During the COVID-19 pandemic the psychological and emotional care team are still accepting referrals for patients, and their family members and carers. We currently offer telephone and video consultations, and some face-to-face appointments for people who find it difficult to communicate over the phone.

Getting a diagnosis of cancer or a blood condition, and the following treatment, can affect many aspects of life – both for a patient and their loved ones. Psychological and emotional care is highly effective in helping people deal with these effects. 

Everyone will experience their illness differently, but the psychological impact can be seen in four main areas: 

  • Your thoughts - you may have unpleasant thoughts that you cannot easily put out of your mind. 

  • Your behaviour - these may include disturbed sleep, irritability or changes in eating habits. 

  • Your body - these may include breathlessness, palpitations, nausea and dizziness. 

  • Your feelings - these may include shock, disbelief, denial, fear, anxiety, anger, irritability, guilt, depression, hopelessness and helplessness. 

Our psychologists and counsellors are here to help you deal with the psychological and emotional side effects of your condition and provide information, support and practical help.  

Your first appointment will include an assessment of your needs. Based on your assessment, you will be offered a range of therapies, such as: 

  • cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) 

  • mindfulness-based therapy 

  • narrative therapy, existential therapy 

  • systemic therapy 

  • specialised cancer-related interventions 

  • counselling.  

A series of sessions may be offered on an individual, couple or group therapy basis. Our service is free and confidential to people with cancer or a blood condition who receive their care at UCLH. 

You will also be given the opportunity to: 

  • talk about how you are feeling 

  • apply proven self-help techniques to minimise side effects of treatment and enhance your quality of life – both during and after treatment. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we offer telephone and video consultations, and some face-to-face appointments for people who find it difficult to communicate over the phone. We can come to the ward if you are admitted at UCH. 

You can ask your hospital doctor, nurse or a support and information specialist to refer you. 

We work in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. Psychology work is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. 

All clinical psychologists are members of the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology and Faculty for Oncology and Palliative Care.