parents looking away from each other with sad teen boy in the middle
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Our therapeutic technique, used to help reduce conflict in relationships and between parents.

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With nearly three quarters of the people coming to us for support wih their relationships identifiable as clinically depressed, mental health, the effects and treatment are central to our work and thinking. 

Our training, intervention and support materials include:

Couple Therapy for Depression

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Adoptive Family
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As with any transition, the move from the world of work to one of retirement can have a significant impact, positively and negatively, on a couple's relationship. 

Tavistock Relationships has developed a brief intervention for couples which aims to provide them with the resources and thinking space to face the changes emerging from a future together. 

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Couple 50+ MOT

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Published in Training for Organisations on June 21st 2018

Becoming a parent, and being a parent, can affect the quality of people's couple relationships, positively and negatively.

Research conclusively shows that simply targeting the parent-child relationship in the context of ongoing inter-parental conflict does not lead to sustained positive outcomes for children.

This is one of the reasons why we have developed a parenting intervention which is relationally-focused, and which has achieved impressive results in terms of improving children's mental health and behaviour and improving the quality of couple relationship. 

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Building Relationships for Stronger Families

The ‘Building Relationships for Better Families’ programme helps with stress and conflict in relationships is affecting families.

The programme offers parents support to suit their circumstances to address conflict within their relationship as well as strengthening parenting skills to bring up children.

Support takes the form of one to one or group sessions delivered by experienced facilitators who are skilled in encouraging discussion around the modern struggles that parents and couples face.

During the programme, participants work on relationships, whether together or separate, and find ways to manage stresses and disagreements, exploring patterns of behaviour and tools and techniques to improve parenting skills and helping families succeed.

Parents as Partners

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Adoptive Family
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Research indicates that the quality of the couple relationship in the context of dementia is of vital importance, with lower quality of relationship being associated with higher levels of depression in the carer, greater carer strain and lower perception of their effectiveness as a carer. 


Many people are looked after by their partners at home, at least in the early stages of dementia, and efforts in health and social policy are at present directed towards trying to encourage home treatment.  There are obvious economic reasons for this, as the cost of institutional care to public and private finances is very high.  

Research also suggests that the quality of the relationship as reported by the carer partner, as well as carer partner stress, predicts the psychological well-being of the partner with dementia, as well as a number of other aspects of their functional ability.  

Tavistock Relationships has developed an intervention to help couples where one partner has been diagnosed with dementia. Read more about it here:

Living Together with Dementia

Research suggests that the quality of the relationship as reported by the carer partner...predicts the psychological well-being of the partner with dementia

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