Cheaper alternatives to Relate

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Marriage, Relationships & Families
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trekgirltrekgirl Forumite
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I need a few sessions of Relationship counselling, however I am on a low income and relate charge £42 per session - thats more than my weekly food budget!

Are there any alternatives? I know priests and that offer it but I am not sure how 'modern' their advice would be.

Thanks

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  • NoLogicNoLogic Forumite
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    trekgirl wrote: »
    I need a few sessions of Relationship counselling, however I am on a low income and relate charge £42 per session - thats more than my weekly food budget!

    Are there any alternatives? I know priests and that offer it but I am not sure how 'modern' their advice would be.

    Thanks

    Uni/colleges offer it if you're part of one for free.
    If it's related to drugs or a family member uses drugs and it effects you, there are organisations who will give you it for free.

    Debt so far: Natwest Overdraft -
    [STRIKE]£1250[/STRIKE] £0, Barclays Overdraft - £1500
    , Abbey Overdraft -
    [STRIKE]£750[/STRIKE] £0, Car finance - £3000 :(




  • Our local Relate work out the cost of your sessions on your income...I only pay £5 a session as it's worked out on my part time wages.
    If my husband was to come for couples counselling the price would go up as they would work it out on our joint income then.
    Well I can't stand by the side
    And watch this life pass me by

    Just want to be...Happy

  • You could maybe ask your local Priest if he can recommend somewhere else.
  • belfastgirl23belfastgirl23 Forumite
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    Churches often offer counselling using volunteer 'lay' people from within the congregation. They are properly qualified etc though. i knew someone who did this and i'd say she would have been great at it. And it was free.

  • Depending on the reason for the counselling perhaps your GP could refer you to someone on the NHS?
    You can stand there and agonize........
    Till your agony's your heaviest load. (Emily Saliers)
  • bestpudbestpud Forumite
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    They have a sliding scale of fees.

    You tell them what you earn and they suggest a fee, but if you realy cannot afford that, you can negotiate a further reduction with the counsellor.

    If you can go during the day, or times when there is less demand, you will be able to negotiate a lower fee easier...
  • Hiya, I'm presuming because you don't mention it that you don't have small children, as I know surestart centres offer free relate sessions to members. How about asking your local CRB if there are any similar things that are not dependent on having children? Have you spoken to relate and told them of your situation? As they may be able to point you in the direction of an agency that may be able to help you out.

    Good luck, hope you can find some help out there.
  • ErrataErrata Forumite
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    Some womens centres offer counselling, often free, and often have a very long waiting list.
    .................:)....I'm smiling because I have no idea what's going on ...:)
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