Counselling and Emotional Support
From worries about friends and family to feelings about dying, our counsellors and student counsellors are here to help you cope with the emotional impact of living with a terminal illness or caring for someone with a terminal or life-limiting diagnosis. Through one to one sessions or group work, our confidential support services aim to give you the space to explore your feelings and can help you find strength to face your challenges.
Our team of counsellors respond to individual needs and seek to support patients, families and carers in the most appropriate way, at the most appropriate time. Support from the counselling team is available from the time someone is referred to St Catherine’s Hospice until 5 years* after bereavement.
*exceptions are made for those under 18 at time of bereavement.
What happens during a counselling session?
If you are having one to one counselling, we will talk through any of the issues or experiences that are worrying you. Each of us has our own style and way of working but broadly speaking your counsellor will help you to work through the following three steps:
- Exploring your experiences – the nature of your feelings and what impact they are having on you. The history of how your feelings came about and what changes you’d like to see.
- Understanding your experiences – why you are struggling with these feelings and what may be preventing you from overcoming them.
- Working with your experiences – finding the strength and resources to resolve your difficulties, or at least make them more bearable.
I had no idea what to expect from my counselling sessions but the counsellor’s in-depth, perceptive questions enabled me to look inside myself and understand what was going on.
We’re here for you from the moment someone close to you is referred to St Catherine’s Hospice until their last days of life and beyond.
Our expert team of counsellors and support visitors can support you in the days, months or even years after your bereavement. We can offer you support in two ways. One is over the telephone and the other is via an NHS secure system, using a mobile smart phone, which allows you to see each other face to face.
It can be hard to know what to say to children and how to help them cope with the death of someone close to them. Our counselling team and hospice social worker are here to help families and children at the hospice, at home or in school. We can also talk through with you how you might talk to your children about terminal illness and death. We can offer advice and support to schools or other organisations looking after children.
Surrounding yourself with people who understand what it is like when someone close to you dies can help during the various stages of grief in the weeks and years to come.
For those who have lost a loved one under the care of St Catherine’s Hospice, Steps is a walking and talking group where people bereaved of a loved one can walk in nature and be with other people who are going through their own grieving process. Please contact us for the start date of the next group. Pre-booking is required for this group.
Dates: Wednesdays for 8 weeks
Time: 1.45pm until 3pm
Address: Tilgate Park, Crawley
Contact: 01293 447343