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Relationship Counselling

RelationshipHere at Renew we appreciate that each person is unique, as is each relationship, and because of this we will all bring our own particular experiences and challenges to the relationship. Sometimes these differences remain unspoken and can go on to develop unexpressed feelings of resentment between the two of you over time. Relationship counselling will offer you a forum to express how you’re feeling in a more constructive and healthier way; and can develop an improved sense of honesty and openness for change to occur.

Who can benefit from Relationship Counselling?

We offer relationship counselling to couples and individuals, of all sexual orientations, who are experiencing difficulties within relationships.

Why do couples come?

To try to resolve difficulties such as

  • communication
  • roles and responsibilities
  • closeness and distance
  • conflict
  • sexual concerns

What you can expect

Once you have chosen to come along for relationship counselling, it will involve a commitment to regular weekly sessions, which will take place at the same time and day every week; you will always be seen by the same counsellor and this will remain consistent for the duration of the counselling process.

You will be seen by a qualified relationship counsellor in a private and confidential setting, and be encouraged to reflect on your concerns. For counselling to be effective it will involve the two of you speaking about the typical difficulties that occur within your relationship, and finding ways to move forward. For some this might feel awkward, however, looking at past experiences within relationships and how you have coped, you will be able to get a better understanding of how the difficulties have come about; and how these impasses are being recreated in your current relationship.

When clients are committed to the therapeutic process, it can your relationship to develop and grow; you will be able to make conscious decisions and new choices in behaviour that help your relationship to flourish.

How much will it cost?

Renew is a charity that offers low cost and sometimes funded professional counselling to the community and surrounding areas.

The actual cost of a counselling session is around £45-£50 but, in many cases, we can subsidise this.  Our ethos is to provide as much affordable counselling as we can so, when you come in for assessment or call to discuss your child’s counselling, you will be asked how much you are able to contribute towards the cost.  Our fees start at £15 per session and, for people who are unemployed and living on benefits, we can sometimes offer a bursary of £5 per session.  The bursaries are limited, are only offered if available and are for up to 24 sessions.

We do actively see support and funding for the counselling we offer.  So, on occasion we will have fully funded sessions available to clients fulfilling criteria set out by our funders.  When you contact us, we will take you through whatever options are available.

Currently we are proud to work in partnership with:

Mid Essex CCG – Re-ed, our eating disorders service in Chelmsford.

Basildon and Brentwood CCG – our young people’s service in Basildon.

Essex County Council Fifxtra – supporting families and individuals – online.

ReSet – supporting a range of individuals, details on enquiry.

Shaw Trust – supporting a range of individuals across Essex, details available on enquiry.

Diocese Scheme – Supporting clergy and those who work in the Church of England.

Castlepoint and Rochford CC – counselling for staff at our Basildon centre.


Our Bursary is supported by Anglia Water Trust.

Opening Times

Sycamore Centre
  • Monday 12.00noon – 8.00pm
  • Tuesday 10.30am – 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 9.00am – 12.00noon
    4.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Bridge Centre
  • Monday 10.00am – 9.15pm
  • Tuesday 10.00am – 9.15pm
  • Wednesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Thursday 11.00am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.30am – 2.00pm
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Renew’s therapeutic services are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and we adhere to their ethical framework for the Counselling Professions 2018. Renew Counselling is a registered charity No 1084940 and a Company limited by guarantee, registered in England. Registered office: Sadlers House, 2 Legg Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1AH Company No. 4099810 TM The name, logotype and four squares graphic device are registered Trademarks (Reg No: 3015144) of Renew Counselling