We are pleased to be able to offer Couples, Children (aged 5-10) and Young Peoples (aged 11-18) counselling to licensed trade people delivered by the leading relationship charity, Relate.

To apply you must click here to complete our enquiry form.

Relate is the leading relationships charity and the Relate Federation is the largest provider of relationship support in England and Wales. Each year, they help more than five million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships.
How can Relate help?

Relationships with family, partners, friends and colleagues play a crucial part in how happy we are. Whether you’re facing difficulties, looking to strengthen your relationships, or want help thinking things through, Relate can help.

Couples Counselling

Whether you’re facing difficulties in your relationship, or maybe just not sure about what you want from each other or you’d just like to get to know your partner better, Relationship Counselling can make a real difference. Their counsellors provide a supportive environment and you can come with your partner or on your own.

Couples Counselling can help with a broad range of issues including:

  • Changes to relationship/how it is working/not working/could be improved
  • Trust/infidelity
  • External factors impacting the relationship such as:
    • Money worries/debt
    • Redundancy/retirement
    • Addiction
    • Caring responsibilities
    • Work life balance
    • Covid-19
  • Parenting – different styles causing conflict
  • Rows/arguments/behaviours
  • Relationship ending

Case study – Relationship Counselling – Read Gill and Simon’s story: https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-relationships/gill-and-simons-story

To apply for couples counselling, the person who currently works, or has in the past, in the licensed trade must click here to complete our enquiry form.

Children and Young People’s Counselling

Children and Young People’s (CYP) Counselling is for any child or young person who is having problems. Whether it’s depression, anger issues, mental health concerns or issues with parents or people at school. They will usually ask to speak with a parent or legal guardian prior to meeting with very young children as we find that gathering background information can often help us decide if counselling with Relate might be helpful or if perhaps another Relate service such as family counselling could be more useful. Occasionally, they may decide that the child or young person’s needs would be better met from more targeted forms of support.

Their counsellors work with children and young people aged from five to 18.

Children & Young People’s Counselling can help with a broad range of issues including:

  • Anger
  • Coping with loss
  • Peer relationships
  • Relationships at school including with teacher
  • Bullying
  • Parents separated/separating
  • Sibling relationships

Case study – CYP – Read Wez’s story: https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-children-and-young-people/wezs-story

To apply for Children’s or Young Person’s counselling for your child the person who current works, or has in the past, in the licensed trade must click here to complete our enquiry form.

What is counselling like?

Counselling is a talking therapy undertaken with the support of a counsellor in a caring and non-judgemental environment. Each session is 50 minutes long (although services for children and young people may be shorter). During this time your counsellor will help you to identify and talk through the difficulties you’re facing and support you towards making the changes you seek.

What happens at the Initial Assessment?

Their aim is to provide the most effective form of support and that starts with an Initial Assessment. All their clients go through this process. For couples, this includes both joint and individual time. This helps all to decide if Relate is the most useful form of help and support or if something else would be better. Your counsellor will discuss next steps with you and answer any questions you may have. If you go to them for ongoing counselling, your counsellor will regularly review with you how you feel the work together is going.

Where do the sessions take place?

Relate is currently offering counselling via webcam and phone. When it is safe to do so, they will also return to offering in-the-room counselling via local Relate services across England and Wales.

Are the sessions confidential?

Relate offers confidential counselling. They do not share information with anyone outside the agency unless they have concerns about serious risks of harm either to you or to someone else, or if required to by law or to prevent a miscarriage of justice. We will always try to discuss any concerns with you directly unless to do so is likely to increase the risk to you or to someone else.

How many sessions will I have?

The number of sessions needed depends on an individual’s or couple’s circumstances and will be discussed with you during your sessions.