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Over 80pc of couples in therapy have money woes

Published 28/01/2013 | 05:00

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MORE than 80pc of couples suffering poor relationships are affected by financial problems, experts believe, writes Nick Bramhill.

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Therapists say eight out of 10 couples turning to them for help to save their marriages have cited mounting debt as a factor driving them apart.

Tony Moore, a counsellor with Relationships Ireland, said: "Financial pressures are affecting about 80pc of couples we see, and this is putting a huge strain on relationships.

"Many people are not just concerned about their debt – they're worried about how they will get through the next month because they've no spare cash."

Mr Moore also said that, as a result of the recession, far more men were taking the initiative to call therapists.

He explained: "Most calls we get are from women, but there's been a gradual increase in the number of men who make first contact."

For more information, see www.relationshipsireland .com.

Irish Independent

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