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Counselling helps people to cope, by providing a safe and secure place for them to confidentially discuss their situation.

Counselling sessions are usually one-to-one with a counsellor, allowing them to speak openly about things that they may otherwise not share with others.  Sessions can take place face-to-face at the hospice or by telephone or video link.

Sometimes some people will choose to have sessions with other family members allowing them to share with each other how they are feeling, and the counsellor will act as a bridge in communication.

For many people, counselling may be something which they've never previously experienced – and could be something they are unsure about.

There is no expectation for someone to talk about something they are not comfortable discussing.

Our counsellors will always work in a respectful way that meets an individual’s needs. They will use approaches that are unique to each person, going at their own pace.

Our counsellors are qualified in various therapeutic approaches.

Family and close friends of hospice patients can also access the counselling service at Wigan & Leigh Hospice.

Being close to someone with a challenging illness can bring its own pressures and sometimes help may be needed to talk this through and find more helpful ways of coping.

The counsellors can also provide advice and guidance on how to support children who may be finding it difficult having a family member who is facing a serious illness.

We can also signpost to other organisations who can offer specialist support for children.


You may wish to read an interview with one of our counsellors, Lindsey.

If you would like to be referred for counselling, please speak to your hospice professional, GP or district nurse.