Press releases

Specialist training funded by the Department of Health will equip practitioners digitally and face to face to support families

Tavistock Relationships, in partnership with the charities Adfam and One Plus One, is one of organisations awarded funding by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department of Work and Pensions to deliver a range of innovative face-to-face and digital services as part of a major new initiative to help families affected by alcohol dependence and interparental conflict.

Front line care staff to receive free and subsidised training in helping couples affected by long term conditions

Tavistock Relationships is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant by the Rayne Foundation to develop its work to help couples affected by dementia. One of the aims of the charity, which has just celebrated its 70th birthday, is to develop the skills and capabilities of frontline health and social care practitioners to better understand and respond to the impact of relationship issues between couples throughout the life-course.

Higher demand for couple therapy combined with a lack of trained therapists means many people in the UK are not getting the support they need. A study by Relate found nearly one-in-five (18%) of the population (2.87 million) are in relationships which could be characterised as ‘distressed’.  Yet the coverage of specialist relationship help (trained couple counsellors or psychotherapists) shows that there is only one therapist available for every 21,500 people living in the UK.

Further evidence provided of the link between improving relationships with couple therapy as a way to enhance the nation’s mental health.

Figures released today (27 February 2018) by NHS Digital show that people who are fortunate enough to gain access to mental health services that offer the Couple Therapy for Depression treatment, when needing help with their anxiety or depression, are more likely to recover from symptoms of depression and anxiety. This type of couple therapy is delivered via the NHS by therapists trained at Tavistock Relationships.

Intervention offering relationship-focused group work for parents recognised by the Children & Young People Now Awards

The Parents as Partners programme, a group-based approach to strengthening parental couple relationships and  family life, was named the 'Best Family Support Intervention' at the Children & Young People Now awards ceremony last night at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

New study calls for more recognition of the positive effect relationship counselling has in improving family dynamics together with the mental health of adults and children. 

Despite the fact that almost 1 in 5 couples are in ‘distressed’ relationships  and that ‘family relationship difficulties’ is the most common reason why children present to mental health services,  a recent YouGov poll, commissioned by Tavistock Relationships, has found that 64% of people in long-term, committed relationships would be unlikely to seek help from a couple counsellor if their relationship was in difficulty; by some margin the biggest reason for this reluctance, or uncertainty, was scepticism about whether couple therapy works (43%).or uncertainty, was scepticism about whether couple therapy works (43%). 

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Tavistock Relationships has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.


The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Tavistock Relationships, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.75 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.95 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April.

We Need to Talk: We Need More Psychological Therapies

Tavistock Relationships is a member of We Need to Talk, a coalition of mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service users who campaign for better access to psychological therapies for children and adults with mental health problems.

We Need to Talk has published a 2017 Election Manifesto calling on all the political parties to include the following in their manifestos:

  • Increased access and capacity
  • Shorter waiting times
  • Quality services
  • Joined up services
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