Family Matters – Community Clincs


FamilyMatters is dedicated to providing a service to individuals
and families who want safe and professional support for their relationship difficulties and who are registered with a Plymouth GP


What we do

We’ll meet for one hour in a safe and comfortable setting with two trained therapists. We want to hear about your concerns in detail without passing any judgment or criticism. Then we’ll talk with you about how you would prefer the future to be and between us explore new solutions that might help. We do not see ourselves as experts with all the answers so we very much respect everyone’s point of view. Our experience tells us that the best solutions come from the family members themselves and our role is to encourage this  to happen through talking and trying out different ways of doing things. Many families have found this approach helpful to sort out their problems. Sad Family Cartoon

How often do
we need to meet?

Typically a family will attend for 6 appointments but this does vary and is flexible. We usually meet every 2-4 weeks.

How to get an appointment

You can self-refer or be referred by any health or social care worker. You can download the referral form from this website take me to the download page.

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Or simpler still, if you need to give us a call on 01752 606826. Complete all the sections carefully then send this by post, fax or e-mail to our office. We will then make contact with each family by telephone to discuss what our service offers and arrange the date, time and clinic location of the first appointment with them. Currently, we operate 3 clinics every week spread across the city for easy access. Appointments last one hour and the first session gives you a chance to decide whether or not you think our service could be helpful to you. Children may like to bring a special toy with them. Sometimes parents come alone to the first meeting so that they can talk through adult issues without the children being present.


Who comes to the appointment is up to you sometimes we work with one individual. We suggest you bring the people you think are most likely to be helpful. Don’t worry if certain family members decide not to come; this happens and we’ll work around that with you. Sometimes families bring along a friend or a teacher to join in. We are keen to work alongside other agencies who are also involved.

Situations where
we can help…

  • Being a carer
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Child and teenage behaviour
  • Communication difficulties
  • Couple issues
  • Drugs, alcohol & other addictions
  • Fostering and adoption
  • Illness and disability
  • Mental health problems
  • Old age
  • School and college
  • Separation, divorce & stepfamily life
  • Trauma and domestic abuse

Download the
referral form

PDF iconFamily Matters Community Clinics
Referral Form


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We work with sensitivity to gender, age,
sexuality, race, culture and belief