Counselling offers you a time and place where you can explore your emotions and experiences in complete confidence. This confidential process can help you to identify problems, express your feelings and explore different ways of coping with the illness and treatment.
The counsellor is skilled in listening and in helping you to express yourself in a way that feels right for you. The regular sessions last up to an hour and the frequency will be discussed with your counsellor. Counsellors are impartial and may use a variety of approaches depending on your particular needs.
Counselling may be helpful if you:
- Struggle to cope with your diagnosis and treatment
- Find that your life has been changed by your illness
- Are distressed by changes to your body and appearance
- Feel low and unable to enjoy life
- Feel anxious and avoid doing things
- Worry about the future
- Find that your illness is affecting your relationship with your partner
- Discover that illness is bringing up difficult memories of past experiences
- Want to clarify your thoughts, consider options and make your own decisions.
- Are having difficulty coping with loss or bereavement