Cancer counselling

Cancer Counselling Service

I really believe Penny Brohn UK saved me, not just my mental state but my life.  And now I am loving life!”
Veronica, Counselling Participant

Our free cancer counselling service is a chance to share your thoughts and feelings with an experienced therapist who will listen without judgement, whether you’re the person with cancer or are supporting someone else through their experience.

Cancer can bring lots of changes, both in the short term and longer term, and finding ways of coming to terms with this and the range of different feelings can be a challenge.

Counselling can bring new understanding to your situation and your relationships, and make things much more manageable.

What are the benefits of cancer counselling?

  • Improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Having someone to share your emotions.
  • Improved self awareness to see yourself from the outside.
  • Make it easier to cope in everyday situations.
  • Feel less isolated and having someone to support you.
  • A non-judgemental person to talk to about how you feel.
  • A space to explore how you feel and perhaps find a different perspective on your thoughts.

Are you supporting someone with cancer?

Being close to someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer can have a major impact on your life as well as theirs. It can be just as hard for you as it is for the person with the diagnosis.

We offer counselling and support to the loved-ones of those living with cancer because you are just as important.

How do I access the cancer counselling service?

We run free counselling sessions over the phone.

Please call us on 0303 3000 118 for more information.

If you do not feel ready for counselling then we offer a range of free online sessions and online resources to help you live with cancer.

Meet the team


Allon Stokes

Counselling Lead

BA (Hons), MA, Diploma in Professional Skills (Counselling), BACP

Allon has over 15 years' experience as a counsellor, workshop facilitator and supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care. He joined Penny Brohn in 2016 and leads a team of three experienced counsellors, offering support to clients at all stages of the cancer journey, from the shock of diagnosis and treatment, through the often-delayed emotional impact of cancer, as well as offering support to those facing a terminal prognosis.


Rachel Hawkins-Crockford


BA, LLB, Adv Prof Dip (Distinction)Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Rachel Hawkins-Crockford joined the Penny Brohn counselling team in March 2022. She has over seven years' experience supporting people in a range of settings, including private practice and the charitable sector. She has an interest in compassion focused therapy, writing for wellbeing and ecotherapy and how these approaches can support clients as they seek to live well and meaningfully with a cancer diagnosis.

Have any questions?

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.

We aim to respond to enquiries within 2 working days.

0303 3000 118

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