FaithHopeLove long crop

Norfolk counsellor starts free service for NHS staff

A Norfolk-based Christian counsellor is one of a trio who have launched a free support service for people who are being impacted by Covid-19. 

Elaine Bennett, who is a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC), took the initiative in partnership with Sue Monckton Rickett, Chair of the Association, and Kathy Spooner, its Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Each of the three has a heartfelt concern for the emotional impact the coronavirus is causing at this time.

“With God’s prompting,” said Sue, “the ACC Board put out a call to qualified counsellors to enquire if any would be interested in being a part of the service. I am delighted that approximately 300 counsellors responded.”

The service will offer up to 10 free counselling sessions to NHS frontline staff working with Covid-19 patients or in ancillary roles. Others who are eiligible for the offer include paramedics, staff of residential care homes affected by Covid-19, and people who have been bereaved during this time irrespective of whether it has been the result of coronavirus. 

Each of the counsellors is professionally qualified and will work with people of faith or no faith. People can self-refer, and the form can be downloaded from the ACC website under the heading Support Service Information for Clients.  

Those who cannot access a computer can telephone 0247 644 9694 and leave a message. A counsellor will get back to them to take their referral information. The aim is to assign a client to a counsellor within seven working days.  Clients will be matched to counsellors who are most likely to meet their particular needs. Counselling will be online or via the telephone.

Published: 02/06/2020