AFFECTED BY LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS?

The Harbour, a Bristol-based charity, offers free counselling and psychotherapy to people affected by life-threatening illness
Help for individuals

We offer regular weekly therapy sessions for a period of 16 sessions. Clients can use counselling sessions to discuss whatever they wish.

Help for couples

When one member of a couple has a life-threatening illness, it can create all sorts of changes to the relationship. Coming for counselling together can help to make sense of these, and to find ways to cope and to strengthen your relationship.

Group therapy

These groups are for people who are struggling to cope with cancer, or another physical life-threatening illness, and feel very isolated or alone with their feelings.

About The Harbour

Someone to
talk to when you need it most

The Harbour, a Bristol-based charity, provides free counselling and psychotherapy to people affected by a life-threatening physical illness. This includes:

• Adults experiencing a life threatening illness
• Carers, and those in a close relationship to someone with a life threatening illness
• Those recently bereaved by a close relative / friend with a life threatening illness
• Couples affected by life-threatening illness

Counselling and psychotherapy can offer reliable, regular support and care which helps with the process of coming to terms with a distressing and frightening situation. Our service complements the medical care provided for patients elsewhere.
If you think we might be able to help you or someone close to you, please check out Our Services.


We are a registered charity ( No. 1008360 ), and as such are dependent on voluntary donations in order to offer our service.

Visit our Help Us pages to find out more about how you can support us.

The harbour teams

MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION
Sam Thomas – Chief Executive
Candice Morgan – Administrator
Nu Tran – Administrative Assistant
Hannah Wozniak – Community Fundraiser
CLINICAL TEAM
Paul North – Acting Clinical Lead and Individual Counsellor
Liz Salter – Individual and Couples Counsellor, Living Together with Dementia Therapist
Julie Wilde – Group Therapist
We also work with a team of experienced sessional therapists, all of whom are known to The Harbour and have many years of experience in working with people affected by life-threatening illness. Alongside our qualified therapists, we have a small number of trainee counsellors and psychotherapists on a two year placement programme. Our trainees have undergone a rigorous selection process and receive regular supervision from experienced therapists as part of their placement with us. Click here if you are interested in finding out more about our trainee placement programme.
VOLUNTEERS
We work with a growing team of volunteers who support us through a range of roles, from fundraising to administration, IT support and marketing. If you are interested in volunteering at The Harbour click here to find out more about how to get involved.
TRUSTEES
The Harbour’s trustees manage the strategic direction of the organisation. Contact us to find out more about our Trustees and about becoming a Trustee.

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