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Relate Bedfordshire and Luton

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton provides a range of vital services for adults, children, young people, parents and families, helping to build strong relationships. We can help you, your partner and family with breakups, arguments, affairs, sexual problems, step-families, retirement, new baby... anything that has an effect on your relationships.

Relationship Counselling: Couples and individuals

Many people believe that Relate is only there to help with the major crises in people's relationships. Considered as the first source of help when people face divorce or separation; affairs or major conflict, but they are also there for the worries that might seem trivial or minor. Even if things are going perfectly for you, Relate can help keep things that way.

Professionally trained counsellors will support you in a non-judgmental way whether you are older, younger, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, black, white.... Relate counsellors will always give you the respect you deserve.

Sessions can be offered as face-to-face sessions in venues across the county. If this is not convenient, you can talk to a Relate counsellor over the telephone or via Skype.

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Children and Young People Counselling: (Aged 10-21 years)

A confidential counselling service that provides a non-judgmental, face-to-face service for children and young people who are finding life difficult.

Professionally qualified young people counsellors can help you to talk honestly and openly and can support you with problems like:

  • Parental divorce and separation
  • New step-parents / siblings
  • Difficulties and conflict in relationships at school, with peers, siblings or your parents
  • Bullying
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual identity
  • New relationships
  • Loss and bereavement
  • School transition
  • Witnessing domestic violence in the family home

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Therapeutic Support For Children Aged 5-9 Years

The one-to-one therapeutic sessions support children who are adversely affected by traumatic life circumstances, including family change or breakdown, loss or bereavement, or other social or environmental difficulties with which they feel require additional help.

Professionally qualified play therapists can help children talk honestly and openly and can support them with traumatic life circumstances, including family change or breakdown, loss or bereavement, or other social or environmental difficulties with which they feel they require additional help.

Talking, drawing, acting, clay or sand formation, dance, or any other creative means of expression and intervention can be used within the sessions.

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Family Counselling

Big changes in a family can cause stress for everyone. Divorce or separation doesn't just affect the adults in a relationship – it can affect the way children view relationships for life.

Long running disputes can cause pain to the whole family, making it difficult or impossible to live under the same roof, and the problems one person may be going through can impact on other family members.

If your family is having problems, Relate’s professionally qualified family counsellors can help. Every family member can expect to have a voice and be heard within family counselling.

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Adult Sex Therapy

Relate’s professionally qualified Sex Therapists are experienced in helping people deal with a range of sexual problems including loss of desire, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and pain on intercourse. Sometimes we just lose our sex drive, or maybe there is a specific sexual problem that is causing concern such as addictions to sex and the internet.

Many people find it difficult or embarrassing to share their sexual concerns. Relate Sex Therapists know this and will quickly put you at ease. Relate Sex Therapists are difficult to shock, and are trained in highly effective ways of tackling many issues in a safe and friendly environment. They will help you explore the reasons behind the problem and look at ways of addressing it.

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Counselling Services For The Armed Forces

It can be tough keeping relationships together for the Armed Forces due to long periods of separation, the stress of active service, and having to live a long way from family and friends.

Relate offers confidential relationship support for anyone serving in the Army, RAF, and Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their families and partners, whether they are married, living together, separated, divorced, in a same sex relationship, civil partnership, or coping with the end of a relationship.

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Staff Supervision

Staff are often faced with heavy emotional demands on a daily basis, it is therefore important that employers ensure processes and structures are in place to support the psychological health and wellbeing of their staff. Supervision is one such process. Relate can offer supervision in your workplace for staff and managers.

Supervision sessions can be tailored to the specific needs of staff and will offer a reflective working space and time to discuss techniques that might help supervisees cope with a range of issues.

Relate can offer one to one sessions or peer support groups on a one off or regular basis.

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 Employee Assist Service

The health of any business relies on the performance of its employees. If poor health and high sickness absence levels are a problem within the organisation, it will inevitably affect the organisations performance.

A responsible employer simply cannot afford to sit back and let things get out of hand. They need to meet the challenge by dealing with excessive and long-term causes of stress.

That’s why our Employee Assistance Service can really help your organisation. Not only does it add value to your employment package and show you take health and safety legislation very seriously, but by showing you care about your employees’ general wellbeing, it can have a positive impact on productivity and employee retention, as well as reducing absenteeism.

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Relate is one of the nation’s most respected providers of life skills training, and each year delivers more than 5,000 training days to over 20,000 people. These courses are designed for schools, colleges, businesses, public bodies and members of the public.

Relate courses help people improve their communication skills and their relationships at work, in education and at home.

Courses can be delivered as a standard syllabus or tailored so they are relevant and achieve the most effective and appropriate outcomes.

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Where to go

6 St Pauls Square
MK40 1SQ

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Last updated 22/12/2021