Tavistock Relationships has recorded a surge in demand for its online counselling services for couples struggling to adapt to enforced isolation.
Interest in online therapy for couples provided by Tavistock Relationships almost doubled during March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to latest figures.
Page views to the charity’s online therapy site were up by 95 per cent last month, compared to the same period last year. This is also a 50 per cent leap on figures from January this year.
The increased interest in online therapy comes as couples’ look for support as they struggle to adapt to enforced isolation.
“For many couples it’s no longer just the two of them,” said the Marian O’Connor, a Relationship Therapist at the charity.
“They now have to juggle working from home, child care, home schooling their kids, and doing all the cooking and cleaning in a small space.
“This inevitably causes stress and anxiety, and in turn, conflict. The conflict can lead to feelings of guilt about exposing the children to the worst version of the parental relationship. In these difficult times, it can feel that there is nowhere to hide.”
She added that ease of access is another factor in heightened interest in the charity’s online support services.
“Online therapy is available nationwide and can help a couple come together to talk about the issues they find hard to address.
“Strangely, sitting together in front of the computer and facing a third person (the therapist), can allow the couple time to think beyond the day to day irritations and business of life, and to get a wider picture about what is working and what is not.”
The London based charity launched its online therapy service in 2016 to increase its national reach. From 2018 to 2019 the number of online therapy sessions doubled to 1,170.
Last month the charity announced it is moving all its counselling online amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In response to the Corona Virus we are moving all our counselling sessions online. So if you’re at home and want to talk about a relationship, parenting or sexual matter you can. Read our blog to find out how online therapy works t.co/j87Bhikmfd pic.twitter.com/TfiyuQNmNG— Tavistock Relationships (@TaviRelations)
In response to the Corona Virus we are moving all our counselling sessions online. So if you’re at home and want to talk about a relationship, parenting or sexual matter you can. Read our blog to find out how online therapy works https://t.co/j87Bhikmfd pic.twitter.com/TfiyuQNmNG— Tavistock Relationships (@TaviRelations) March 23, 2020