DH and I have major issues. Yet another huge bust up last night and I have booked a Relate session for Friday (just for me). Can someone guide me through what happens? Bit anxious about it. I get very emotional even when things aren't quite so fucking dire.
I've been to relate. First it depends how busy they are in your area. After the initial appointment you will go on a waiting list and have to wait for a counsellor to be able to do weekly sessions with you
At first appointment they ask for gp details. Children ages. What you both work as and why you are here
They have a duty of care to report any domestic violence that's why they might ask for everything
Yeah just a general chat and the person taking the session will ask you both do you want to continue counselling but you may have to do that with a different counsellor not her
And also agree a price based on what you both earn. I paid £35 a session but I've spoken to others since and they said they could only afford to pay £20 so bear in mind that it's for approx 3 months of weekly sessions.
I think relate is worth going to! At least you are both making an effort now
They also said to me it will get worse before it gets better so probably say that too lol X
You could ask for a woman if you prefer but first meeting essentially fact finding so maybe not so important - provided you are comfortable. I have been through counselling with them and did not find it helpful but is worth a shot if you think you have something to save. male btw
I intend to get counselling too. Havent done it yet. Very nervous also. And I dont know if I will be able to actually speak to stranger. I have been keeping a journal, and making notes. I am hoping to be able to just hand it over for counsellor to read, then they can take it from there. Hope it works out for you too. Awful situation to be in, never expected this.
janaus it is shit isn't it. I think I've just reached that point where I can't do it on my own anymore. I'm taking in notes too as I am dreadful for getting tearful and dissolving into a soggy emotional lump. Good luck for you going forward.
I had Relate counselling, I think in total I had 4 sessions. That was all I needed to realise my marriage was finished. The sessions gave me clarity on so many aspects of my life. Just to sit and hear myself and what I was saying was relief. I have never looked back since
Glad people here have found their relate sessions helpful. I worked with relate as s counsellor until 18 months ago, not doing initial assessments though. The initial assessment is generally a lot of questions, helping relate identify the issues you want to tackle and record a bit about you and the relationship. You'll then probably be referred on to someone else. There can be a wait but that is the time to specify if you'd like to see a female counsellor.
Please don't worry about getting upset. The counsellor us well trained and experienced and should be very empathic. A lot of clients find even the assesment session very cathartic. It's just nice to be really heard by someone.
Final note, sorry if this is long, don't be afraid to change counsellors if you think it's not a good fit. You might have to wait a bit longer but it's worth working with someone you feel confident in.
Well it was okay. Counsellor was kind and non threatening. Basically used him as a sounding board for what was troubling me. Was asked some quite intense and personal questions especially regarding sex but was okay. I think I will go back althoughI have decided that the most likely outcome is that DH's and my relationship is over. Helps to have an impersonal ear and to hear what you actually have to say.