Family breakdown, whether or not culminating in separation or divorce, is ranked as one of the most stressful life events.
It creates a series of challenges on the emotional, practical and financial fronts. Whilst not all are negative nor unwelcome for everyone, these changes nonetheless often require some adjustment.
We have two highly experienced counsellors, Ruth Smallacombe and Dominic Raeside, with a wealth of expertise in helping families cope with the emotional questions raised by issues like divorce and separation. They specialise in the complexity of relationships and offer a place for you and other family members to reflect on any aspect of the family breakdown and the decisions associated with it in a confidential, stigma-free way.
Counselling can take place at any time and can cover any topic:
- For many people the stress of family breakdown can be traumatic, harming their self-confidence, ability to work or concentrate and their view of themselves in the future. Counselling can help them to come to terms with the changes that they may face, regaining their equilibrium and enabling them to make good long-term decisions.
- Some couples want to improve their relationship or explore whether they wish to separate and for these couples we offer couple counselling to help them move forward.
- We also offer counselling to individuals and couples about to embark on mediation or Court proceedings to help prepare and support them through the process.
- Children and young people are often directly affected by family breakdown and may need support of their own. Our counsellors can support children and young people on a one to one basis too.
Many of our clients find that our range of Family Support Services can be of benefit in helping them through the difficulties that they face.