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Relationship counselling

How to Register

Our Relationship Counselling registration process is as follows: 

  1. Please complete our on-line registration form, which includes making a £25 non-refundable registration payment by credit or debit card. If you are in financial difficulties and unable to afford the £25, please call our appointments team on 0800 389 3801.
  2.  You will then receive an email with a short survey to complete. Your partner will also receive one if you register as a couple. Your survey answers help us understand more about you and the relationship difficulties you are experiencing. 
  3. Shortly after completing the surveys you will be offered an Initial Appointment via zoom. This will help us understand your circumstances and to know how Marriage Care can best support your needs. 
  4. Following your initial appointment, if our relationship counselling service is the best option for you, we will place you on our waiting list for counselling sessions. 

Please Note:

For on-line (Zoom) counselling sessions: You will require access to a computer, laptop or tablet with a stable internet connection in a private environment, so you are not overheard or interrupted by children, pets etc. Couples will need to be in the same location and using the same device. 

For Telephone counselling sessions (only available for those requiring counselling on their own):   You will need to use a landline and to be in a private environment so you are not overheard or interrupted. 

Counselling Information

All relationships have ups and downs. Sometimes, though, things can get a bit stuck and it’s hard to find a positive solution. That’s when relationship counselling can help with support from one of our a skilled couples relationship counsellors. It can make all the difference. Whether you are feeling things just aren’t quite right or whether you are encountering serious difficulties in your marriage or relationship, we are here to listen and to support you towards a positive improved outcome.

As one client said:

“Counselling gave us time and space to talk without arguing, and the chance to discuss how each other was feeling.”

Read more client stories here

Marriage Care has been supporting couple relationships for over 70 years. We have about 140 counsellors offering their time and expertise at venues across England and Wales, with one centre in Gibraltar.  All of our counsellors have gone through a formal selection and training process. They receive regular supervision and are committed to ongoing professional development to ensure we maintain good practice.

We deliver low cost relationship counselling through one or more 50 minute sessions with you and your partner, or you may register individually if you prefer. Sessions are currently offered online or face to face at a small  number of our centres. If you register to attend alone, telephone counselling is also available to you. There will be a regular weekly appointment made for the same day and time each week. Our sessions are recorded with your consent, for supervision, training and personal development purposes (anonymised). The number of counselling sessions you have will be agreed between you and your counsellor; usually up to eighteen sessions. We are not a long term counselling service.

What does it cost ?

Marriage Care is a registered charity. We charge an initial £25 non-refundable registration fee which covers the full registration process, including an initial appointment to help us to understand your circumstances. Following your initial appointment, we ask all counselling clients to pay a £25 fee for each session, plus an additional donation towards the cost of £65 per session, wherever possible. We will never turn you away because you cannot afford to pay or give very much – please contact our Appointments Team (0800 3899 3801). If you are a UK taxpayer and able to Gift Aid your donations, please indicate this on the survey we send you as part of the registration process. 

We are the lowest-cost provider of relationship counselling nationally.

Your fees and donations pay for the support system that enables our counsellors to work with you. This includes appointments staff, initial and ongoing training for our counsellors, and their supervision. Marriage Care is a registered charity. We do not receive any Government Funding and rely on clients’ generosity and fundraising efforts to maintain our service.

Read more about making your contribution here


You are also welcome to view our relationship counselling FAQs .

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