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We put you first, then cancer.

A cancer diagnosis touches you physically, emotionally, and mentally and can leave you stressed and overwhelmed. It is natural for you to feel anxious, afraid, angry, or depressed. Your diagnosis of cancer can also have a significant impact on your family.

Here at Cancer Council WA, our counsellors are available to provide emotional support to those who need it. Our counselling services are available in both metropolitan and regional Western Australia.

What is counselling?

Our counsellors are trained and objective professionals who provide you with confidential support in a safe and secure space. Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk and work through your concerns with the counsellor. These sessions can help you to identify issues, explore options and develop strategies. The process of talking to a counsellor, and being listened to, can be helpful.

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How can counsellors help me?

When you are ready, expressing strong feelings like anger or sadness, will help you to work through your emotions. Talking to a counsellor, who is objective, can help you in this journey.

Those we have supported who have used the counselling service have found that the service met their needs, was easy to access and a service that they would recommend to others.

“The help which has been provided to me by Cancer Council is without peer and has been instrumental in giving me the ability to remain positive even in my most challenging and confronting days”.

“I had never felt the need for counselling, but it has been so helpful that I am continuing”.

How do I access counselling?

We are here for you. If you would like to access our counselling services, please phone our 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line to speak with our trained nurses, or with your local Regional Cancer Support Coordinator.

Family members may also wish to access our counselling service by calling  13 11 20.

Parents can request counselling on behalf of children under 16 years of age (with consent from children over 13 years of age).

If you are a health professional and have someone who would like to access our counselling services, please direct them to call 13 11 20 or email

Our counsellors are not employees of Cancer Council WA and provide counselling services at their premises. Counselling sessions can be provided as face-to-face, telehealth or telephone appointments.

The generosity of our donors, supporters and counselling providers in the last financial year enabled us to provide this critical support to over 700 cancer patients, their carers and family members, with a total of 1397 counselling sessions.

For more information:

  • Find out more about our Cancer Counselling Services.
  • We recognise that some people with cancer find talking to others who have been through similar experiences both reassuring and encouraging. Our Cancer Connect program can provide vital one-to-one phone support from someone who understands what you’re going through and knows what it’s like to have cancer.
  • Find out what other cancer information and support services are available.