Contented Couples: what are they doing right?

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18 March 2023

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Price: General Admission £30

Location: online


This event will be delivered via Zoom.

In this lecture Anne will speak about her research into ways successful couples meet and how they build a long-term satisfying bond. She will draw on attachment and systemic principles to explore the stories of culturally diverse couples who met through romance, arranged marriage or one of the varieties of self-arrangement (online platforms, marriage bureaus or just being set up by friends). Whilst much of the theory is built around emotional difficulties and disturbance, this research set out to examine couples who had been able to survive rough patches and benefit from a secure and lasting bond.

  • Do you want to explore more about couple relationship?
  • How to build a strong and satisfying bond between couples?
  • Would you like to explore couple relationship through attachment theory?

By attending this lecture you can expect:

  • A chance to think about relationships which are working well (in our practice we are generally involved with relationships which are in trouble)
  • A combination of attachment theory and systemic theory to make sense of adult pair bonds
  • A window into research with very varied couples; the research sample includes heterosexual and same-sex couple and those who met through romance, arranged marriage and self- arrangements including digital methods.


Anne Power has qualifications from The Bowlby Centre, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, Tavistock Relationships and Relate. Her clinical work has been in voluntary settings, in the NHS and in private practice in London where she now works online with couples and supervisees. She has taught on a number of therapy trainings in London. Contented Couples: Magic, logic or luck? was published in 2022 and reflects on interviews with eighteen long-term couples.

Anne’s first book, Forced Endings in Psychotherapy, investigated the process of closing a practice for retirement or other reasons. Her published papers explore attachment meaning in the consulting room and in the supervision relationship.  Here is a short video of Anne discussing her book:

Target Audience

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.

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