Relate is here to help: With Relate relationship counselling, we can  help you get the most out of your  relationships, past, present or future. Even if things are perfect for you... we can  help keep it that way. Sex Therapy: We can help you deal with difficulties in your love life whether you want better sex or just don't have enough time and energy. Don't be embarrassed about it, get help from the experts. Help for Young People: Relate offer counselling services for any young person who is having problems at home. We talk honestly and openly and can support you with problems like family breakdown, moving school or bullying. Family Counselling: Support for families – we can provide a space for all family members to be heard and to help you cope with challenges.

Welcome to Relate Central and Northern Hertfordshire.


05/07/2016 - Relate CNH is recruiting!

Relate Central & Northern Hertfordshire have vacancies for experienced, qualified practitioners to deliver relationship counselling. We are interested in talking to qualified counsellors who may have previously worked for Relate or trained elsewhere.

Experienced counsellors can begin to work for Relate without additional training if their qualifications meet the Relate Assessment of Prior Experience & Learning (APEL)requirements. We would also very much like to hear from counsellors qualified to deliver psychosexual therapy.

You will be one of a team of Relationship Practitioners that work on a regular basis to deliver appointments in Hitchin, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans.

Advantages of working for Relate include:

Working for a nationally recognised, specialist service with an excellent reputation; A dedicated appointments team who take calls and make appointments 5 days a week; Free high quality one-to-one clinical supervision each month; The opportunity to be part of our free group supervision system with a chance to share good practice with other experienced practitioners; A range of free tailored CPD courses for our counsellors; Free access to a national practice helpline for emergency consultation on practice issues; Full professional indemnity cover.

More about the role:

Salary is dependent upon experience and hours to be worked.
This role is subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure and references.
We're hiring multiple counsellors, so this application has an ongoing deadline.
Interviews – to be held by request upon receipt of suitable candidate applications.
Start Date – subject to negotiation.

To apply, please send see our Work For Us webpage

23/04/2015 - BBC Woman's Hour Tackles Relationship Issues

This week BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour looks at Relationship Counselling and hosts a phone in on dealing with a relationship crisis. Listen again to both Monday and Wednesdays broadcasts.

20/02/2015 - Grant received from the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

Relate Central and Northern Hertfordshire has been awarded a grant from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, to provide counselling at reduced cost to residents of the town. The funds will be used specifically to ensure that low income or vulnerable families are able to access relationship support, by providing bursaries which will significantly reduce the cost of counselling.

Austin Willett, CEO of Relate CNH said 'We're determined to ensure that counselling is available to all parts of the community, and we are conscious that as we no longer have a base in Letchworth for relationship counselling, clients from the town who need our support have to travel to Hitchin. Supporting people who live in Letchworth Garden City is a priority for us, and we have focused on reducing the cost of counselling, as opposed to paying for premises costs in the town. Therefore, thanks to the generosity of the Heritage Foundation, we will be able to ensure that this grant is spent directly on service-delivery, by providing substantial discounts to Letchworth residents."

Subsidised sessions will be given to any client from Letchworth Garden City who lacks the income to meet the full cost of counselling. To book an appointment, please call 01727 858126.

05/02/2015 - Valentine's day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many couples may want to express their love with an extravagant gift or night out together. Despite this, there are growing fears about the expense at a time when Christmas bills may still need paying. Recent research carried out by YouGov on behalf of Relate found that 39% of people in the UK said they were worried about the cost of festive celebrations, while a separate study found that 57% of people living in the East of England think money worries put one of the biggest strains on relationships today.

However, there are plenty of ways people can express their love this Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank; gifts don’t have to cost the earth or even anything at all.

If you’re thinking of giving a gift for Valentine’s, maybe ask yourself what your loved one would appreciate most before getting out the credit card, particularly if Christmas debts are still a problem. It’s easy to make assumptions that your partner wants expensive flowers or aftershave when perhaps they would be just as appreciative – if not more – of a handmade card or breakfast in bed.

From its experience working with thousands of couples every year, Relate has identified open communication as a cornerstone of happy and loving relationships. We suggest that one way to make the most of Valentine’s Day is to use it as an opportunity to talk to your partner and find out what gestures make them most happy.

If you're visiting this page you may be wondering is Counselling right for me?  Well, by contacting Relate you will be accessing a professional organisation that has many years of experience in helping people with their relationships.

We recognise that strong couple and family relationships are the basis of a healthy and productive life, but from time to time people need support in their relationships. We offer counselling and training services that help to build stronger relationships for anyone dealing with breakups, arguments, affairs, sexual problems, step-families, retirement, a new baby or anything else that affects relationships. The sooner people seek help with these issues, the more likely their relationship will survive and thrive.

We are an independent charity and part of the Relate Federation, which has 70 centres across England & Wales. Relate has been in existence for over 70 years, and our counsellors are trained to the highest standards.

Relate Central & Northern Hertfordshire supports approximately 1,000 couples, individuals and families every year. We provide our counselling services irrespective of gender, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour, creed, ethnic or national origin. We are committed both as an employer and as a provider of counselling and education services to take positive steps to promote equal treatment and opportunity for all.