Frequently Asked Questions

cropped-couple-405746_19203.jpgWhat is counselling?

Counselling is when individuals, couples or family groups have a number of sessions with a counsellor where they think through an issue or work through a problem. The counsellor is trained to help people understand themselves, relate better to others, work things out for themselves and make decisions about what to do next. Your counsellor will help you talk openly and honestly about what’s going on.

Do Relate counsellors have special training?

Relate Counsellors are very carefully selected and undertake a very thorough and lengthy training course through our national federation. Our counsellors work to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics.

What will happen when I come for counselling?

At your first session a counsellor will talk with you for up to an hour. Some people find this session is all they need to clear their thinking and help them decide what to do next.  If you want to have further sessions to explore and talk in more detail about what’s going on, the counsellor will help you do this.

Do we have to pay for Relate services?

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What is your success rate?

We know from research that most clients who complete counselling with Relate feel that they have benefited from it. Relate does not aim to keep people together at all costs – we help people to achieve the solution that is right for them.