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Tavistock Relationships to support isolated families with online therapy

Published in Press Releases on February 10th 2020

Services moved online to help those with relationships while social distancing is in place.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents us all with huge challenges in protecting ourselves and our families, Tavistock Relationships, the London-based charity providing couple therapy and parenting support, is continuing to offer therapeutic help by switching from face-to-face therapy to online webcam sessions.

Andrew Balfour, chief executive of Tavistock Relationships, explains: “Relationships are hard to do at the best of times, but right now, as the Coronavirus is leading to massive changes in the way we live our lives, healthy relationships are going to be hugely important for getting us through self-isolation, social distancing and the income security pressures that so many of us will be facing.

“So that we can continue to offer support to couples and families, until the current emergency is over, all our therapy sessions will be online.”

Last year, Tavistock Relationships, which has been providing therapy and counselling for couples and individuals for over 71 years, held 20,734 therapy sessions, helping thousands of people with their relationships.

In 2016, Tavistock Relationships launched its Online Therapy Service to increase the accessibility of its clinical services to those living outside London. From 2018 to 2019, the number of therapy services delivered online doubled to a total of 1,170 sessions.

Andrew adds: “Research shows us that conflict between parents can have a very negative effect on children’s development in terms of mental and physical health. With families forced to isolate and children no longer able to go to school, problems are potentially going to quickly escalate with no immediate prospect of relief. We urge people to seek expert help before they reach breaking point.”

Tavistock Relationships’ therapy fees are charged according to capacity to pay, with no minimum fee, so that anyone can access Tavistock Relationships’ services, whatever their financial circumstances.

For more information about Tavistock Relationships services, visit or call 020 7380 8288.


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Notes to Editors

Established in 1948, Tavistock Relationships ( is a registered charity internationally renowned for delivering and developing advanced practice, training and research in therapeutic and psycho-educational approaches to support couples.

Working from two London bases (Hallam Street and New Street) as well as operating a nationally available online service, Tavistock Relationships has 120 professionals providing an effective and highly-regarded form of couples’ counselling and psychotherapy.

Last year (2018-2019), Tavistock Relationships held 20,734 therapy sessions, helping thousands of people with their relationships.

The charity received very positive feedback, with more than 93% of its clients saying they would certainly rate the organisation’s services as good and would recommend its services.

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