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Counselling Service

What Is It?

  • Professional coaching and support for players, staff and families to achieve a high level of wellbeing.
  • Short-term, solution focused support for personal, work or sport related issues.
  • Provided by an independent organisation, non-aligned.
  • Totally confidential.
  • Voluntary and non-judgemental.
  • Available to players, staff and / or family members at no cost.
  • Maybe manager / coach referred or self-referred.
  • Additional support services available for managers and coaches.

Telephone: 1300 360 364 (Australia-wide) for an appointment
Telephone: + 64 9261 3490 (New Zealand) for an appointment

Personal Concerns

  • Relationship / marriage issues
  • Separation / divorce
  • Family issues
  • Gambling, alcohol or other substances
  • Health and medical concerns
  • Grief, loss, bereavement
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Introductory legal referral
  • Financial crisis referrals

Work-sport Related Concerns

  • Dealing with change, pressure, injury or other frustrations
  • Relationships with team members/staff
  • Conflict or communication issues
  • Stress, tension or motivation
  • Changes in management or policy
  • Retirement / career issues


  • Sessions are completely confidential. DTC will not share any of your information unless we are authorised by you to do so, or by law.
  • No back-to-back appointments
  • Reporting to NRL is non-identifying
  • Manager/coach referred with or without feedback (signed consent)
  • No details released without written consent

Talking To A Professional Helps By

  • Early assistance to avoid major issues
  • Identifying possible options for action
  • Providing support in making changes
  • Learning new ways of dealing with situations
  • Increasing confidence > improved focus and performance
  • Referral for long term or specialised issues

About Your Counselling Sessions

  • Six sessions per year
  • Approx. 1hr per session
  • Follow up appointments (consistency of counsellor)
  • Sessions available over the phone, video or face-to-face
  • Choice of counsellor to match issue and individual needs, e.g. male / female
  • If you do not click with your counsellor request a different one for your next session.
  • Counsellors have wide range of experience and expertise and understand workplace and sport issues.

How To Book An Appointment

  • Telephone: 1300 360 364 (Australia-wide) to make appointment
  • Telephone: + 64 9261 3490 (New Zealand) to make appointment
  • 24/7 emergency response
  • Locations – nationally in each capital city and numerous regional locations
  • Cancellations – within 24 hours of appointment
  • Evaluation of the service six weeks after referral

Find out more

Australia League Support: Davidson Trahaire Corpsych
1300 360 364

New Zealand: LeVa Pacific Mental Health
+64 9 261 3490

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

Major Partners