Get the Support You Need
We recognise the impact of a child’s cancer diagnosis on the entire family. Hand in Hand’s accredited play therapist provides play therapy to children with cancer and their siblings, helping them cope with a worrying and frightening time. We provide adult counselling services through Helplink, both in-person and online while facilitating support groups for parents throughout Ireland.
Play therapy allows a child time and space to play out and express their feelings through their most natural method of communication; play. Sessions, by appointment only, are 40 minutes long and are non-directive and non- investigative, whereby the child leads the session and the therapist follows. The new playroom within our centre holds the play therapy ‘tool kit’, which includes sand, clay, puppets, role play, art materials, therapeutic stories, creative visualisations, and music/movement.
The aim is that when the child feels comfortable, they will begin to express negative or difficult emotions through play. The therapist can track and observe what is happening and guide the child when necessary. The therapist provides the space to play as they need to with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). Sessions are confidential and are only disclosed in line with child protection procedures.
As of 2020, Hand in Hand is pleased to provide adult counselling for parents across the country. Face-to-face counselling is available in the West of Ireland, and secure online counselling support is available in the rest of the country.
Benefits of counselling:
- Better expression and management of emotions, including anxiety and fear.
- Relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.
- Ability to cope better with challenging circumstances.
Information & Support
Families and the wider public are welcome to contact the Charity with any queries. We shall endeavour to provide answers where we can; and alternatively direct people to appropriate support if outside our remit. With over a decade of experience in childhood cancer support, Hand in Hand is recognised as an expert in our field, which is reflected in our reputation nationwide. We utilise our expertise to inform national steering groups and working parties on an ongoing basis.