Kidney Cancer UK and Kidney Cancer Scotland are pleased to be able to offer the UK’s first dedicated free Kidney Cancer Counselling service.
This free one-to-one counselling service is available to patients, carers and close family affected by kidney cancer through appointment only and is conducted by a qualified counsellor employed by the charity over the telephone.
The counselling offered is a therapeutic, supportive and safe space for clients to feel able to talk confidentially about any issues they are experiencing. There is no cost to this service, it is provided free of charge.
Each caller will have an initial separate assessment to ensure their needs and expectations for counselling are met.
During the assessment we will decide a convenient time for the counselling sessions to take place.
- A discussion of expectations, outlining goals or aims of the sessions, will be done during the initial assessment.
- Each session will last 50 minutes and is designed to support the client as best as possible through this emotionally turbulent time
- Sessions are conducted over the telephone
- Sessions are offered in blocks of six with a review at session five. Further blocks of 4-6 sessions can be agreed as desired
- Sessions will be weekly unless otherwise agreed
If you would like to access counselling, please ring 0300 102 0101 or fill out the web form below:
Note: We will endeavor to provide counselling at the earliest possible date but there could be up to a 12-week wait between initial assessment and first session.
Read our Counselling terms and conditions here
What kind of problems do people
with kidney cancer experience?
- Shock after diagnosis
- Coming to terms with having kidney cancer
- Deciding which treatment options or medical procedures are best for them
- Worries or problems about a particular type of treatment
- Emotional or relationship difficulties brought about by illness or treatments
- The stress of adjusting to new treatments
- Sexual difficulties
- Keeping to a treatment regime
- Sometimes feeling overwhelmed, like it’s all to too much
- Feeling anxious or depressed
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves our trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.
Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.
What you can expect from your counsellor
As a counsellor for Kidney Cancer UK clients are treated with respect, adhering to time boundaries, ensuring clients are informed if there are unforeseeable delays or illness and by giving advance notice of breaks in the counselling due to holidays.
Our Counsellor is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore expected to work in accordance to their Ethical and Professional Framework.
What we expect from clients
- To attend sessions regularly and on time, counselling takes place at the same time each week.
- Please inform us on 01223 491991 if you are unable to make the call for any reason or you will be delayed.
- Please give us as much notice as possible of cancellation, ideally more than 24 hours.
- If you are unavailable for three sessions consecutively without contacting us your place maybe offered to someone else.
- Please provide notice for any planned breaks or holidays where possible as we might work around these if necessary.
Your counselling is confidential within Kidney Cancer UK. Our Counsellor takes this commitment very seriously, but in certain circumstances we may be forced to breach confidentiality for the following legal or ethical reasons:
- If our Counsellor believes there is a danger that may cause serious harm to yourself or to another person.
- If a child protection issue emerges during the course of counselling. This may also apply in the case of vulnerable adults.
- If you disclose information relating to acts of terrorism or money laundering. We are legally bound to report any disclosures to the relevant authorities without consultation.
- Please be assured that wherever possible our Counsellor will endeavour to discuss matters with you in order to establish an appropriate course of action. However, in exceptional circumstances where there is a life-threatening issue the Counsellor may have to act without consulting you.
This free service was initiated by a grant from The Anchor Legacy in memory of Stuart Scott.
I lost my precious dad in August 2016 after a very quick and aggressive illness. Dad (Stuart) was 69, fit, healthy and full of life. Kidney cancer is known as the silent killer, Dad showed no symptoms, he was just very tired. Our lives have changed for ever but if we can raise awareness and educate people on the symptoms of kidney cancer, hopefully no other family will experience the heartbreak we have.
Through supporting this counselling service we hope to let every kidney cancer patient know that they are cared for and when they need it, support is available to them.
We are proud to be supporting Kidney Cancer Counselling moving forward.
Gail Robertson, The Anchor Legacy.
**Please ensure you read and understand our terms and conditions (click here to read) before you contact us.