Many of us will face a diagnosis of cancer or another life threatening illness at some time in our lives or will lose someone close to us as a result of serious illness. 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 illnesses to cope with some of the challenges that it brings.
WHY provides one-to-one counselling on a weekly basis for adults in Bath, Bradford-on Avon, Frome, Midsomer Norton, Street, Trowbridge and Warminster; children’s counselling in Frome, Street and at The Hub, John of Gaunt school in Trowbridge; and counselling for young people at Frome Community College, Selwood Academy and Matravers School in Westbury.
WHY also offers group therapy, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. These include groups for individuals supporting others affected by cancer or life threatening conditions and for people living with or moving on from a life threatening condition. The next groups will take place in Bath in April 2018.
In addition to the face-to-face counselling offered by WHY, an online counselling service is also available to those aged 16 and over who are affected by cancer or other life threatening conditions.
WHY is also currently commissioned by two local hospitals in Yeovil and Weston-Super-Mare to provide counselling and supervision to patients. This service operates via referral from hospital staff.
To find out more about our counselling service, the venues we use 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.
If you have come across our website but don't live near to our venues in Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset and Wiltshire our links page might be a useful source of information to help you find the support you need.