Welcome to Relate Northamptonshire

We are here for you.

We love working with people to help them live well in today’s society - including the particular pressures on our communities at the moment. Our counselling services are a great way of investing in yourself and your relationships. We can enable you to enjoy life to the full by building healthy relationships and developing resilient mental wellbeing.

We are currently able to provide FREE counselling to individuals and young people particularly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

We provide counselling through a number of formats, so you can choose one to suit you. You can access counselling through virtual sessions or telephone appointments. Face-to-face appointments will resume when it is possible to do so.

We offer a range different services to meet all your needs. This includes counselling individuals, couples, families, young people and children and sex therapy. People come with a huge range of different issues, whether that's grief, anxiety or relationship struggles related to the coronavirus pandemic or one of the many life issues we all face.

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With over 60 years’ experience of relationship support, Relate Northamptonshire is here to help you - whatever your age, background, sexual orientation or gender identity. Our expert counsellors will offer you confidential space to talk through your concerns and support you to find a way forward, so that you can emerge stronger.

Pandemic decreases self-esteem

July 7, 2021

Just over a quarter of people in the East Midlands report decrease in self-esteem compared with pre-pandemic levels. Just over a quarter (26%) of people living in the East Midlands say their self-esteem has decreased[i] compared with pre-pandemic levels. In contrast over a fifth (22%) say their self-esteem has increased[ii], which was also the same… Read more »

Strength Through Self-Care: A journey with Gill & Sara

July 7, 2021

This series tells fictional stories of the counselling journey. Drawn from our counsellors’ extensive experience, this story recounts how a couple discovered the importance of self-care to maintain a strong relationship. Gill & Sara were happily married for a number of years.  Both career-driven, in jobs they loved and loved their life together.  They had… Read more »

How to Set Healthy Boundaries

June 16, 2021

One thing Covid-19 has massively altered in our societies is boundaries and personal space. Over a year of social distancing outside our own bubbles has embedded social boundaries we would never have imagined before. What are healthy boundaries? Here’s some advice from Relate Northants counsellor Sharon. Sharon on Healthy Boundaries Our preferences around personal space… Read more »

Identifying Time: A mindfulness tool from Yvonne

June 14, 2021

Approaching the end of lockdown brings the opportunity to live differently. We don’t have to go back to how things were before if we don’t want to.  So how do we figure out where we want to be? Yvonne, a Relate Northants counsellor, gives you the following tips on… Identifying Time Nothing else has affected a… Read more »

Debbie’s Anxiety-Busting Sandwich

June 12, 2021

Stage four of the roadmap out of lockdown is coming – even if the date is still uncertain. Uncertainty about the future, with new variants and lockdowns overshadowing new social freedom, can bring low-level or substantial anxiety. If you’re feeling anxious or apprehensive about what’s to come, Relate Northants counsellor Debbie has just the thing… Read more »

How does webcam counselling work?

May 19, 2021

Since the pandemic, Relate Northamptonshire adapted quickly to provide counselling via webcam and telephone. We wanted to continue supporting people even though our traditional practice of face-to-face appointments wasn’t available. The experience has been so positive for both our counsellors and our clients, that we are going to continue offering these digital services alongside face-to-face… Read more »

The Little Things

May 13, 2021

*Diane came to motherhood later in life. Her little boy *Bobby was her only child, so this experience was very precious to her as something she wouldn’t repeat. So, when the pandemic came she faced the loss of many hopes and dreams she’d had for this once-in-a-lifetime experience and her motherhood story predominantly happened behind… Read more »

A Story To Be Told

May 12, 2021

One of the most challenging seasons for women is motherhood. Becoming a mother deeply impacts your body – the physical process of birth and a massive disruption to your sleep cycle. It also has a huge impact on your emotions, being a season of extreme change in your daily life and relationships. And, with both… Read more »

You can’t be supermum every day

May 7, 2021

When we think of motherhood, we all think of the beauty of it. It’s a precious time full of love and joy… All of this is true, but this is not all it is. The other side of motherhood is coping with fundamental changes to your body. It includes massive emotional highs and lows, and… Read more »

Bridging the Gap: A journey with Tom & Mary

April 19, 2021

This series tells fictional stories of the counselling journey. Drawn from our counsellors’ extensive experience, this story recounts how a couple overcome communication weaknesses to build a stronger future together. Pandemic Pressures Tom & Mary had been together 4 years when lockdown began and had been living together for two years in Tom’s house. They… Read more »

Rainbow flag for LGBTQWe offer an inclusive service, available equally to all people.

"Relate has had a substantial part in saving my marriage and keeping the family together – thanks!"

 

"I was very happy with the service and it was a huge benefit to me, my husband and our relationship."

 

95% of our clients in post-counselling questionnaires said they would come to Relate in the future if problems arose.

"The Service was fantastic. The counsellor was very reliable and approachable. I would highly recommend Relate. Thanks for your support. It has contributed to saving my marriage."

"Relate has been a huge help in building our relationship back to its former glory - Thank you. We now talk regularly and positively."

96% of our clients would recommend Relate to other people.

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