Specialist Palliative Care Counselling 

Saint Catherine’s provides Specialist Palliative Care Counselling, which is available to patients, relatives and carers at any point during the time from a patient’s diagnosis through to the end of life.

The service is provided by professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists, who work with adults (including couples), children and young people.

Patients who are registered with Saint Catherine’s, their families and carers can all access this service.

Why counselling might be helpful

Being diagnosed with a life limiting or terminal illness can be a frightening and very difficult event; it can turn a person’s world upside down and trigger feelings and thoughts that are very difficult to know how to deal with. This can also be true for spouses, partners, and carers of patients.

Other potentially difficult times are when treatments are taking their toll, when symptoms or care needs change, and when some lifestyle habits and preferences are no longer viable.

Struggling to cope with what is happening, and dealing with reactions and emotions within a relationship or family might also be quite challenging.  Counselling can provide an opportunity to talk to someone outside the family about anything of concern or importance - especially fears and worries which can cause further anxiety if not dealt with.

Because everyone is potentially vulnerable around life limiting and terminal illness, communication, especially knowing what to say, can become awkward and difficult. Counselling can achieve a lot in helping everyone concerned, to navigate these difficulties and find the most useful ways of responding.

How to access the Specialist Palliative Care Counselling Service

Please speak to a member of staff at Saint Catherine’s to arrange a referral.

Please call 01723 351421