Need to talk?


If you work in or have worked in the Thoroughbred racing or breeding industry and you need to talk to someone then Racing Welfare can help.

There are times when we all need someone to talk to, particularly when life gets too much.  Despite having supportive networks of close family and friends it can still be hard to talk; that's where counselling can help.

Counselling is a type of talking therapy with a trained practitioner who is able to listen with empathy and understanding.  Counsellors can help you deal with negative thoughts, emotional pain or any other feelings that are causing distress or anxiety.  A counsellor can also help you work through these thoughts and feelings.

Counselling should help you feel safe and offer a place where concerns can be explored with the aim of getting a better understanding of feelings and thought processes. Through this increased understanding it is possible to identify solutions to difficult life situations.

Why Counselling?

Types of Counselling

There are many other issues that counselling can help with and if you're unsure then please ask us.  There are also different types of counselling and a range of ways to access it.  Racing Welfare offers the following options:

  1. Telephone counselling - an option that some people prefer as it means you can choose to remain in your own environment. This will usually be weekly sessions which are likely to fit around busy racing or stud hours.  It can also suit those living in more remote locations.
  2. Face to Face counselling at a location convenient to you - some people prefer this option as it means they can interact with a person, but you will need to travel and commit to weekly sessions.  This is the most traditional type of therapy.
  3. Online counselling - you can now access 'Silver Cloud' online.  This type of counselling is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and is often good for anxiety and dealing with negative thought patterns.  It is likely to suit those who prefer to do things in their own time and who have access to the internet.

Get help now

All of these options are available to racing's workforce and retired staff free of charge and will mean you won't need to wait for lengthy NHS waiting lists to get the help you need.  

If you think you'd like to explore counselling as an option then call Racing's Support Line on 0800 6300 443 to discuss further.  

In order to access counselling you will be asked to complete an initial assessment over the phone. If counselling is appropriate then your first appointment will be set up there and then.

Useful Links

Alternatively you may want to source a counsellor yourself.  We would always recommend that you choose someone who is accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).  You can find a therapist and more information by using the following links;



It may be that you don't feel ready to commit to counselling and just want to talk to someone who will listen.  If that's the case then you can call our trained Support Line team on 0800 6300 443 or call into your nearest Racing Welfare office to talk to a Welfare Officer.

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