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What Is Family Counselling & Relationship Therapy?

Family counselling and relationship therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on improving communication and resolving conflicts between loved ones. It involves a trained therapist working with family members or couples to address issues, enhance understanding and promote positive interactions.

This form of therapy and counselling aims to strengthen bonds. Our team foster a supportive environment and equip individuals with the tools to navigate challenges together.

What Can We Help With?

Our team of Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors are trained to assist with a variety of relationship issues. Examples include but are not limited to:

Family Difficulties

Family difficulties can manifest in various forms, including communication breakdowns, unresolved conflicts and challenges in adapting to changing dynamics such as blended family difficulties. This often requires open dialogue, empathy and support to facilitate understanding and promote healthier relationships within the family unit.

Relationship Challenges

We offer therapy for relationship issues, helping those facing failing or strained relationships. Our expert team can identify patterns of behaviour that might be causing the issues and teach useful techniques on how to diminish relationship challenges for couples, helping individuals to let go of anger and build a trusting partnership.


We can help those facing friendship difficulties, offering tools to help friends resolve conflict, develop healthy boundaries, work through issues and restore trust. Our counsellors and therapists will offer useful strategies to help maintain lasting and stable friendships which in turn promotes positive well-being.

Sexual Difficulties

Sexual difficulties in relationships can encompass a range of challenges, including intimacy issues, differing desires or physical concerns. Sexual relationship therapy can help to generate open communication and mutual understanding to resolve difficulties, fostering a more fulfilling and connected relationship.

Adoption/ Fostering

Adoption and fostering can present unique challenges for families. Issues may include the complexities of attachment, helping children integrate into a new family and providing ongoing support to address any challenges that may arise. Effective communication, patience and access to professional guidance can help.

Family Relationship Counselling in 3 Steps

Step 1: Assessment And Understanding

Step 2: Identification Of Dynamics

Step 3: Collaborative Intervention

Where Can I Get Family Counseling Or Relationship Therapy Near Me?

We offer family counselling and relationship therapy in London from our clinics in Finchley (N3 2JU), Brixton/Clapham (SW2 5UL) or Hackney (E2 9FN). Home visits are also available on request.

If you live further afield, we offer online relationship therapy and family therapy via zoom or over the phone. Wherever you are based across the UK, you can get the support that you need with The Oak Tree Practice. Whether you need relationship therapy in Richmond or Sheffield, or family support in Bath, Belfast or anywhere else, our team of trained psychologists and counsellors would be delighted to help.

Why Should I Book A Session with The Oak Tree Practice?

The Oak Tree Practice is a warm, welcoming and friendly practice that will do all we can to help make things better. Our experienced therapists offer counselling for couples or families, with useful tools and techniques to improve relations as quickly as possible.

Whether you are facing relationship issues, family tensions, friendship challenges, sexual difficulties or anything else, we are dedicated to providing you with the support that you need. Enquire via our contact form, Whatsapp us on 07926 713 198 or call us on 020 8936 7666 for a free 15 minute consultation to find out if we could help.


Client Testimonials For Issues We Have Helped With

I saw Ilan six times to help me with my crippling anxiety and low mood which has been stopping me from performing well at work. I was also starting to withdraw from my friends and family.

Ilan was welcoming and really went out of his way to support me with emails and telephone calls. Since meeting him, I am well on the way to recovery and feel better equipped to deal with my problems and overcome them. Thanks.

My sessions with Ilan have been the vital component in my road to recovery from mental health problems. The conversations we had and the tasks he set really aided me in recovering my confidence remarkably quickly. I would highly recommend Ilan to anyone suffering similar mental health problems as his work undoubtedly has made a profound impact on my health.

Bina has been an absolute godsend following the death of my husband. She is engaging, understanding and quickly adapted to my situation - above all she has shown me there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A true professional that comes highly recommended!

Amy you were simply wonderful, unlike the experiences I received with different psychologists a few years ago which simply added to the pain I was already suffering. Thank you for everything.

From our very first session, I immediately felt comfortable with Bina, which was a big relief. Through our sessions, I was able to better understand and make sense of my anxious thoughts, feelings and experiences because of the empathetic, supportive and educated therapist Bina is. She gave me the skills to be able to recognise and reframe unhelpful thoughts and feelings, which has made my day-to-day functioning much more manageable.

Frequently Asked Questions About Relationships & Families

What Are The Benefits Of Family Counseling?

Family counseling offers a supportive and structured environment where families can address conflicts, enhance communication and strengthen their bonds. The benefits include improved understanding among family members, enhanced coping mechanisms and the development of healthier dynamics, fostering a more harmonious family unit.

Does Relationship Therapy Work?

Relationship therapy, when approached with commitment and openness from both partners, has the potential to be highly effective in resolving conflicts, improving communication and fostering a healthier connection. The success of relationship therapy often depends on the willingness of the individuals involved to actively engage in the process and implement the strategies learnt during the sessions.

Do You Offer Father Daughter Relationship Therapy?

Yes, we do offer father and daughter relationship therapy at The Oak Tree Practice. Whatever the issue, we have a team of 37 qualified therapists who will be able to assist accordingly. We offer a safe and comfortable environment for family members to open up, express their feelings and collaborate.

Will My Appointment Be Covered By Insurance?

Most of our therapists and counsellors are covered by insurers such as BUPA, AXA, Aviva, Simply Health, Vitality Health, Cigna and WPA. However, we recommend double checking when booking your appointment or looking through “The Team” section to confirm that this will be the case.

How Long Do Therapy Sessions Last?

Each therapy session at The Oak Tree Practice lasts for 50 minutes. They can be completed in person in one of our London clinics, over the phone or online via zoom.

If you wish to have a longer session, you could always book 2 sessions together. However, we usually recommend splitting up appointments so that you have time to reflect on what has been discussed and so that you can practice any techniques you may have learnt.

What Happens If I Have To Cancel My Appointment On The Day?

If you need to cancel a session, you may do so as long as you give at least 24 hours notice. Otherwise the full fee will still apply for sessions missed or cancelled within 24 hours of the appointment time. For those funded by insurance, cancellation fees will not be covered so you will be personally liable for any fees incurred.