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Counselling: when you’re ready, we are here

Redkite provides free counselling for adults. You can talk to us once or twice, or more often if you need. It’s up to you.

When a family is told their child has cancer, the immediate and ongoing focus is medical treatment and survival. From that point on, everything else comes second to making sure your child and your family are getting through each day.

Redkite offers emotional, financial and practical support, to provide the critical holistic care needed to manage the short and long-term impacts of cancer. And part of that support is counselling.

We are here for mums from the moment their child is diagnosed, throughout treatment, after treatment ends and beyond.  

You decide what you want to talk about – you set the agenda and the pace. It’s also completely confidential. Our social worker will begin by getting to know you and your family situation, spend time discussing the things that are on your mind and exploring strategies to cope as needed. Then if you like, we will set a time to meet you again in future. 

Theresa accessed Redkite counselling support when her 16-year-old daughter Summer was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2021.

“As we got more into my treatment, Redkite was incredibly helpful with emotional health and financial support, especially for my mum, I could see it was really hard on her.”

“Social Workers would call Mum, just to make sure she didn’t feel alone, because we aren’t alone. My mum had to give up some of her business, so we were grateful for the financial assistance. Redkite has been a big part of our journey.” Summer said.

Our social workers regularly checked in on Theresa, offering a listening ear and guidance during moments of distress. These conversations, initially met with hesitation due to overwhelming circumstances, gradually became sources of solace and relief for Theresa.

Redkite’s paediatric oncology social workers know how to navigate these delicate situations and provide the necessary support. 

Melanie also accessed Redkite counselling when her six-year-old daughter Emily was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in October 2021. 

Emily’s diagnosis came two years after her father was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away.

“To have two diagnoses of cancer within two years of each other in the one household just seemed surreal. And once again, I was put in this position where I was completely blindsided.”

Melanie was struggling to manage at home with Emily’s treatment and didn’t know how to move forward. That was when she found out about Redkite.

“Emily’s school counsellor made the referral to Redkite, and within 24 hours, Sara was on the phone to me asking me about my situation. We were going through some really deep problems associated with grief, loss, and yet again, a disruption to what is normal life.”

“I was actually able to admit to Sara that I wasn’t coping very well, and that I didn’t have strategies to help us move forward. I was able to open up to her.”  

Redkite plays a crucial role in supporting emotional and mental health and well-being, not only through therapeutic support like counselling, but also through the provision of specialised “Connect Groups” for adults. These are held in person or online, encouraging parents to openly share and explore their emotions and experiences with their peers.

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    A guide for grandparents of children affected by childhood cancer

    This booklet answers some of the many questions which grandparents of children with cancer told Redkite they would have liked answered when their grandchild was diagnosed and during their grandchild’s treatment phase.

    A guide for grandparents of children affected by childhood cancer

    This booklet answers some of the many questions which grandparents of children with cancer told Redkite they would have liked answered when their grandchild was diagnosed and during their grandchild’s treatment phase.

    Case Studies

    Katie’s story: Music and childhood cancer treatment

    Music can promote connection and strengthen relationships within your family. Katie explored the Redkite Music Box and thought it would be helpful for families facing the cancer experience.

    Katie’s story: Music and childhood cancer treatment

    Music can promote connection and strengthen relationships within your family. Katie explored the Redkite Music Box and thought it would be helpful for families facing the cancer experience.

    Relationships

    Things to do during the school holidays

    These school holidays the kids can have fun and relax after a big term of school and parents can relax the routine and have more time to connect with their family.

    Things to do during the school holidays

    These school holidays the kids can have fun and relax after a big term of school and parents can relax the routine and have more time to connect with their family.

    Case Studies

    How children’s counselling helps siblings manage the effects of cancer

    After Emily was diagnosed with cancer, Redkite’s children’s counselling program played a vital role in supporting the emotional wellbeing of Emily and her sister Lucy.

    How children’s counselling helps siblings manage the effects of cancer

    After Emily was diagnosed with cancer, Redkite’s children’s counselling program played a vital role in supporting the emotional wellbeing of Emily and her sister Lucy.