Help with relationship counselling.

New Local Relationship Counselling Service.

A new Relationship Counselling service opened in Barnstaple earlier this year to help local couples and individuals struggling with their relationships to access support in their local area.

The coronavirus outbreak meant that the service had to be suspended for face to face appointments, but with lockdown restrictions now eased clients can once again have appointments in person.

Following the closure of Relate’s Barnstaple centre in December last year, local people needing help had to travel to Exeter or Taunton to access specialist relationship support. In response to conversations with clients and some local GPs worried about this, Jean Bowerman, a former Barnstaple Relate counsellor until its closure, set up North Devon Relationship Counselling Service in February this year to provide North Devon people with local help. Jean works from The Tarka Clinic in Barnstaple, with strict safety precautions in place, and also offers appointments by telephone or video call, which many clients find really convenient.

Jean said “When people are anxious or stressed by difficulties in their relationships they can feel in real crisis. Being able to talk through their difficulties with an experienced professional can be invaluable. They need to be able to access help easily and quickly and, particularly if they rely on public transport or need evening appointments, do not want to have to travel long distances. The Covid-19 outbreak has brought with it extra pressures such as worries about finances and concerns about future job security. It is really important that local counselling is available for them, particularly if their relationships were already in difficulty before lockdown.”

Appointments can be made, sometimes at fairly short notice, by calling 07887562072 or Tarka Clinic on 01271 373346. For further information see www.northdevonrcs.co.uk where you can also send an email enquiry.

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