Cancer Society estimates that in 2007 there will be 1,444,920
U.S. cancer cases. This was up from their estimated number
of U.S. cancer cases in 2006, which were 1,399,790, and an
increase from 2005 estimates, which were 1,372,910. This does
not include the millions of people that have survived, are
in remission or in active treatment. The Center for Cancer
Counseling focuses on surviving cancer with a fulfilling life
through an array of services to help the patient and family
members better adjust to a cancer diagnosis.
The Center is for you if you
• Consumed and overwhelmed dealing with cancer
• Irritable and easily frustrated
• Afraid, scared and anxious
• Feeling like life is out of control
• Struggling with facing and managing treatments and
side effects both physically and emotionally
• Feeling sadness and crying easily
• Having a difficult time concetrating or remembering
• Having trouble sleeping
• Dealing about grief and terminal cancer
• Feeling isolated, alone and unable to talk about feelings
• Wanting a place to gather your thoughts and gain coping
skills and tools
How the Center Can
Offering individual, family, play, group and marital therapies,
our services are individualized according to the needs of
each patient. Generally in the first meeting the patient and
family decide, with their counselor, what services are appropriate
and set a plan for future meetings if necessary.
Individual counseling offers patients one-on-one time with
one of our counselors. It is an opportunity to express all
of the thoughts, fears and concerns that may be difficult
to talk about with family and friends.
The intent is to focus in on your worries, put your most
important needs first, and find an approach to dealing with
the situation to manage overwhelming fears and concerns. The
sessions enable you to learn the tools necessary to navigate
through this time and continue to participate in life to your
fullest ability. Some people find that even one session helps
them feel relief and energizes them.
If your child is having counseling, you will meet with our
counselors together with your child, or, you may meet alone
for an update on your child's progress. This is typically
done through play therapy for younger children. For teenagers,
the most helpful method is talking about problems.
The goal of family counseling is to better understand one
another. Family sessions are a wonderful way to honestly open
up with one another during the difficult time of a cancer
diagnosis. Facilitated by one of our counselors in a warm
and supportive environment, these sessions focus on getting
the entire family comfortable dealing with and expressing
their thoughts and feelings.
Offering a perspective from outside the family, our counselors
help each family look at the cancer situation from several
points-of-view and provide new ways to help and support each
other. Families with children have an especially rewarding
time learning to use games to communicate feelings and to
overcome fears about expressing their thoughts.
Children may pretend to be okay, so that their parents don't
have to worry about them. They want to be like everyone else,
but they focus on the cancer all day and worry, sometimes
thinking that they somehow caused the cancer.
Play therapy is for young children affected by cancer, either
having a family member diagnosed or being diagnosed themselves.
We specialize in helping these children better understand
what is worrying them through play therapy.
Utilizing games and drawings, we provide a safe way for children
to communicate what they are thinking and feeling. Parents
are always included in some part, if not all, of this process.
Hearing about how family members might react to a cancer
diagnosis, learning the ropes of a treatment program, or discovering
how other cancer survivors move on once the treatment is complete
are typical scenarios of group therapy at The Center for Cancer
Group therapy provides cancer patients and survivors an opportunity
to meet people in similar situations in a comfortable, non-clinical
environment. Group members have an opportunity to connect
and learn how others are dealing with the challenges presented
by the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Group therapy also offers the opportunity to gain support
and strength in trying out new coping skills.
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