What Services Do We Offer?

What matters to you most?   Is it that your opinion is heard?  Your physical well-being is cared for? Or that you've been listened to?

Whatever that matters to you most is where we can help you.


We support people with life-threatening illnesses, and their families and carers.   Our Model of Care supports and empowers people in the community to navigate holistically through the process of living with, and dying from life threatening illness and its consequences.

Services offered include:

“Your warmth & passion is greatly appreciated  - I always feel rejuvenated, glowing and walk away feeling confident within myself.  It opens the mind, body & soul, and leaves you feeling wonderful.  With all my heart I thank you all so much for this wonderful experience"

Our highly skilled team offers a number of complementary therapies, counselling and emotional support to patients, families and carers.

Services include an expansive day programme with a holistic focus on health and well-being within Dove House and a 3 bed 24hr care unit with a palliative care focus at Dove Wing.   

We aim to promote your emotional and spiritual well-being and have a strong focus on wellness.  Our therapies are designed to support and enhance conventional treatments that you may already be receiving.

“Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate my appointments with you.  Keep up the great work – Dove House is lovely and relaxing”

Dove House Services 


Body Therapies

These include a range of therapeutic approaches used to manage long term medical treatments.  These approaches work together by sending sensory signals to your mind and body to unwind some of the pressures, compressions and concerns that you may have built up as a result of illness or stress.

Reiki: is a simple, safe and non invasive therapy that encourages stillness, relaxation, feelings of security, well being and grace. It is not a religion or dogma.  It is an integrated therapy used alongside medical and therapeutic modalities.

Oncology Massage: as an integral part of modern cancer care, Oncololy Massage is a gentle, medically proven touch used to achieve major reductions in the levels of pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression experienced by cancer patients.

Lymphodema Massage:this procedure aims to alleviate the sensations of heaviness and congestion associated with Lymphodema.  Both treatment and education can assist at any stage of your cancer diagnosis or during your convalescence process.

Skin & Nail Treatment: Our Skin & Nail treatments provide a holistic approach to care.  This includes routine skin or nail maintenance, mindful breath and a gentle therapeutic massage.  We also promote appropriate product use, and education in a safe and hygienic environment.

Reflexology: relieves physical conditions of the feet as well as overall circulation, fatigue and chemical challenges experienced in the whole body

Aromatherapy: tension relief with gentle massage techniques over the back, feet, hands or head and shoulders help to loosen layers of tight tissue.  The use of organic oils and plant extracts - aromatherapy - not only soothes and makes the tension release a lot more effective, it also lifts our spirits and helps breathing more efficiently.

“I wasn't feeling very good when I went to Dove House but came out feeling so relaxed.   The reflexology lady was lovely and it turns out reiki is all about energy - she put her hands on me and there was all this warmth through me.” 

“I love coming to Dove House.  I find everyone very welcoming and the atmosphere soothing.  Dove House offered a warm, caring and nurturing environment when I felt at my most vulnerable. It was like a peaceful island in a world of fear and anxiety, a place to share thoughts and feelings”

Counselling and Spiritual Support

Through our counselling and spiritual care we seek to enable you to find meaning and hope in your situation.  This means we are committed to:

  • Listening to you - abandoning ready-made answers and endeavouring to understand and appreciate what it means to be you.

  • Providing you a non-judgmental environment of love and respect where your dignity, power and autonomy are seen to be important.


What is Counselling / Psychotherapy? What can you expect?


Counselling and Psychotherapy work by engaging you in a relationship where you can express and explore thoughts and feelings, hopes and fears, explore your current life situation, and consider the ways you manage this.


The Counselling and Emotional Support Service at Dove House has staff who are trained as psychotherapists. We are here to support you. We do this by listening without judgement, and providing a space in which you can safely talk about your experiences and the challenges you are currently facing. You do not need to have a ‘mental health issue’ to attend, simply a desire for support. We believe that counselling will help you feel stronger in facing the challenges found in living with illness, in caring for others, and/or experiencing bereavement.


It can be very helpful to discuss your situation with someone who is not directly involved with your daily life. You may be experiencing depression or anxiety, stress or worry and need support in dealing with this. There may be days where the challenges you face feel overwhelming and you need to share.


People sometimes say they feel lighter after spending time with a psychotherapist. You may find new ideas and ways to practice self-care. You may feel safe to share things you have not shared with others. You may begin to see your situation with more clarity or from a different point of view.


Each appointment is for about fifty minutes, here at Dove House. The number of times you meet is decided by you and your counsellor.

Support Groups and Workshops

You'll find we have many different support groups and workshops to support you, your family and your carer which will assist with providing information, resources, support and social interaction.



Regular Groups


Chair Yoga

Yoga enhances physical and emotional well-being and helps with developing a sense of peace. This group is designed to ensure anyone at any level can participate.  

Mind Body Breath - kindly supported by Southern Cross Health Trust

This group is a facilitated mindfulness programme and explores using mind body and breathe to support living in the present. Mindfulness is well recognised as a tool for managing stress and anxiety.


Art Table

This is a facilitated group and is opportunity to express yourself and to deepen your self-awareness while having fun through creating art.   


Orchid Group

This weekly group provides a space where patients with secondary or metastatic disease can offer and receive friendship and support from each other. The first part of the group is facilitated and then the group has time together while sharing morning tea.


Men’s Group

This group is available on the first Wednesday of the month. Our doctor and a counsellor facilitate this group and it is an opportunity to share experiences and gain support from other men.


Young Peoples Group

This is a fortnightly support group for those younger people who have a life-threatening illness. (Those aged up to 35 years old, more or less.) It provides an opportunity to share about issues faced that may be particularly relevant to this age group. It is also an opportunity to make friends and receive support. This group is facilitated and there is also an opportunity to chat together.

Bereavement Morning Tea

This is an opportunity to meet with other people who have experienced bereavement and share experiences over morning tea. This is a facilitated group held on the third Thursday of each month.



Other Groups and Workshops  


Men's Evening

During the year the Men's Group may also be held in the evening and combined with a light supper. The evening group is open to men with a life threatening illness and to those who are supporting someone with a life threatening illness.


Restoring Wellness - kindly supported by Southern Cross Health Trust

This group supports people who have completed their treatment to strengthen the foundations of their well-being and to consider what health and well-being mean to them in terms of moving beyond their recent experiences with a potentially life-threatening illness. It is held in the early evening, usually about four times a year over a six-week period. There may also be an additional session focusing on nutrition and a check in session a month after completion. It is a facilitated programme.  


Mindful Wellness - kindly supported by Southern Cross Health Trust

This group explores living as fully as possible in the context of an ongoing life-threatening disease. Provides skills to build self-awareness, life fully and manage stress and anxiety. This programme runs for three or four weeks. It is a facilitated programme.

Carers Group

This is a group to support those who are involved in the care of a person with a life-threatening illness. It recognises the challenges of caring for those we love when they are ill and the demands this may place upon the caring. It is a facilitated programme running over a four-week period.


Music Therapy

This group is facilitated by an experienced music therapist. Music is used to assist with the healing and personal growth of the participants. It also encourages creativity in an enjoyable environment with others.


Journaling Workshops - kindly supported by Southern Cross Health Trust

This group provides an opportunity to learn journaling skills and utilise these to increase self-reflection and personal development. In the context of a life-threatening illness journaling may also become a tool for passing on life experiences.

Bereavement Retreat

This is an opportunity to develop well-being tools, share with others, and be strengthened in your loss.


Seasons for Growth

This is a four week programme for those who are bereaved intended to offer support as well as learning about the grief process and developing your resilience.





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