Professional counselling services are offered at Hospice West Parry Sound free of charge for all those who have been touched by a life-threatening illness and grief.
Counselling services available:
Counselling Following a Palliative Diagnosis:
The diagnosis of a life-threatening illness is a traumatic event and individuals are often overwhelmed by their thoughts, fears, and feelings. Talking to a counsellor can help you cope with your diagnosis, manage emotional concerns – such as depression, anxiety, and confusion – and explore ways to address life change.
You may want to deal with things in ways that your friends or family don’t agree with, so it might help to talk through any of these issues and feelings with someone outside your friends and family. A counsellor may also help you to find different ways of coping that hadn’t occurred to you before; and because it confidential, you can be honest about what is on your mind.
If you have a serious illness click here to find out more about how we can help.
Counselling for Caregivers and Families:
Being the primary or sole caregiver for another person is a huge responsibility. Many factors come into play when you give your life over to the care of someone else. Over time, feelings of concern and nurturing can give way to resentment, anger, or even a lack of concern. Guilt, fatigue, and depression can also contribute to turning the arrangement from a positive experience into a negative one.
Talking with a caring professional can go a long way to help you sort through the roller coaster of emotions of being a caregiver. An experienced counsellor at Hospice West Parry Sound can also coach you on self-care with counselling on proper eating, sleeping and social habits to help with feelings of depression, fatigue and isolation.
If you would like to find out more about Caregiver supports available click here.
Grief, although normal, can manifest in a huge range of unexpected ways. Some people get angry, some people withdraw further into themselves and some people become completely numb. Sometimes, grief can turn into something more serious – like depression.
Bereavement counselling can provide support during these very difficult times. Talking about your loss often allows you to adjust to their new life with all its changes – good and bad. Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness could prolong the pain. Bereavement counselling tries to help clients find a place for their loss so they can carry on with life and eventually find acceptance.
If you would like to find out more about Grief and Bereavement supports available click here.
What to Expect:
Typically, counselling involves one-to-one sessions, for one hour either weekly or bi-weekly. Depending on need, couple and family counselling is also available. Our counsellor provides home visits and can also visit bedside if you or your loved one is in hospital or in a long-term care home.
As grief does not have a timeline, neither do our services. This means that the loss does not have to be recent in order to access counselling, nor is there a limit on the number of sessions offered.
To access this service, please contact Melanie Honsinger, at 705-746-4540; Ext. 1416. Melanie received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Jessica Caux, at 705-746-4540, ext. 1415. Jessica is a registered Social Service Worker and has also received a certification in Children’s Grief and Bereavement from The SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health.