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Tavistock Relationships forges new partnerships to support more people experiencing relationship difficulties

Published in Press Releases by Tavistock Relationships on November 1st 2023

Tavistock Relationships (TR), the charity helping couples and individuals to have better relationships, has published its annual impact report, revealing last year it delivered over 23,000 therapy sessions, including 4,700 low fee therapy sessions via its City Wellbeing Centre, and 2,000 clinical sessions to NHS and social care staff in London.

TR has been helping individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties since 1948. The charity is a leading authority in couple psychotherapy, undertaking research, providing world class clinical training and delivering programmes to support couples and families to have better relationships.

Andrew Balfour, CEO of Tavistock Relationships, explains:

“Despite a reduction in government funding to support relationships, we’ve continued to provide psychological help to thousands of couples, individuals and families, as well as develop and research new interventions, and train future generations of couple therapists.

“As we celebrate 75 years of helping couples and individuals to have better relationships, we recognise we must work harder than ever to increase accessibility to our services and remain relevant to the communities that we serve. Developing existing and forging new partnerships is vital for us to be able to help more people experiencing relationship difficulties.

“One of our key aims is to reduce parental conflict and the damaging effect it has on children, and over the past twelve months we’ve trained over 1,000 frontline local authority workers to support their work to reduce parental conflict. And thanks to support from the Youth Endowment Fund, we’ve started a randomized controlled trial researching the outcome of Mentalization-Based Therapy for parents in conflict and their children.

“We’ve continued to extend our reach through our partnership with the NHS, training 96 new practitioners and five supervisors to deliver Couple Therapy for Depression within Talking Therapies services, and we’ve provided 2,000 clinical sessions to NHS and social care staff in London as part of the NHS-funded Relationship Support Service.

“We are supporting more couples and families through the development of digital tools, including our Between Us relationship app for local authorities, and e-learning materials created in partnership with Axis 12 and Cafcass to support separated parents in the family justice system.

“Our new partnership with Birkbeck College, University of London will increase the accessibility of our training courses and, as part of our drive to increase the ethnic diversity both of our therapy training and across the profession as a whole, we offer bursaries for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students for a number of our programmes, covering up to 100% of their cost.

“Our new CPD platform, TR Together will promote shared learning experiences among practitioners with events suitable for people across the field of mental health. We hope by enabling peer relationships we will create a lasting and positive change within the field of psychotherapy.”

Tavistock Relationships’ reach in 2022/23:

  • 2,500 clients received nearly 16,000 sessions from the charity’s Psychotherapy and Counselling Services;

  • More than 2,000 clinical sessions were provided to NHS and social care staff in London as part of the NHS-funded Relationship Support Service;

  • More than 4,700 low fee therapy sessions delivered to 638 people through the charity’s City Wellbeing Centre;

  • TR’s highly-experienced therapists delivered more than 1,000 pro bono sessions;

  • 150 students enrolled on the charity’s clinical trainings;

  • More than 1,000 frontline local authority workers received 50 half-day trainings from TR therapists on parental conflict and its impact on children;

  • TR trained 96 new practitioners across the country and five supervisors in Couple Therapy for Depression for delivery within the Government’s NHS Talking Therapies services; 

  • More than 1,000 people booked onto TR’s ground-breaking series ‘Lectures from the Tavistock Relationships Model’; and

  • Digital tools created in partnership with Axis 12 to support separated parents in the family justice system will be accessed by an estimated 25,000 parents a year.

See TR’s Annual Impact Report 2022/23.

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  • Debbie Walker, PR Consultant T: 077486 40577 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Notes for editors

Established in 1948, Tavistock Relationships is the charity helping individuals and couples to have better relationships. We believe the world can be changed for the better through nurturing relationships. We aim to advance the understanding of relationships, and of relationship-focused therapy and support, so that everyone gets the help they need. www.tavistockrelationships.org

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