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Counselling, Complementary Therapies and Therapeutic Group Activities


A life-limiting illness can affect your life in many ways, including how you see yourself, relate to others, feel about life, and think about the future.  One to one counselling can help support you through this process.  Family members and carers can also benefit from the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings when a loved one has a life-threatening diagnosis.

Complementary Therapies

There range of therapies can help with pain, stress and sleeplessness, and reduce some of the side effects of medical treatment. Therapies provided include:

  • Aromatherapy - a therapy that uses essential oils extracted from plants for their therapeutic effect.  The oils are carefully blended for each individual, and used in gentle massage. 
  • Reflexology - an ancient therapy based on the principle that reflexes on the feet and the hands correspond to parts of the body.  Massaging these reflexes in a special way helps to restore balance and harmony within the body.
  • Shiatsu - during a Shiatsu massage energy paths throughout the body are gently manipulated using palm and finger-tip pressure in flowing movements.  This therapy is performed through clothing.
  • Acupuncture - a traditional Chinese practice using very thin needles inserted through the skin at certain points on the body to stimulate energy flow.  
  • Craniosacral therapy - a highly developed sense of touch is used, mainly on the head and tailbone, to gently sense and respond to the movement of  cerebrospinal fluid in the body, to encourage healing.

Therapeutic Group Activities

Their weekly group, Natural Rhythms, combines group support and creative therapy in a natural setting.  The group is sensitively facilitated to encourage sharing and group work, particularly focusing on the cycle of the seasons, festivals and the metaphors within nature as vehicles for exploration and reflection.

Once a month, a small group of people with life-threatening illnesses join facilitators and therapists for a Sanctuary Day.  These days are designed to create and hold a safe space, within natural settings, for personal reflection, exploration, deep relaxation, and with individual and group support.  Complementary therapies are available during the day, and transport and lunch are provided.

To be referred for their services: please speak to a health professional responsible for your care (eg nurse specialist, GP or consultant).  They will need to complete a referral form, which can be downloaded from The Sara Lee Trust website.

Find out how you can get involved in service development

The Sara Lee Trust is committed to involving service users in the development of its activities.  If you are a past or current service
user and are interested in getting involved, please email or call 01424 456608.