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Sexual & Relationship Counselling

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Whatever the stresses and strains on your relationship, counselling can offer a way forward. Relate counsellors see close to 100,000 couples and individuals a year. Counsellors aren't there to make judgements about the rights or wrongs of relationship difficulties. Their role is to listen, to encourage you to talk openly about your concerns, and help you reach your own decisions about the best way forward.

Relate counselling is open to all. 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.

What will happen when I come for counselling?
Well, we wont ask you to lie on a couch and to tell us about yourself. Your counsellor will help you identify the major concerns within your relationship. They will help you explore your feelings, attitudes and expectations and look at your relationship from a different perspective. Your counsellor will not tell you what to do, nor will they take sides or encourage you to stay in the relationship at all costs. Their aim is to give you the skills and insights to help you and your partner find your own way forward.
My partner wont come to counselling. Can I come on my own?
Relationship counselling tends to be more effective if both partners are involved. Yet many people do attend alone and still see positive benefits to their relationship. So if your relationship is in difficulties but your partner doesnt want to attend counselling, or if you have been through a separation and are now adjusting to life on your own, counselling can help you.
Will we be forced to try and patch things up?
Staying together is not always the best option. Sometimes relationships do come to an end and your counsellor will be able to help you keep the lines of communication open through your break up. It is sometimes as important to be able to face separation in positive way as it is to try and work things out.
I don't want my friends or family to find out. Is it 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.
Information from: Relate
Herbert Gray College, Little Church Street,
RUGBY, Warwickshire. CV21 3AP
Tel: 01788 573 241 Fax: 01788 535007

This is for general information only - we do not offer counseling at this address).
To find your nearest Relate counselor, please use the website, or contact us.