Grief, Cancer


Palliative Support


GRIEF, LOSS , and Palliative care for the Individual and their family

Cancer healing/support and Palliative support

Receiving news you or your loved one has cancer is an emotionally overwhelming experience which brings up alot of various concerns.

Often you find there isn't enough support available to adress some of the emotional concerns, fears, anxieties and or pain whilst undergoing treatments , for those with Cancer or in Palliative care and for family members supporting their loved ones.

As the person with cancer or in palliative care, perhaps you hold back as you don't want to place all the concerns and fears you have on your loved ones.Or as a caretaker, emotional and physical exhaustion can creep in and with life's other demands you just don't have the time or skills to cope with it all.

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a service, with a caring supported professional, who understands Grief , the emotional strains of cancer to both the patient and their loved ones, and the stages involved in palliative care, who could be a trusted support in the times you can't be there.A person who could also offer techniques to assist in helping to cope with all the various emotional and physical difficulties and a person who can simply hold their hand , talk with them from their perspective, explore spiritual or religious questions, or share in one of the most intimate times of their life, openly, at what level they feel comfortable with and just be there with them, in love and comfort.

Let me tell you why I am specialized and able to offer such a unique service.

I have 10 years professional training with over 8000 hours of in-resident field training to obtain a 3 year college degree in Social Counselling, a Bachelor in Therapuetic Counselling, a Master of Therapeutic counselling with my thesis on "Spiritual Counselling in Bereveament", and a PhD in Therapeutic Counselling.

My training involved comparative religious studies , Spiritual Studies and Comparative religious understandings, Master level Hypnosis and Master level Neuro Lingusitic Programming with other Therapeutic Modalities with an emphasis on Jungian Psychology.

I worked for several years in Death & Dying as a Pallaitive support worker  at Pilgrim Project,assisting many wonderful people in their transition, supporting them and their families ,at treatments, in hospital and at their home.

In addition to my Clinical Counselling and Hypnosis training Ive trained in meditation, music therapy,energetic biotherapies such as Reiki, Massage therapy , therapeutic writing and have an avid interest in anything that serves to assist an individual in their own unique path of healing and comfort.


I have personally been honored as the primary caregiver to my fiance many years ago who passed at the tender age of 40, and more recently my beautiful mother, who happily enjoyed her "hypnosis " treaments for chronic anxiety and claustophobia with MRI machines, and Deep Sleep , to assist her in sleeping comfortably and deeply,as her breathing declined. I held her hand until she took her last breath and was able to thank her for being my MOM.

Addtionally I have had several members in my family diagnosed with cancer at the same time.Once again I was face not just with the Psychological web of emotions I needed to unravel but the somatic physiological as well.This is one of the most often untreated overlooked areas.When one is coping with grief society, and well intending friends and family often reward of us with reinforced statments at how strong we are, how good it is we are moving on and coping so well.What then is at risk of being untreated is the "feelings" and how they sit in the body.Untreated, these emotions turn into something as simple as a headache, or a migraine, or tensions in the neck or back.But over time this can then manifest into high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insulin imbalances, vertigo, insomnia, digestive issues, and even cancer.Your physical health is directly proportional to your emotional health and unresolved or unexpressed emotions can flick that switch we all possess into unwellness.I therefore work with the somatic expression of what symptoms are going on in your life so together we can release and heal the whole person creating the holistic apporach, the only approach, to grief.

Additonally I work directly with those experiencing cancer and undergoing treatments themselves.I have spoken often for the Ovarian Cancer society and trained women in hypnosis to deal with the fears of being diagnosed, of cancer returning, of assisting them to use their mind/body abilities to enhance their immune systems or Mind power to fight, and or experince acceptance, to adress pain, and imbue hope and positive emotional wellness.

I have also seen many ,many clients over the years who have themselves experienced cancer, or caregivers who were dealing with the emotional and physical strains of a loved one,and those who are in mourning from the death of a family member or loved one.

Grief is not something that can be templated.It is as unique and individual as your fingerprint.The adage that "time heals all wounds" or that "we are only given what we can handle" only compounds the hurt , is misleading and potentially damaging.Action heals, and unfortunately in life , the unexpected happens and we do get more than we feel we can handle...and thats ok...acknowledging is your first step...and that is why...I am here to assist you.Maybe you just need 1 session...maybe just a few...maybe several.Together we will determine what you want and need.My role is to provide a support ON CALL, when you need it, to ensure you are supported when you need it most.


Death and dying is not discussed often enough in most Western societies, the fears and shock can be great.Support is there.If you have any questions please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and or call at 0412106496

Listed below are the services I offer.

One on one Counselling and somatic work

Hypnosis in person or at hospital or home visit

Barefoot counselling:Walk and talk counselling (in a garden, on a beach, )untilizing the environment for wellness

Skype for interstate or International clients


Personalized hypnosis cds

Personalized hypnosis cds can be made to listen to whilst undergoing chemo, MRIs and other various treatments.Hypnosis to treat fears, anxieties,Pain or discomforts,to promote Mind/body healing, Hope and mental positivity, lift moods, promote deep sleep and any other disturbances a person may encounter.

Home or Hospital visits

One one on one visits to  support, teach Mind/Body relaxation techniques, explain the Mind/Body ocnnection, instill hope, teach how selfhypnosis works and how to utilize these techniques on their own or with the use of a pre-recorded session.To discuss various religious and or Spiritual beleifs and explore their own concepts of the afterlife.Provide different viewpoints form various spiritual beleifs.

Emotional support and accompanyments to treatments.

Emotional support available at my office for family members and or caretakers.

1 on 1 individual sessions, 1 hr, avail at my office for $150

Hospital and/or home or hospice visits $200 for a 1 hr session, includes hypnosis, mindtools, spiritual support and cd for continual reinforcement.

Counselling support without hypnosis and cd at hospital or home 1hr $150

Counselling Support wihtout hypnosis in office is $100

(Travel costs will be added outside of Frankston)

Personalized cd available for $100

Deluxe treatment 2 hours , 2 visits (1 hr each) $300

As a trained massage therapist I offer a service "only" for those in Palliative care in hopsital or at home.In addition to  counselling, Spiritual support and hypnosis, I will offer soothing relaxing massages to the legs, feet, hands ,arms, head and face.This is a wonderful nuturing, comforting loving support that calms the nerves, connects the person to human touch and makes them feel pampered.  


Deirdre Rolfe PhD


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