Looking for practical support to improve your relationship?

Are you and your partner/ex-partner arguing? Would you like to resolve it for the sake of your children?  Help is available for parents whether together or apart to resolve conflict between parents, in partnership with Families First.

Children in families with high levels of parental conflict are shown to have a higher risk of negative outcomes. Hertfordshire County Council has commissioned The Counselling Foundation to provide free counselling to parents who want to improve their relationship (whether they are together or apart).

Since the start of our pilot Couples in Conflict alongside, Families First we have received 36 referrals and of those, 27 families have engaged in some way with the counselling process.

Families that are referred to us must be working closely with support workers and must be having relationship difficulties and there must be children within the relationship.  Couples can now been seen for 8 sessions in either St. Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn, Stevenage and Hatfield.

This service is only available to parents who are already being supported by Hertfordshire’s Families First.

Couple Counselling:

  • Couple counselling offers parents the space and structure to work with the issues that are affecting them and their children
  • Counsellors will listen carefully to parents to make sure they clarify the problem areas in their own terms and help them decide what steps they want to take next. Counsellors will always let the work proceed at the client’s pace
  • Counsellors will focus the couple on how to increase stability in family life, improve communication, reducing anxiety in themselves and family members, and conflict resolution
  • Both parents will need to participate, and they will be able to access 6 – 8 sessions.

For further information, please contact your key worker, health professional, local children’s centre or your children’s school.