Mindfulness Programs

The Cancer Counselling Service provides a range of emotional support options, including our mindfulness programs. These programs are run by psychologists and nurse counsellors who are highly trained in the delivery of mindfulness based cognitive therapy.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is both a process and a way of life. It is about paying attention to the moments in our lives in a particular way.

Mindfulness training allows us:

  • The opportunity to strengthen our ability to be in the present moment.
  • To learn about mindful awareness and how to meditate.
  • To get to know ourselves and our habits of reacting to the world around us.

Mindfulness has been shown to assist some people to better manage anxiety, stress and depression and also benefit many different areas of our lives. Through learning how to be mindful, we offer ourselves the opportunity to live in a way that is more fulfilling.

Mindfulness and cancer

Coping with cancer is demanding, both for your body and your mind. At times you may find yourself so caught up in worries that it is hard to think about anything else.

Mindfulness can be particularly useful as a way to manage the demands of cancer and the associated uncertainty. It offers the opportunity to learn alternative ways of coping with the challenges (both physical and emotional) of a cancer diagnosis, so that we may be more able to be present in our lives, rather than consumed with the difficulties.

Mindfulness programs

We offer two types of mindfulness programs: introduction workshops and 8 week group programs.

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop

This 4 hour workshop is designed as an introduction to mindfulness for people facing cancer related challenges. Participants are able to explore how mindfulness meditation can, with practice, help them become more aware of patterns of thinking and reacting and learn ways to let go of worry about the future or the past. Being aware of these automatic patterns can give people the choice to let go and be more present in the moments of their day, even when life is challenging.

Mindfulness is not something you can learn by talking or reading about it, and participants will be introduced to a variety of practices that will allow them to experience how much we miss by not being present.

This program is designed for cancer patients, their partners, family and caregivers.

View upcoming events.

Mindfulness 8 week groups

These 8 week mindfulness meditation groups are offered face-to-face or as a telephone group, for people who would like to learn new skills for managing difficult cancer related emotions. The groups are open to anyone affected by cancer – including patients and caregivers – at any stage after diagnosis.

This intensive program builds on Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, and integrates cognitive-behavioural therapy with an eastern meditation approach to increase awareness and acceptance of difficult thoughts and feelings.

Through the discipline of their own mindfulness meditation practice and guided group discussion, group participants learn to:

  • Focus and calm the mind.
  • Ground attention and awareness in the present moment.
  • Have more choice about how they respond to life’s challenges.

Face to face groups meet for 2-2.5 hours once a week over the 8 week period, with a maximum of 12 participants.

Telephone groups are connected through a teleconference coordinated by Cancer Council Queensland. These sessions run for 90 minutes once a week over the 8 week period, with a maximum of 8 participants.

Participants in both groups are expected to commit to a daily meditation practice for the duration of the program.

The nature of this program means, like any psychological therapy, it may not be helpful or the right fit for everyone. Because of this, if you are interested in attending one of our groups we would like to talk with you further. To express your interest please call Cancer Council 13 11 20 who will refer you to our Cancer Counselling Service.

View upcoming events.

Graduate Program- Drop in Groups

For graduates of our Brisbane 8-week program we offer the opportunity to ‘drop-in’ to reconnect with our meditation practise. These groups are offered at our Brisbane office, located at 553 Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley. Reminders will be sent through to graduates on our Mindfulness email group.

First Friday of the Month: 10am – 11.30am
Third Monday of the Month: 6pm – 7pm

We also offer a telephone drop-in group the first Monday of the month from 11am – 12pm. Participants will need to rsvp through our livingmindfully@cancerqld.org.au to allow for the tele-conference set-up.

While there are no fees for our services; there may be ways you could help us to continue our work by obtaining Medicare or private health fund rebates or via a small donation.

Upcoming Events

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop - Townsville

Register Now
As spaces are limited, registration is essential by April 21

This 4 hour workshop is designed as an introduction to Mindfulness for people facing cancer related challenges. Participants are able to explore how mindfulness meditation can, with practice, help them become more aware of patterns of thinking and reacting and learn ways to let go of worry about the future or the past.

To register, click on the above Register Now button, or email livingmindfully@cancerqld.org.au with your name, phone number and the workshop you wish to attend. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.  Alternatively call Cancer Council on 13 11 20.


Living Mindfully 8 week Group - Townsville

Register Now
As spaces are limited, registration is essential by April 24

This 8 week mindfulness meditation group is for people who would like to learn new skills for managing difficult cancer related emotions. The groups are open to anyone affected by cancer – including patients and caregivers – at any stage after diagnosis. It runs every Wednesday for the duration of the program.

The nature of this program means, like any psychological therapy, it may not be helpful or the right fit for everyone. Because of this, if you are interested in attending one of our groups we would like to talk with you further. To express your interest please call 13 11 20 who will refer you to our Cancer Counselling Service.


Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop - Brisbane

Register Now
As spaces are limited, registration is essential by May 5

This 4 hour workshop is designed as an introduction to Mindfulness for people facing cancer related challenges. Participants are able to explore how mindfulness meditation can, with practice, help them become more aware of patterns of thinking and reacting and learn ways to let go of worry about the future or the past.

To register, click on the above Register Now button, or email livingmindfully@cancerqld.org.au with your name, phone number and the workshop you wish to attend. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.  Alternatively call Cancer Council on 13 11 20.


Living Mindfully 8 week Group - Brisbane

Register Now
As spaces are limited, registration is essential by May 21

This 8 week mindfulness meditation group is for people who would like to learn new skills for managing difficult cancer related emotions. The groups are open to anyone affected by cancer – including patients and caregivers – at any stage after diagnosis. It runs every Wednesday for the duration of the program.

The nature of this program means, like any psychological therapy, it may not be helpful or the right fit for everyone. Because of this, if you are interested in attending one of our groups we would like to talk with you further. To express your interest please call 13 11 20 who will refer you to our Cancer Counselling Service.


Living Mindfully 8 week Group - Telephone

Register Now
  • Venue: Teleconference hosted by Cancer Counselling Service.
  • Region: Statewide, 4006, QLD
  • When: TBA
Express your interest in this program.

This 8 week mindfulness meditation group is for people who would like to learn new skills for managing difficult cancer related emotions. The groups are open to anyone affected by cancer – including patients and caregivers – at any stage after diagnosis. It runs every Thursday for the duration of the program.

The nature of this program means, like any psychological therapy, it may not be helpful or the right fit for everyone. Because of this, if you are interested in attending one of our groups we would like to talk with you further. To express your interest please call 13 11 20 who will refer you to our Cancer Counselling Service.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for a state-wide telephone delivered 8 week Living Mindfully group. Our mindfulness team will be in touch to discuss participation in the group and a date for the group will be confirmed once we have enough people registered.