Our counselling and support service is available to all patients and their families. Call 01420 541424 to book an appointment with a renal counsellor, or contact us via email.
Living with a long-term illness such as chronic kidney disease can turn anyone's world upside down. You’re not alone. Here at Kidney Care UK we understand the impact of chronic kidney disease. It can be exhausting and stressful for patients, carers, families, and loved ones.
We all go through times of worry, fear and uncertainty when facing changes in our lives - especially ones that involves our health. At these difficult and uncertain times, whilst some people prefer to make use of their own support network, others may prefer to speak with someone impartial and separate from friends and family.
Counselling has helped me manage the day to day challenges of living with CKD
You may feel you could do with some support, information and guidance but find it difficult to know where to begin.
Whether worried about dialysis options, transplantation or simply managing everyday life, our Counsellors are able to listen and offer help and support to those who are unable to access counselling services in their local kidney unit.
Counselling can offer emotional support and provide space to talk about the impact of chronic kidney disease in a confidential setting.
This service cannot provide crisis support. If you need this, here are some useful contacts:
- Samaritans – Tel: 116 123 (UK) free to call 24 hour support or www.samaritans.org
- Contact your GP, or ring NHS 111 by dialling 111
- MIND – www.mind.org.uk
What sort of problems do people with kidney disease experience?
- Shock after diagnosis
- Coming to terms with having kidney disease
- Deciding which treatment options or medical procedures are best for them
- Worries or problems about a particular type of treatment
- Emotional or relationship difficulties brought about by illness or treatments
- The stress of adjusting to new treatments - a transplant for example
- Sexual difficulties
- Keeping to a treatment regime
- Kidney donation and its implications
- Sometimes feeling overwhelmed, like it's all to too much
- Feeling anxious or depressed