Cancer counselling

Subsidised or free cancer 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 if 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 challenging even if 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 be a huge relief to talk it over with a cancer counselling professional.

Since 2009, I’ve worked with hundreds of people living with cancer, in all its stages. I’ve facilitated 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 honour of working with and learning from many hundreds of people and their personal experiences, as well as having the related formal training in counselling, psychotherapy and working as a Cancer Counselling Professional.

To help you through your path with cancer, we can 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.

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, we can work together to get through this.

And if it’s easier for you to have counselling sessions over the phone or online, because of distance or difficulty travelling, contact me and we can arrange that for you, too.

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© One Life Counselling & Psychotherapy, Grafton, and Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar 2019-2022. Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar is a counsellor, psychotherapist and social worker, offering counselling and psychotherapy in Grafton on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, and online, serving the Clarence Valley and Mid-North Coast.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging; and pay particular respect to the Bundjalung, Gumbayngirr and Yaegl nations, traditional owners of the land where the counselling and psychotherapy rooms are located in the Clarence Valley.