Psychological therapies | St Joseph's Hospice

Psychological therapies

Patient and Family Counselling
Emotional distress and worry is not unusual among people affected by life-limiting illness and is an understandable response to a traumatic and threatening experience. This distress is also felt by family members and friends, including children. Talking about difficult thoughts and feelings in a safe and sensitive way with a counsellor can help.

The patient and family counselling team offers support to anyone who is under the medical care of the hospice and their families. We may also be able to support you if you are receiving care from a hospital palliative team or another hospice service.

Bereavement support

Bereavement support
St Joseph’s Hospice provides bereavement support and counselling for:

  • bereaved family and friends, including children, of people who have been cared for by St Joseph’s, whether in the hospice, at home, or by other hospices.
  • adults (18+) who live in City and Hackney or are registered with a City and Hackney G.P. who have experienced a bereavement that was not connected to St Joseph’s or who are anticipating the death of a close friend or relative from an advanced, terminal illness.

How we can support you

  • We see people on their own, with other family members or as part of a group according to need and preference.
  • Counselling may involve the use of the arts, creativity and play.
  • Most of our services are provided at the hospice.
  • If this is difficult to arrange we can offer telephone counselling and in special circumstances meet people at their GP surgery, school and for patients, at home.

How to access these services
To arrange for support, call our First Contact Team on 0300 30 30 400 or email 

Related resources

Supportive Care at St Joseph's Hospice

At St Joseph’s Hospice, we support our patients with more than just the physical symptoms of their illness. We also consider the emotional, psychological, financial, social and practical impact of illness on our patients, their family (including children) and their friends and carers.

Bereavement Service Leaflet 2020

Support and counselling for bereaved people.

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