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Relate is a charity providing relationship support throughout the United Kingdom. Services include counselling for couples, families, young people and individuals, sex therapy, mediation and training courses.

It was founded in 1938 as the National Marriage Guidance Council, after a clergyman, Herbert Gray (1868-1956), noted that the divorce rate was increasing. A co-founder of the Council was the Methodist David Mace (1907-1990).[1] Another co-founder was eugenicist Dr Edward Fyfe Griffith.

Relate adopted its current name on Valentine's Day 1988. In the 1990s, Relate's public profile increased after Princess Diana became its patron in 1989.[2]

Today, Relate sees over 150,000 clients a year, at more than 600 locations across the UK.[3]

In 2006, Relate opened the Relate Institute, the UK's first Centre of Excellence for the study of relationships, in partnership with Doncaster College and the University of Hull.


Relationship booksEdit

Title Author Description Publisher
Personal Relationship Skills for beginning, strengthening, and maintaining an intimate personal relationship Stephen J. Sampson Ph.D.; Cindy Elrod Ph.D. The fundamental skills to maintain a personal relationship. Teaches social, intellectual and emotional skills to create a lasting and intimate relationship – based on scientific principles and research HRD Press
Loving Yourself, Loving Another: The Importance of Self-esteem for Successful Relationships Julia Cole This text reveals how a lack of self-esteem can profoundly affect an individual's close relationships. Comprising exercises, advice, and self-awareness puzzles, this guide is designed to help the reader improve their emotional well-being. Relate
Staying Together – From crisis to deeper commitment Susan Quilliam This guide offers advice on how to learn to come to terms with a failing relationship, assess whether it is worth saving, and how to overcome relationship difficulties. Relate
Stop Arguing: Start Talking – The 10 point plan for couples in conflict Susan Quilliam Aims to help couples break free of old patterns of behaviour and avoid using words as weapons when the going gets tough. Encourages upfront discussion rather than resorting to nagging, and to bring discussion rather than confrontation back into your relationship. Relate
Moving On – Breaking up without breaking down Suzie Hayman Information, advice and practical strategies to help you cope, as positively as possible, with the stress of breaking up with your partner. Relate
Starting Again – How to learn from the past for a better future Sarah Litvinoff A guide to looking to a positive future after the grief of a failed relationship. Relate
Simply Irresistible Dr Raj Persaud How to catch and keep your perfect partner Bantam
Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage Dr John Gottman America's Love Lab Experts Share Their Strategies for Strengthening Your Relationship Crown Publishers, 2006

Other publications - Relate booklist [4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Relate website
  3. ^ Relate 4 U
  4. ^ "Relate publications". Retrieved 14 Jun 2011.

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