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Counselling Service

Why come for counselling?

Some people choose to have counselling because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. Sometimes people can be isolated but at other times, even where an individual has a very supportive family and friends round them, they may find it difficult to explain why they may be feeling stressed/anxious and or depressed.   

They may also find it easier to talk to a counsellor that is not involved in the situation.   

Other life issues and events which can be very difficult to deal with include bereavement, divorce, health issues, bullying and so on.  However, you do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to have counselling.  All of these reasons and more will bring individuals to seek out counselling. 

What to expect from counselling? 

Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk with a qualified person who is able to listen to you non-judgmentally and empathically. 

An initial session will be arranged by your counsellor to look at what has brought you to counselling.  Your counsellor will offer support and encouragement to help you find better ways to cope with what is troubling you. 

People come to counselling for many reasons but whatever the underlying causes it is a way of ?fighting back? and to start to resolve what it is that is troubling you.   

Benefits of counselling 

Counselling offers a supportive relationship in which you can explore issues at your own pace.  It can: 

  • help you see difficulties more objectively
  • build self-esteem
  • help you take control of your life and become more assertive
  • improve communication about how you are feeling
  • help you to become more realistic in setting goals. 

Perhaps the greatest benefit of counselling is that it can help you feel more in control and better able to do something about an aspect of your life that simply isn?t working for you.

About our service   

Our Occupational Health Service can offer you counselling with one of our qualified in-house counsellors via face to face or video link. Our counsellors are members of their own relevant professional bodies.  Appointments can be provided face to face in clinics in Aberdeen or Elgin and also via video link to remote areas.  

You can self-refer by calling this number 01224 (5)55749 or emailing us on grampianohs@nhs.net and asking to be placed on our Counselling Waiting List.  We offer up to 6 sessions, however if a time limited service is not appropriate for your situation, your counsellor will discuss this with you further. 

You may prefer to access telephone counselling services via Living Life Guided Self help-NHS 24.

Telephone counselling service: 

Living Life Guided Self Help ? NHS 24: 0800 3289 655 


Our service is strictly confidential and no information is shared unless with your consent.  However there are exceptions to this if the counsellor feels there is a danger of harm to yourself or to others.  This will be fully explained in your initial session. 

Our policy 

It is our policy that if you do not attend an appointment, without cancelling first, it is then your responsibility to get back in touch with OHS or your counsellor to rearrange a further appointment.

Other useful support services and self help websites

Our Counselling Service For Staff leaflet contains details of other useful support services and self help websites.