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.


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.

If you are interested in finding out more about the service in the following Trust areas please email:


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If you want to know more about this service, who and how it can help, email us at

When Karley’s husband was diagnosed with a type of tongue cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma she didn’t realise the impact that it would have on the life of her husband, herself and her sons.

She says that the family were able to rely on a variety of free services to support them through astressful time. Read more here

Karley & Alejandro

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. 

Laura Killen Spirit of Christmas

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.

Donna Parkinson Spirit of Christmas counselling

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.

Kathy Farrell spirit of christmas SoC