At Wessex Cancer Trust, we understand that cancer can have an impact on your entire family. Alongside our support for adults, we offer free, professional counselling for children and young people affected by cancer to help support them through this difficult time.

Cancer is hard to deal with at any age, but for children and young people it can be particularly challenging. Counselling can provide an opportunity for them to talk about their feelings and develop way to cope with what is happening.

Counselling can be helpful in many situations, including:

  • For a child or young person who has a family member with cancer.

  • For a child or young person who has recently lost a loved one and is grieving

  • A child or young person who has cancer themselves


Our Promise
In our Centres, your whole family can be assured of a warm welcome. All of our counsellors abide by The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice, so you’re in safe hands.

Our Values
Welcoming: A place of tranquillity and reassurance

Respectful: Always sensitive to your concerns and wishes

Personal: Supporting your family’s individual needs

Confidential: Giving you space to talk openly



What is counselling?
Counselling is a way of exploring feelings in a safe, supportive environment. We usually talk about the issues that your child is facing and sometimes your play equipment or crafts materials to help express themselves.

How can counselling help?
When a child or young person can express and understand their feelings they begin to feel empowered, their self-esteem grows and they become more able to cope with difficult life situations like a cancer diagnosis in the family.

What will happen during a session?
The sessions will last around one hour, but this depends on individual needs. During this time the counsellor will build a trusting relationship with the young client. By building this trust, the child or teenager will start to open up and begin to understand their emotions.

How many sessions will my child have?
It really depends on the individual child. Initially the counsellor will meet with you and then with your child to decide whether counselling can be helpful, and the counsellor will suggest an initial number of sessions. Towards the end of this time the counsellor will talk to you about whether it would be beneficial for your child to have any more sessions.

Do you tell me about my child’s sessions?
The sessions are confidential for the child, although the counsellor can tell you how your child is getting on. In agreement with your child this may include advice for you to help support him or her at home. You can contact us with any questions or concerns throughout your child’s counselling.

Where will the counselling take place?
Childs counselling is currently available at our Cancer Support Centres in Chandler’s Ford and Bournemouth, where we have specialist facilities. It may be possible for older children to be seen in our other Centres.

How do I find out more information?
For more information on counselling for your child please contact your nearest Centre, details overleaf. There is no need for a doctor or hospital referral so please just get in touch or pop in for a chat.


Our Centres with specialist children and young people’s services:

Chandler's Ford Cancer Support Centre
91-95 Winchester Road
Chandler's Ford
SO53 2GG
Tel: 023 8051 6576
Email: [email protected]

Bournemouth Cancer Support Centre
Fairview House
17 Hinton Road
Tel: 012002 315 824
Email: [email protected]