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Are you or someone you know living with a long term health condition? 

Whether there has been a recent diagnosis, or treatment is underway, or has been successfully completed, you may find help and support from counselling.

How can counselling help?

A cancer or other long term health diagnosis doesn't just affect you, it has a big impact on relationships with your partner, family and friends.

Communication can become really difficult just at a time when it is most needed. Counselling can provide you with support to help your relationships cope with the impact of a serious medical diagnosis.

What sorts of issues can counselling help with?

Whatever you're going through at whatever stage you can talk to us. Here are some of the reasons our clients have told us they feel they need support:  

  • “I've been told I have cancer and have been given an appointment with an oncologist. I never thought this would happen to me and I feel numb and confused. I can’t concentrate on anything.”Â
  • "I have cancer and have to get on with it, but at times I just can’t seem to see where I am heading."
  • "Before I had surgery my consultant warned me that I might have some problems with sex. My wife doesn’t want to have sex anymore because she thinks it may go wrong."
  • "Since my partner received his diagnosis he has wanted to keep me at a distance and seems to be changing into someone else, going out and acting single."
  • "The oncologist has told me that my cancer is advanced and I need to accept that it won’t be cured, but can be kept under control. I don’t know how to tell my family."
  • "My father has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer and my mother can’t cope - she seems very depressed and tearful. My dad isn't talking and I don’t know how to help."

What happens in a counselling session?

After making an appointment, you'll be seen by a trained counsellor at one of our Centres. You can decide if you'd like to come alone or with a partner, family member or friend.

In your first session your counsellor will ask you questions about your relationship and what you hope to get from counselling. They will also ask you to talk about what has changed and any problems you're facing. 

Your counsellor may help you to find different ways of coping that hadn't occurred to you before. And because counselling is confidential, you can be honest about what is bothering you. 

How much does counselling cost?

We currently charge between £25 - £56 for an initial assessment depending on your income and number of dependent children. We can talk to you more about our charges when you book your appointment.  

Book an appointment

To book an appointment in Brighton,Worthing, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath, or Lewes please call 01273 697 997 or email reception@brightonrelate.org.uk

To book an appointment in Crawley, Chichester, Horsham, or East Grinstead please call 01293 657 055 or email reception.crawley@relatesussex.org

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Find out more

If you're new to counselling and would like to find out what it's like you can try a free Live Chat with a Relate Counsellor

If you have any questions about counselling try our FAQs