Thursday 20th June 2013
Macmillan has joined forces with leading counselling and psychotherapy charity The Harbour, based in Bristol, to offer new specialist services for people with cancer and their carers.
Being diagnosed with cancer can have a serious impact on personal relationships. People react in different ways – some feel isolated, while others are overwhelmed with anxiety and thoughts about the future. It can be difficult to talk about the diagnosis with family and friends.
Sam Thomas, Chief Executive of The Harbour says, 'A diagnosis of cancer often brings with it a rollercoaster of emotions. There are many changes that people have to cope with, whether that is being newly diagnosed, coping with treatment or changes to their body as a result of the illness and its treatment. Whilst everyone may react differently, it can be very helpful to share these experiences as part of a regular group facilitated by an experienced therapist.’
The new, free service will develop therapeutic counselling groups for people at different stages of their illness, as well as carers. Sam says, ‘At The Harbour, we have many years’ experience of working with people with life-threatening illnesses. We have seen how therapeutic groups can offer an opportunity to explore and understand feelings in a safe and supportive environment.
We want to create groups for people who have been newly diagnosed, people who have finished cancer treatment, and also for carers, who are often forgotten but who are a vital help to others and often need support themselves.’
Maggie Crowe, Macmillan Development Manager, says, 'Cancer is the toughest fight many people will face, so it is important that they do not have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team which, in Bristol, now includes our partners at The Harbour, can support people every step of the way.’
To find out more about the therapeutic groups being set up by The Harbour, contact Sam Thomas.