Counselling is a talking therapy that can help you with a range of emotional issues you may face during and beyond cancer.

Who is it for?

The Star Throwers Counselling Service is suitable if you:

  • have a diagnosis of any type of cancer
  • are newly diagnosed
  • are undergoing treatment
  • trying to adjust back to ‘normal’ life and work after treatment
  • are facing a life-limiting prognosis

We are also here to support your loved ones – carers, relatives and friends – including in bereavement.

How can it help?

Friends and family are a key source of support for any person with cancer but often it is difficult to have an open discussion about your fears and concerns (whether as a patient or a carer) as you are worried about protecting your loved ones.

Counselling is a tool to support you at any stage of your journey. Our counsellors are trained to listen and allow you a space to share your feelings and to clarify your thoughts without worrying about negatively affecting others.

About our counsellors

All of our counsellors are qualified and experienced therapists on the Accredited Register of The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social care and follow the ethical frameworks for their specific regulatory bodies. (Details available on request).

Jacqui Empson-High is a counsellor registered with the BCAP, supervisor and poet with a background as an oncology nurse and end of life care, having worked at the Royal Marsden cancer hospital in London. She also runs the ‘Writing for Wellbeing’ group at Star Throwers a monthly therapeutic writing group session for patients and carers.

Yasmin Fryer is a registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the BACP. She has over 10 years of experience working with clients both within the NHS, Mind and a specialist agency. Yasmin can help you come to terms with adjustment, loss, grief and other complex emotions surrounding cancer.


Our counselling service is supported by the Saracen’s Norfolk Fund and the Norfolk Community Foundation through the Love Norfolk Fund 2023 and the Norwich Freemen’s Charity.