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More seeking help to save marriages across Sussex
Desperate couples are increasingly turning to relationship counsellors in a bid to save their marriage.
The number of couples seeking relationship advice in Sussex is on the rise, according to new statistics.
West Sussex Mediation Service blames the rise on “people giving up too easily” as it revealed it had given support to more partners in the past year than the year before.
And a relationship counsellor from Brighton has said she has seen her caseload double in recent years.
New figures from the West Sussex service show it gave advice in 287 separate cases involving residents who needed resolution to a conflict – a ten per cent increase compared to its previous record-breaking year of 2011-2012.
The Horsham-based charity said more than a third of the cases were related to couples who had broken up or divorced.
Nick Handley, service co-ordinator for the charity, said: “There’s a lot of pressure on relationships these days due to money issues and so on and we are seeing more family and inter-family related referrals.
"It does seem there has been an increase in the number of divorces and relationship breakdowns in the modern age, which could be down to people giving up too easily on one another.
“But that’s why we are here, to get people communicating and working together to resolve disagreements and conflict.
“The more referrals we have the more pressure we are under, but we have a selfless and fantastic group of individuals working for us and they’re doing a great job.
Rhiannon Hill, a psychotherapy and relationship counsellor from Brighton, said the number of couples seeking her help had doubled over the last two years. She claims she is speaking to new couples “about once or twice every week”.
She said: “Generally I think people are stressed. We lead busy and impatient lives these days and we want everything at once.
"Couples let go of the connection they once had and don’t communicate, then resentment builds up.
“I also think people underestimate the difficulties that arrive in any relationship and expect it to all be excitement every day.”
If you’re seeking relationship advice, call Rhiannon Hill on 07425 153462. For more information on the West Sussex Mediation Service, visit wsms.org.uk.
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