Counselling is a confidential service that can help you to understand what is happening, and to discuss ways of coping with difficulties that you may be facing since being told that you have cancer.
Counselling will be tailored to your specific needs and can help with:
- Coming to terms with the shock and disbelief of a cancer diagnosis
- Decision making – helping you to manage the emotions around the need for treatment
- Support and suggestions about how to talk to children and family/whanau, friends, and work colleagues about cancer
- A confidential space to talk on your own or with your partner and/or other family members about the impact of a cancer diagnosis, about the changes, and about how to live one day at a time
- A confidential outlet to talk about difficult emotions like anger and grief
- Strategies for managing anxiety and sleep problems
- Strategies for assessing risk of depression and working towards overcoming it
- Support in regaining confidence and self-esteem.
You may be able to access counselling through a referral from your GP or your local Cancer Society. Contact the Cancer Society information nurses on 0800 CANCER (226 237) or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about counselling services in your area.
“Counselling through the Cancer Society has been so helpful and supportive”.
Serena, Cancer Society Counsellor