Counselling during lockdown

“I went from being incredibly sceptical to incredibly grateful.”

This is how Gayle Meeks described her experience of CancerCare after she was referred to us for counselling when she received the devastating news that her mother had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Gayle, from Lancaster, came to us for counselling when she began to struggle to cope with her mum’s diagnosis with the degenerative condition last year

She was initially sceptical about how counselling could help her but said that her sessions with counsellor David James had helped her deal with her emotions in a positive way at a difficult time made even harder by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Lockdown made the situation a lot worse and added more stress to an already stressful situation but I was lucky enough to be accessing counselling with David throughout and this gave me focus and a positive outlet to be able to talk through my feelings and come up with strategies to enable me to deal with my rollercoaster of emotions,” she said.

The sessions gave Gayle’s mental health a huge boost and helped her process the worries her mum’s illness had caused.

“I came to recognise very early on the benefits to my mental health and the positive platform it provided to be able to safely talk about my thoughts and feelings and bounce of my anxieties with David, who was always kind and very insightful into why I was possibly feeling the way I was and that this was ok.”

The impact of the counselling has been so great, Gayle has even signposted colleagues in need of similar support to us.

“I would highly recommend CancerCare to everyone. It has certainly been a lifeline for me and I cannot express this enough. I know I would not have the positive mental health that I do now if not for David and the service he provided.”

To find out more about how CancerCare can help people affected by cancer or bereavement, call the helpline on 03330 150 628, email CancerCareCan@cancercare.org.uk or visit the website www. cancercare.org.uk



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