Couple Arguing in Therapy

Couples in Conflict


Arguing? Unhappy with your relationship? Worried about the kids?

If one or more of these ring true, get in touch. We give free help to parents who are having a tough time with their relationship. This might mean they are arguing or fighting, or that things aren’t going well.

We help parents to talk and feel listened to, as well as to improve their relationships with each other – whether or not they’re still together or have split up. That doesn’t always mean helping separated couples get back together – it can mean helping them parent better and with less conflict while living apart.

We can work with couples or separated people together, separately or even in groups with other people that are in similar situations. These services are different from mediation which focuses on a ‘legal dispute’ – find out about this here.



It was the first time that I thought I was heard and got some help. Usually the help always went to Anna. I’ve got to see my kids again and that’s going well and I’m enjoying it. I now know that I’ve got to let some things go and find another way so that it doesn’t affect the kids. It’s hard, but I know I can do it.
John, Seperated Parent (used to be married to Anna)


Better relationships between parents makes life better for everyone in the family. Long term conflict that isn’t managed well can really harm children. It’s really stressful for adults too.




We provide free help for parents who live in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar (or parents whose children are supported by services in these areas). Our partner, RELATE, gives similar help in most of the rest of the North East.



We can’t work with couples where there’s ongoing violence or abuse. If you are affected by violence or abuse and live in Tees Valley, you can contact Harbour.


It’s helped me to understand things better, it’s the first time that I’ve been able to get things off my chest and get some closure. I’d never heard before that he thought I was a good parent, that was a real surprise for me. I’m in a different place now, I’m in a better place
Anna, Separated Parent (used to be married to John)
It’s not like anything else we’ve had to do…. but it’s really helping. We’re learning about ourselves as well as each other. We’re able to manage things better ourselves now.
First time teenage parents

Brian and Vicky

Brian and Vicky recently split up and everything was really raw. They were both really hurting. Talking to each other was painful and usually turned into a shouting match.

Their three children had to cope with their parents splitting up. Brian and Vicky had their children’s feelings to deal with as well as their own.

Brian and Vicky met a specially trained Counsellor every week for nine weeks. They began to talk about how they felt and what they thought. Over time, they understood each others points of view better, even if they didn’t always agree.

By the end of the sessions they were both happier with how they were talking to each other – they had a more ‘business like’ relationship. They’d agreed to share parenting jobs and Brian was in contact with all of the children again. They also managed to agree how to finalise the divorce. Everyone was in a better place to move on.

Do you need help?

If you need help with relationship issues, please get in touch.