Professional Counselling for Families

Counselling and family support services are one way we are helping families get through undoubtedly the most difficult time of their lives

Essential family support services offer financial relief throughout the process.

Having a child diagnosed with cancer is the beginning of a difficult and painful experience for families.

The demands of going through cancer treatment are many. From coming to terms with the diagnosis to major life adjustments like frequent and long hospitalisations, separation from family and loved ones and aggressive treatments with adverse effects. All of these can lead to new and unfamiliar feelings of anxiety, fear, guilt, anger and suffering.

Our family support services offer access to qualified professional counsellors, either in person or on the phone, who you can share your experience with, and process difficult emotions.

Families need a little extra help to deal with and process these feelings, regardless of where they are at on the cancer treatment journey.

We are now supporting Australian families by funding professional counselling (phone or in person) for children on or off treatment (up to 5 years), their parents or siblings.

Families wishing to know more about this program should contact us.

Speaking with a qualified professional in a safe and respectful place can help families to work through concerns and help process some of these unfamiliar feelings like:

  • adjusting to a cancer diagnosis
  • changes in relationships and family dynamics
  • dealing with strong and unfamiliar emotions
  • re-integrating into school and social systems
  • adjusting to a new normal once active treatment has ended.

The Children’s Cancer Foundation understands how important it is for families to stay together during this time, and to be able to be present for their child.

How family support services helped one parent

“Our family has been fortunate enough to have benefited from the Children’s Cancer Foundation financial assistance of family counselling. Without this financial support, my husband and I would have had to cover the costs ourselves. It is an expensive but necessary program my family needed access to, following the relapse of my daughter with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Thankfully the Foundation came to our aid and made a very difficult journey that little bit less burdensome.” said a mother receiving family support services.

Thank you to The Pratt Foundation for providing a grant of $40,000 towards the Family Counselling Service.
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