The Spark

The Spark is a leading provider of couples counselling, marriage counselling, individual counselling and family counselling in Scotland. Headquartered in Glasgow our network of 17 counselling centres delivers a range of relationship counselling and support services.

Established in 1965, The Spark has been supporting individuals, couples and families dealing with challenging relationships. As the nature of relationship support has changed so has The Spark. We are now the foremost provider of relationship education and counselling for young people in primary, secondary and post-school environments.


Relationship education and training

This is complemented by an extensive range of professional training and education programmes provided by The Spark. Programmes are available for individuals as well as private, public and third sector organisations. Courses range from introductory Relationship First Aid programmes through to Masters qualifications in relationship counselling.

For more information visit the Couples and Individuals, Parents and Families, Children and Young People or Professionals sections of the website.

The Spark’s missionCouple kissing - The Spark

Our mission is a simple one: to make relationships work.

Irrespective of age, gender, race, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, relationship status, disability or income we believe that every person should benefit from positive, healthy relationships. Whether relationships are with partners, family, friends, colleagues or neighbours making relationships work is at the very core of The Spark’s mission.

Through counselling and relationship support – including our free Relationship Helpline and Relationship MOT – we believe difficult relationships can be improved. Good relationships are at the heart of what we do, just as it was when we first opened our doors 50 years ago.


Professional counselling accreditation

The Spark continually seeks the highest professional and clinical standards. We are accredited members of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) and all our counsellors are accredited by one or more of the following external organisations:

  • The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)
  • Association for Family Therapy (AFT)
  • Online Therapy Institute (OTI)

Contact The Spark

Find out more about counselling on freephone 0808 802 0050 or complete a counselling enquiry form.

For further information regarding our relationship education and counselling programmes for Children and Young People (CYP), please telephone 0141 222 2166 or email our CYP team.

For more details regarding professional training and further education with The Spark, please visit the Professionals section of the website.