Counselling Service

The Counselling Service provides professional psychological support to patients and/or their families who are experiencing psychological difficulties relating to their palliative diagnosis and prognosis.

How can Counselling help?
Illness can turn your world upside down and will often create a period of loss and change. Bottled up feelings can become very intense. Counselling gives you an opportunity to explore your feelings with the possibility of making them more manageable and easier to understand.

When and where does Counselling take place?
Our Counselling Service is based at the Hospice. Usually Counselling sessions are weekly, will last for 50 minutes and you will be offered six sessions initially. We can be flexible to work around hospital appointments. Our Counselling rooms are on ground level and have easy wheelchair access.

Are Counselling sessions confidential?
Yes. It is very important to us to offer you a safe and confidential space to talk about your difficulties. Confidentiality and its limitations will be discussed with you before Counselling begins and any concerns you have will be explored.

How can I be referred for Counselling?
You must be registered with a Barnsley GP, be 18 years old or over and be known to another Hospice service. You can be referred to our service by talking to any of the following healthcare professionals:

  • Primary Healthcare Team, including GP, District Nurse, Community Matron, Community Macmillan Nurse/Social Worker, Community Mental Health Team etc.
  • Specialist Palliative Care Team at Barnsley District Hospital.
  • Member of clinical staff at the Hospice or other Specialist Palliative Care units who are supporting patients already known to the Hospice.



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