Counselling

When you, or someone close to you, has cancer it’s normal to feel anxious, frightened and worried about the future.

These feelings can be confusing and overwhelming and it can help to talk to someone who understands. Cancer Focus NI’s counselling service gives you time to talk one-to-one in a safe, non-judgmental environment about what is important to you.

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It was such a relief to be able to offload my worries to someone who wasn’t family…

 

Ann, Cookstown

 

It’s a personal service that can help you adjust to a cancer diagnosis and move on with your life – and it’s also there for your family. We also offer bereavement counselling for those who have lost a loved one. Download our counselling leaflet here or read more about how our counselling service has helped local people below.

Due to the coronavirus our Counselling service will be running remotely (via phone or video calls) at reduced capacity. This means sessions are limited and referrals may not be picked up every day.  If you are interested in finding out more about the service in the following Trust areas please email:

 

Belfast Trust – cancer.info@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Southern Trust – angiesmyth@cancerfocusni.org

South Eastern Trust – terrydeehan@cancerfocusni.org

Northern Trust – valeriemagowan@cancerfocusni.org

Western Trust – helenmurphy@cancerfocusni.org

 

If you want to know more about this service, email us at care@cancerfocusni.org.

Mum of four, Laura Killen, was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and found counselling to be her lifeline.

She says her diagnosis affected her hardest mentally, but she struggled to find anyone to talk to about it all, until she found our counsellor Alison. Read more here. 

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Donaghadee mum Donna Parkinson has said that she found our counselling service invaluable after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer just before lockdown.

Donna said that having cancer during COVID brought a whole extra layer of stresses including having her surgery delayed. Read more here.

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Mum Kathy Farrell was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34 and says our counselling service was a real lifeline.  

When Kathy ‘hit a brick wall’ her GP advised her to talk to someone and try and make some sense of everything. That’s when she was introduced to a counsellor at Cancer Focus NI.  Read more here.

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