Posts Categorized: Relationships

Relate receives funding to provide free counselling to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families

We’re pleased to announce the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is funding us to provide free face to face, telephone and online counselling to current and former Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel. Royal Navy and Royal Marines families can face unique pressures as they adjust to periods of time apart during deployment. Our… Read more »

Iain Duncan Smith speaks at Relate Lecture

The Relate Lecture was held with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith MP, in Whitehall on Wednesday 10th February. This successful event, which was chaired by Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, also doubled as the launch for Relate’s new policy report, All together now: Stronger relationships for a stronger society…. Read more »

Do’s and don’ts on dates

Phew. For those of us thinking we were the only ones having trouble forming a relationship… there’s some better news. We’re not alone. Half of all single people in the UK want a long-term relationship. And one in 10 of us have a great deal of difficulty forming romantic connections, according to a Relate survey…. Read more »

Why couples get divorced

Statistics show that 42% of marriages end in divorce. But why? Relate counsellor and sex therapist Peter Saddington has given the most common reasons for divorce he sees among his clients: Money problems Difficulties can arise over money if the husband and wife have different values, for instance, if one person likes spending money freely and… Read more »

Make it work for you

Each week you can spend more time with work colleagues than with your own friends and family. But what if you don’t fit in at work? Isolation in the workplace is increasingly being recognised as a problem, says Relate. In a study, Relate found that 42% of people have no close friend at work. In… Read more »

Help with issues about sex

It’s not easy talking about problems with sexual or emotional intimacy – especially when sexual relations are absent, difficult, painful or just plain distressing. Once you’ve summoned up courage to make an appointment by calling the Relate team on 01234 356350 – and asking to see a counsellor to help with issues about sex –… Read more »

Quality of the relationship counts for most

“It’s not the piece of paper that’s important, it’s the quality of the relationship,” says Relate counsellor Barbara Bloomfield in an interview about living together, commitment and marriage. Around 80% of couples co-habit before getting married, but it’s not always seen as a precursor to marriage. A 2012 report suggests that 21% of people live… Read more »

Tell-tale signs of a toxic relationship

“If you’re afraid to tell your friends or family what’s happening in your relationship, it’s probably toxic.” “If your partner directs, advises, or orders you to not talk to friends and family members, it’s probably toxic.” Those are messages from one contributor to a chatroom discussion about tell-tale signs of a toxic relationship. When you’re… Read more »

That’s the point…

What’s the point of keeping up contact with someone who doesn’t recognise you? A survey says 42% of the public think there is no point in maintaining contact when someone reaches this stage of dementia. But family visits at this stage can stimulate feelings of happiness, comfort and security, says the Alzheimer’s Society. “Spending time… Read more »