Is it possible to work full time and go to counselling?

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Out of curiosity, if you are working 9 to 5 Monday to Friday, how do you help yourself? How do you have the time to go to any kind of counselling or GP appointment? 

I'm supposed to start counselling once a week, same time and same day every week but, if you work - how do you fit it all in? Or do you simply have to put everything on the back burner whilst you attempt to help yourself? 

Is it possible to work full time and get better? Or is it a case of work until you have a mental breakdown?

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    Hi fee I faced this problem  when I was working.  Most employers will and should give you time to go to counselling.  The downside of it is you have to obviously tell them about it.  I used to hate having to do that as I felt it was private but there was no choice. 

    Of course it is possible to work full time and get better.  It depends on the job and whether or not it is a source of problems.  If it is you might need some sick leave to help you.   Otherwise a job you enjoy can actually benefit you.   

    At the end of the day no job is worth having a breakdown over and your health must come first.   x

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      That's the main issue, telling them about it! 

      After moving somewhere new I am now searching for a job but, I'm also waiting to hear when my counselling is supposed to start, I have a number of job interviews coming up but I'm worried that I will start full time and not be able to attend counselling - but, I also need a job to pay the bills, it seems like a vicious circle!

      It just seems difficult finding the balance, I wanted to just work part time for a while but, I also need the money to live and part time may not cover me completely. 


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      Well if it's a new job I wouldn't tell them about it at interview stage!  I would wait a few weeks into the job then casusually mention it.   Assure them you can make the time up and they should be ok with it.  

      Those working full time have to take time off for gp and dentist appointments, but employers do expect you to try for an early or a late appointment to minimise the time off work.   Most doctors do keep a few of those appointments back for workers but you need to tell them you want one.   x

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      I definitely would steer clear from the topic in my interview! I can't even tell friends or family what is going on, telling a stranger that I want to employ me would be even worse! I can't imagine being able to work up the nerve to tell them even if I'd been working there for years. Though of course, if the situation presents itself I obviously may have to at some point!

      My GP actually works till fairly late in the evening so for those appointments it isn't too bad, it's just the counselling that worries me, especially if I am working somewhere that is a bit out of the way and requires a longer commute. Mental health is nuisance! x

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