when you're ready, so you could come on the Foundations course to see if Imago is for you and then if it fits, book onto a Clinical Skills 1 course to take things further.  There's no pressure to sign up to anything until you're ready.

Click here to read more about the journey and to find more out about each stage.

Listen To What A Previous Trainee Has To Say About The Course