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Many couples who separate never discuss what happened to their relationship.


  • Every relationship is different and goes through times of change. Sometimes these changes are hard to manage and it is often better to seek professional help than to hope matters will just improve

  • Couple counselling will help you to understand yourself and your partner better

  • It can help you be aware of the origins of your relationship difficulties and how to address these

  • Our confidential service can help you deal with your relationship difficulties whether you are married, living together, in a same-sex relationship, separated, divorced.


Do I have to be referred?

No. You can contact GCS directly.

Do the counsellors have special training?

We have a team of experienced counsellors who have undergone additional training to work with couples and relationship issues.

Starting counselling

Everyone requesting help is asked to come to an initial interview, once we have received your Registration forms and fee (available through this link  Apply Online we will contact you to arrange the appointment at one of our venues.

Please note we operate an ‘appointments only’ system and cannot see anyone who ‘drops in’. Couples applying for counselling online need to complete a Registration form EACH

The initial interview

The initial interview will be with a counsellor who will explore with you your problems and assess your needs and whether the services we offer can help you.

After the initial interview

Following the initial interview, arrangements can be made for regular ongoing sessions. We aim to start your counselling as soon as possible and you can help speed things up by being as flexible as possible about the times you can come for counselling. Please note that evening sessions are in great demand.

Can I come on my own?

If your partner doesn’t want to come or you wish to discuss things alone you may come on your own. However, we do encourage couples to book an initial interview together where possible.

British Psychoanalytic Council

GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.