It is estimated that about 2.6% of adults in the U.K. suffer from depression and 11.4% suffer from a mixture of anxiety and depression. People who are depressed often find their relationships suffer.  Relate Bradford & Leeds have worked in conjunction with Tavistock Relationships and IAPT to develop a model to address the impact on a couple where one partner or both are depressed. The cause of the depression may have nothing to do with their relationship, but it can still have an impact on it.

How does it work?

Couple therapy for depression aims to help couples understand the ways in which difficulties in their relationship can contribute to depression in one (or sometimes both) partners. Often couples find it hard to talk openly and honestly with each other. Meeting with a couple therapist can open the way to better communication, and this seems to be a key part of improving relationships.

What will happen?

Couple therapy will help the individuals in the couple explore and understand more about their difficulties, working together with a specialist therapist, they will open up the issues that seem to trouble them and their partner.

What does success look like?

The success criteria for the treatment of depression and relationship distress in couples includes the following competencies:

  • Reduces damaging interactions between couples
  • Builds emotional openness and closeness
  • Improves communication and behaviour
  • Changes unhelpful cognitions and perceptions, and
  • Helps the couple cope with the ordinary and not-so ordinary stresses that arise in everyday relating.

How do you access our service?

Support can be accessed through a self-referral or through a GP referral at the following links:-

Self-referral:  Adult Referral
Or a GP: GP Referral Link

Opening Times

Monday -Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm | Friday: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Catchment Area

We support couples who live in the Bradford & Craven District

We can delivery our support in the following ways:

Face to Face, Virtually by Web Cam or Telephone

Contact Details:

Telephone: 01274 726096
Address: 1st Floor, Bradford Trident Business Centre, 11 Edward Street, Wakefield Road Bradford Yorkshire BD4 7BH

Why use Relate?

Relate have been helping people to relate since 1948. Our counsellor training is of the very highest quality and our practice conforms to the code of ethics and practice recommended by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Relate Bradford & Leeds is part of a national federation of Relate Centres and provides a range of Relate services across Bradford and Leeds.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we can help you or your patients.