Many of us will be affected by cancer at some time in our lives, whether we have been diagnosed ourselves or know someone who has been. Regardless of whether it’s yourself, a family member or a friend, a cancer diagnosis can bring difficult and painful feelings. Shock, grief, fear and uncertainty are just some of the emotions you may feel.
I offer counselling to people at all stages of their illness, from diagnosis, during, and after cancer treatment. I also see clients who may be dealing with a return of their cancer and have concerns about the future or death and dying. Talking to a counsellor with experience in the physical and emotional impact of cancer can ease the sense of isolation you may feel and help you find ways to face the challenges ahead.
You may feel that you don’t want to talk to your family and friends about your problems and fears; talking with someone neutral means you don't have to manage the emotional issues on your own, this can help when everyday life and relationships feel like they’ve been turned upside down.
If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with cancer, it might feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. You may fear the effects of the disease, the treatment, the impact it may have on relationships, loved ones and your future. Feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty about the future can all have an impact on emotional wellbeing and your sense of self.
Having counselling during such a difficult time may seem daunting. I offer a safe and confidential space where we can explore your fears and worries. Although talking cannot heal physical illness, it can help you navigate what’s happening to you now, make sense of how you are feeling and find a way to regain some control and move forward in your life.