Spring daffodils

3 ways to put the 'spring' back into your relationships

Something strange happens to me each year when the clocks change and the sun comes out. I get an overwhelming urge to start emptying my wardrobe of all the clothes ‘I never wear’ and start flinging them with wild abandon into bags destined...

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Pamela Forsyth, Centre Manager for Relate North East London; Simon Hughes MP; Tricia Mason, former Relate mediation client; and Ruth Sutherland, Relate Chief Executive.

Minister for Justice visits Ilford Mediation service to raise awareness of help for separating couples

Last week I joined Simon Hughes MP when he met with mediation staff and clients at our North East London Mediation service in Ilford. As part of his role as the Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties, Mr Hughes visited the Centre to talk...

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Man and woman arguing in the street

At a communication dead end? Why Mediation could be the answer

Most things in life can be sorted out by direct negotiation, but what happens if you get stuck arguing about an issue or it becomes too difficult to even talk about? I caught up with Ewan Malcolm, a Relate Mediator to find out about our...

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Mum and dad talking to teenage son

Tips for separated parents this Mother's Day

Mother’s Day, like Christmas and school holidays, can be a difficult occasion for separated parents. Different members of the family may want to see the kids at various times, and usual routines could be disrupted. But, with the right...

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Man and women talking

Making time to talk

It is general advice to say it’s important to ‘make time to talk’, but I think we can sometimes underestimate the positive effect having that time can have on our relationships. The placebo effect When clients start coming to therapy, I...

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Parental confidence – is it all down to Anna Karenina?

‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’, or so we are told at the start of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The underlying principle being that successful family functioning is dependent on a number of...

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Male and female couple talking

3 communication tips to try with your partner

One of the most common objectives couples share when they come to me for counselling is to improve their communication.  When communication breaks down it can feel frustrating and painful. I have noticed at these times it’s mostly the '...

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