Cancer counselling

Subsidised or free counselling is available. Just ask…

Cancer can bring so many questions and worries and fears with it. And often, it arrives as a complete shock, seeming to turn everything upside down for a while. It can be hard to get your balance back again. And hard to know who to talk to about it all, especially when you might be worried about appearing ‘positive’ or ‘strong’ for your family and friends.

Whether you’ve been:

  • recently diagnosed
  • caring for a loved one with cancer
  • worrying about upcoming tests or scans
  • finding it hard to cope even though you’re now in remission
  • faced with a new bend in your road with cancer
  • or if you’ve been bereaved by a cancer-related experience

…it can bring incredible relief to talk it over with a cancer counselling professional.

Since 2009, I’ve worked with many hundreds of people living with cancer, in all its stages, as well as their carers and families. I’ve run literally hundreds of cancer support groups for Cancer Council NSW, for patients, carers and family, and for people who have been bereaved through cancer. So I’ve had the privilege of working with, and learning from, many many people and their personal experiences of living with cancer, as well as having the related formal training in counselling, psychotherapy and working as a Cancer Counselling Professional. So you’re in safe hands.

To help you through your path with cancer, I’ll use a range of therapeutic approaches, including mindfulness, Person-centred, Narrative, Existential and Solution-focused therapies, depending on what works best according to your situation and preferences.

My aim is to support you to help you find your balance again, find your own unique answers, and to navigate your very personal path through this challenging time of your life.

And, as I’m a member of the Cancer Counselling Professionals, your cancer counselling sessions with me can be subsidised up to the full amount (depending on your circumstances). Simply ask me about this option and we can get it organised.

My expertise includes:

  • Dealing with diagnosis
  • Coping with treatment
  • Managing difficult emotions and fears
  • Handling loss and change
  • The impact on family, including children and young people
  • Living life after remission
  • Living with terminal or life-limiting illness
  • Palliative care
  • Facing end of life issues
  • Death and dying
  • Grief and bereavement

So, wherever you find yourself in relation to cancer, if you’d like to work together, I believe I can draw on my expertise and the life-experience of the many people I’ve had the honour of working with before, and help you through this time.

And if it’s easier for you to have your counselling over the telephone, because of distance or difficulty travelling, give me a call and we can arrange that for you, too.

© One Life Counselling & Psychotherapy, Grafton & Sydney, and Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar 2010-2012. Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar is a Grafton and Sydney counsellor and psychotherapist, offering counselling and psychotherapy in Grafton on the Mid-North Coast of NSW and Glebe, Sydney, and serving the Clarence Valley and Mid-North Coast including Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Dorrigo, Bellingen, Byron Bay, and Lismore, as well as the Sydney CBD and inner west Sydney suburbs, including Alexandria, Balmain, Birchgrove, Broadway, Camperdown, Central, Darlinghurst, Double Bay, Edgecliff, Enmore, Erskineville, Glebe, Kings Cross, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Marrickville, Newtown, North Sydney, Paddington, Petersham, Potts Point, Redfern, Rozelle, St Peters, Stanmore, Surry Hills, Woollahra, Zetland.


We acknowledge the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, traditional owners of the land where the counselling and psychotherapy rooms are located (Glebe, Sydney), and the Bundjalung People (Grafton).