Presented by Anthea Millar and Kathy Mitchell

This practical and interactive workshop will be of interest to those counselling individuals as well as those beginning to work with couples. It provides a foundation of the development and dynamics underlying our intimate relationships and to couples counselling.

The first day will be facilitated by Anthea Millar, and explore, from an Adlerian perspective, the early decisions we make for our future relationship dynamics.  Through demonstration and  practical exercises, Anthea will address the impact of the family constellation on our perception of relationships, and on the choices and ‘contracts’ we make regarding the life task of  intimacy.  Specific tools relating to relationship issues will be offered that can be used in both individual and couples’ therapy.

Learning objectives:

  • Developing and extending the use of the family constellation in the understanding of adult relationships;
  • Understanding the concept of creating contracts and the use of circular causality assessment in relationship;
  • Reviewing the use of Life Tasks in couples work;
  • Gaining skills of using the Most Memorable Observation (Walton) in assessing couples’ relationship.

The second day will be facilitated by Kathy Mitchell and invites you to reflect upon the implications of childhood attachments on adult relationships.  Specifically, the focus will be on  introducing the theory and application of Sue Johnson’s model of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) which combines theories of attachment with a structured systemic approach and a person centred way of being. The model is designed to offer a clear strategic lens through which to view couple work and relationship issues emerging in one to one work. Alongside the presentation of theory there will be practical demonstration and exercises to enable identification of attachment styles within ourselves and in relation to our clients. Opportunity for group discussion will allow us to consider how this model sits in relation to Adlerian theory and practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the principles of attachment theory in relation to children & adults;
  • Enabling identification of attachment styles in ourselves and our clients;
  • To provide an introduction to the application of attachment theory to relationship therapy with individuals and couples.

Kathy Mitchell MSc, BACP (Accred), has a background in psychology and almost 20 years experience as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer. She has a thriving therapy practice and has worked as a supervisor across a variety of settings including Centre 33 and the University of Cambridge Counselling Service. In 2007 she established an in-school counselling service at Chesterton Community College, and as a teacher and trainer she has taught A level Psychology, delivered courses in counselling and presented numerous workshops. Kathy is a partner with
Cambridge Supervision Training.

Anthea Millar MA, BACP (Senior Accred) has 38 years’ experience as a counsellor and supervisor and regularly provides training in the UK and abroad. She founded the Bottisham
Adlerian training, and is co-director of ‘Cambridge Supervision Training’. Anthea is a Vice-President of the Adlerian Society of UK, (ASIIP) and longstanding faculty member of ICASSI
( She is author of numerous articles and co-author of ‘Practical Supervision’ (2014 JKP).

Course Details

Day Saturday
Time 9.45-17.00
Weeks/Term 2 Days
Start Date 29/01/2023
Cost £130
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