Hearing that you or someone close to you has cancer can be a distressing experience.

FORCE Oncology Support Specialists are trained counsellors who are supervised and trained to professional standards in counselling (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP). As well as offering support, they can give more time and in-depth help in the form of counselling. You may feel you need:

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

Counselling offers a safe place where you can speak about feelings that may concern you. It gives you time and privacy to talk about 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

Counselling is available at any stage of a cancer diagnosis. Sessions can be for individuals, couples and families. We will make an initial assessment of whether our counselling service would be helpful to you. This will be done in confidence either by telephone or in person.

You can contact our Support Specialists to discuss your needs and arrange an appointment for you or you can ask another member of staff to do this on your behalf.

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 will be explained in more detail during your first session.

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