I am Karin Sieger, a psychotherapist based in Richmond (London). I offer cancer support locally and globally online. On this page you will find everything you need to know about my cancer work, qualifications and fees and how to book a free initial consultation.
1. How can I assist you?
I offer one-off consultations, short and longer term support for people affected by cancer (incl relatives, friends, medical staff and carers). Families and couples can also benefit from one off coaching sessions to help cope with a diagnosis or a particularly challenging stretch of coping with cancer treatment, life with cancer or preparing for end of life.
2. I support you wherever you are at with cancer.
Common cancer related emotions include: fear (of treatment, life, death), uncertainty, loneliness, guilt, anger, loss of self confidence, irritability, stress, depression, hopelessness, relationship problems and suicidal thoughts.
I assist my clients during different stages of their experience:
During a diagnosis process and before confirmation of a cancer diagnosis: I can help you deal with the fears and prepare for potential scenarios.
After diagnosis: I can assist you in coping with the emotional impact, provide some grounding and help you think through helpful coping strategies for what may lie ahead.
During treatment: I can help you through treatment difficulties (eg needle phobia, fear of intravenous chemotherapy / scans / radiotherapy), treatment side effects (eg hair loss, body image issues following a mastectomy, lymphoedema, early menopause, low sex drive or impotence) and cancer feelings like anxiety attacks, depression, anger, hopelessness and more.
After treatment: I can assist you with shaping your life with or beyond cancer, fears around check-up times and more.
Cancer recurrence: Together we can work through the impact of this news and choices you want to make for your treatment and the rest of your life.
Terminal cancer: I can help you with making practical choices for your life and support you in preparing for dying, whenever that may be. Often this consists of practical issues as well as finding inner peace.
Family and friends, colleagues and employers also turn to cancer counselling, as they can also find themselves under emotional strain when most of the attention (understandably so) is on the person with cancer.
3. What you will get from working with me.
In working with you I have four goals:
- To offer you a safe and non-judgmental space where you can say frankly what is on your mind.
- To help you understand and process the feelings and chaos you might be experiencing.
- To work with you on deciding what you want to do and what is good for you.
- To help you stay motivated and an active participant in whatever is happening.
While I have been treated for cancer myself, I am respectful of the fact that everyone has their own experience and view on things. I aim to be open, welcoming, flexible, transparent, pro-active and down to earth.
4. Why work with me?
I am an experienced, BACP accredited and registered psychotherapist and cancer counsellor. Before setting up my private practice I trained and worked in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
Being a psychotherapist, having been diagnosed with breast cancer twice, supported and lost friends and family to cancer, I am experienced in how cancer affects our emotional and mental wellbeing – during diagnosis, treatment, remission, living with or beyond cancer or dying of cancer. Feel free to browse my cancer (and non-cancer) related support articles here open my website.
5. Practical Points
📍 My fees for one off consultations, short- or longer-term cancer counselling whether in person or online are as follows:
I offer a free 20 minute initial consultation. My standard fee is £75 for a 50 minute session. For those affected financially by the Coronavirus crisis I have introduced a sliding scale of fees starting at £50. Longer sessions can be arranged to suit your needs. Payment is done online via PayPal.
📍 You can choose to see my in person at my practice in Richmond, West London or schedule online consultations via Zoom from the comfort of your own home or hospital setting.
During the coronavirus pandemic all my consultations take place online. I would send you a Zoom link and all you need to do is download the App. I have put together a little guide here.
📍 At a first meeting, whether in person or online, we would find out more about each other, to see whether I offer the right support and whether you would like to work with me. We would agree the number and frequency of sessions to fit in with any treatment commitments you may have.
📍Cancellations with at least 48 hours notice (2 working days) a fee of £20 applies. For all cancellations with less than 48 hours (2 working days) notice the full session fee applies. However, within reason, I would always aim to offer you a suitable replacement slot, if available, especially if a cancellation is due to poor health and / or treatment.