Berkshire Relationship Counselling Group Wokingham and Reading


Experienced relationship counsellors working with couples, families and individuals in Wokingham- near Bracknell, Crowthorne and Ascot- and Reading - near Henley and Oxford

Our names are Fay Hanniker, Michaela Reeves and Julie Reilly and, as a team, we have over 30 years’ experience of facilitating change with individuals, couples, young people and families. We are all professionally trained relationship counsellors and we have been providing relationship counselling and psychosexual therapy, also known as sex therapy, in Wokingham and ,Reading for the past 12 years.

We are committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. To read more about this, please click on Frequently Asked Questions above.

We each see the role of the couple counsellor as being about working alongside our clients to help them make sense of what is happening, or has happened, in their relationships and to find strategies to do things differently going forward.

Some of our clients, whether individuals, couples or families, come to see a counsellor to address a specific issue or incident that is causing concern or distress. Or it might be that they want to work through a particular issue that has never been resolved and every so often resurfaces to cause upset. We work with people who want to move away from feeling 'stuck' or overwhelmed by difficult feelings such as frustration, shame, anger, hurt and confusion.

As relationship counsellors, we work with individuals, couples and families who are experiencing issues such as:

  • breakdown of communication - there is little or no communication; attempts to talk result in frustration or arguments
  • impact of life events - such as the birth of children;'empty nest'; retirement; illness; redundancy
  • managing crises - such as the discovery of an affair; one partner feeling ready to leave; discovery of financial issues
  • divorce and separation - this can include working through a range of difficult feelings involved in the sense of loss this experience brings; managing the impact on all involved
  • family issues- such as changes in family dynamics; different parenting styles; conflict between family members

    You can read more about our work with individual, couples, family or young people by clicking on the Counselling button above.

    We also offer counselling with a sexual focus in Wokingham and Reading and psychosexual therapy (sex therapy ) in Wokingham only for individuals and couples facing issues around their sexual relationship. Please click on Sexual Issues in the menu above to read more about the difference between these two types of therapy.

    As relationship counsellors we are all members of professional bodies including being registered on the BACP ,(British Association of Psychologists and Counsellors) Voluntary Register. For further information about our individual qualifications please click About Us in the menu above. We work in strict adherence to our professional bodies' code of ethics. We all regularly undertake ongoing professional development activities and also all hold the appropriate DBS checks. You can therefore be assured of our commitment to offering relationship counselling and psychosexual therapy of the highest professional standard.

  • Our blog

    In our first post we looked first at two of the questions that people coming for couple counselling often ask us : 'Can couple counselling really help? ' and ' Is it too late?' The short answer is that, Yes, in many cases counselling can and does make a significant difference to couple's relationships.

    Then we hoped to make what can be quite a difficult issue for some couples, namely - low desire for sex ,- accessible by taking a relatively light hearted look at how this might be addressed. For some couples different levels of sexual desire can cause anxiety and distress. There are lots of different reasons for this and it can be experienced by both men and women. In future blogs we will look at the bigger picture as this is an area of work that Michaela, who works as a psychosexual therapist as well as a couple counsellor, has particular expertise in. However, in this post we focus on women who are in a long term relationship and struggling to find the physical energy and mental space to enjoy sex.

    Our third post addresses a very different area of relationship counselling. As part of the work we do with couples who are parents and who are coming to, or are at the end of their couple relationship, we look at how children might be affected by separation / divorce . The way parents manage their separation is key to the way children react. Parents we have worked with want to put their children first and essentially the key to doing this is separating the partner relationship and parenting relationship. The partner relationship is at an end but the parenting relationship is ongoing. This can be very challenging for the whole family at a time when there are often a lot of difficult emotions to deal with. Drawing on our work as relationship counsellors working with young people and families as well as trainers on the Separated Parents Information Programmes, we offer some suggestions as to how parents who are no longer together as partners might parent together in such a way as to minimise the impact on their children.

    To read the articles please scroll up to the sidebar on this page and you'll see where to click onto the post.

    How To Find Us

    Our practices are located in Wokingham where Fay and Michaela work, and Reading where Julie works. These are within easy reach of Crowthorne,, Bracknell, Ascot, Sandhurst and Henley. We have also worked with individuals,couples and families looking for counselling or psychosexual therapy from further afield - places such as Camberley, Pangbourne, Burghfield, Mortimer, Oxford, Newbury and Basingstoke. Some of these clients chose Berkshire Relationship Group because they wanted counselling some distance from home. However,the majority sought out our services on the recommendation of friends / family who had themselves previously been our clients

    Between us we are able to offer appointments during the day throughout the week and on Saturday mornings. Evening appointments are also available on weekdays - Monday through to Thursday. You can read our individual profiles by clicking on About Us in the menu above. To contact us individually or as a team please click How To Contact Us on the menu bar above.

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