Relate is to offer family counselling

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Relate Isle of Man will offer family counselling for the first time from July.

The Rotary Club of Douglas donated £6,000 to enable a qualified Relate counsellor to complete a two-year MA in relationship therapy.

A Relate spokesman said: ‘Relate Isle of Man feel it is very important we are able to offer family counselling to families on the Isle of Man.

‘We have seen an increase in the number of calls to the centre requesting this service in recent months.’

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

The spokesman said: ‘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.

‘Family counselling can help when siblings are not getting on, or when parents and children are going through a divorce or separation. Forming a new family is a challenge and it is at this point that many parents contact Relate for some support to help everyone settle.

A Rotary spokesman said they were pleased to support Relate, through the Lockington Marshall Trust.

To be put on the family counselling waiting list, call 623902 or email

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