Are you a Love Island fan? Have you been questioning your own relationship since watching the show?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Since Love Island aired at the start of June we’ve seen a 41% spike in people requesting couple’s counselling. What’s more, our counsellors have reported a recent trend of more people seeking their help for unfaithfulness and feelings of insecurity and jealousy, or in Love Island terms a partner’s ‘head has been turned’. 

We doubt that this surge in demand, our counsellor’s feedback and Love Island being on air is a coincidence. In fact we think there’s a strong correlation between the three. 

According to one of our counsellors, it’s not unusual for viewers to draw parallels from a show they’re engaged with, and for it to spark some kind of action. Sometimes watching reality TV can initiate a ‘light bulb’ moment, where the viewer so strongly relates to what is happening in the show’s narrative, that they decide to seek help or do something about it themselves. 

One thing is for sure, love it or hate it, Love Island is very effective at highlighting the interpersonal relationships people experience. 

In response to this trend we’ve launched a specialist counselling category, where troubled couples can receive expert advice on how to work through the issues that arise when a partner’s ‘head has been turned’, or another Love Island-related relationship issue. 

The category is specifically aimed at fans of Love Island who can relate to issues the show’s couples face or have faced. This can include the ‘Molly-Mae, Tommy and Lucy’ love triangle, where a friend is overly familiar and expresses their feelings to someone in a committed relationship, the ‘Curtis epiphany’, where someone is attracted to someone they’re not in a relationship with and begins to question their feelings, or the ‘Michael facade’ where someone appears to be pretending to have feelings for their partner.

All of our Love Island counsellors have prior knowledge of the show, and the various narratives, so they can easily dissect your love woes depending on which scenario you most relate to. The sessions can be delivered either in person or remotely, and will cost around £50 an hour.

You can hire a Love Island counsellor by clicking here, and can select any of the following:

  • Love triangle
  • Feelings epiphany
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Gaslighting
  • Rejection
  • Feelings Facade
  • Other

If none of the relationship problems listed relate to your situation, you can simply click ‘other’. 

If you’re a counsellor and would like to join Bark.com, click here.

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