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Counselling services

Counselling support for patients and loved ones

Our counselling service works with patients and families who are living with an advanced, progressive life-limiting illness, and who have specialist palliative care needs.

We are here to support both patients and their loved ones who may be experiencing difficult feelings and emotions relating to their illness. This may be at any stage of the patient’s palliative care journey.

Many people do not think of counselling services when they consider hospice care, but it is a huge part of the support we provide here at the hospice and in the community. Many of the people we support may also be referred to our Inpatient Unit or be accessing services provided by The Orangery. But others are simply referred to the hospice for our counselling services alone.

Specialist bereavement support

Our hospice counsellors are specialists at providing bereavement counselling and support for those experiencing grief after someone dies from a life-limiting progressive illness like cancer, a chronic heart or lung condition, Motor Neurone Disease or Parkinson’s.

They can provide both pre- and post- bereavement support and this can be especially important for children. The team is experienced at helping children aged 5 – 18 work through their grief and the feelings and thoughts they have relating to their loss.

Our counselling suite provides a safe and confidential space for patients and families to discuss the psychological impact their illness is having on them.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we supported our patients and families with telephone appointments but we are now back to offering face-to-face appointments.

How to refer a patient or family member for counselling

We welcome referrals to our counselling service for patients, and members of their family, from healthcare professionals involved in the patient’s care. Patients who are under the care of specialist palliative care services and registered with a Barnsley GP are eligible for our free services. We offer counselling for adults and also bereavement support for children aged 5 – 18 years. Please use the form below to refer a patient or family member for counselling.

Self-refer for bereavement support

For bereavement support and counselling, families are also encouraged to self-refer to our service (or the referral can be prompted by an appropriate healthcare professional see above). To discuss accessing this support, please do contact lead counsellor Janice Blackburn on 01226 244 244.

Karen and Janice of our counselling team