Articles from our staff providing helpful insights into relationship issues


Our experience also shows that specialist teacher training is required, as relationship issues are a key concern for children


By John Fenna

From September 2020, RSE will be compulsory in secondary schools and Relationship Education will be compulsory in all primary schools. The aim is to put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds.

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How can I help my children after divorce or separation?

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by Krisztina Glausius and Leezah Hertzmann,  an extract from When Parents Separate: Getting it Right for the Children
A Guide for Parents, Tavistock Relationships

How our Psychosexual therapy expertise helps with female desire in mid life and beyond 

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By Marian O'Connor

A journalist from the Telegraph phoned me last week to ask how the menopause affected women’s sexual functioning. As always, when it comes to sex, there is no straightforward answer.

Changes and Challenges I: When Two Become Three, Four or More

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By Elle Sidel and Damian McCann

Do you often feel at the end of your tether when it comes to parenting? Do you find yourself searching for advice and support, perhaps turning to parenting experts or therapists, only to be left feeling that, however helpful or sensible such expertise and support may seem, it somehow doesn’t quite resolve your situation? Do you experience more difficulties in your couple relationship after becoming parents? Do you worry about the impact of such difficulties on your children?

How to understand your rights in marriage or as a couple living together. And why it is important.

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Hazel Wright, Solicitor and Mediator
Trustee of Tavistock Relationships

For many of us cohabitation (living together) is a very natural state of being in the world today.

Finding out more about each other by sharing each other's living arrangements seems common sense. Additionally many opt to cohabit and ‘commit' together without considering marriage at all.

But there are important legal ramifications about these decisions that may come as a surprise.

Tavistock Therapists impart their expert advice about divorce and separation to callers on ITV’s This Morning programme

Our specialist couple therapists helped viewers struggling with their relationship or wanting advice on divorce or separation, running a phone in clinic on ITV’s This Morning show, which addressed Divorce and Separation.

Why it is beneficial to seek help early in your relationship, with key figures leading the way and breaking taboos.

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John Fenna explores our recent coverage in the media (via our therapist Joanna Harrison) on this high profile insight into marriage counselling.


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Evolution of a psychotherapuetic institution over 70 years

As we celebrate our seventh decade of couple therapy, training and research, we reflect on how our couple work has evolved to meet the changing needs of couples and relationships.

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Kate Thompson

A couples therapy practitioner explores the ideas behind relationships involving more than one partner

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By Dr Damian McCann

The 21st century is witnessing some dramatic changes to the traditional couple relationship, including the rise of polyamory and open relationships.

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How understanding emotions can help with divorce or co-parenting

A blog drawn from our publication 'When Parents Separate:Getting it Right for the Children:A guide for parents'  by Krisztina Glausius and Leezah Hertzmann. In this extract we take an overview of the process of separating and explain precisely why a range of feelings stirred up make the task of co-parenting so challenging. 

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Are there messages in the programme about young people, relationships and mental health?


John Fenna

Head of Marketing & Communications

Whatever your views on Love Island, it’s certainly putting relationships in the spotlight. We receive a large rise in media enquiries, asking questions about relationship issues triggered by the events of the show, during its airtime for a start.

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In conversation with Kate Thompson - a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist, faculty staff member and clinical lecturer at Tavistock Relationships, where leading training programmes in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychosexual Therapy are offered. 

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Our Couple 50+ service helping relationships in mid-life, explored in the Sunday Telegraph

The trend of couples approaching mid-life and facing challenges in their relationship has been a focus of our work since launching our Couple 50+ MOT service. And the growing appeal of the idea of ‘checking in’ with each other with some form of counselling to help ‘keep things on track’ has been picked up by the Sunday Telegraph in an interview based article in its female orientated magazine Stella.

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Finding solutions for children should be the new focus says Sir Andrew McFarlane

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by Hazel Wright


The Family Court judges will have a new leader on 18th July 2018. Sir Andrew McFarlane is to be the new President, ie the leading judge for all family courts. When Sir Andrew was a barrister, his specialism was the law relating to children.

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