The Harbour

The Harbour

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  • Counselling / advice
  • Mental health

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The Harbour helps people who are affected by life-threatening illness. We work with people who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, those close to someone with a life-threatening illness and people who have been bereaved because of illness.

We provide in-depth counselling allowing space, time and freedom for people to explore the often-complex feelings around grief. 

We work to create lasting, positive change by giving our clients the opportunity to explore the impact of death, dying and bereavement. By giving our clients time and a safe space to think about their fears and concerns, it supports and empowers them, reducing anxiety and depression and building resilience. 94% of our clients feel they are ‘much better’ or ‘a little better’ at dealing with their problems after their counselling which is particularly remarkable given that the physical health of clients with life-threatening conditions’ will often have deteriorated during their time in counselling. 

"It was like a burden lifted off my shoulders which I’ve been carrying for so long. I feel more confident and at peace. I now feel like a new person looking forward to a bright future.” A client at The Harbour


We offer individual, couples and group therapy to adults in the following categories:
• Suffering from a life-threatening illness.
• Carers and people close to someone who has a life-threatening illness.
• People bereaved by illness in the previous 2 years.

During the past financial year, we supported 225 people - through assessments, regular sessions, or signposting to other forms of support. We have delivered 1,539 counselling sessions and assessments. Referrals come in through our website, word of mouth, from other charities and organisations, hospitals and GPs surgeries.

Individuals and couples typically engage with us for 16 sessions of psychodynamic therapy whereas participants in groups tend to stay with us for between 9 months and 2 years.

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