Kingston Hospital/ Macmillan Support Cancer Counselling Service
Monday – Friday: 9 – 3pm Tel: 0208 934 2114
Kingston Hospital has provided a Cancer Counselling Service for patients since 1995 and now with Macmillan Cancer Support is available 5 days a week from Monday to Friday.
Introduction to the Cancer Counselling Service
Psychological distress is common amongst those with a diagnosis of cancer. It can have a devastating impact on a person’s quality of life as well as their family and carers. People with cancer face uncertainty, often challenging life adjustments, and may have to undergo unpleasant and sometimes debilitating treatments. This can result in psychological and emotional difficulties such as the following:
Difficulty living with uncertainty
Depression, anxiety and anger
Distress about change and loss
Difficulty adjusting to all the changes cancer brings
Difficulty with relationships and/or sexual functioning
Feeling a lack of self esteem and confidence
Issues related to coming to terms with possible end-of-life
How do I access the service?
If you are experiencing any of the above and you would like to meet with one of our counsellors it is important that you raise your concerns with your clinical team. To be referred to the service, having discussed this with you, a healthcare professional in your clinical team will liaise with one of us and will also ask you to contact us on the telephone number supplied. If you feel you would like to see someone from our team but you have not been offered a referral, please feel free to speak to your healthcare team or the staff at the Macmillan Support and Information Service about this.
What happens once I have been referred?
After we receive your call, we will contact you within a week to offer you an assessment appointment, usually within four weeks of referral (or sooner if you are an inpatient).
We will let the team looking after you know that you are under our care. Following your initial consultation, we usually write to the healthcare professional that referred you, and also let your GP know. However, we will not disclose the details of what we have discussed without your knowledge. If you have any questions or concerns about information sharing, please feel free to discuss this with us further.
Can I be seen with my family, or can they be seen individually?
Yes, we can see you with your partner or adult members of your family if this would help to address your psychological and emotional needs. We are also able to provide individual support to your adult family members.
Can you offer help to children affected by diagnosis of a family member?
We do not see children in the counselling service, however we can help you to think about how to talk to your children about their worries and, if necessary, we can help you to find a suitable child therapist for them to talk to.
Can I see a particular counsellor?
We will do our best to accommodate your choice; for example if you have seen a particular counsellor in the past or if you have a preference for a male or female therapist. However, this is not always possible and may lengthen the time it takes to be seen by one of us.
Who are the Cancer Counsellors?
Kingston Hospital Trust and Macmillan Counselling Service has three qualified, accredited and professionally registered psychotherapists who work as cancer counsellors in our Cancer Department. Between us we have over 25 years of experience in the field of cancer counselling.
Sally Parr BPC registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Alice Cowley BPC registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Matthew Prevezer FPC registered Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
What does the Cancer Counselling Service offer to patients?
We offer a dedicated and confidential emotional and psychological support service providing:
An initial consultation to give you space to think about your needs
One to one counselling for up to 8 sessions or access to a counselling group suitable for you
Support for when you are an inpatient
Referral for on-going psychological therapy if required once you have completed your counselling with us
This service is free and confidential and open to Kingston Hospital adult patients and their (adult) family/carers.
All of our counsellors adhere to the professional code of conduct as required by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) or the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
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