Complementary Therapy & Talking Therapy

Complementary Therapies & Talking Therapy (counselling)

Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries is working with the charity Cancer Support Scotland, whose base is The Calman Cancer Support Centre in the Gartnavel Hospital grounds.

Glasgow Libraries staff and volunteers do not have access to service user information/records  and are unable to make or amend appointments.​​​

In some of our libraries and other venues in the city Cancer Support Scotland’s fully qualified/trained complementary therapists and counsellors, all of whom are volunteers with the charity, provide complementary therapies and talking therapy (counselling) using an appointment based system.  

All volunteer therapists and counsellors are subject to the same rigorous selection processes as Macmillan Information & Support Volunteers and are provided with the training necessary to provide these services to people affected by cancer, free of charge, in their local community.

Complementary Therapy

Currently we are able to provide:

  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Indian head massage
  • Facial reflexology

Service users can access up to 6 sessions of complementary therapy.  Each session will last for 45 minutes.  The therapist will record information about the service users including contact details and health information and will discuss/agree the options for complementary therapy with service users.  It will not always be possible to offer the service user their choice of complementary therapy, for example if there are potential contraindications due to treatment.

Talking Therapy

There is no limit on the number of Talking Therapy sessions that a service user can access.  The sessions will continue until both the therapist and the counsellor agree to stop them. Each session will last up to 50 minutes.  The therapist will record information about the service user including contact details and basic health questions relevant to counselling.  At the end of the Talking Therapy sessions the service user will be asked to complete an evaluation form. 

Glasgow Libraries staff and volunteers provide people interested in accessing the service with an information leaflet published by Cancer Support Scotland which details the services on offer and signpost interested parties to the Cancer Support Scotland telephone number on the leaflet to arrange an appointment.  All subsequent contact regarding appointments will be between the service user and Cancer Support Scotland.  

Service users can access both Talking Therapy and Complementary Therapy.  The number of Complementary Therapies is not affected by the client having Talking Therapy.

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