It doesn’t matter where you are in the healing process, our family counsellors are there to be a listening ear.

All counselling sessions are private and confidential and take place in our outdoor ‘pods’. 

Dad Roy with daughter Jessica and Derian counsellor John

Roy's counselling sessions

Roy Atherton, 51, visits Derian House regularly for counselling with Family Counsellor, John Pilling.

Roy, of Wigan, said: “I was genuinely surprised how quickly I could relate to John in our sessions. People have said they have seen a change in me. Even month on month, I feel different. Counselling has really helped me.”

Roy’s daughter Jessica, 16, has very complex needs that require 24/7 care from Roy and his family, and visits Derian House regularly.

“I’m only now managing to talk about how I feel. I feel happier, more able to express myself. I was hesitant about counselling at first. I’ve had bad experiences in the past. It was when I was at the Derian dad support group when it was suggested to me that I have counselling with the hospice. I knew I was angry and unhappy, but I didn’t know I needed counselling.”