Many of us will face a diagnosis of cancer or another life threatening condition at some time in our lives or will lose someone close to us as a result. Whether it’s you, your partner, a family member or a friend who is affected, it can trigger painful and distressing feelings.

Counselling provides a safe, supportive environment where you can talk about difficult feelings. Sometimes it can be helpful to be able to talk openly without worrying that you might be judged, or feeling concerned that you might upset other people. Research shows that counselling can help people affected by cancer and other life threatening conditions to cope with some of the challenges that it brings.

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One-to-one counselling

WHY provides one-to-one counselling on a weekly basis for adults in Bath, Bradford-on Avon, Frome, Midsomer Norton, Street, Trowbridge, Warminster and Yeovil; children’s counselling in Bath, Frome, Midsomer Norton, Trowbridge, Street and Yeovil and in-school services in Frome at Selwood Academy, Oakfield Academy and Frome Community College and in Wiltshire at Matravers School in Westbury.

We also offer online counselling for people aged 16 and over who might find it difficult to get to our venues or prefer to have counselling at home, via a video platform similar to Skype. You'll need a quiet space to talk and a reliable broadband connection.

WHY is also currently commissioned by Yeovil District Hospital to provide counselling and supervision to adult patients. This service operates via referral from hospital staff.

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WHYtogether - joint counselling


WHYtogether offers a safe and supportive space for couples, and other pairs of adults, family members or close friends, who would like to be able to talk together about the impact of cancer or a life-threatening condition on their relationship. Clients may have been impacted directly by cancer, or a life-threatening condition, themselves or be bereaved through cancer, or a life-threatening condition, and wish to talk through the effect of this on their relationship. The counsellors are all trained couples/relationship counsellors.

Interested clients can phone the WHY office on 01373 455255 or email to register their interest and an initial telephone appointment will be made for them to speak together to a counsellor about their situation. After this they will be contacted with a suitable appointment venue, day and time, in due course.

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Other WHY services

We recognise that different therapeutic approaches, opportunities to access peer support and social activities/exercise can have huge benefit for people coping with the emotional and physical impact of a life-threatening condition. With this in mind, we've been developing a range of additional services, including art and drama therapy and mindfulness-based courses, including our WHYoutdoors nature-based course. More information is on our on our Other WHY services page.

Services by other providers
We keep details of relevant services by other organisations in our area on our Other Community Support page. These are not run or officially endorsed by WHY, but may be of interest to you if you're affected by cancer or a life threatening condition. 

To find out more about our counselling service, our venues, or to book an appointment, please contact us. You are welcome to call us on 01373 455255 (office hours or leave a message and we will call you back) or you can use our contact form if you prefer. 


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