Relationship Counselling

Coming to counselling is an important decision. Here we answer some of the questions that will help you take that next step with us.

Counselling provides a safe and confidential environment to talk through your problems. Our experienced counsellors can then help you think through ways to address issues. Our results and client satisfaction scores speak for themselves.

At Tavistock relationships, we are expert in working with couples but also work with individuals.  We help people from all communities and backgrounds.

How does it work?

Our work with you starts with an initial consultation with a counsellor or psychotherapist.

You can choose to attend with your partner or alone. At this session you’ll have the chance to talk through any concerns and ask any questions about how the counselling process works.  People generally find this initial consultation very helpful.

If you then want to take things forward, we’ll agree a time that works with sessions delivered on a weekly basis. You can read more about the counselling process here.

Note – during Covid all sessions are currently online and delivered via Zoom. If you would prefer face to face sessions, please do raise this in your initial consultation.  Face to face work is delivered from one of our locations in Central London. 

How much does it cost?

As a not-for-profit organisation, we believe that relationship counselling should be accessible to all. As such we offer a sliding fee scale based upon your overall circumstances. You can read more about fees here – we’ll discuss this at your first appointment.

There is currently a £50 deposit to book an initial assessment. If you are on a low income and would struggle to afford this, please get in touch as we also operate a low-cost therapy service.

Why choose us?

We believe that strong relationships improve lives, families and mental health. We train the next generation of couple counsellors and psychotherapists, along with conducting research and informing policy development in this area.  We are highly experienced in working with couples throughout the lifecycle and the challenges that significant life events present.

Established in 1948, we’ve been supporting relationships for over 70 years.

  • We offer a caring, empathetic environment to talk through what can be difficult issues
  • Our service is strictly confidential.
  • Our counsellors undergo rigorous training, have a wealth of experience from a variety of settings and have substantial ongoing supervision and the support of a large institution behind them.

Why not take a look at some of the testimonials we have from past clients. Or our how highly our clients rate us

What’s the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

At Tavistock Relationships we work with you in your initial appointment to find the help that is right for you, but in case you are wondering here are two simple definitions

Psychotherapy delivered by a Psychotherapist – A term given to anyone who treats psychological distress through some kind of non-medicine therapy. They don’t have to be psychiatrists or psychologists and often have done long, thorough trainings as at Tavistock Relationships, meeting professional standards. Psychotherapists are often interested in looking deeply into the background of the clients, in order to understand more about how this may be affecting their current problems.

Counselling provided by a Counsellor – A title given to anyone who treats emotional or life distress through some kind of non-medicine talking treatment. They tend to be lighter-touch in their approach than psychotherapists, looking at the present issues and their training tends to be shorter. Anyone can call themselves a “counsellor” but Tavistock Relationships has a particular definition and training that meets specific Professional Body standards. 

How to book an appointment

Booking an appointment is easy online. Follow this link to our booking form or click the button at the top of this page. You can also call us on 020 7380 1960.

If you have any questions that you’d like to ask before going ahead why not give us a call on 020 7380 1960 or alternatively complete our enquiry form. Alternatively check out our FAQs which cover most of the common things we’re asked.

"I think it allowed my partner and I to see each other's perspective a little better." 

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Our Videos

You’re not alone; it is very common for relationships to be rocked by change. Our video demonstrates a scenario of a couple having a row after the arrival of a new baby. Our second video shows how, through relationship counselling, the couple have found a way to talk together about their feelings.

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Carrie & Shawn’s Story

Carrie registered online for an appointment the morning after Shawn told her he was having an affair. She had been worried for some time that something was wrong and when she confronted him and said that she was fed up of him being so difficult and angry, he confessed he was seeing another woman.

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