Relate is anticipating a peak in calls this September from couples whose relationships have reached crisis point over the summer. Last year, there was a 10% increase in the area compared to the average month and they are expecting a similar surge this year.
Relate counsellors are urging anyone experiencing relationship issues to seek support before heading to the divorce lawyers, who are also inundated at this time of year. The most common reason people come to Relate is because of poor communication and this is something counselling can really help with. According to the latest data, 91% of Relate’s relationship counselling clients said that their communication was “a bit better” or “much better” after attending relationship counselling and 84% felt able to cope with any difficulties they might face in the future.
Relate counsellor Dee Holmes, said:
“If you’re already having problems in your relationship then the pressure of juggling work, keeping the kids entertained and spending concentrated time with your partner over the summer can tip things over the edge. Tempers can get frayed and by the time schools re-open,
some relationships are in a pretty bad state.”
Relate’s research has found there are 1 in 5 people in the UK in a distressed relationship and that parents with children under the age of 16 are the most likely to be affected.*
Relate counsellor Dee Holmes continued: “With kids off school over the summer, they’re more likely to witness any arguments or tensions and this can have a negative impact on their wellbeing as well as on their concentration when they’re back in the classroom.
“Whilst it’s never too late to ask for support, the earlier you can tackle problems in your relationship, the more likely you are to overcome them. Talking to somebody objective such as a counsellor can really help, so don’t hesitate to contact Relate.”
Relate’s non-judgmental services support individuals, couples, families, children, young people and friends of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations. Please call 0300 7729681