Katie McGoldrick - Renal
Counsellor in the Norfolk area. Tel:
07810 525 345
Having renal failure can cause a mixture of feelings that
can be hard to cope with at times. Counselling is an
opportunity for patients to talk privately and
confidentially about their experiences and feelings in a
way that is rarely possible with family and friends.
The role of the counsellor is to provide support for
people to explore and make sense of the issues they are
dealing with. I do not usually give direct advice but can
direct you to useful resources and materials to use at
home as well as providing one-to-one support.
Some of the things that people come to see the Renal
Counsellor about include:
• Getting used to life on dialysis or
with a transplant
• Managing anxiety, depression and low
• Work and family concerns
• Managing changes in how you see
yourself, including body image worries
• Sexual difficulties
• Loss and bereavement
• Life in general.
If you think counselling might be helpful to you, please
contact me on the number below or ask a member of staff to
contact me on your behalf.
I will usually meet you for an initial appointment to
discuss your needs. After that, we may agree to meet on a
weekly or less frequent basis, depending on your needs. I
may also offer self-help resources for you to use at home
in the time between meetings. I see patients at the Jack
Pryor Unit, Cromer Hospital or at home depending on your
needs and availability.
Having counselling is not about being ill or inadequate.
It is about making a positive choice to help yourself.
Patients, relatives and carers can get in touch directly
with me on the email below.
Katie McGoldrick Tel: 07810 525 345
Managing well with Renal
Social Worker Helen Alton
We have a dedicated
Renal Social Worker. Helen Alton can help you with
advice on matters of employment and benefits and
generally managing well at home with kidney problems.
If you have concerns about managing well you can ring
be contacted on 01603 288934
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