The counsellor will assist the client in dealing with issues and emotions felt on the cancer journey.
Sessions are strictly confidential between the counsellor and the client.
All counsellors practicing at Cancer Care Centre are fully qualified and registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
Full definition of counselling can be found on the PACFA website here.
“PACFA registered counsellors have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate counselling qualification. They are expected to participate in ongoing professional development and supervision, including their own counselling, to stay current with developments in their profession and to ensure safe, ethical practice. “
Counselling can be undertaken by a single person, a couple or family group.
Contact the staff on (08) 8272 2411 for more information. As a member your first counselling session is free.
The Cancer Care Centre provides high quality complementary support for cancer sufferers, their carers and family groups. It is a place where people can get information, support and compassion. Most importantly it is run by people who care for people.
I have been finding my counselling sessions over the past year to be extremely helpful. It has allowed me to gradually gain awareness of my very troubled and hurting child between ages 6-12 years. I have been counselled on how to use meditation to support my child self and have felt the benefits of this. I have felt love and forgiveness. I know there is more to heal and I will be continuing working with Dagmar. I have also recommended her to others. I am very grateful to the Centre for helping this to be possible. I don’t think I would have sought out a counsellor independently.
Lou, 26 April 2018
Meet Our Counsellors
Ms Natalie Williams
Natalie has worked as a counselor for 20 years, including 12 years as a volunteer with the Cancer Care Centre. As a counselor she sees the value of providing a haven where people can talk about challenges and struggles they face with cancer, and its effect on their lives. That is why she likes to call the Cancer Care Centre a second home, a place of support and care which welcomes partners, friends and family members.
She recognizes that during life there are challenges that bring sad and stressful moments but also opportunities for closeness and connection. Natalie’s aim is to provide support to help people cope with the stresses and offer help with the healing process.
Ms Lynne Murphy
Lynne has been a volunteer at the Cancer Care Centre for 14 years as a support worker and the last 8 years as a Counsellor. Prior to joining the Cancer Care Centre, Lynne was a Registered Nurse for 33 years and worked with clients who have had cancer in both the acute and palliative sectors.
Lynne works closely with clients and their families to help them make positive changes through active listening, strategy formulation and support. This helps clients to find hope and peace of mind to cope better through their cancer journey and beyond.
Ms Lee Hutton
Lee has a Masters in Social Science (Counselling) and joined as a member in 2015 and as a counsellor at the CCC in 2017 . She brings with her years of experience in personal counselling from private practice and in a educational setting.
Lee understands that people often have different responses when either personally diagnosed with cancer or when a loved one is. However, it often brings shock , questioning, fear and anxiety to the forefront as one tries to navigate their way through diagnosis, illness, treatment, lifestyle choices and beyond. Feelings of grief and loss can accompany these changes. Lee believes that counselling support for emotional and mental aspects of the experience can assist enormously. This process can benefit ones physical wellbeing as evidence of the mind/ body connection continues to suggest.
Lee uses a person centred approach and varied counselling techniques in her practice , providing a safe place for clients to confidentially share what they are experiencing , and together they may explore and develop their coping strategies to support their daily living , a healing process and overall wellbeing.
Ms Helene Hipp
Helene is returning to counselling at the Cancer Care Centre after 2 years of living in Queensland, where she worked for a hospice as a palliative care and bereavement counsellor. She has a post graduate qualification in Grief and Palliative Care Counselling and has done some further studies in Spiritual Care with the Dying while working with a Buddhist organisation. Prior to moving interstate Helene volunteered at CCC for 7 years and is herself a cancer survivor.
She works with clients and their families, using a variety of techniques, so that they can find what best fits for their own circumstances. Her aim is to provide a safe space for clients to explore what is happening for them and how best to move forward from a place of empowerment and wisdom, even when they are feeling their most vulnerable.
Nicole started her journey with Cancer Care Centre over 10 years ago, supporting a friend with cancer. She was working in the Human Resources field supporting over 200 staff. She then decided to work as a volunteer support worker at the centre, a role she filled for 8 years. During that time she studied Psychology at Adelaide University, and later a Diploma in Counselling. She now works as a Volunteer Counsellor for Cancer Care Centre.
Nicole favours a person-centred approach to therapy and believes in a collaborative approach to negotiating solutions with her clients. Having supported several close friends and family through their own cancer journey she appreciates that everyone deals with a “Cancer Diagnosis” very differently. She strongly believes that the counselling service provides a safe place for cancer patients and their immediate family to talk about their feelings, fears, hopes and make plans for their future.