Paul's Centre - Counselling

One to One Counselling

A diagnosis of cancer, a course of treatment, the illness or death of a partner or friend can all create shock, fear and confusion. While some people are fortunate and get the support they need from family, friends and community, others feel isolated. Even those surrounded by supportive and loving well-wishers often feel deeply alone. People are often encouraged to “be positive” by their families when they want to express the difficult feelings they have.

Counselling with its combination of understanding, concern and neutrality can help people in this situation. Like a good friend or partner, the counsellor is warm and caring. However, you don’t need to worry about overburdening the counsellor, as you might with a friend or partner. The counsellor is able to bring an objective view to issues; their open-mindedness and impartiality can help you to explore difficult thoughts and feelings without inhibitions.

Couples and Psychosexual Counselling

When you or someone you care about is trying to manage a diagnosis of cancer, it can be a difficult time and may bring additional strain and stress to the relationship. The physical and emotional effects of cancer and its treatments can affect both personal and sexual relationships.

Couples may experience a range of emotions that prove to be difficult to talk about together. Sessions enable you to talk with and listen to your partner within a safe and neutral space. It can help you to explore your feelings and concerns, strengthen communication, gain a better understanding of each other and feel closer connected.

Mental health
Key words - separate with a comma: cancer, counselling, therapy