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Counselling and Emotional Support

“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.”

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. 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.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Understanding your experiences – why you are struggling with these feelings and what may be preventing you from overcoming them.
  3. Working with your experiences – finding the strength and resources to resolve your difficulties, or at least make them more bearable.

How much does it cost?

Nothing. Counselling and emotional support is free to anyone who is being cared for by St Catherine’s Hospice. We also offer free counselling to carers and people who are bereaved.

How do I arrange an appointment?

To make an appointment with one of our counsellors, please ask any one of your healthcare professionals for a referral to St Catherine’s Hospice Patient and Family Support Team. Alternatively you can call 01293 447343 and ask for an appointment.

More information

Download a leaflet on our counselling and emotional support services here.

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