I am an experienced, accredited and fully registered psychotherapist and cancer counsellor based in central Richmond, West London (opposite the station). I offer cancer support in person and online – wherever you are.
Why work with me? 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 cancer or dying of cancer.
I offer support with common cancer related emotions including: fear (of treatment, life, death), uncertainty, loneliness, guilt, anger, loss of self confidence, irritability, stress, depression, hopelessness, relationship problems and suicidal thoughts.
I support you wherever you are at: diagnosis, treatment, remission, relapse, whatever your prognosis or stage of cancer.
The key to the work I do, is to help you find a way of making sense, developing focus, motivation and positivity to cope with whatever you are facing.
In the sections below you find more detail information about how I may be able to help you and how to get in touch.
1. Cancer counselling – what’s the point?
You may think, talking about it doesn’t make cancer go away.
To some cancer counselling may look futile. To others it is an essential outlet for difficult emotions, and a place where to make sense of what is happening, to talk through and help decide on difficult choices, to be listened to without fear and judgment and to find motivation.
2. Cancer Support for you – wherever you are and wherever you are at
Cancer counselling is for people affected by cancer (including family and friends) throughout all stages of the cancer 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. Practical Points
My fees for one off consultations, short- or longer-term cancer counselling are as follows:
During the COVID19 crisis I have introduced a free 20 minutes initial consultation and a sliding scale fee of £40-75 for a standard 50 min session.
For coronavirus specific support look 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 of sessions / emails you may need (including short-term counselling to help you with a particular issue). You are always welcome to return again at a later stage.
Online cancer counselling would be conducted using Zoom, which works similar to Skype. You would need to download the App at no cost to you. I would set up the meeting and email you a link. More information here.
If you are family or a friend, then also look here.
For more practical information visit Therapy with Karin.
5. What Next?
Contact me in confidence to see how I may be able to help, or arrange a first meeting. Please specify in your email that you are interested on cancer counselling.