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Sex after babies

After giving birth, when it hurts just to go to the toilet, the thought of having to resume love-making can be worrying. Sex postpartum isn’t something that most women, or men, talk about openly – but it can be a major concern. As well as fears over pain, new parents find themselves exhausted with looking… Read more »

Staying friends brings benefits

You’re about to have that awkward conversation with your partner – that you want to break up. But should you suggest ‘remaining ‘friends’? Or cut them out of your life completely? Relate relationship counsellor Gurpreet Singh has been talking with HuffPost Online about the benefits of remaining friends. It can help you bring good energy… Read more »

Not good in bed?

The thought that you might not be particularly good in bed is one that occurs to lots of people at some point in their life. Insecurities around sex are one of the most common problems that affect relationships. So… the first thing to say is, if this is something that’s on your mind: you’re not… Read more »

When your partner is unreliable

Is your partner unreliable? At the less serious end of the spectrum, it can be things like always being a bit late when you arrange to meet, or taking longer than you would like to reply to texts – niggling stuff that can get on your nerves, but isn’t necessarily a big problem. More seriously, it… Read more »

The burden of debt

Being in debt can place a huge strain on a relationship. Having enough money is a basic need, so when you’re under the pressure of debt, it can make you feel scared, upset, stressed and worried about the future. Some people find it can creep into every moment, and make it difficult to enjoy any… Read more »

Open relationships: things to think about

Relate counsellors called up by Huffington Post have been giving their thoughts on open relationships – where both partners in a relationship or marriage agree they are permitted to have sexual relationships with other people. Proponents of open relationships say they have found the answer to differing sex drives, and satiating a desire to have a variety… Read more »

Letting go and moving on

It can be difficult to stop living in the past, especially if you’re still carrying around the emotional baggage of a former relationship. Relationships can have a pull on us long after they’re over. It can be difficult to accept that something that was once a really big part of your life is now becoming… Read more »

Getting connected

We all know that talking to your partner and being open about how you feel is important. But it can be surprisingly easy to let it fall by the wayside — especially with the demands of a busy working life or when you’re looking after children. Why is talking every day important? First, it allows… Read more »

How to avoid an affair

When people spend lots of time together, they have the chance to really get to know each other. For example, work affairs often start off slowly. Working together in stressful situations can mean bonding over shared goals or through collaborating on projects. What can start off as a platonic friendship or normal working relationship can,… Read more »

The difficult path through grief

Helping a partner who is grieving can be really challenging. Grief can be volatile and unpredictable. Everyone deals with grief differently. Some people might be more communicative, whereas others shut themselves away. It can take a long time to work through, however sometimes people can surprise you and seem to progress much quicker. The nature of… Read more »