Who are the cancer psychological therapies Team?
Cancer services psychological therapies team provide counselling and psychotherapy for patients and their immediate family members who are attending the University Hospital Sussex NHS trust cancer services and up to 6 months after completing treatment. The service is managed by a lead psychotherapist and there are also a number of qualified and student and volunteer counsellors, and psychotherapists and a psychological therapies support worker in the team. They are trained to work with patients and families who have a cancer diagnosis.
Why might accessing this service help me?
The diagnosis of cancer is a disturbing experience for most people. In some ways, dealing with the emotions can feel just as difficult as coping with the physical aspects of the disease. Different people have different responses, from numbness to fear, anger, anxiety and grief and often all of these! Sometimes emotional adjustment takes longer than the physical recovery.
The psychological therapies team can help with this emotional adjustment which can also help you to better manage physical aspects of the disease and treatment.
What does the service offer?
The range of evidence-based therapies that are available include:
• Specialist cancer counselling & psychotherapy.
• One to one counselling.
• Couples counselling.
• Psychosexual therapy.
• Psychoeducational recovery group.
What to expect?
This explains how the cancer psychological therapies service at University Hospitals Sussex NHS foundation Trust runs. You can expect to be offered an assessment appointment at the earliest point available and at a time that is convenient to you. Sometimes there is a waiting list and urgent referrals will be prioritized. At this appointment you will be given the opportunity to talk privately and confidentially about your situation and about how this service can be of help to you.
You may then be offered further appointments with one of the other therapists depending on what is best for you. Each session is 50 minutes and needs to focus on issues related to having
a cancer diagnosis.
The therapeutic relationship is a professional one and all Psychological Therapy Service practice is based on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical
How do I access this service?
Referrals are made by your clinical nurse specialist or doctor. This service is free and appointments are offered from Mondays to Fridays. It is available for people diagnosed with cancer and immediate family members who are having treatment within cancer services at University Hospitals Sussex NHS trust or are within 6 months of completing treatment.
For further information
Contact: 01273 664694
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
COSRT (College for Sexual and Relationship Therapy)
UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
Macmillan Cancer Support
Sussex Mental Healthline
0800 0309 500 Ext.
24 hrs day, 7 days week
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.