What is counselling?

A cancer diagnosis can be a shock for the patient and his or her family. It can produce worry, anxiety, depression, lack of confidence or self-esteem and an inability to concentrate, as well as triggering anxiety and problems from the past.

Counselling is a process of self-exploration that may help an individual to manage problems more effectively through increased self-awareness. Sessions provide a safe place in which to explore emotional issues in confidence. 

Counselling aims to provide individuals with an opportunity to understand their experiences in a way that helps them feel more in control. It can help people deal more effectively with problems such as:

  • worries about the future
  • body image issues
  • sexual problems
  • fear of treatment (eg, needle phobia)
  • stress
  • anger
  • relationship difficulties
  • sleep disturbance
  • panic attacks
  • anticipatory nausea and vomiting

If you have difficulty making sense of your feelings or can relate to any of the above or other such experiences, you may find it helpful talking it through with a trained counsellor/psychologist. [Further information about counselling at the LJMC...]

If you are finding it difficult to talk, our art psychotherapist may be able to help you by using more visual methods. [Further information about art psychotherapy...]



Last updated: May 9, 2019

Counselling at the LJMC


Psychological therapies at the LJMC include:

> Counselling

> Art Psychotherapy