Free counselling



How does BCFNZ counselling work?

Talk to our nurses about BCFNZ funded counselling

If you've ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be eligible for BCFNZ funded counselling. Counselling may also help if you’re receiving preventative treatment for increased breast cancer risk.

Counselling can find ways to help you cope with:

  • Fear, anxiety and possible depression associated with a breast cancer diagnosis
  • Personal, family and relationship issues
  • Talking with others about your diagnosis
  • Work and practical difficulties
  • Sex and intimacy (check with your preferred counsellor if they offer this)

Some people will prefer to see a counsellor when they are first diagnosed or during treatment. Others find that the full impact of their experience doesn't hit them until after treatment stops and they are discharged from regular medical follow-up.

Often it's helpful to talk things through with someone who is not otherwise involved in your life. BCFNZ has partnered with Telus Health (was Stratos), a national counselling service, to provide support for people coping with the emotional challenges which often accompany breast cancer.

To access this service talk to one of our nurses, or you, your breast cancer specialist, nurse or GP can complete the online referral.

How does BCFNZ counselling work?

A BCFNZ nurse will contact you to assess your needs. Our counselling works well for short term acute need. Some people who have complex or long term issues, will be referred to a service at their District Hospital or in the community, where the team can provide more specialised assessment and treatment. 

BCFNZ have partnered with the network of Telus Health (was Stratos) counsellors so that we can provide this service across the country. Telus Health (was Stratos) counsellors are experienced and provide their profile online so you know their particular skills and interests before you book.

  • We fund three sessions
  • The counsellor will meet with you either face-to-face, over the phone or via Skype
  • A family member may attend the sessions with you

What happens after my application is sent?


Referral for health professionals

If you’re a breast cancer specialist, nurse, or GP who would like to refer your patient download the referral form here.