I would like to know more about counselling

Hospice in the Weald is remaining up to date on the current outbreak of COVID and continues to follow advice from Public Heath England and the NHS. In some instances, we are taking additional precautions to safeguard our patients, families, carers and our workforce.

As part of these additional precautions, the Counselling and Support Service will not be providing non-urgent face to face counselling sessions and Tea Junctions. They are maintaining telephone counselling, Ward support and staff support and introducing video sessions via a secure site.

This is to ensure that we can follow thorough infection control measures, and focus staffing and resources at our In-Patient Ward in Pembury to provide the best possible care to patients, families and carers.

We are contacting all patients and clients who would normally attend the Hospice for counselling to offer either telephone or video sessions.

Any patient or family member with concerns should contact the Counselling and Support Service office on 01892 820525 or Jane Pantony, Head of Counselling Support Service, via, jane.pantony@hospiceintheweald.org.uk


Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to examine the way they're thinking or feeling. Speaking with a counsellor can feel easier to do because they are impartial and non-judgemental and sometimes we don’t want to burden or upset family or friends.

Counselling and Illness

Suffering from a long-term illness such as cancer or dementia can turn anyone's world upside down. Counselling can help patients come to terms with their illness while offering emotional support and coping mechanisms.

Counselling and Bereavement

Losing a loved one is a difficult event in anyone's life. The loss can bring up a wide range of emotions including guilt and anger. Some people may benefit from speaking openly to a counsellor about their feelings to help with their grief and resolve any remaining issues related to their bereavement that they may have.

What to expect from counselling

If you have decided to try counselling, you might be feeling anxious about your first session, “what am I going to say?”

In your first session, your counsellor will ask you some questions in order to gain an understanding of what your concerns are and the way your thought processes work.

Some questions your counsellor may ask include:

•    Why are you seeking counselling?

•    What has brought you to counselling?

•    What do you hope to gain from counselling?

Counselling works best when you are honest and open when answering these questions in order to get the most out of your counselling sessions.


Counselling and Support Service at Hospice in the Weald

Our counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and are trained to work with adults individually, in couples or in groups. We also provide support and information for parents/carers on how to talk to children related to patients receiving hospice care.

We were one of the winners of the BACP 2012 Adapting Counselling and Psychotherapy Services Award and we are a BACP Accredited Service.

The Hospice Counselling and Support Service practices in accordance with the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. Our counsellors attend regular supervision as a professional requirement to ensure they are working competently and ethically.