page describes what you can expect from a Couples Counselling Network counsellor.
To locate a counsellor, please visit our 'Find a
Our aim is that you will find CCN counsellors to be warm, generous with their
time and expertise, flexible, imaginative in their work with you, innovative and
up-to-date. We hope that, whichever counsellor you choose, you find them to be
approachable and easy to work with. It is not easy to talk about your close relationships
with a total stranger. One of the advantages of talking to a good counsellor is
that they will help to put you at ease so you can talk openly about what is troubling
you, with a view to resolving difficulties.
Another of the advantages of talking to a counsellor about your problems, is that
the counsellor has no investment in your decisions. Family and friends can be
wonderful and a great help. Sometimes, though, they may advise you to do what
they did in similar circumstances or what they would like you to do, as your decisions
may affect them. A counsellor can be completely objective and will not influence
you to make a decision which may not be in your best interests.
To emphasis the importance of the standard of training we expect from our
counsellors on this site we are now offering Couples Counselling Training
for counsellors wanting to enter this area of specialism. Visit the training page via this link.
The success of counselling is notoriously hard to quantify.
However, current research shows that one of the consistent
factors in successful counselling is if the counsellor has
been in practice for a long time. All CCN counsellors have
many, many years' post-qualification experience and have chosen
to work with couples as they enjoy this work.
Angela Burian, who lived in Hampstead, decided to train as
a couples counsellor when her children were in their teens.
Being underwhelmed by Relate at the time, she set up her own
training and then went on to set up the Couples Counselling
Network, vetting everybody herself to ensure that all counsellors
had the innovative, warm approach that she had. Clients called
in to her from all round the country and she allocated clients
to the counsellor who she thought would suit them best. She
contracted cancer and gradually stepped back from running
everything. The Network had a website by then and a small
group of people decided to continue the network but just via
the website. We contacted everyone and about two-thirds decided
to stay in the network.
Jenny Harris deals with enquiries. When a counsellor expresses an
interest in joining the network
there is an intensive
vetting process, culminating in a brief telephone conversation.
We want this to be a quality group that good, experienced
counsellors want to join and one that potential clients can
completely trust, so only a proportion of applicants complete
We run this network because we know that there are few resources for
clients looking for a properly trained and experienced couples
counsellor. A new counsellor pays a joining fee, which we
use to pay our website designer and manager, who works to
keep the site on the first page of major search engines so
we are easy to find, and he keeps it up-to-date for us.
you are a counsellor and would like information about joining the Couples Counselling
Network or Couples training, please contact us using the form below. We aim to respond to enquiries within two weeks.