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Getting to know our employee counsellors

9 June 2020

The employee counselling service is one of the ways that you can get support with personal or work-related problems that are impacting on your wellbeing.


Counselling is an impartial and confidential service for anybody who feels they would benefit from talking to somebody who will listen empathically and without judgement. Counsellors are not there to advise but, on occasions, they may be able to provide some useful information or offer suggestions.

Employee counsellor Emma Roberts who recently joined the council says:

“Sometimes life can feel overwhelming. We may experience significant events that cause us distress or anxiety, or it may simply be that we aren’t coping. Counselling is a safe space to explore any kind of issue which is affecting you or your staff. Common themes are relationships, bereavement, depression, anxiety, work, drugs and alcohol to name but a few.”

The team is made up of fifteen dedicated, professional counsellors who work across the county. You can self-refer for counselling or be referred by your manager. After your referral a counsellor will contact you to book an initial appointment which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be conducted by telephone.

The first session will be an opportunity to find out how the counsellor works, ask any questions and share anything you want to talk about.

At the end of the session, you can decide if you would like to book your first counselling appointment. You’ll be offered up to six sessions and you can end the counselling at any time.

To self-refer or find out more, email emma.roberts@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 536954.