Articles from our staff providing helpful insights into relationship issues

Gift tie on desk with text father's days five tips for separated parents

Father’s Day can bring up strong emotions for parents who have separated or divorced, and it can do the same for their children.

However, the day can be a positive experience if co-parents acknowledge the feelings it might raise, and try a collaborative approach to cope with emotions.

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The good news is psychosexual therapy works!

In May 2021, in a Spotify Podcast, Karin Blak interviewed Tavistock Relationships’ Albertina Fisher, Relationship and Psychosexual Therapist, about common intimacy problems and how professional help can identify and very often fix problems with sex in a relationship. Here in a short series, we detail some of the main messages form the conversations. All text is paraphrased.

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Our Head of Policy, Richard Meier explains, from a personal and professional perspective, why supporting individuals and families coping with dementia and long term conditions is such a priority for society.

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By Richard Meier

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There will hopefully never be another time like '20-'21, when our lives have been so confined. However, the impact of lockdown has also exposed some common challenges that couples can have, with overfamiliarity reducing the appeal of sexual intimacy. Tavistock Relationships psychosexual therapist Marian.O'Connor draws on experiences of the last year to observe the challenges, explain why they may have occurred and offer advice to help reignite sex lives in any era.

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By Marian O'Connor

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In its briefing on the 2021 International Day of Families, the United Nations notes that; 'families around the world are changing, many becoming smaller, as the number of single-parent households grows. The diminishing number of extended families and the increasing number of single-parent families put into sharp focus the issue of social protection.'. Here our Head of Policy reflects how policy and support can adapt in the light of this.

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By Richard Meier

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Tavistock Relationships, the internationally renowned charity providing couple therapy, training and research, has 120 professionals providing over 20,000 therapy sessions each year. The organisation, Tavistock Relationships, reflects on the some of the most common issues facing couples today.

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By Pardis Samiee

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Joanna Harrison

The challenges of home-based work and schooling may be with us for some time and it feels like this is the hardest bit of lockdown yet. The strongest bonds in relationships can be tested by this. Couples therapy has proved a route to help, we have been offering a 'shorter burst' package of four, once a week sessions. Here, one of our therapists, offers advice on dealing with home schooling pressure.

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Kate Thompson

To help raise awareness of the Sort It Out campaign, which aims to reduce the exposure of children to parental conflict, Kate Thompson, Head of Parenting Services at Tavistock Relationships, offers advice on dealing with family conflict.

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Matthew Bell

Psychoanalyst / City of London Corporation Councilman and Mental Health Champion.

How and why the new City Wellbeing Centre was founded to support the vital issue of mental health in City businesses and communities around them.

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Richard Meier, policy and projects manager at Tavistock Relationships, talks about the work the charity is doing, funded by BBC Children in Need, to support young people experiencing mental health problems as a result of inter-parental conflict

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