Who is it for?
Relate counselling is open to everyone aged 16 and over.
Whether you are married, in a civil partnership, living
together, in a same-sex relationship, separated, divorced or
single, our confidential service can help you to deal with
your relationship difficulties. You can come on your own or
with a partner.
How does it work?
At your first session (the Initial
Consultation) a counsellor will talk with you
for up to one hour. If at the end of this
appointment it is agreed that one of our
services may be helpful, we will discuss at
what times you can come on a regular basis, and
when this might begin.
In counselling, individuals, couples, families
or parts of families have sessions where they
think through an issue or work through a
problem. The counsellor is trained to help
people understand themselves better, relate
better to others, work things out for
themselves and make decisions about what to do
next. Your counsellor will help you communicate
openly and honestly.
Counselling sessions usually last one hour on a
weekly basis. You will see the same counsellor
each week and your counselling will continue
for as long as both you and the counsellor feel
it is helpful.
COMMENTS FROM OUR CLIENTS
“We were very pleased with the service we
received. We would recommend other people
experiencing difficulties to take advantage of
the Relate service.”
“My counsellor evokes a strong sense of
confidentiality and trust.”
“I think Relate is absolutely the best. I
don't wish to be anonymous. My counsellor ...
was absolutely brilliant. The help and support
I have received will enable me to move forward.
First-class Relate staff have shown me
kindness, care and respect. Thank you so
“It has helped hugely.”
“I found the counsellor most personable,
understanding and helpful.”
“At first I was concerned about the
possibility of the counsellor being a man but I
must say my concerns were completely
The counsellor, before the first session was
over, became the person who was as keen as I to
resolve my problems and I found it very easy
going to ‘open up’ to him. I came
to Relate because I thought I’d tried
everything to make my partner happy and it
wasn’t working. I’ve been
encouraged to move towards the things that make
me happy and amazingly my marriage is
recovering because I’m more
Thank you ..., you’ve been
“I have found the experience has been
helpful to us both and I have felt supported as
an individual as well as one half of a