Families can be a source of support, encouragement and love but sometimes relationships within families are put under strain and family members feel isolated or overlooked. 

Family counselling can help when siblings aren’t getting on, or when parents and children are going through a divorce or separation. Forming a new family is a challenge and it is at this point that many parents contact Relate for some support to help everyone settle. 

Whatever difficulties you're having as a family, we can help.

What is Family Counselling?

Watch the video below, in which Relate counsellor Graham explains what Family Counselling is for.

What can I expect in Family Counselling?

You will meet with a counsellor, who will provide confidential and non-judgemental support, and who will encourage everyone who comes to have their say and to share their feelings, if they wish.

At the first appointment, the counsellor will ask you to talk through what’s happening, and what you’d like to change. You will then work with the counsellor to decide what happens next.

Counselling is a different experience for everyone, and what happens in your sessions will depend very much on what you hope to get out of it, and on the unique needs of your family.

You can expect Family Counselling to help you to build stronger relationships between every member of the family and help you to work together as a team.

How can Family Counselling help me?

If you’re having problems as a family, whatever’s causing them, Family Counselling can help the whole family to communicate better, and to understand and resolve differences.

When families go through change, it can be difficult to learn to adapt. Counselling can help family members to support one another through these difficult times, to reduce conflict and arguments and grow stronger as a result.

If you’re considering separation or divorce, or if you’ve already separated as parents, you can find guidance and practical support at What next?, our parents’ guide to separation.

You can also get dedicated support if you’re parenting troubled teenagers, which can help you and your family through some of the challenges of this difficult period.

It's amazing how many parents realize the extent to which their child has bottled up their feelings – once the child feels safe, they can speak openly for the first time…. Children really appreciate being listened to. They pick up on conflict and if they don’t have another outlet it can badly affect them

Relate counsellor

Book an appointment

To find out more about Family Counselling, and to arrange an appointment:

  • Book a counselling session at your local Relate Centre.
  • Try a free Live Chat session with a trained Relate Counsellor.
  • Talk to us about your concerns or questions on 0300 100 1234.