London relationship counselling service is forced to wind up

Relationship Counselling for London, formerly the London Marriage Guidance Council, which has operated for more than 40 years, has gone into administration blaming the proliferation of the capital's counselling services.

London Marriage Guidance first registered as a charity in 1962 and rebranded as Relationship Counselling London last year so as not to deter unmarried couples. It advised around 5,000 people last year and had a turnover of about £1m.

Clinical director Gillian Walton said that demand for relationship advice had grown but so had the number of people qualified to give it. "There are more people working privately and Relate, which only sees high-paying clients, has made inroads into central London."

Chief executive Wendy Thomas left about a week ago and the trustee board has been dissolved.

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