How long is a session for, and how often ?
Usually 50 minutes, but this may be shorter if you are feeling unwell, or recovering from surgery / treatment. The number and timing of sessions will be agreed between you and your counsellor at the Initial Consultation. It is quite common to have a few sessions weekly or fortnightly, and then a few around key dates such as particular hospital appointments.
How can counselling help?
By offering a reliable and confidential relationship to talk through whatever is troubling you. It can offer support during particularly difficult times or in making sense of present difficulties that may stem from past experiences. In so doing, it can often be possible to find ways of understanding and managing difficult feelings or situations differently.
We can also help you with strategies and techniques for managing particular issues such as panic attacks, fatigue, anxiety around scans/treatments.
Is it confidential?
As part of professional good practice, both counsellors also have clinical supervision to discuss their work. All identifying features of patients are removed.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
I can only make evening or weekend appointments. Is this possible?
Lots of people have it worse than me. Is it still ok to have counselling?
Can you talk to my hospital doctor or nurse for me?
Can both my partner and I talk to you?
Can I book an appointment for someone else?
I’ve had counselling before and it didn’t really work for me. Why should this be any different?
Talking about private and personal matters is often not easy. If you don’t feel comfortable with the counsellor (or their approach) it is harder to talk. Feeling that you and your difficulties are understood is key, but sometimes the process does feel strange or awkward especially to begin with. If you feel anxious talking about yourself, or certain aspects of your difficulties because of past experiences, do let us know this.
NCUK counsellors also have particular expertise in the psychosocial aspects of Neuroendocrine Cancer , and this can often help in understanding their particular impact for you as an individual.
If you find sessions with us difficult in any way, do let your counsellor know and talk it through.
Neuroendocrine Cancer UK is a UK wide charity solely dedicated to providing support and information to those affected by Neuroendocrine Cancer.
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