What is counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy that allows you to talk about your problems and feelings in a confidential and safe environment. 

A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). 

Counselling can help with: 

  • Reflecting on your current situation
  • The impact your illness has on you and those around you
  • Recognising your challenges
  • Expressing your feelings
  • Exploring ways to enhance your wellbeing

Who is counselling for?

Counselling is available to all patients, family members, carers and friends of anyone being cared for, or has been cared for, at St Michael’s Hospice.


Confidentiality enables you to build trust with your counsellor, so you feel able to talk about your deepest feelings. There may be some occasions when your counsellor needs to pass on limited information to other professionals; we will discuss situations where this may happen with you at your first counselling session.

About the sessions 

Counselling is usually offered once a week for an hour at St Michael’s Hospice. We will endeavour to fit counselling around any other appointments you have at the Hospice. 

If you experience difficulty in coming to the Hospice, please speak to us as we may be able to arrange a home visit.  

About us

We are a team of staff and volunteers who are all fully qualified or working towards a counselling qualification. 

All the counsellors at St Michael’s are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or its equivalent and abide by its  ethical framework.  

More information on the BACP can be found at bacp.co.uk