Who is it for?

Relate counselling is open to everyone aged over 16. Whether you are married, living together, in a same-sex relationship, separated, divorced or single, our confidential service can help you to deal with your relationship difficulties. For Young People under 16 we have specially trained Young Peoples’ Counsellors.

How much does it cost?

Relate are a charity that relies on the generosity of its clients. They have a donations policy that means people pay what they can afford. Without these donations Relate would cease to exist, and thousands of relationships and families would collapse. Counselling sessions last for about an hour.

How do I make an appointment to see a Relate counsellor?

Contact your nearest Relate. Click here to find your nearest Relate or call 0300 7729681

How can counselling help me?

Counselling helps you take time out from your situation and see it from a fresh perspective. Working with a counsellor gives you, or you and your partner, a chance to think about what you can do to change your situation for the better. It can also give you a chance to explore complex or difficult issues in a safe and confidential environment.

Do Relate counsellors have special training?

Relate counsellors have all received special training in couple counselling. It takes two to three years to become a fully qualified Relate counsellor. They undergo further training to specialise in areas such as family counselling and sex therapy.

Your Relate Centre may talk to you about seeing a ‘counsellor-in-training’. ‘Counsellors-in-training’ have gone through a rigorous selection and training process and will be receiving close professional support.

Can I attend a Relate workshop on my own?

Yes, most of our courses and workshops are for individuals. However, the Couples course requires both partners to attend. Increased benefit can be gained if both parents attend the Parents Apart workshops.

Is Relate Relationship Counselling confidential?

Relate counselling is completely confidential. We will not give your name or any information about you to anyone outside Relate, unless someone’s personal safety is at risk.

All Relate counsellors and therapists continue with ongoing training and consultation with other professionals to ensure they give you the highest standard of service.

If you would like to see someone face-to-face, contact your nearest Relate. Use our Nearest Relate search.

Sex Therapy

Can we refer ourselves directly into Psychosexual Therapy?

Yes, after the initial interview the therapist might suggest you look at some relationship issues with a counsellor first before sex therapy.

What happens at a Sex Therapy session?

In sex therapy you and the therapist work with the problems you have identified. The therapist will design a programme of exercises especially for you and you will be asked to do specific exercises at home. At your sessions, the therapist will discuss your progress with the exercises and the best next steps for you. You will never be asked to undertake any sexual tasks during the sessions.

Can I come to Sex Therapy on my own?

Yes, if you are single, or if your partner doesn’t want to come along, or if you simply want to see a Relate sex therapist alone.

Your Relate Centre may talk to you about seeing a ‘sex-therapist-in-training’. Sex-therapists-in-training’ are fully qualified Relate counsellors who are receiving additional training in sex therapy and will be receiving close professional support.