Posts Categorized: Counselling

You are not alone: finding help in the face of suicidal thoughts

Often, when you have suicidal thoughts, you can think “I am alone.” We absolutely recognise how difficult things may be for you at the moment, and you may feel that things will never change, that you can’t tell anyone one what’s going on inside or that it all feels too much to manage. Please remember… Read more »

Christmas tensions trigger huge rise in New Year calls

We’re expecting a peak in calls in the New Year after relationship tensions come to a head over the Christmas holidays. In January 2017, we received more than double the number of calls from local people compared with an average month – the total uplift was 108%. That figure was four times the uplift in… Read more »

HOW WE SHOULD THINK about mental health at work

‘The correct way to view mental health is that we all have it and we fluctuate between thriving, struggling and being ill and possibly off work. People with poor mental health including common mental health problems and severe mental illness can be in any of these groups. An individual can have a serious mental health… Read more »

THE VISION on mental health at work for all employers

In 10 years’ time all companies, whatever their size, will be: Equipped with awareness and tools to not only address but prevent mental ill-health caused or worsened by work. Equipped to support individuals with a mental health condition to thrive. Aware of how to get access to timely help to reduce sickness absence caused by… Read more »

Not good in bed?

The thought that you might not be particularly good in bed is one that occurs to lots of people at some point in their life. Insecurities around sex are one of the most common problems that affect relationships. So… the first thing to say is, if this is something that’s on your mind: you’re not… Read more »

Left cold by a long relationship

While men and women lose passion with age, women are often left cold by longer relationships, says a study of British sexual attitudes. The findings, from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles in Britain, are based on the experiences of nearly 5,000 men and 6,700 women. Relate sex therapist Ammanda Major told BBC… Read more »

How to avoid an affair

When people spend lots of time together, they have the chance to really get to know each other. For example, work affairs often start off slowly. Working together in stressful situations can mean bonding over shared goals or through collaborating on projects. What can start off as a platonic friendship or normal working relationship can,… Read more »

The difficult path through grief

Helping a partner who is grieving can be really challenging. Grief can be volatile and unpredictable. Everyone deals with grief differently. Some people might be more communicative, whereas others shut themselves away. It can take a long time to work through, however sometimes people can surprise you and seem to progress much quicker. The nature of… Read more »

Want to train as a couple’s counsellor?

Want to train as a Relate couple’s counsellor? Here’s your chance to undertake the training for FREE. Relate Bedfordshire and Luton is offering two fully-funded training places for the Relate Certificate in Relational Counselling.

5 communication tips to try with your partner

It’s no great secret that communication is an important part of any relationship. What’s less understood is how to be a good communicator and just how beneficial building good communication habits into your relationship can be. And while there’s no single, simple solution for making this happen there are a few key communication tips that… Read more »