Counselling is a form of emotional support for children and adults [anyone aged 3years and older]. It offers children / young people living with life limiting / threatening conditions and their families an opportunity to gain confidential support and space to understand their thoughts and feelings. You may begin to feel less confused, or begin to make changes in your life or take steps to prepare for what you know is ahead. It may also help you come terms with things that are unchangeable.
There are many reasons for seeking counselling. Some may include coming to terms with a diagnosis or non-diagnosis of your child, or for children / young people to have a space to talk about some of their fears and find ways of sharing them with their family. Feelings of sadness, uncertainty, loneliness, bewilderment, may be with you often, making it difficult to deal with everyday events. We offer a safe and non-judgemental environment to you to say and do the things you may need to do.
Our counsellors are either fully qualified or in their final stage of qualifying training. We hold organisational membership to the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). All receive professional supervision and undertake additional training, as required. We are trained in a range approaches to support individuals, couples and groups and offer counselling in the home setting, our hospice sites or in other venues as agreed.
We are able to offer art and play based therapy in schools, at home or in our hospice sites to individual's, and groups, such as child siblings and / or peers.
Complimentary therapy such as massage is also available and can work well as part of an overall form of support. For children with limits speech or movement massage can be a way of maintaining contact in a direct way whilst offer relief from stiffness or other muscle related conditions. Our trained complimentary therapist is able to offer support in developing possible self-help techniques to assist relaxation at home, at work and other places.
Whilst our service is free, we do accept donations to ensure ongoing access for as many people as possible.
Demelza Hospice Care for Children is an organizational member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to the Ethical Framework for all counselling skills based activities. All work undertaken is located with relevant clinical and organizational policy frameworks to ensure safeguarding.