Personal problems could include issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship breakdown, domestic violence, and low self-esteem. Work-related difficulties could include issues such as bullying and harassment, managing your workload, dealing with work errors, manager/supervisor relationships and adjusting to new responsibilities.
To make an appointment, call the RCN on 0345 772 6100. You can call between 8.30am and 8.30pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The counselling service operates over the telephone so you can access counselling at a time that suits you. One of our counsellors will phone you at an agreed time, so the RCN pays for the call.
There is currently only a 5 week wait for an appointment.
What to expect
During your first appointment the counsellor will establish what help you need, and arrange further contact if needed.
As part of your counselling with the RCN we will invite you to complete a brief, confidential questionnaire. The information you provide will give focus to your sessions, help your counsellor understand how you are at the moment, and help us evaluate our service.
If you decide not to complete the questionnaire, this will not affect your access to the service.
See the NHS Mood Zone for practical information, interactive tools and videos from the NHS, to help you look after your mental health.
The NHS Mood self-assessment quiz is based on tests commonly used by GPs to assess whether someone is stressed, anxious or depressed.
You can also get help and advice on a range of workplace issues.