Couple in a Macmillan counselling session

A cancer diagnosis can be life changing and it can have a big impact on you and your family.

You may find that you and your partner or your family deal with the diagnosis in different ways and you find it hard to talk to each other about how you feel. Counselling provides an opportunity for you to talk about what's going on with an experienced counsellor who specialises in relationship counselling. 

How can counselling help me?

There are many different reasons you may want to come to counselling.

As a couple you may be experiencing difficulties where one or both of you has a cancer diagnosis (or child, or family member) and the impact of this has changed your relationship e.g. change in roles, jobs, life style or change of behaviour causing a rift between you or increasing arguments.

You may be experiencing difficulties in your relationship and your partner does not want to attend counselling, if so you can come on your own.

You may find your sexual relationship has been affected by the cancer diagnosis.

Having a cancer diagnosis can bring up feelings of anxiety, vulnerablity and uncertainty. This can have a negative impact on your relationship and of your future together. Perhaps you don't communicate as well and don't spend as much quality time together, this can often lead to both of you feeling isolated.

You may find after your cancer treatment you lack in confidence and are worried that the changes in your body will prevent you from meeting someone and forming a relationship. Your cancer treatment has finished and reduced to check ups and now is the time you feel the you want to talk about the impact of having a cancer diagnosis on relationships.

What happens in a counselling session?

Appointments usually last around 50 minutes. In the first appointment you'll have the opportunity to talk about the reason you have come and whether this is the right service for you. If you and your counsellor decide it is right for you, you will be offered six appointments and we will discuss whether further appointments are needed.

Who can come to counselling?

We see couples, individuals, young people and families where a cancer diagnosis is having an impact on relationships. We see people who are single, married, living together or apart, straight, gay, bisexual or transgender. 

You can come and see a counsellor at any point of receiving a cancer diagnosis; at the start, during treatment, after your treatment has finished and reduced to checkups or you're living with cancer.

How much does counselling cost?

Relationship Counselling for people affected by cancer is provided in partnership with Macmillan and is offered for free. 

Book an appointment

You can attend counselling in Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Wrexham and Llandudno.

To book an appointment call 01792 454412 or email enquiries.macmillan@relatecymru.org.uk.

You can also ask your GP or nurse, heath visitor to ring on your behalf if you prefer.