Cancer

Therapeutic Support for anyone affected by cancer
Therapeutic support for family, friends, colleagues and employers

Cancer has a major emotional impact on people's lives.  It not only affects the person but family, friends, colleagues and employers.

Therefore, I also provide counselling for family, friends, colleagues and employers who find themselves emotionally impacted, when most of the attention and understandably so is on the person diagnosed with cancer.  As a specialist therapist, I can help you to further explore, understand your feelings about cancer thus empowering you to support a loved one or colleague who requires your care. 

Your wellbeing is important. This may not be the first time you have supported someone with cancer. You may also be dealing with emotions that are triggered by your current situation. This is perfectly normal and taking time to explore this with a therapist may help you come to terms with what you are facing.


Benefits of cancer counselling

Cancer counselling can help you to focus on issues most important to you, help you to reduce stress and improve your quality of life.







 
I also offer specialist counselling for anyone affected by cancer, including family and friends, throughout all stages of the cancer experience.

Cancer is an increasing challenge affecting many of us.  It is estimated that one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. 

Cancer can evoke feelings of uncertainty, shock, denial, fear (of treatment), anxiety, anger, guilt, hopelessness, frustration, loss of self-esteem, loss of self-confidence, irritability, stress, depression, loss, sadness, grief, betrayal and suicidal thoughts.

It can be difficult to express our emotions, especially with friends and family.  The good news is that our emotions are a healthy, normal way to help us to gauge our wellbeing. Sometimes, though, we need help to make sense of them. Counselling can help.

As a highly skilled therapist,  I have extensive knowledge and 15 years experience of working with people affected by cancer, in my past profession as a nurse within the NHS, as a Missionary of Charity aspirant, supporting my mother in her journey with breast cancer and my own personal journey with breast cancer, local recurrence and as cancer counsellor.   

I have extensive knowledge around cancer treatments, alternative therapies and the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual effects brought on by a cancer diagnosis and treatment.  I can help you to reflect on your concerns by listening carefully, not telling you what to do but working with you to enable you to better understand your situation. This can help you to think about what is possible, how to self-care, and consider manageable changes.
  
I can provide emotional support: During a diagnosis process, After diagnosis, During treatment, After treatment, Cancer recurrence and Terminal cancer.  Counselling sessions are tailored around your own personal needs for counselling and will be personalised to your situation.