Cancer counselling charity We Hear You (WHY) is launching a new one-to-one counselling service in Salisbury.
The service is open to anyone over 18 who has been affected or bereaved by cancer, or any life-threatening condition. This includes the friends, family members and colleagues of the person diagnosed.
We Hear You has supported residents of Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire since 2005, but this is the first time a clinic has been available in Salisbury. WHY clinical manager Cath Wilkins said: “We’re delighted to be offering counselling for adults affected by life-threatening conditions in Salisbury.
WHY supports around 700 people in the south west every year and we know how vital it is to have emotional support when you’re impacted by cancer, and how difficult it can be to find it.
“This is particularly true for those who cannot afford to pay for private counselling, or who might not be eligible for other services. WHY supports the patient, but also their friends, family members and anyone connected to them, who feels the need for support.”
A recent client said of the service: “There is nothing more helpful than sitting in a room and telling them your story and it just being accepted.
“She wasn’t telling me what to do, she didn’t provide me with the solutions, she helped me process it and helped me work through it and cope with it…
“I do feel hopeful now and I feel happy. I have a different outlook on life. Counselling helped me be present again and be part of life again and to see life in a completely different way.”
The Salisbury service will operate from the Practice Rooms, Catherine Street SP1 2DF.