• The FORCE Cancer Support and Information Centre is OPEN, 9:30am to 4:30pm weekdays, no appointment needed.

Support and counselling

FORCE offers free counselling sessions to cancer patients and their families because hearing that you or someone close to you has cancer can be a distressing experience.

FORCE Oncology Support Specialists offer counselling at any stage of a cancer diagnosis.

To find out more, call our information team on 01392 406151.

Support and counselling

About our sessions

We offer up to six sessions. They can be for individuals, couples and families, face to face, over the telephone or via video call.

Our counsellors

Our counsellors are supervised and trained to professional standards through the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
As well as offering support, they can give more time and in-depth help if you need:

  • A listening ear
  • Reassurance
  • Understanding
  • Encouragement
  • Information
  • Practical guidance

Benefits of counselling

Counselling offers a safe place where you can talk about feelings that may concern you. It gives you time and privacy to explore how cancer has affected your life. Counselling may help you to:

  • See things in a new and sometimes better light
  • Feel less worried and isolated
  • Better understand yourself and others
  • Find new strengths within yourself and more effective ways to manage your life
  • Make decisions and take relevant action

How it works

We make an initial assessment of whether our counselling service would be helpful to you. This is done in confidence, either by telephone or in person.

Confidentiality is paramount. Notes are held either electronically or on paper and are stored securely. They are accessible only by the individual counsellor and the team leader. Notes are retained independently from the NHS.

Further information about counselling is explained in more detail during your first session.

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