Supporting the

Neuroendocrine Cancer Community

Counselling

We offer a free, confidential service for patients and supporters, family members or friends. Our counsellors have a specialised understanding of the complex issues that can arise in being diagnosed, and living with, Neuroendocrine Cancer over time.

If you are thinking of ending your own life, or worried that someone else might be, please let someone know. This could be a friend or family member, your GP, hospital nurse or doctor, or your local A&E. 

The Samaritans provide an excellent listening service for anyone in crisis, suicidal, or feeling very alone: Call 116 123.

Or text SHOUT to 85258  – SHOUT is a 24/7 UK crisis text service available for times when people feel they need immediate support.

Sessions are carried out at a regular time to suit you via telephone, or an internet-based video service such as WhatsApp or FaceTime. Even a few sessions can help process difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences, such as:

  • The impact of diagnosis (or disease recurrence)
  • Tests: Managing ‘scan-xiety’
  • Relationships: In the family, at work, or with your medical team
  • Worries about the future
  • Pre and post-surgery or treatments
  • The emotional impact of difficult symptoms, fatigue or pain
  • Grief and loss about ‘life as it was’
  • Changes in self-esteem or identity.

My diagnosis was completely unexpected, and I was feeling really overwhelmed. I kept getting very tearful, and snappy with my husband and kids. It really helped to talk with someone outside my family and friends about how angry and frightened I was. Although I’m still adapting, it’s helped me get to a different place emotionally. 

I was really struggling to come to terms with how the surgery, treatment and symptoms were impacting on my life. I’d been determined the diagnosis wouldn’t make any difference to me, but I was exhausted and very low. I didn’t really think ‘just talking’ would work, but counselling showed me that in accepting the things that have changed, life can still be good.”

Neuroendocrine Cancer UK Counsellors

David Phipps

David Phipps

MBACP, EAC (Accred.)

David has over 15 years’ experience working for IAPT, GP surgeries and in hospital/residential psychotherapy services. He has had a long-term interest in supporting those living with physical health conditions to live well, and now works primarily online with rare or chronic disease patients across the world. 

Rebecca

Rebecca

MBACP

Becca’s early professional background is in Nursing. She brings to our service not only medical knowledge, but professional experience of NHS services and systems.

As well as working with RareMinds, she is the part-time Clinical Lead in a Counselling Service for staff and students in a large secondary school. Becca brings experience of working with adolescents, safeguarding and running workshops for parents, students and professionals. 

Group Therapy Programmes and Mindfulness

We offer 3 online, full facilitated, 8-week group programmes that run through the year.

Newly Diagnosed
For those diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer between six months – two years ago.

Living Well With
For those diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer more than two years ago. 

Family & Friends
For those who care about/for someone diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer.

For those diagnosed less than 6 months ago we recommend talking with our support team – in the first instance.

These interactive programmes provide a confidential and supportive space for you – alongside others who may be in a similar situation or going through similar experiences to you.
Through the programme – as a group – you can explore common themes, discuss practical and emotional coping strategies – promoting self-care as a vital component of well-being – and caring for others. All programmes are co-ordinated and facilitated by trained, registered and experienced counsellors from our trusted charity partners and colleagues at RareMinds.

We also provide an online 8-week Mindfulness for managing anxiety, pain and fatigue course.

This interactive course just for those affected by neuroendocrine cancer is delivered via Zoom in a friendly, supportive group environment with a maximum of 15 participants. It involves in-depth and personalised teaching on the practice and techniques of mindfulness including taught aspects, discussions, exercises, and support for your own practice.

“The skills I’ve learnt are already making a difference to the quality of my life. They have helped me to see
another way of living with cancer; a calmer, kinder way”

Family and Friends Support Programme

TUESDAY 30TH APRIL 2024
7:00PM – 8:15PM, RUNNING FOR 8 WEEKS

8-Week Group Therapy Programme In association with Rareminds

This bespoke programme for family and friends only, provides a confidential and supportive space for you – alongside others who may be in a similar situation. It offers facilitated opportunities to share experiences, explore common themes and discuss practical and emotional coping strategies – promoting self-care as a vital component of well-being. All sessions are co-ordinated and facilitated by trained, registered and experienced counsellors.

Newly Diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Cancer

THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2024
7:30PM – 9:00PM, RUNNING FOR 8 WEEKS

8-Week Group Therapy Programme In association with Rareminds

This bespoke programme for those diagnosed less than 2 years ago, provides a confidential and supportive space for you – alongside others who may be in a similar situation. It offers facilitated opportunities to share experiences, explore common themes and discuss practical and emotional coping strategies – promoting self-care as a vital component of well-being. All sessions are co-ordinated and facilitated by trained, registered and experienced counsellors.

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Speak to a counsellor

Email a request for an initial consultation or preliminary chat to explore more about counselling.

Other help available

If you do not feel the need, or ready, to talk to a counsellor but would nevertheless welcome some support, these resources may be useful.

Living with Neuroendocrine Cancer

Finding a ‘new normal’ and how to adapt to changes has been key in learning to live well with Neuroendocrine Cancer.

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