Counselling for Cancer Patients

Counselling for Cancer Patients

A diagnosis of cancer presents us with a multitude of emotional challenges that are sometimes easy to overlook when we are faced with such devastating physical ones.  However, addressing the emotional and psychological challenges that accompany a diagnosis of cancer will make a significant difference to how you are able to manage the physical ones. Counselling provides people diagnosed with (or surviving cancer), and their families, the opportunity to receive much needed emotional support.


Who Can Counselling Help?

Do you feel that you need support that your friends and family are unable to provide? Do you feel overwhelmed by feelings of anger, anxiety and/or depression as a result of your diagnosis of cancer?  Has your diagnosis had a negative impact on your relationships?  Are you feeling hopeless and helpless about your future?  Do you feel alone, as if no one really understands what it is like for you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above you could benefit from our counselling services for people diagnosed with cancer.

A Recent Testimonial

“I cannot comment positively enough on the psychologist that I saw at The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group. She provided a structured yet flexible framework for discussing my issues. She was insightful and at times necessarily firm and challenging which was exactly the sort of counsellor I had hoped to be paired with. I do not know if this is her natural style or she was perceptive enough to realise that such an approach would suit my personality. But either way, I was delighted to discover she wasn’t just full platitudes. I found her to be helpful, a great listener, perceptive and broad minded. She was able to draw accurate insights into my troubles and pinpoint key issues which were manifesting themselves in a number of ways in many areas of my life. She was able to direct me to helpful books and teach me key skills for overcoming problems. I would very highly recommend The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group to anyone seeking help”.
Sophie - Richmond

What Does Treatment Involve?

Step 1

One of our Therapists will begin by meeting with you to find out more about you, your experience with cancer and its impact on your life. They will also ask you more general questions to understand your ‘bigger picture’ and to make sure that the therapeutic programme they prescribe suits your individual needs.

Step 2

Your Therapist will then help you to understand and begin to resolve your feelings about your diagnosis and then to learn to shift your focus to the short/medium term for the time being to help you to gain some peace and satisfaction from your day to day experiences.

Step 3

You will then move on to work on managing and adjusting to your increased awareness of your mortality and reconfiguring your life and self-image in light of your diagnosis.

Step 4

Finally, you will work with your Therapist to find ways of adapting your expectations of yourself in light of any limitations that you face as a result of your diagnosis.


Prices can be found on our Fees Page. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to call 0203 504 9300 or fill out a contact form.


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All of our Therapists offer counselling for Cancer Patients, click here to view the team.

Facts about Cancer and Mental Health

  • One study showed that 30% of cancer patients developed a mental health problem following their diagnosis.
  • Anxiety and depression can be a side effect of cancer treatments.
  • Patients frequently experience a process similar to grieving after diagnosis.
  • There is evidence to support the existence of PTSD within both cancer survivors and cancer patients.

More Reading on this Subject

Should you wish to find out more about Cancer, please check out this article on our blog section.