Our history

The History of Relate NTC

Relate London North West and Hertfordshire started life as the Harrow Marriage Guidance Council in 1946, operating from a local scout hut with a very small group of volunteers.

Over the years, we expanded to Ealing and Wembley – then, in 1970, amalgamated with Hillingdon Marriage Guidance Council. By the time we became Relate in the late 1980s, there were over 30 counsellors in the local Centre providing Relationship CounsellingSex TherapyTraining and Education and Mediation services for the four boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon.

Renamed Relate London North West in 2004, we further developed our services by providing Children and Young People's Counselling for young people and families and also expanded to include the borough of Barnet.

We celebrated our 70th anniversary in 2016. Our team of over 60 practitioners provides relationship support for individuals, couples and families of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations.

In January 2018 we merged with Relate Dacorum, Watford and Three Rivers and expanded to the rest of Hertfordshire. With the expansion we have made our services available to around 3.3 million people.

The area we cover expanded again when, on 1st April 2022 we merged with Relate Mid Thames and Buckinghamshire.  We estimate that the population base we now serve covers around 4.3 million people.

We're a member of the national charity Relate, which has a national network of Centres and is affiliated with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Watch our video to find out more about how we support relationships in North West London and Hertfordshire.

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