What is counselling?
Counselling is about helping you to think things through for yourself to find your own answers. It is not always an easy process, as it may mean talking about things you feel uncomfortable about. But it can also be a relief to air these feelings, thoughts and ideas with someone who listens, does not judge and respects your confidentiality.
Talking with a counsellor may help you to become clearer about yourself and your life.
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a very stressful experience and counselling can be helpful. In a calm and relaxed setting, you have the opportunity to explore the problems or issues which are perhaps causing pain or difficulty.
Counselling can enable a person to see things more clearly, take control of their life and even discover new strengths and resources within themselves.
Counselling here at the South East Cancer Help Centre is always arranged at the request of the client. If you would like to explore the possibility of counselling, do discuss this with the Centre Manager.
All enquiries are dealt with in confidence.
Clients meet with one of our counsellors on a weekly basis. For those who are housebound, or have childcare problems, disability, or difficult work patterns, our Counsellors are able to offer telephone counselling as an alternative.
Counselling may end after a few sessions or it may continue over several weeks.
Counselling at the SECHC
We are fortunate to have the services of several counsellors offering sessions 5 days a week (including Saturday mornings but not Mondays) and one evening a week. For many people diagnosed with cancer, our counselling service has proved invaluable, enabling them to explore issues in a safe and confidential environment.
J was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
"The one thing I really look forward to in the week is seeing my counsellor - she really helps me to understand and deal with my situation. I am able to talk about lots of different things with her and I know at the end of the session, I go away feeling better able to cope."