Staff Counselling

Occupational Health offers a free, and confidential counselling service

What is counselling?

“A confidential and professional service for personal and work-related issues, and to offer employees the opportunity to explore and clarify concerns to make necessary changes.”

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling offers a safe and confidential place to explore difficulties in your life. The counsellor will not judge you or make decisions for you but will help you to explore options for change and help you make choices.

What can I talk to the counsellor about?

Counselling can focus on work-related or personal issues. These can include

  • Stress
  • Coping with crisis
  • Bullying
  • Working through change
  • Redundancy
  • Specific problems
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety
  • Improving work-life balance

The counselling service is available to all Trust employees.

However, due to a high demand on the service and an increase in non-attendance, we no longer accept self-referrals,  you will need to ask your Manager to complete an on-line management referral form on your behalf.

Alternatively, the Trusts Employee Assistance Programme is a free, confidential helpline, available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, please see additional information on the EAP.

How do I make a referral?

Your manager will need to submit  an on-line management referral form on your behalf.

See the  Counselling leaflet for more information.

Counselling Feedback

These are just a few of the many positive comments regarding our counselling service:

"I would not hesitate to use this service again"

"It beat what I expected, many thanks for giving me my life back"

"Didn't realise how much I had to say, thank you for listening to me"

"Very helpful and would contact again if needed"

" I did not know what to expect but I found it very beneficial"

Contact Tracey Wilcock on 01253 956205 or email tracey.wilcock@nhs.net for further information.