Whether you’re newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment or living with advanced breast cancer, free NZBCF funded counselling is available when you need someone to talk to.
A referral from your Breast Cancer Specialist, or Nurse at a breast cancer clinic, or GP is required. Download the counselling referral form for your medical practitioner to complete.
The NZBCF has partnered with Stratos, a national counselling service to provide support for people coping with the emotional challenges which often accompany breast cancer. Counselling can help you talk through concerns, manage stress and find better ways to cope and communicate with family and friends. Often it’s helpful to talk things through with someone not connected to your life.
How to access Once your Breast Cancer Specialist, Nurse or GP has completed the counselling referral form, it needs to be sent to the NZBCF. The NZBCF will then send you an email with a password, voucher number and email link to the Stratos website of counsellors . You then select your location, choose a counsellor and send an appointment request. Alternatively an 0800 number for Stratos will be supplied to enable access.
Call the NZBCF’s advice line on 0800BCNurse (0800 226 8773) if you’d like to discuss further.
About Stratos A national network of tertiary qualified professional counsellors, Stratos has provided counselling support to over 50,000 New Zealanders. All counsellors are practised at short-term counselling and an annual audit ensures ongoing professional development.
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