Scottish Government advice now allows face-to-face appointments with guidelines in place. We use counselling rooms that are either used by NHS services or are owned by other organisations, and these are not available for us to use yet.
We continue to offer telephone counselling as well as Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime appointments for both individuals and couples. To do this, please click on the Appointment Form link.
If you feel that you would rather wait for a face-to-face appointment, do let us know by phone or email. We will keep you updated, and put you on our list, ready for when the situation changes.
- RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING
We can help both individuals and couples, you do not have to be in a relationship to seek our help. You may be married, single, living together or apart, in opposite or same sex relationships. All that is required is a readiness to explore the difficulties you are experiencing. Counselling is a confidential process where you will be helped to explore your difficulties in a safe and neutral setting. Our counsellors will be direct and realistic in helping you as an individual or as a couple, address your challenges and problems. They are trained in couple dynamics and give non-judgmental & equal attention to the perspectives of both partners.
- FACE TO FACE COUNSELLING (Suspended during the Covid-19 crisis)
We hold appointments at locations throughout Argyll and can usually offer daytime or evening appointments. Times vary according to the location, so call us and we can discuss the best option for you.
- COUNSELLING BY TELEPHONE OR SKYPE/ZOOM/FACETIME
It may be difficult to visit one of our counselling locations in person if you live some distance away, are living on the islands, or your circumstances prevent you from travelling to see us. Telephone or Skype/Zoom/FaceTime Counselling can be especially useful as you can remain at home when receiving it. It also offers the possibility of both partners joining in from different locations. Sometimes clients will see a counsellor for an initial face-to-face session and then carry on with telephone or Skype sessions, but this is not essential. A rapport is soon established, and counselling is just as successful when carried out remotely.
PROSTATE CANCER UK COUNSELLING
Relationships Scotland is working in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK (Clickable link to their site) to provide free counselling for men, their partners and family members affected by prostate cancer. A diagnosis can have a huge impact on relationships. We can help you work through your feelings. We offer this service on a face-to-face basis in Oban, and by telephone or Skype elsewhere in Argyll. You do not have to be referred by your GP, and can ask us directly for this service, which is free by calling us on 0300 111 0031 and letting us know you would like to see counsellor as part of this scheme.
WORK RELATED WELFARE
- SEAFARERS If you work on any commercial boat such as a ferry, fishing boat, commercial charter in any capacity which includes non-maritime jobs such as on-board hospitality/catering etc you are eligible for up to 6 appointments of counselling. Contact us to make an appointment, and let us know you work for a commercial seafaring company. Close relatives and ex-employees are also eligible.
RAF If you are serving with the RAF you and your family will be entitled to free counselling.You can self-refer and can make an appointment directly by calling us 0300 111 0031 and giving us your service number.
Royal Navy or Royal Marine Corp: Serving members, veterans and family members are entitled to up to 6 free counselling sessions. This is organised via our sister organisation, Relate. Call Relate's dedicated RNRMC helpline on 01302 380279, and ask to be referred to Relationships Scotland Couple Counselling Argyll.
If you work within the Banking Sector, you may be entitled to free counselling via the bank workers charity. If you are a current, former or retired Civil Servant (eg a Forestry Commission employee), you may be entitled to free relationship counselling via www.foryoubyyou.org.uk. If you have worked in the Grocery Trade for more than five years you may be entitled to free counselling via www.groceryaid.org.uk. If these apply to you, ask us for information about how it can be arranged.
Anyone over the age of sixteen can make an appointment. We see both couples and individuals. You may be married, living together, in a same sex relationship, separated, divorced or single.
FEES FOR COUNSELLING
As we are a “not for profit” organisation and we do not charge set fees. We provide a professional service, which involves considerable outlay to maintain our high standard of service. We receive some funding from the Scottish Government but none from the NHS. We ask our clients to contribute towards the cost of the service they receive from us. We give all our clients written guidance, before counselling starts, to help them decide what they can reasonably contribute
You will not be excluded from receiving counselling if you are unable to contribute.
Our appointment coordinator and counsellors are all at ease with discussing contributions and will be able to advise you if you are unsure.
Our Counsellors are bound by a duty of confidentiality. Nothing learned from a client, during counselling, can be passed on outside the service, unless there is a clear legal duty to do so. All non-counselling workers and volunteers are also bound by the same duty of confidentiality. The fact that you have contacted us will not be passed on outside our organisation.
What our Clients Say...
“...The support provided by our counsellor was great. She helped us individually and most of all as a couple. It had a massive positive impact on our family life. Would thoroughly recommend this service... ”
“...I would like to say a very big thank-you to [counsellor] and to have such a great support from [appointment coordinator] whom we could turn to, who listened to us, and who was non-judgemental. It helped us get through one of the most frightening and upsetting times in our lives. Forever grateful to your service...”.
“...This has been one of the best things we have ever done! We embraced the whole process. We cannot recommend it enough. Just wonderful! What a difference!…"
“… Our counselling has helped us overcome so many issues we had, and it has made our relationship far more stronger. Thank you..."