Civil Servants

Civil Servants

“Good quality relationships are at the heart of a thriving society.

Not only do relationships give our lives meaning, they are essential to our health & wellbeing”

However, factors such as long working hours, financial problems and a lack of time can put pressure on our relationships.

Even the most loving relationships will experience stress from time to time. But by investing in regular relationship maintenance, we can improve our wellbeing.

Relationship counselling is an effective form of relationship maintenanceparticularly where there is ongoing relationship distress for a period of time.

Employees of the NI Civil Service and their loved ones are eligible for up to 4 sessions of counselling with a Relate NI professional, fully funded by The Charity for Civil Servants.  

Types of counselling available fully funded include;

To avail of this service, NI Civil Service employees can fill in this short form on The Charity for Civil Servants website to be sent a voucher code to your email address. Then contact Relate directly on 01302 380271 quoting “Charity For Civil Servants” & Your Voucher Code to arrange your first session with Relate NI.

The Charity for Civil Servants (ForYouByYou) may also fund additional sessions where the client contacts directly and makes a request which will then be means tested. 

Only employees of the NI Civil Service will be eligible for funded counselling. Agency workers and others should contact us to explore other referral options. 

What issues does Relate NI help with?

Some common reasons people seek support include:

  •         Couple relationships and their effects on children
  •         Working away causing tensions/making it hard to find or hold down a relationship
  •         Loneliness or loss related to relationships ending
  •         Covid-19 related tensions, loneliness, anxiety and grief
  •         affairs and trust issues
  •         Physical and or psychological issues with intimacy
  •         Family separation, step family relationships, new families
  •         Bullying, harassment, self-harm, school pressures impacting children and young people
  •         Other issues such as money worries, parenting, addictions causing rows and arguments

What people say about our services

“Relationship Counselling has been a lifeline for us to fall in love again”

“The space to talk freely without judgement helped me a lot.”

“When I first came to counselling I felt like I was drowning. Having completed my sessions I now feel like I can cope with things a lot better.”

“My counsellor was exceptional at helping both me and my children navigate a particularly difficult situation. I will be forever grateful.”

Over 90% of people who access our services believe that it has improved their wellbeing. 70% of respondents to our annual survey said they wished they had attended Relate NI sooner.

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“How Relate NI helps people”

I felt the weekly questionnaire, couples with the counsellor's understanding of my needs help contribute to my own understanding of my mental health and needs throughout.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling for Individuals
I loved every session. Our counsellor listened to what we had to say and gave us helpful wee homework - would recommend this service to everybodyService Attended Adult Relationship Counselling for Couples
Our counsellor was a fantastic support - we now feel strong enough to continue working on our relationship togetherService Attended Adult Relationship Counselling for Couples
I had a very good counsellor that helped me through a lot and it has made me come out the other side.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling for Individuals
Counselling took us from a bad place to a good one and I would return if neededService Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Couples
Been a lifeline to help us fall in love again - forever grateful!Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Couples
I would just like to say that when I first came for counselling I felt that I was drowning.  I have completed my sessions and I now feel that I can cope a lot better with everything.  Thank you for a brilliant service.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Individuals
Thank you Relate NI for a good nights sleep.Service Attended Relate NI Kids Counselling
Really enjoyed Relate NI and I'm actually going to miss counselling.  I Found it helpful to find myself again. Very fair and equal within our relationship.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Couples
I appreciated the straightforward, helpful and informed observations about situations. It really helped me cope during Christmas which is a difficult time for usService Attended Family Counselling
The counsellor was very pleasant to meet with.  They had the necessary skills to speak and listen when appropriate.  I liked their humour and good personality.Service Attended Family Counselling
Relate NI has helped me move on as well as understand myself and situation more.  My counsellor listened to me, facilitated me and was compassionate!Service Attended Relate NI Teen Counselling
I felt the weekly questionnaire, coupled with counsellor's understanding of my needs helped contribute to my own understanding of my mental health and needs throughoutService Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Individuals
We had four funded sessions and cannot express how grateful we are for the help, guidance and knowledge. Our counsellor was incredibly professional, and her experience and obvious passion for helping couples like us was exceptional. She helped us to understand ourselves and each other like we otherwise never would have been able to.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Couples
I have tried counselling many times in the past. This time actually made a difference. I was able to complete online sessions as well as some face to face.Service Attended Adult Relationship Counselling For Individuals

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