The Cancer Society offers free counselling to patients and families of those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our counsellors offer confidential, safe and supportive listening.

When we refer to counselling we mean talking to someone who is professionally trained.

The counsellor will:

  • listen to what you are saying
  • help you sort through your feelings and worries
  • provide you with insight into how you are thinking and feeling
  • help you express your emotions in your own way
  • help you work out your own solutions to problems; and
  • will help you adjust to your situation.

Counselling can help you with coming to terms with the psychological and emotional impact of cancer from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

Counselling can help ease tensions within the whānau/family and find strategies for coping. It’s also a place to go to off-load without upsetting your whānau/family. You can learn more about the benefits of counselling in our resource Emotions and Cancer here.

We offer one-on-one and group counselling for patients, their carers and the whānau/family members of cancer patients to discuss the impact of a cancer diagnosis on your relationship/s and exploring effective ways of support through this time.

Appointments are available from Monday to Friday at our rooms in Newtown, Wellington.

For more information or to book an appointment:

Phone: 0800 CANCER (226 237)


Counselling in your area

Our Centres can also arrange counselling sessions for you.

Nelson Centre

Free-of-charge counselling is available for any member of the family. Your doctor or oncology nurse can request this counselling for you by completing the Nelson Centre's Counselling Grant Application Form.  You can also self-refer by contacting the Centre:

Phone: (03) 539 1137
Fax: (03) 546-3919

Contact your local Cancer Society centre for information in your area.






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