Relate charity now offers family counselling service

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A charity which provides counselling, support and information for all relationships is now offering family counselling from its centre in Douglas.

Relate Isle of Man – which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary – says the service is designed to work with the whole family, including children.

And they believe that it can help families facing a range of issues.

A Relate spokesman said: ‘Many families face challenges and whatever the family difficulties you are facing, our family counsellor can work with you to help you to do things differently and make the right changes for your family.

‘If you are having problems in your family life or you would just like to talk something through there are lots of ways we can help you.’

The service has started after the Rotary Club of Douglas donated £6,000 through the Lockington Marshall Trust to enable a qualified Relate counsellor to complete a two-year MA in relationship therapy.

Relate were keen to introduce family counselling as they had seen an increase in calls requesting the service.

The family counselling service is designed to work with the whole family, including children.

‘Every family member can expect to have a voice within the counselling session,’ the spokesman said.

‘The counsellor will encourage family members to talk about how they are thinking and what they are feeling before going onto work out any differences.

‘Sometimes, the counsellor may ask specific members of the family to come to a session in order to work on individual issues.’

Family counselling can help when:

• There are step-parenting problems

• There is conflict with ex-partners and children

• Teenage children are being difficult

• There are grand-parenting issues

• Young people appear to be behaving badly or oddly

• Conflict of/different parenting styles

• There are difficulties with adult children at home.

The spokesman said: ‘While the specifics of the problems you go through will be unique to your family, it can be reassuring to know that you are not alone.’

She said that while the shape of the modern family may have changed dramatically, our relationships with our families matter to us as much as ever.

‘Families can be a source of support, encouragement and love but sometimes relationships within families are put under strain and family members feel isolated or overlooked.

‘The relationships you have with your family have a big impact on how happy you are.

‘Big changes in a family can cause problems for everyone, and divorce and separation do not just affect the adult relationship.

‘Family counselling can help the whole family to communicate better, and to understand and resolve differences.

‘It benefits the whole family by allowing everyone an equal platform to share their experience of family life.

‘As a result, family counselling can help reduce conflict, meaning fewer rows at home and an increased capacity for dealing with tricky situations.’

To see a family counsellor call Relate on 623902 or email

Relate Isle of Man’s vision is a future in which healthy relationships form the heart of a thriving society.

It provides support not just for married couples, but also people in partnerships, individuals, same sex couples and young people who are struggling within a relationship.

It also offers a sexual therapy service.

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