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Relationship difficulties

At HSR Psychology, we provide assessments and therapeutic interventions and support for children and young people who are experiencing relationship difficulties.

What are relationship difficulties?

Difficulties can occur in all types of relationships, including romantic relationships, relationships with friends and family. It is normal for children and young people to come across conflict within their relationships from time-to-time. Relationship difficulties can be caused by anyone within the relationship and the impact varies across children and young people. However, if a child or young person has one or more of the following often and for unexplained reasons it may be appropriate to seek support:

We carry out services to support children and young people experiencing relationship difficulties after one of our initial discussions. Our process is described below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How are needs associated with relationship difficulties assessed?

At HSR Psychology, we assess for needs that may be arising from or causing difficulties in a child or young person's relationships. Internal difficulties including mental health needs such as trauma, depression or anxiety, could be causing relationship difficulties. Relationship difficulties could also happen because of external strains in relationships, for example socioeconomic difficulties, a stressful family situation or environment.

Assessments may include:

Clinical interview 

Clinical interviews with the child or young person and those close to them are used to ascertain the child or young person’s history, development and the people around them. The clinical interview would also look at the impact that the difficult relationships have had on the child or young person’s life and what these look like in day-to-day life. Clinical interviews allow the HSR Psychology professional to create a picture of the child or young person’s life including their situation, context, upbringing, family and friends. 

Psychometric assessment

Psychometric assessments can be used to assess areas of need that may be caused by or causing difficulties in a child or young person’s relationships. Psychometric assessments may be related to mental health or education.


A child or young person experiencing relationship difficulties may be observed to see their relationships in a natural context, for example at school.

What specialist interventions for relationship difficulties do we offer?

Our psychologists and psychotherapists offer a range of interventions that are appropriate for young children and young people with needs related to relationship difficulties. We will choose the suitable interventions based upon the individual’s unique circumstances. Examples of interventions we provide for relationship difficulties include:

As relationship difficulties could be caused by underlying factors, the above is not an exhaustive list of the interventions which may be recommended. Interventions, as well as their structure, will be explained before starting. We recommend starting interventions as soon as possible after the needs relating to the relationship difficulties are identified.

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Relationship difficulties can impact all areas of a young person or child’s life and early needs identification and support can maximise an individual’s wellbeing and reduce any negative secondary effects, such as loneliness and isolation

If you wish to book an Initial Discussion for relationship difficulties then please contact us and talk to one of our team members.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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