Online counselling support is becoming increasingly popular among couples helped by therapy charity Tavistick Relationships.
A relationship therapy charity has stepped up the digital support it offers couples. Tavistock Relationships’ latest figures show that the number of online sessions it’s counsellors are delivering to couples doubled between 2018 and 2019 and now totals 1,170 sessions. This increase in the online service on offer is part of the charity’s aim to support more couples outside of its London base. The charity charges therapy fees but according to couples’ ability to pay, with no minimum fee. Other services offered by the charity include training programmes for counsellors. The charity’s latest figures also show that over the last three years it has increased the total number of therapy sessions for couples by 21 per cent. “Greater public awareness of the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapies in improving mental health have increased demand for couple therapy, so more therapists trained in this area are required to meet the demand,” said Andrew Balfour, Chief Executive of Tavistock Relationships.
“Of the 1,500 specially trained couple therapists currently practising in the UK, just under 1,000 were trained by Tavistock Relationships. We are calling for more people to train to become couple therapists so that we can provide more of this highly effective form of psychotherapy.” He added: “As well as 64 per cent of our clients demonstrating ‘clinical recovery’ by the end of their therapy, we see improvements in the quality of relationships during therapy and a steady increase in relationship satisfaction throughout therapy. “In addition, couples with children reported a significant decrease in children’s behavioural problems from beginning to the end of therapy.” The charity has 120 counsellors and psychotherapists providing support in person and online. During 2018/19 it held more than 20,000 therapy sessions. Charities involved in counselling are increasingly broadening their reach through online support. This includes healthcare charity Sue Ryder which offers support to those affected by bereavement through a video counselling service and its online community.