Couples needed for ‘groundbreaking’ counselling documentary

Scots couples are invited to take part in a new documentary on relationship counselling

Scots couples are invited to take part in a new documentary on relationship counselling

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A CHARITY is looking for Scots couples to take part in a new television documentary series that aims to dispell myths surrounding relationship counselling.

Relationships Scotland supports individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties, with around 20,000 people passing through its network of counsellors each year.

We hope the series will remove any remaining stigma around couple counselling

Ross McCulloch

It is working with Zodiak Media to produce a new six-part series on couples who choose to have therapy to mend their relationships.

Those who sign up will receive a full block of relationship counselling sessions free of charge. Adult couples of all ages and backgrounds are invited to take part.

“We hope the series will remove any remaining stigma around couple counselling and that it will show that therapy is something many couples could consider to improve their relationships before it reaches crisis point,” said Ross McCulloch, head of communications at the charity.

“Through the stories we follow in the series we hope it will also show viewers ways they can work on their relationship before it’s too late and the professional channels that are there to help.

“Across the series the programme will look at the multitude of issues that bring people to couple’s therapy – featuring couples across age groups, in different stages of their relationships and with very different problems.”

The first week after the Christmas holidays is reportedly one of the busiest times of year for divorce lawyers, as couples realise over the festive period that something is not right in their relationship.

Relationship Scotland said January was often a time many couples approached it to enquire about its services.

It is now hoping some of those who do come forward will agree to take part in the documentary.

Its production will be over-seen by executive producer Ricardo Pollack, who has more than 20-years’ experience making documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Much of his work has focused on difficult and sensitive areas of modern life and his recent credits include the BBC2 series Great Ormond Street and Police Under Pressure.

“At this stage we are simply looking for people who would like to discuss this opportunity further – there is absolutely no commitment at this stage,” added McCulloch.

Those interested in taking part should email the charity directly or call 0845 119 2020.

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