What is Relationship Counselling?

Relationship Counselling is a type of psychotherapy which helps couples - and individuals - to recognise and resolve conflicts within the relationship. Relationship Counselling can help you to make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship or to help you decide what the best way forward is for both of you.


Who can benefit from Relationship Counselling? 

Many types of partnerships can benefit from Relationship Counselling, including couples who are married, in a civil partnership, preparing for marriage, preparing for divorce, bisexual and transgender couples and couples who are unmarried.

Relationship Counselling typically includes both partners but sometimes one partner choses to work with the counsellor alone.  The service is offered to adults, aged 18 and over.


Issues people typically bring to Relationship Counselling include:

  • Communication problems
  • Incompatability
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Financial issues/money worries, and 
  • Work-related issues. 

What we offer

We offer a confidential Relationship Counselling service which starts with the Access Stage. The Access Stage is an opportunity for you both to discuss the issues which have brought you to therapy. It is also an opportunity for you to see if you can work with the counsellor and if you can work together as a couple in counselling.

You can then decide at the end of the Access Stage if you would like to proceed with counselling.  Counselling appointments last up to 60 minutes and normally take place weekly. Relationship Counselling is often short-term but longer-term counselling is also available [up to a maximum of 30 sessions].

Our relationship counsellors are trained in psychotherapy and relationship theory. Their role is not to take sides, or to make judgements, but to help you find a way forward that is right for you. They work within the Community Counselling policies and procedures and abide by the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).    


The fee for the Access Stage [four meetings in all] is £125.  This fee must be paid before the date of the first Access Stage meeting and is non-refundable.

Counselling appointments cost £40 each. The maximum number of counselling sessions you can have is 30. 

If you wish to access the service or would like more information telephone 01653 690 124