The South West Peninsula Deanery provides a freely available independent short-term counselling service for all doctors in training within the South West Peninsula. This service is designed to offer independent support in addition to that provided by the NHS Trusts, PCTs and Clinical Tutors.
Counselling is a simple but effective way of dealing with issues, stresses and pressures of life. Just being able to talk things through with someone independent and neutral is all that is needed to help us cope with the work/life balance we all strive for.
You may have experienced behaviour that appears to be unfair or biased or you may feel that you just cannot cope with your workload. At these times, it can be useful to talk to someone about how you feel and the best way forward.
Often, just the act of talking can help to ease pressure and stress and enable us to cope, simply because, as we start to talk, more issues surface and can be dealt with in a positive way.