Louis Baylis Trust boosts counselling for local cancer patients

Relate MTB’s funded counselling for Berkshire cancer patients has been boosted by a £2,000 grant from the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust.

This specialist relationship and emotional counselling supports cancer patients, their partners and family through a stressful time, helping people to negotiate the emotional minefield of cancer treatment, filling a gap in psychological services.

Improving well-being and promoting recovery

Delivered by our counsellors who have received additional specialist training from Macmillan Nurses, sessions offer patients improved personal relationships, well-being and promote recovery. They provide psychological support to manage the difficulties and problems caused by illness and treatment, to come to terms with living with cancer, the impacts of treatment and life beyond cancer.

This comment from a recent client demonstrates the difference this counselling makes: “My six funded sessions have really helped me cope with my cancer diagnosis. I feel I have been able to process my thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. I’m not sure where I would be without these sessions but know I am in a better place because of them.”

Meeting the demand for specialist counselling

Fiona Greenfield, Centre Director at Relate MTB, says: “We are very grateful to The Louis Baylis Charitable Trust for granting £2,000 towards providing funded counselling for cancer patients in Berkshire. They join the Edward Gostling Foundation in supporting this vital, local service and we are in the process of applying to other local charitable organisations to ensure that we can continue to meet the demand”.

“Our clients referred during or after cancer treatment identify financial anxiety as an additional stress on their relationships during their treatment which is why we feel fully funding counselling is vital”.

How to refer

Patients can self-refer, by calling Relate MTB on 01628 625320; by emailing enquiries@relatemtb.co.uk

or through our website contact page http://www.relatemtb.co.uk/contact/

CNSs (Clinical Nursing Specialists) can also send referrals to us using the same contact details.

One assessment appointment and up to five counselling sessions are covered, these are held in either Maidenhead or Windsor.

If you know of a charitable organisation that would like to find out more about supporting RelateMTB, please email enquiries@relatemtb.co.uk

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